Ford celebrates double test victory

Ford celebrates double test victory

Ford has celebrated both the new Transit and Transit Connect finishing top of the pile in the gruelling Arctic Van Test.

The vehicle performance challenge saw the two vans compete over a punishing five-day event in northern Finland, where temperatures can drop as low as -50C.

The two vans were named the top performers after crossing the 700 kilometre route through icy, rutted roads. Ford finished first in the fuel efficiency, load carrying and handling categories.

Taking part were expert drivers from six European commercial vehicle magazines, who drove the vehicles during the challenge and then rated them afterwards.

The Transit held off competition from rival vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall and Volkswagen, while the smaller Transit Connect ranked ahead of rivals from Citroen, Renault and Volkswagen - for Ford's first double victory in the 23-year history of the event.

"The Ford vans were clear winners in very slippery conditions - a great advantage when frozen roads can be found anywhere, and not just found on the test track," said Heikki Laurell of Auto Tekniikka ja Kuljetus magazine in Finland, which organises the annual event.

"Our tests push vans to the limit, and can be quite a shock if you are not used to a Scandinavian winter."

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