Britain’s favourite commercial vehicle is a national institution. Here are some of the most interesting stories about the ‘backbone of Britain’.

News : British-built Transit dominates reliability survey

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Dan Powell The British-built Ford Transit is the UK’s most reliable van, according to a survey of the 50 largest contract hire and leasing companies. The FN50 reliability survey, by trade magazine Fleet News, analysed the UK’s largest hire and lease organisations. The survey is based on downtime caused by warranty claims, recalls and breakdowns. […]

The commercials : 1986 Ford Transit

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On the eve of the end of UK Transit production, James Godwin tells the story of the design process at Ford’s Dunton facility in Essex. It was an interesting process – and a tale of inspiration and improving on the best… Transit’s aero outlook Launched in the 1960s the Ford Transit became inspiration for the […]

Unsung Heroes : Leyland-DAF/LDV 400 – vantastic success!

Leyland DAF turned a worthy but tarnished Freight Rover into a global winner.

A variation on a theme of our popular Unsung Heroes section. This time we pay respect to what was once ‘The biggest selling and biggest sized van in the UK’. Words: Mike Humble It’s Britain’s biggest van! Funny as it seems, but to feature a commercial vehicle in the ‘Unsung Heroes’ section actually makes perfect […]

News : Backbone of Britain breaks cover


Andrew Elphick Finally, Ford’s new Transit Custom has broken cover away from the halogen spotlights of the show circuit. Ford whetted the appetite of ‘White van person’ (we’re very politically correct here at AROnline!) back in March with the taster Tourneo Custom concept luxury bus. Fast forward a month and the Commercial Vehicle Show previewed […]