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Transtech's history of the Ford Transit


The Ford Transit is one of the UK's best loved vans with a wide range of sizes and engines.

MK 2 1978 - 1986

Mk II Transit was a face lifted version of the original generation. It gained a new front end and an uplifted interior. The power train also received an upgrade, with the engine from the Cortina and also the Essex V6. In 1984 the Mk II received a direct injection diesel engine and some other minor exterior changes. An automatic transmission was also available for the first time. Numerous body styles were again on offer, such as bus, chassis cab and the typical van. The possible combination of Transit specification was limitless.

MK 1 1965 - 1978

The first Transit that hit the UK's shores, was a revelation. It offered lots of room compared to its competitors at the time. Many of the parts came from Ford's car range, which made it simpler to care for. With the wide range of body styles on offer. You could choose from pick-ups, minibuses, panel vans, crew-cab versions and both petrol and diesel engines were available.


MK 3 1986 - 1991

The 3rd generation of Transit marked the debut of an all-new Transit look. With its windscreen to match the angle of the bonnet. A simple box-like design, it became an easily recognisable on Britain's roads. Short wheelbase versions got a modern independent front suspension system, improving the ride and handling. The Load space was increased, while access and visibility were improved. The 3.0 litre V6 was replaced with the more modern 2.9-litre fuel-injected engine.

MK 4 1991 - 1994

This model had more rounded headlights. Independent front suspension was introduced across the whole range, while long-wheelbase models were now available with a single-wheel rear axle. A turbocharged diesel engine was also available for the first time.

MK 5 1994 - 2003

The Mk5 Transit wasn't all that different from the last, it had a new dashboard, front end re-style and updated engines. Air-conditioning, central locking, airbags, electric windows and electric mirrors were introduced. In 1995 A special 30th anniversary edition, called the Hallmark was launched.


MK 6 2000 - 2006

In July 2000 the MK6 was added to the Transit range. It was available in front or rear-wheel drive. This enabled buyers to have the choice between a lower loading height and more space, or improved towing and load carrying capabilities. The 'Duratorq' diesel engine was introduced. Other new features were also fitted, such as the 'Durashift' automatic transmission. In 2005, the five millionth Transit rolled off the production line.

MK 7 2006 - Present

The MK7 Transit featured a host of upgrades and improvements. The interior was upgraded to make it more comfortable and ergonomic. The New TDCi engines were now available to improve economy and emissions. This also marked the start of the Sport Van which featured 'sports' styled trim, racing stripes and large alloy wheels. This generation of Transit had gone on to be one of the most popular style of van on sale.


Custom 2012 - Present

Halfway through 2012, the Transit range split into two tiers with the introduction of the Transit Custom, a one-tonne vehicle which sits between the little Transit Connect and the regular Transit. Both are available in two wheelbases and a variety of cab styles.


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