Next-gen Transit Custom to go electric in 2023
The next generation of Ford’s mid-sized Transit Custom will arrive with electric, plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid and regular internal combustion engine versions, with the new model going into production in the first half of 2023.
The new Custom, and its Tourneo Customer people-carrying sibling, will share its underpinnings with Volkswagen’s Transporter replacement as part of a co-operation between the two brands on light commercial vehicles that will also include a new pick-up to replace the Ranger and Amarok.
“The next generation Transit Custom range – including the all-electric versions – will strengthen Ford’s position as Europe’s No.1 commercial vehicle brand,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “Transit Custom is the jewel in our commercial vehicle crown and key in our drive to grow our commercial vehicle business as we continue to create a sustainable, profitable Ford business in Europe rooted in an electrified future.”
AFP seeks to define mobility management
The Association of Fleet Professionals has released a new document attempting to define mobility management and provide a framework for parties to discuss the subject and its impact across cost and environmental advantages in particular.
“’The Definition of Mobility’ states that mobility can include travel types such as company and private cars, parking, fuel and charging, tolls, rental, car sharing, lift sharing, bikes and e-bikes, walking, public transport of all kinds, boats, flights, taxis, ride hailing, chauffeur hire, hotels, and commutes and business trips,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick. “It also looks at areas such as mobility from the point of view of technology, environmental impact, employee use of mobility services, cost management and tax efficiency, as well as providing a comprehensive glossary of terms.”
“It’s clear that when people across the industry talk about mobility management, those conversations often lack focus,” he continued. “Our aim with the document, as the leading industry body in the fleet sector, is to scope out the range of mobility as a subject. It’s all about promoting conversations about mobillity and the opportunities that it creates to bring new thinking to business travel.”
The document can be found on the AFP’s website at www.theafp.co.uk.
BCA upgrades its online offering
Remarketing giant BCA has launched a new vehicle details page in what the firm described as a “major update” to its search platform, making it easier for customers to assess, track and bid on vehicles.
The company claimed that the user experience has been improved and is now more intuitive and user-friendly, with “a simpler, more informative layout, more detailed digital images and improved functionality across both desktop and mobile devices”.
“As part of BCA’s continued improvements to the online buying experience, we are now pleased to announce the rollout of our new Vehicle Details page,” said Dene Jones, BCA Group chief marketing and data officer. “This significant enhancement to our digital offering makes it even easier for our buyers to find, assess and track a vehicle on BCA Online. We are on a journey with our customers to improve and enhance the digital experience by delivering a consistent and user-friendly service on both mobile and desktop.”