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Ford Adds ESP as Standard Equipment on Transit
Ford of Europe is adding ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) as standard equipment to the New Ford Transit's comprehensive package of both active and passive safety features for 2007.
For the majority of models in the range – diesel-engined van, bus and kombi models – this means this additional driver aid and safety feature will be standardised across all European markets from January 2007. Dual rear wheel and chassis cab derivatives getting ESP as standard equipment from October 2007.
"By October next year, all Transits except for petrol-engined and All Wheel Drive variants, will have ESP as standard," said Peter Fleet, Ford of Europe's Director for Commercial Vehicles Marketing, Sales and Service. "This action reinforces the leadership position of new Ford Transit in this highly competitive market, and shows we are again responding directly to the requirements of our customers."
Advanced ESP System
The new Ford Transit's ESP system is advanced and operates seamlessly under all driving conditions.
The system constantly monitors via sensors the desired and the actual driving direction. In case of significant differences it interacts with the brake and motor management system in order to stabilise the vehicle. Under slippery road conditions or during extreme steering manoeuvres, ESP applies brake and torque adjustments as required to help avoid dangerous oversteering and understeering. ESP stabilises the vehicle, and enhances the benefits of the standard Anti-lock Braking and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution systems.
The standard ESP system on Transit also includes the following driver safety aids:
ESP will not be available on Transit All Wheel Drive models, or Transits equipped with petrol engines.
"We have already made sure that the new Transit is not just great to drive but very safe to drive as well," said Phil Collareno, Ford of Europe's Vehicle Line Director for Commercial Vehicle Product Development. "Now, we're pleased to be able to standardise ESP as a direct response to driver demands for even further reassurance, particularly in poor, wet and slippery driving conditions."