Ford Transit Fourth generation
|2000 to 2006|
|Also called||Ford Tourneo|
|Production||2000–2006 2003–2006 (Vietnam)|
|Model years||2001–2006 2004–2006 (Vietnam)|
|Assembly||Southampton, UK (1972−2013) Amsterdam, Netherlands (1975–1981) Kocaeli, Turkey (Ford Otosan, 1976−present) Obchuk, Belarus (Ford Union, 1997−2000) Hai Duong, Vietnam (1998−present)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3/4-door van 2-door pickup 4-door minibus 4-door crew cab 2-door chassis cab|
|Layout||Front-engine, front-wheel drive / rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive|
|Engine||2.3L I4 2.0L I4|
This version won the International Van of the Year 2001.
The Durashift EST automatic transmission (optional on all rear-wheel-drive models) features controls mounted on the dashboard, a specially adapted manual mode, tow-haul mode, economy mode and winter mode.
2002 saw the introduction of the first High Pressure Common Rail diesel engine in the Transit, with the launch of the 125 PS (92 kW) HPCR 2.0-litre in the FWD. Production of the van started at the new Ford-Otosan plant in Kocaeli, Turkey which saw the end of all production at the Genk, Belgium plant which had been producing Transits since 1965. This coincided with the introduction of the Transit Connect (also produced in Kocaeli), a smaller panel van based on the C170 (Focus) platform and aimed at replacing the older Escort and Fiesta based models. Despite the name, the Connect has no engineering commonality with the full-size Transit.
2003 saw a new instrument cluster with a digital odometer.
2004 saw the launch of the first RWD HPCR, the 135 PS (99 kW) 2.4-litre variant that also introduced the 6-speed MT-82 RWD manual gearbox.
The five millionth Transit rolled off the Southampton line on Monday, 18 July 2005 and was donated to an English charity.
A Transit was used by Jeremy Clarkson in Man With Van Challenge that took place in BBC's Top Gear TV show in Series 8, Episode 8, which was first aired on 30 July 2006. The Transit finished second vs. a Suzuki Super Carry and a large Transit-based LDV Convoy luton. This involved buying a van for under £1000, and several tests representing (stereo)typical van use: a quarter-mile drag race (cross-city speed); loading, carrying, and disgorging a load of furniture (space, access); tailgating (visibility, control); replacing a "damaged" door (maintenance); a police chase (handling), etc. The Transit upheld its reputation for agility by performing particularly well in the final chase, "resisting arrest" much longer than the slow LDV and unstable Suzuki, which overturned at the first curve.