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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Ford makes Fiesta-based van

Ford has created a van based on the Fiesta platform for the European market and called it, um, the Fiesta Van.

Calling it "an agile and stylish car-derived van for large and small businesses," the Fiesta Van has a practical one cubic meter of load space, with the load compartment featuring a secure steel bulkhead and four cargo tie-down hooks, both developed in accordance with the international DIN standard for load restraints. A tough rubber floor mat and durable sidewall trim help to protect the interior as the truck goes about its cargo-carrying duties. The van's 1.3m load length and gross payload ranging from 485kg to 508kg means there's even more space for bulkier items.

Powering the Fiesta Van is one of four available engines: the 75hp 1.4-liter or a 94hp 1.6-liter Duratorq DCI engine, an 81hp 1.25-liter Duratec gasoline engine, or a 94hp 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi powertrain with standard Auto Start/Stop system, lowered suspension, aerodynamic rear under-tray and wheel trims, and low rolling-resistance tires.

Despite its utilitarian nature, the Fiesta Van comes with Ford's driver-assistance and safety features, including "a number of important segment-first technologies" like the MyKey system that "allows businesses to encourage safer driving and limit the driver's exposure to risk at the wheel as well as providing fleets with ownership information." It also comes with Ford's Sync in-car connectivity system with Emergency Assistance feature that "directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the relevant country."

"The new Fiesta Van is a stylish mobile workshop for light-duty tools and equipment that makes great business sense," said Ford Britain light commercial vehicle product manager Mark Easton. "Both local tradesmen and urban delivery fleets will appreciate its sharp, professional looks, while relying on its versatility, dependability and exceptionally low running costs."

The Ford Fiesta Van officially goes on sale in January 2013. Do you think this is something Filipino car buyers would be interested in?

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