Out of all the base vehicle options available to motorhome manufacturers, it is really only the Ford Transit that can possibly challenge the dominance of the Sevel-built vans (the Fiat Ducato, Citroën Relay and Peugeot Boxer). However, Ford has an uphill battle to get Europe's motorhome manufacturers to switch from Fiat et al over to the Transit. That said, the fact that the Transit is all-new, has a very car-like cab and its whole-life running costs are low will appeal to many motorhomers.
Henry’s finest is set for a strong comeback in Europe although it has failed to maintain market share among UK converters, with Tribute, which is part of the French Trigano Group, being the only coachbuilder building on the Transit now.
Another company within the Trigano Group, Chausson, will also build on the new Transit, and we may possibly see the first examples this October.
Of the converters, we know that Wellhouse is building on the new Transit already, so it is expected to be the first to launch a Transit campervan later in 2013.
The Transit is attractive to motorhomers thanks to its unrivalled availability of reasonably priced spares, its wide network of service centres and its unrivalled five-star EuroNCAP crash safety rating. However, there is no automatic transmission option available and no sign of one coming anytime soon.
Its efficient Duratorq Euro 5 engines adds to the Transit's desirability, especially with its extended service intervals.
There is a rather confusing line-up of Transit now; as Ford has extended the range considerably.
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