Ford Tourneo Custom Concept Set for 2012 Geneva Auto Show
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Ford Tourneo Custom Concept Set for 2012 Geneva Auto Show

2012 Geneva Auto Show


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2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Ford Tourneo Custom Concept, which previews a new family of Ford Transit vehicles for Europe and Asia, will make its global debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
  • Ford said this new Transit family will not be sold in North America. The concept does not replace the Ford E-Series vans and is unrelated to the Ford Transit Connect.
  • However, Ford said that it will unveil larger and higher-payload Transits later in 2012 that will be sold in North America.

GENEVA — The Ford Tourneo Custom Concept, which previews a new family of Ford Transit vehicles for Europe and Asia, will make its global debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. The concept is noteworthy because it signals a new range of commercial vehicles for Ford in major overseas markets.

Ford said this new Transit family previewed in Geneva will not be sold in North America. The concept does not replace the Ford E-Series vans and is unrelated to the Ford Transit Connect.

However, Ford said that it will unveil larger and higher-payload Transits later in 2012 that will be sold in North America. These models will also feature rear-wheel drive, said the Dearborn automaker in a statement.

The eight-passenger Tourneo Custom Concept gets multi-adjustable and removable rear seating, a driver-focused cockpit and Ford Sync. Exterior cues include a trapezoidal grille, 18-inch alloy wheels and LED lighting up front.

The front-wheel-drive concept is equipped with a 153-horsepower 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. The model range will include short- and long-wheelbase variants.

"The debut of the Tourneo Custom Concept has added significance in heralding the arrival of a completely new generation of Ford commercial vehicles," said Ford in a statement. "The full range of models will be revealed during 2012."

Edmunds.com says: Ford wants to be the global commercial vehicle king — but we're not sure the funky look of the Tourneo Custom Concept will resonate with European and Asian buyers.

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