RELEASED AT 08:00 CET ON JAN 18, 2019

Adventurous Transit Custom Nugget Camper Now Available Direct from Ford Dealers in Selected Markets

  • Ford introduces versatile and practical Transit Custom Nugget camper in key European markets. Popular Nugget conversion developed with camper specialist Westfalia
  • Nugget enables adventurous owners to roam in comfort, with a well-equipped kitchenette and sleeping for four. Long-wheelbase Nugget Plus features built-in toilet and hand basin
  • Nugget owners benefit from advanced driver-assistance technologies and can cover even more miles between fuel stops thanks to the fuel-efficient 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine

COLOGNE, Germany, Jan. 18, 2019 – Ford will offer adventure-loving camper van customers across Europe an exciting new alternative as the Transit Custom Nugget becomes available to order direct from Ford dealers in selected markets from this spring.

Based on the market-leading Ford Transit Custom and converted by Ford’s long-term motorhome specialist partner Westfalia, the Nugget camper is already established as a popular choice of camper in Germany.

The latest Transit Custom Nugget benefits from the enhanced refinement and advanced technology of Ford’s best-selling Transit family, including Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and entertainment system that will help keep adventurers connected on the move. Innovative design and high-quality conversion work creates a cosy home-from-home.

The Nugget camper can sleep up to four people, with one comfortable double bed that folds out in the roof space, and a second in the living area. A long-wheelbase Nugget Plus model provides even more stowage space and a built-in toilet with a foldaway wash basin.

New motorhome sales rose by 14.9 per cent to almost 111,000 in 2017, exceeding 100,000 units in the European market for the first time.* To help meet growing demand, the Transit Custom Nugget will be rolled out across Europe from 2019 starting with Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Customers will be able to view the Nugget camper on the Ford stand at the Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, from today.

“More and more customers are recognising the freedom and fun that camper vans can offer, and we’re excited to be able to offer a greater number of adventure-seekers our Transit Custom Nugget, which is already much-loved in Germany,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “Transit Custom’s comfortable cabin, advanced driver assistance technologies like SYNC 3, and fuel-efficient 2.0‑litre EcoBlue engine make it the perfect platform for the Nugget camper.”

All the comforts of home

The Transit Custom Nugget offers the choice of an adjustable tilt roof or a fixed high roof; the Nugget Plus features a high roof as standard. The Nugget’s innovative design creates a three-room layout with an L-shaped kitchenette at the rear, a spacious living and dining area in the centre and comfortable sleeping quarters in the roof.

An attractive wood-effect floor throughout the passenger compartment is practical and easy to clean, and an auxiliary heating system keeps occupants comfortable while the vehicle is parked up for the night. In addition to the bed in the upper level, a second double bed folds out in the living area when required.

A double-burner gas cooker and chrome-nickel steel sink in the kitchenette enable preparation of warm meals following active days out. Food supplies stay fresh inside a 40-litre compressor refrigerator, and both fresh and waste water is supplied from on-board tanks, each with a capacity of 42 litres. The tanks also supply an outdoor shower at the rear of the vehicle.

Up to five people can gather around the interior’s fold-out table to eat and socialise, with room for three on a forward-facing bench, while the driver and front passenger seats swivel 180 degrees to face the rear – the turning action made easier by a folding handbrake. An available fold-out table with two chairs and a retractable awning allow al fresco dining.

All vehicles feature rear privacy glass, flip-open windows for the second row and a heated window for the tailgate. Additional options include a premium sound system and racks for bikes and sports equipment.

The Nugget Plus is 36.7 centimetres longer than the standard version. The extra space is used to provide a larger wardrobe and an area at the rear housing a built-in toilet and an additional folding washbasin, which can be shielded by a retractable screen.

Fewer fuel stops on the journey

The Transit Custom Nugget is powered by Ford’s state-of-the art 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine optimised for fuel-efficiency while delivering refinement and enhanced low-end torque.

Customers can specify 130 PS and 170 PS versions, each available with six-speed manual or a responsive six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, and delivering from 6.3 l/100 km fuel-efficiency and 165 g/km CO2 emissions. ** Standard selective catalytic reduction emissions after-treatment contributes to improved NOX reduction.

The driver and front-seat passenger are provided with class-leading stowage space while on the move, and displays and control panels have been designed for enhanced ergonomics and ease of use. Ford’s available SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system can be operated using simple voice commands or with pinch and swipe gestures on a tablet-inspired 8-inch colour touchscreen.

A range of advanced new driver assistance technologies from Ford’s latest passenger cars utilise sophisticated sensors, radars and cameras to provide information about the driving environment around the vehicle. These include Cross Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, rear wide-view camera and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The Transit Custom is the top selling vehicle in the European one-tonne van segment with 131,800 vehicles sold in 2018.

*www.aboutcampbtob.eu/outstanding-year-european-leisure-vehicle-industry.

**The declared Fuel/Energy Consumptions, CO2 emissions and electric range are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel-efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car's fuel/energy consumption, CO2 emissions and electric range. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.

From 1 September 2017, certain new vehicles will be type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) according (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended, which is a new, more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. From 1 September 2018 the WLTP will fully replace the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), which is the current test procedure. During NEDC Phase-out, WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are being correlated back to NEDC. There will be some variance to the previous fuel economy and emissions as some elements of the tests have altered i.e., the same car might have different fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 200,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and eight unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.