In partnership with: Ford Transit
ENGINE 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq four-cylinder POWER 125bhp @3,500rpm
EMISSIONS Euro 5 GEARBOX Ford six-speed manual TYRES 195/75 R16
16 passenger seats in 4,600kg
GVW Transit conversion,
which is versatile
GM Coachwork demonstrator
is built on a 64-plate Transit to
show the model’s versatility
NEW SECTOR IN GM’S SIGHTS
WITH TRANSIT CONVERSION
GM Coachwork hopes to hit a winner with a new front-entrance Transit
conversion. It’s versatile and good value, and it ticks many boxes
One type of minibus that has been scarce
for a number of years is a cost-effective
front-entrance 16-seater. Since the demise
of the LDV Convoy, little outside the
premium sector has ticked that box. Until
The change has come about thanks to GM
Coachwork. The Devon fi rm has developed
a suitable conversion of the 4,600kg GVW
Ford Transit, and to promote the value
aspect, it is offering it in conjunction with
a variety of used base minibuses.
The conversion is also available on new
Transits, but it intends to leverage its
relationships with contract hire and leasing
companies to source low-mileage, wellmaintained
models looking for a second life.
GM is targeting PCV operators, although
it will sell it to customers in the community
transport and local authority sectors. It is
not promoting an accessible variant.
Four full-height sliding windows are
fi tted and a glazed roof hatch serves as the
emergency exit. Vents for the saloon
heating are within the fl oor, and air is also
admitted above the windows.
What is noticeable is how quiet the
saloon is. Engine noise is non-existent
and that complements an ambience that
is aided by the glazed roof hatch.
Couple that with well over 6ft
of headroom and it’s a pleasant place
in which to travel.
The front-entrance conversion includes
four removable seats in the back row.
That gives scope for luggage space
if a cut in passenger capacity to 12 can
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Full test drive at j.mp/2LwySZ6
0 – 30mph
0 – 50mph
NOISE @ 50MPH
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