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Farewell to the Ford Fiesta Van

Farewell to the Ford Fiesta Van

The Ford Fiesta van is the smallest commercial vehicle offered by Ford and will be discontinued as of April this year.  As of yet there have been no announcements from Ford about a replacement, but the Transit Courier is rumoured to be receiving a sport model.

Why is the Ford Fiesta Van being Discontinued?

The all-new seventh generation Ford Fiesta is due to be in showrooms this summer, with one of the current Fiesta line-up missing.  The Ford Fiesta Van will not appear any longer.  The car transit courierderived van segment is very small, which may be why Ford have decided not to focus their efforts here any longer.  This could be good news for Vauxhall as the only remaining car derived van in the UK will be the Corsavan.

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Which Ford Van should I use instead of the Fiesta Van?

Drivers of the Fiesta van are drawn to it due to its car like comfort levels and low running costs.  So, what will customers who still need this type of van do now?

Ford appear to be driving customers who require a compact van towards the Ford Transit Courier.  The differences between the fiesta and courier are small in terms of size, price and mpg.  Below show the vital statistics of each van based on a standard diesel model …

Ford Fiesta Van and Ford Transit Courier Comparison

 Ford Fiesta Van Ford Transit Courier 
Length (mm) 3969  4157 
Width inc mirrors (mm) 1978  2112 
Height (mm)  1495  1747 
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)  1570  1795 
Turning Circle (metres) 10.2  10.5 
0-60 mph (seconds) 13.35  13.1 
Top Speed (mph)  105  108 
CO2 (g/km)  94  104 
mpg combined  78.5  70.6 
Maximum loading weight (kg) 508  663 

The most popular Fiesta van sold was the sport model, so Ford are further enticing these customers to the Courier range by announcing a sport model will be added to the line-up.  The current Courier range only included only the van and kombi, which held little attraction for looks concerned drivers.  The Courier sport has no been introduced and should address the need for a sporty looking yet practical work vehicle.  

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