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Long before Ford put the name Transit in front of all of its van models, there was the humble Ford Courier, based in the 1990s on the Ford Fiesta and supported in the brand's line up by the Ford Escort Van. Then, just after the turn of the century, both were replaced by the Ford Transit Connect, underlining the notion that small vans had fallen out of favour. And then, rising fuel prices and a greater focus on efficiency meant that smaller vans were popular again, and Ford had a gap to plug between the Fiesta Van and Ford Transit Connect.
Still based on the Ford Fiesta, today’s Ford Transit Courier takes advantage of chassis, engine and component know-how that's been proven by the road car, to deliver a hugely enticing product that sits alongside the Transit Connect, Transit Custom and Transit.
Competition for the smallest “proper van” in the Ford range is limited. Microvans from rivals have long since been discontinued and today the discontinued Peugeot Bipper and Citroen Nemo are survived by only the Fiat Fiorino. Vauxhall has also discontinued its Corsavan – an important rival to the Ford Fiesta Van – leaving Ford almost alone in the marketplace for very small vans.
The Ford Transit Courier comes in four trim levels, starting with Leader (also known as Base), Trend, Limited and Sport.