Ford Brings Back the Sedan Delivery – New Fiesta Van for Europe
It’s got an awkward name but it’s a vehicle whose niche will never disappear. A “ sedan delivery” is a commercial version of the station wagon that has metal panels replacing the glass in the vehicle’s rear ( photos here). They were originally used by small businesses as service and delivery vehicles and it’s such a practical vehicle that they never really will go away. They were made out of ’57 Chevy Nomads, they made them out of Pinto wagons and they currently are being made out of Chevy’s HHR retro panel truck thing. Now Ford Europe is getting back into the sedan delivery business. To accommodate those businesses that need to transport tools and replacement parts but don’t need the capacity of something like a Transit Connect, Ford of Europe has introduced the new Fiesta Van, based on the Fiesta hatchback.
Solid panels replace the rear quarter windows and the back seat is replaced by a payload area with a load length of 1.3 meters and a capacity of 1.0 cubic meter.
A steel bulkhead is mounted behind the seats for security and there are four cargo tie-downs that meet DIN standards for load restraints.
1949 Pontiac Streamliner Sedan Delivery at RM Auctions’ 2012 St. John’s Sale. Photo courtesy of Cars In Depth.
As you’d expect, there’s a rubber mat, not carpet in back, and Ford says that the cargo hold is lined with “durable sidewall trim”. Payload is about 500 kg, which in American terms, makes this a half ton trucklet. Two diesel engines and one gasoline engine are offered and the Fiesta Van can also be ordered in ECOnetic form, which comes with a 1.6 L TDCi diesel, auto-start-stop, low rolling resistance tires, slightly lowered suspension and some aero pieces.
The commercial Fiesta will be available with Sync and the Ford MyKey system, which allows fleet owners to limit top speeds just like parents of teenagers. No word on if the Fiesta Van will be available with Ford’s Crew Chief fleet management system like it’s North American market commercial vehicles.
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