Ford was relatively quiet at the Geneva Motor Show, but it did take the opportunity to roll out its new family of Tourneo vans: the Courier, Connect, Grand Connect and Custom. As the passenger version of the Transit cargo vans, the new range of Tourneo models vary from the B-segment Courier up to the fullsize Custom. The Connect and Grand Connect are based on the redesigned 2014 Ford Transit Connect.

With an overall length just three inches longer than the Fiesta hatchback, the Tourneo Courier seats four to five passengers, and it offers a choice of three engines: the 1.0-liter EcoBoost or two small diesels. Like the 2014 Transit Connect was saw in Paris last year, the Tourneo Connect comes in a five-seat configuration while the Grand Connect can seat seven. Finally, the Tourneo Custom seats up to nine passengers, and it is available in two lengths up to 210 inches long putting it just six inches shorter than a standard-length E-Series van and about a foot longer than the Explorer.

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Ford Continues Product Acceleration; Reveals Full Tourneo Range and All-New EcoSport at Geneva Motor Show

Ford's product-led transformation in Europe accelerates at the Geneva Motor Show to offer customers the freshest product portfolio among its key competitors
New product launches in 2013 alone will refresh 40 per cent of Ford volume in Europe
All-new Tourneo Courier makes global debut at the Geneva Motor Show; completes full lineup of Tourneo people-movers to be launched in Europe by mid-2014
Ford debuts the all-new EcoSport compact SUV for Europe following the recently launched new Kuga; will be joined by the next-generation Ford Edge in the near future
Ford SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity system availability in 2013 doubles to 60 per cent of the vehicle lineup compared to 30 per cent in 2012
Ford SYNC will be offered in every new Ford of Europe vehicle by 2015
Total EcoBoost petrol engine production will increase by 35 per cent from 2013-2015
To view the Ford press conference live at 13.45CET go to www.gofurtherlive.com


GENEVA, March 5, 2013 – Ford of Europe's product led-transformation accelerates at the Geneva Motor Show this week as the company debuts the all new EcoSport compact SUV and Tourneo Courier – part of Ford's pledge to deliver 15 new global vehicles to Europe by 2015.

Including the recently launched new Fiesta and Kuga, as well as the upcoming EcoSport, Tourneo Connect, Transit Connect and Transit, Ford will refresh more than 40 per cent of its European sales volume in 2013 alone.

"This is the most aggressive product rollout Ford of Europe has ever undertaken and we are leveraging our One Ford global strengths to make it a reality," said Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We are transforming our business in Europe by increasing product investment in the toughest of economic times."

All-New Tourneo Courier completes people-mover family
Designed for families and users with active lifestyles, the Tourneo lineup features smart, spacious interiors that provide outstanding flexibility and comfort; efficient powertrains that target best-in-class fuel efficiency; and the latest smart technologies – including SYNC, Ford's voice-activated, in-car connectivity system.

The stylish and compact five-seat Tourneo Courier, which debuts at Geneva and launches in mid-2014, offers class-leading interior space and safety features, and expands the Ford people-mover range into the small-car segment.

The spacious seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect makes its European motor show debut alongside the five-seat Tourneo Connect. The Tourneo Custom delivers ultimate space and versatility and offers nine-seat capability in a choice of two lengths.

Flexible and practical all-new EcoSport
Ford expects to sell one million SUVs in Europe in the next six years, an expansion that was kicked off by the launch of the all-new Ford Kuga earlier this year.

The EcoSport SUV that will follow late in 2013 offers space, modern design and smart technology. EcoSport will offer a range of efficient powertrains, including the 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine -- International Engine of the Year -- a 110PS 1.5-litre petrol engine, and a 90PS 1.5-litre diesel engine expected to deliver class-leading fuel efficiency.

The compact SUV's large front grille, short bonnet and raked front pillars deliver a sporty and contemporary feel, and angular headlamps reinforce the modern look. The small SUV market in Europe is expected to grow by 30 per cent in 2013 compared to last year and SUVs will account for one in ten of all Fords sold in the region by 2016.

Ford also plans to bring to Europe the next generation Ford Edge, a larger and more premium utility vehicle that's popular in the U.S. and other markets.

