The first Ford Transit I saw was roaring away from a bank overloaded with gangsters and loot.
The first Ford Transit I saw was roaring away from a bank overloaded with gangsters and loot. But that event was decades ago – and on television - and since then the Panel Van version has evolved from a comparatively crude tin box to a highly sophisticated 'car like' machine. Consider this, for starters. This load-lugger is now available with a colour reversing camera, parking sensors, and satellite navigation. These make it easy to find banks, then park outside near escape routes. Some versions have Bluetooth with Voice Access too - so motorists can control a mobile phone, the audio system, and other key features simply by speaking. And no, there is no command for 'let's grab those banknotes'.The Ford Transit Panel Van has features to help with getaways too. For starters, it is available with an electronic stability programme which – for example - applies braking force to a single wheel to maintain the motorist's intended line. Sound perfect for slippery chases. The Transit has a system to prevent it rolling backwards during hill-starts too, and smart braking systems that minimise stopping distances and skids. Four wheel drive is also available. And there is more. Fuel economy is an issue these days – even for those in unconventional lines of work – so the Ford Transit has a gear-shift indicator and start/stop system. The former tells drivers when to change cog for the best fuel efficiency, the latter automatically turns the engine off while the van is stationary. It then restarts it, as required. The Ford Transit Panel Van retains its traditional strengths too. As such it is available with various payload capacities, body lengths, and engines. But please - stay away from banks.