2018 Ford Transit Custom Arrives: Enhanced Style and Technology with AEB and SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility


                                                        Ford Transit Custom Arrives: Enhanced Style and Technology with
                                                        AEB and SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
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  • Ford Transit Custom and Custom Tourneo – now at dealers around New Zealand – sets a new standard for one-tonne vans with bold fresh design, all-new cabin and advanced state-of-the art turbodiesel engine with 6-speed automatic transmission
  • With a five-star ANCAP rating, Transit Custom now offers Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection as well as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning with Driver Alert and much more 
  • New cabin provides ideal mobile office with versatile stowage, improved materials, comfort and ergonomics, easy connectivity with standard SYNC 3 featuring Satellite Navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility – all voice activated features

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 10 July 2018 – The new Ford Transit Custom is now in showrooms with a bold new design, an all-new interior and enhanced features for New Zealand innovators, smartworking tradies and entrepreneurs. 

The new Transit Custom now includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection as well as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning with Driver Alert and much more adding to the Transit Custom’s car-like comfort and features.

“Transit Custom is the only no-compromise option when it comes to choosing a van or shuttle for your business,” said Ford New Zealand Managing Director, Simon Rutherford. “While maintaining best-in-class safety, carrying and towing capabilities, we’ve also brought car-like drivability and smart features such as SYNC 3 to enhance daily driving comfort and convenience.” 

Ford Transit Custom: Smart, smarter, smartest
Transit Custom has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, with a higher level of standard safety, security and Driver Assist Technology than the outgoing model. These include a total of six airbags, which include driver, front passenger, front side-curtain and front-side seat airbags.

The new Transit Custom introduces AEB with Pedestrian Detection. Equipped with the latest radar and camera technologies, the system is even capable of detecting pedestrians at night when they are illuminated by the vehicle’s headlamps.

Standard Driver Assist Technology for every Transit Custom includes Dynamic Stability Control with Rollover Mitigation and Trailer Sway Control, which helps improve drivability and reduce driver stress levels when Transit Custom is heavily laden. Also making the drive and usability even easier is Side-wind Stabilisation, Load Adaptive Control as well as Hill Launch Assist – all making life on the road with a fully-loaded Transit more manageable. 

On the move, standard features making the day easier for Transit Custom include Adaptive Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiting Device, leather-wrap steering wheel, power windows with one-touch up/down operation for the driver and central locking. 

Dynamic styling and cabin for the perfect mobile office
New Transit Custom has a dynamic and professional new front-end appearance that shares the same design DNA as Ford’s latest passenger cars, with a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and dynamic, slim headlamps.

The new model maintains the Transit reputation for delivering class-leading load-carrying ability, with innovative loadspace features such as the load-through hatch in the bulkhead for extra-long items, and the integrated roof rack (on low roof Custom and Tourneo only) that can be folded away when not in use.

The driver’s cabin interior is completely new, with an instrument panel based on Ford’s new interior design philosophy which offers an attractive, user-centric layout that is influenced by consumer interactions with smart devices and tablets.

Based around strong horizontal design elements that emphasize the width of the cabin, the new instrument panel features attractive and hard-wearing materials, and is packed with practical touches designed for drivers who treat the cabin like a mobile office during long working hours in their vehicle. 

The new design provides class-leading interior stowage, with up to 25 litres of space offered in the instrument panel alone, including three convenient open bins on its upper surface with space for clipboards or mobile devices, and generous glove box stowage capable of storing hanging A4 files in the lower closed compartment.

Further new practical features include a fold-out cup holder beneath the gear lever, adding to the cup holders and two-litre bottle holders at each end of the instrument panel. The door panels have also been completely redesigned for improved stowage and usability, with three large stowage spaces and a practical new grab handle integrated with the decorative door trim.

For the driver, all-new displays and control panels have been designed for enhanced ergonomics and ease of use, and all models feature a floating, tablet-inspired 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system that can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures. 

SYNC 3 enables drivers to control audio, navigation and connected smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. Simply by pushing a button and saying “I need fuel”, “I need a coffee”, or “find an address”, drivers can locate nearby fuel stations, cafés, or the location of their next job. SYNC 3 is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™. USB and 12-volt power sockets are located in the upper stowage bin in front of the driver, and alongside the gear lever, for easy device charging. 

All-day comfort is further enhanced by new seat designs featuring revised foam padding and geometry for optimised support, while trim materials have been completely renewed throughout the cabin, with a focus on outstanding quality, durability and appearance. This includes seat fabrics that have been subjected to Ford’s toughest ever abrasion tests. 

Transit: The Automatic Choice
A new highly-advanced, new-generation turbodiesel is teamed with a 6-speed automatic, delivering new levels of refinement, comfort and broadening Transit’s customer appeal.

This advanced engine delivers significant cost of ownership and performance benefits compared to the previous 2.2-litre diesel, with fuel-efficiency improved by up to 13 per cent and low-end torque enhanced by 20 per cent. 

Ford Transit Custom Retail Pricing
Recommended Retails Pricing (RRP)* and available options:

300S SWB – Custom Van                                                                                                                            $54,990                                     

  • Low-Roof 
  • 2.0L TDCi FWD
  • 6-Speed Automatic
  •         > Options available: 
                    A) Glazed Tailgate – No cost option
                    B) Additonal side load door (right side) – $700

340L Long Wheel Base – Custom Van                                                                                                  $61,490                                 

  • Low-Roof 
  • 2.0L TDCi FWD
  • 6-Speed Automatic
  •         > Options available: 
                    A) Glazed Tailgate [only optional on LWB low-roof] – No cost option
                    B) Additonal side load door (right side) – $700
                    C) High Roof (less roof racks) – $500

320L Long Wheel Base – Custom Tourneo Shuttle                                                                        $61,990                                 

  • 9 Seater Shuttle 
  • 2.0L TDCi FWD
  • 6-Speed Automatic
  • Alloy wheels, Tinted privacy glass, six passenger USB ports 
  • Flamingo re-configurable seats
  • Dual Side load Doors & Glazed Tailgate are standard. 

Recommended Retails Pricing only. GST is included. Final price of any vehicle or option is entirely at the discretion of the Dealer. 


About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com. 

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  Ford New Zealand
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