Connected by SYNC
Ford also will accelerate the rollout of Ford SYNC that was last year offered on 30 per cent of Ford's cars after being launched last year in Europe in the new B-MAX.

In 2013, this will double to 60 per cent as the technology has become available on new Fiesta and new Kuga and later in the year, also will feature on the new Transit Connect, new Tourneo Connect and new Transit. At Geneva, 19 of the 21 vehicles Ford is displaying are connected by SYNC.

Ford has also introduced SYNC with Emergency Assistance that directly connects vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident. Ford is also announcing that EcoSport will be among the first Ford vehicles in Europe to offer SYNC AppLink, which enables customers to voice-control smartphone apps from the driver's seat. Ford is the first automotive manufacturer to collaborate directly with the leading music streaming service Spotify to bring music streaming service into the car.

By 2015, every new Ford vehicle sold in Europe will be offered with SYNC.

Powered by EcoBoost
Ford's small but mighty 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine was introduced in the Focus in 2012 and production has now been extended to include the new B-MAX, new Fiesta, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX. Of those models, Ford expects that in 2013 one in four will be sold with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.

Ford's award-winning EcoBoost technology combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to enable a downsized engine to reduce consumption by up to 20 percent over larger engines, with great performance.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost is the smallest member of Ford's European family of EcoBoost engines, which also includes the 1.6- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder variants. From 2013-2015, Ford of Europe will increase total EcoBoost petrol engine production by 35 per cent. In five years, more than 50 per cent of Ford petrol engines in Europe will be turbocharged.

A total of 19 of the Ford vehicles on display at Geneva are powered by EcoBoost. Later this year, Ford will launch its first ever battery electric, zero emissions passenger car, the Focus Electric, with a range of hybrid vehicles set to follow.

"By expanding delivery of vehicles that are equipped with the very latest fuel-efficient powertrain technology and that enable drivers to stay completely connected on the move, Ford is delivering exactly what our customers want," said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe.


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      oc_surf_serf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford will now put the Focus nose and look on a dump truck, airplane tug, and a Zamboni in 3, 2, 1....
        • 1 Year Ago
        @oc_surf_serf
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Road trip!
      drewbiewhan
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Courier is the cutest thing EVER!
      dss10
      • 1 Year Ago
      The previous Transit had a kind of cool utilitarian look to it much like the Mercedes G500 or Jeep Wrangler. Good job ford on wiping out every little bit of product differentiation prior to putting it on sale here in the states!
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Euro full size vans like these are beyond dumb. The E series is a much better vehicle in every way possible. The Euro vans are simply too big and unwieldy. The E series is much more maneuverable than the Sprinter or other vans. The Euro vans are also ridiculously expensive compared to the E series. An E seizes is much more capable than the Sprinter and similar vans, and can tow more and have a higher payload because of its rugged body on frame construction. The European vans are also painfully slow. There is a reason why American vans come with V8s; Americans drive much faster than Europeans. The Sprinter has a pathetic 180 hp, and the Transit will have something similar. If Ford had any sense at all, they would make a new E series on the F150 platform, and equip it with a 3.5 EB with 350 hp, a 5.0 with 400 hp, and a 6.7 with 450 hp. Maybe a supercharged 5.4 with 500 hp.What they have, instead, is a slow, underpowered turd.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Americans drive faster than Europeans? You've essentially just told everyone that you've never left the United States and have no experience of life anywhere else. Grow up, get an education, and see the world. Only then will you look back on your posts with a degree of humiliation.
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Americans drive slower ans less dynamic but they "need" big V8s to massage their big egos.
      rbnhd1144
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Courier Rocks, no doubt it wont be available in the USA. its proportions are perfect, the Connect looks pregnant, the Custom should have been sent here but we always miss out..
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      The nose of the new Connect is kinda ugly, but the other two aren't bad. Probably not much market in the states - maybe put the good nose on the Connect and give us that over here for light commercial use.
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does the door in the custom look like the armrest is made completely useless by the doorpull?
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        Thats not an armrest. If you look where the dash actually meets the doors and how high the steering wheel is relative to the doors you will see that your arm will actually sit on the "window sill" instead of much lower on the door where the pull is located.
      May
      • 1 Year Ago
      1.0 EB will be fitted to the smaller Tourneo Courier only.
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