Not exactly your father’s service van: It comes standard with racing stripes, front and rear spoilers, low-profile tires, a 198-horsepower diesel engine and twin exhaust. And it’s one-of-a-kind.
During this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show, in Birmingham, England, Ford raised the curtain on the “limited production of one” Ford Transit SuperSportVan — the one and only model the automaker will produce — intended to show off the skill of Ford engineers and to turn heads at CV 2011. According to Inside Line’s Anita Lienert, the SuperSportVan’s “cabin gets leather seats, a satellite navigation system with 5-inch color screen, LED cargo lights in the rear and LED daytime running lights.”
In other van news out of Ford, the U.S. automaker also showcased its completely electric Transit Connect at the CV 2011, which will go on sale in the U.K. shortly after the show to become Ford’s first all-electric offering in Europe. Charging times run about eight hours. Motor Ward’s Arman Barari writes:
With a cargo volume of 3.8 m3 and a payload of 500kg, Transit Connect Electric van will particularly appeal to fleet operators who travel predictable, short-range routes with frequent stop and go driving.
As we’ve covered previously on The SmartVan, Ford shipped the first of the EV Transit Connect vans to select customers in the U.S. in January, including AT&T, Xcel Energy and the New York Power Authority. In the U.S., the vans will enter full production later this year and will cost about $57,000 before state and federal incentives.