Ford Transit keep the AA on the road
By Kyle Lindsay
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 15:09
AA-live and kicking
Ford have revealed they will be supplying an additional 343 Transit Custom vans to the AA’s already large 2,100 fleet vehicles.
Ford got the nod from the AA following the company utilising an exhaustive analysis of whole-life costs and raises Ford’s stake in the AA patrol fleet to over 50%.
Sarah Dopson, AA’s head of fleet, said: “We looked at all the usual factors – acquisition price, depreciation, servicing and maintenance costs, running costs including fuel economy – and the Transit Custom came out top. Deliveries of the new vehicles will be complete by November, in time for our busiest period for call-outs.”
The Transit Custom vans will consist of a mix of the 310 and 330 L1 models and will undergo conversion at a vehicle preparation specialist prior to delivery. This will include fitment of the AA’s new contract recovery trailer to allow partial lift and recovery of broken-down vehicles, a dual battery system, specialist racking systems – all finished in the AA’s distinctive yellow livery.
Ian Watson, Ford’s direct sales manager, said: “Ford is already supplying around 3,000 cars a year to the AA Driving School, and we are very pleased that the organisation has recognised the Ford Transit Custom’s many attributes, including the important financial ones. They look eye-catching in AA livery and will prove a reassuring roadside sight for AA members.”