Just like the technology we love evolved, so did the transit van. It did not start off as the transit courier van. There are different generations of vans that date back to the late 1960s. Over the decades, there have been different designs of vans to make them fit in the modern world. Also, the the needs of the transport and courier sectors necessitated the need to bring in new and better performing vehicles. The history of the transit van is as follows:
The MK Transit Van Generations
The journey started with the MKâs, where the first MK1 van came to the market in 1965 in the UK. It was a super van by Ford and had all the qualities of a modern van, at the time. In 1971, it had a facelift and a new grill was fitted on the van.
MK2 saw the light of day in 1978. It was better than the previous version and the load sections at the back were all new. During its early existence at the time, there were different changes made on its grill to bring out the best in it. This was done later in 1983.
MK 3 and 4 came together, with the MK3 upgrade or facelift, being the MK4. These two versions came in the market in 1985 and 1991 respectively. The MK3 registered a huge sale in the market after it was launched.
MK5 was a better design than the previous versions except for the body part. The engine was, however, modified to the modern standards. This took place in 1994, and Ford was the designer or manufacturer to go with.
MK6 van came in the year 2000 and 6 years later, the MK7 was born. It was a great way for Ford to usher in the new millennium with the MK6. It was a milestone for Ford as they were able to satisfy the needs of their clients with the MK6 van. For the MK7, it was the same van as the previous version but with huge modifications on the body of the vehicle.
MK8 was the last of the MK generation of vans. It came into the market in 2014 and had a lot to offer in terms of capacity. It became the van of today. From technology to design, it has become a van that addresses the needs of users and the transport industry in general.
The Transit Custom
It took all the tests and came on top at the end, in terms of sales. The van became famous and got the attention it deserved. It was first introduced to the public in 2013, after a series of drive tests to make sure it is what the market needed. From its appearance to performance, the van did not disappoint.
The Transit Connect
It was born in 2002 but later made into a new design in 2014. During the time until it was redesigned, there were major facelifts on the vehicle to make it perform better and also improve on its look. It is a small van and comes with all the features of a large van in terms of reliability.
The Transit Courier
It is also small and offers the modern experience when driving it. Its small size makes it look like a normal car and it drives like one.