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Ford Transit MK6 – first New Edge van

Ford Transit MK6 – in July 2000 the next - sixth generation of Ford Transit model MK6 was launched. The Ford Transit MK6 became the third, completely new project, which had many elements borrowed from the new Ford style "New Edge", derived from cars such as Ford Focus and Ford Ka. The completely new appearance of the Ford Transit initially aroused much controversy. Later Ford Transit MK6 has gained the recognition of many satisfied customers. This resulted in winning the prestigious international Van of the Year 2001.

Ford Transit MK6
(fot: parkers.co.uk/vans-pickups/ford/transit/2000-review/)

The biggest innovation introduced with the Ford Transit MK6 van was the option of equipping it with front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD). Versions equipped with front-wheel drive were marked as Model V185, while versions with rear-wheel drive were marked as Model V184.

The Ford Transit MK6 model could be equipped with a Duratorq turbo diesel engine (Puma type), which was also used in the Ford Mondeo 2000 and Jaguar X-Type models. Ford Transit MK6 with one of the best gasoline engines with a capacity of 2.3 liters was able to accelerate the car to 97 km/h (60 miles) per hour in 21 seconds, and also reached a top speed of 150 km/h.

Ford Transit MKVI
(fot: parkers.co.uk/vans-pickups/ford/transit/2000-review/)

In 2002, the first Common Rail diesel engine with 2.0 liter capacity (HPRC) and 125 hp (92 kW) was introduced. At that time, Ford Transit production was moved to the Ford-Otosan factory in Koaceli, Turkey, from where all the production was later moved back to the Genk factory in Belgium.

In 2004, Ford also introduced the first RWD variant on the market with a 2.4-liter engine (RWD HPCR) and 135 HP (99 kW), and a new 6-speed manual transmission MT-82 RWD debuted with it.

The sixth generation Ford Transit could also be optionally equipped with an Durashift EST automatic transmission. A new automatic transmission was available for every version of the Ford Transit MK6. It had a manual mode, towing mode, economy mode and winter mode specially adapted to the model. On the Australian market, this mode was known as ASM (automatically-shifting-manual).

During the production of Ford Transit MK6 5 millionth Ford Transit rolled off the production lines of the Southampton factory. Exactly July 18, 2005, a five-million Ford Transit was donated to an English charity. Production of the Ford Transit MK6 model ended in 2006, when the next generation of Ford Transit appeared on the market.

Ford Transit MK6 Tuning
(fot: fordtransit.org/image/modded-mk6)

OHC Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel Diesel Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel Turbo Diesel TDCi
Capacity 2.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.2 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4
Power (HP) 145 75 80 85 100 125 144 70 75 90 116 120 125 137

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