New Ford Heavy Truck?

I’m sure Marco won’t mind me borrowing this, an unknown photographer but a good one! The supposed new Ford heavy truck range will be launched at the IAA Show in Hanover this coming September. I’m not to sure what it looks like but I bet Scania wish their designers had come up with the roof design! Looks good not sure on the headlights.

Please discuss.

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My Best Truck of 2014

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For me this is the best truck I have seen in 2014. It might not be the newest, it might not be most practical for most of Europe and it certainly won’t be everyones taste but for me, spot on.

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If you live in the UK and haven’t been to one I strongly advise that you make 2015 your first trip to a European truck show, the standard of trucks is amazing. I can’t deny that the trucks here in the UK are getting better and better but the Europeans just seem to have it right, they all look good. To me the best trucks have always been out of reach of what I could afford or achieve and the T560 is no different. We all joke about winning the lottery but a Tcab would be very close to the top of my list. It’s blue, it’s got two sets of pipes, it’s got a subtle custom interior and enough lights to make it look good but not over the top. As with anything I would make a few subtle changes as I’d want to put my mark on it.

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2014 has seen a big rise in the blogs popularity through all mediums, the Facebook page, twitter and the good old fashioned http://www.truckblog.co.uk website. I’m not going to link to any of those this time round as I’m sure you all could do with a break from the ruthless links and plugs for the blog. I have no idea where the blog will be in another 12 months, hopefully you’ll all still send me stuff, photos, info and the odd piece of trucking memorabilia to decorate TBHQ and I’ll keep bugging the TV companies in the vague hope they’ll see that we need Truckblog TV!

Hopefully I’ll be visiting, Truckfest Peterborough, Crowfield Truck Rally, Gathering of the Griffin, Retro Truck Show at Gaydon, more than likely (and hopefully) Truckstar Festival at Assen as my foreign trip, although I have heard on the grapevine that there is quite a convoy of English motors heading to the International Trucker & Country Show held at Interlaken, CH. I have always wanted to go James?? Finally if the offer is still there then I might just make it to Belfast too.

Anyway thank you for following and thank you for making the blog what it is, without your contributions I’m sure you’d all be bored silly of 143’s, MAN TGL LX’s and Mercedes-Benz photos! As we all do secretly say now and again Keep on Trucking!

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Ford Cargo is a Turkish Delight

Jay Grants Ford Cargo

Following on from my post the other week of an undercover Turkish Ford Cargo, I have had an email from Jay Grant, a driver of one of only 3 of these Ford Cargo’s in the UK. This photo was taken in La Jonquera, Spain, so Jay does get around a bit, but what does he do?? “Ford Motor Company” written on the front and an “FMC” number plate may be a clue or 2. Jay said in his first email;

“There are 3 in the UK, 2 x 2005’s and a 06…the 05s are artics and pull covered transporters and the 06 is wagon and drag transporter…the 05’s are going shortly as we have 2 new ones in Turkey awaiting collection….I work for Ford public affairs UK hence the Cargos.”

Naturally I wanted to know more about what his work involved, Public Affairs could be anything. Here’s what Jay said (I could put it into my own words but there really is no point!);

“Our work is really quite varied and not always all that glamorous lol…while we do move things like the concept and show cars about much of the time we only move support cars, these are often just Mondeo’s or Galaxy’s just for the crew to use to get about…last week I took 2 Torneo mini buses to Cologne…its a completely different way of working too, the emphasis is on getting it right with no damage even if it takes longer, and trust me if I’m loaded I drive like an old man…

We do a fair bit of publicity work too, a few weeks ago one of my colleagues took Katy B (I don’t know – Admin!) to a Sony event in Battersea power station in our XXL Torneo – this is a stretched Transit with full leather, dvd screen for every seat and is about 30ft long…I’ll have to get permission to send u a couple of pics….”

The stretched Transit sounds like fun! Hopefully Jay will grace us with some more photos. It’d be good to see these Turkish delights on their travels around Europe. Perhaps Jay will be flown out to Turkey to pick up his new truck from the factory?? That would be  photo fest!! I think Jay is looking forward to his new Cargo;

I’m not too sure yet which cab were getting but am hoping its the one in your photo (earlier blog post HERE), this is taller than the old and looks wider too…ours being a narrow cab design…I know they are moving from a 7 litre to 9 litre engine so should be a big improvement…”

Keep us posted Jay. I wonder if Ford would let Jay stick one of the new truckblog stickers some where on his truck?? I doubt it. If you see these few Ford Cargo’s in the UK, then email me; ben@truckblog.co.uk ………….. in fact I may have to email myself!

SCOOP!! Cargo Undercover

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Did you know this is a Ford Cargo? In an undercover guise obviously. The Ford Cargo is still produced by Ford in Turkey. This one was spotted in Portbury Docks on the back of an HC Wilson truck. Apparently it has come to the UK for crash testing. Judging by the  undercover livery and disguised panels my detective skills hint towards this having been on road trials in Turkey or some where else. Looking how dirty it is, plenty of road dirt and covered panels mean it has been running about but without the public being able to see the finished truck. Now the road trials have finished this poor truck must have been short listed to come to the UK for crash testing R.I.P.

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I have to admit that I have really struggled to find a great deal out about these Turkish built Ford’s. All I can tell you is what I have found on the Ford Media website. I’m guessing that this particular truck is a new version of the current range of Ford Cargo’s. It must be a new cab or at least a heavily face-lifted cab and likely to have a new engine or mechanical set up, as the last version was released back in 2004. I don’t know if the last version had adblue but this prototype has the tank, so perhaps this is a new engine to meet Euro emissions regulations. The Ford website says of the current range of Ford Cargo’s;

“Ford Cargo Tractors cover a range of 18 to 40 tons with different axle configurations, payloads, and chassis lengths. There are three different cab styles that enhance the versatility of Ford Cargo. These variants make it suitable for wide variety of customer needs. Ford’s heavy truck manufacturing experience dates back 40 years in history. The current Ford Cargo was launched in 2004 model year and was developed in 5 years.”

Then interestingly enough it goes on to say all about how much testing the 2004 released truck went through, including a trip to the UK for testing at the same place where this new version was being delivered too;

“The Ford Cargo Tractor was tested for 15 million kilometers (8 million kilometers road test, 4 million kilometers structural durability test, 3 million kilometers cab durability test) in total before it was launched. Besides the durability, noise, vibration, harshness and safety tests completed entirely in the virtual environment, actual field tests are also conducted. The durability tests were carried on Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium. The durability of the Ford Cargo cabs was tested in Istanbul Technical University. Ford Cargo Tractor proved its durability and reliability after this long period of stringent tests. Ford’s reputation in designing vehicles with superior driving dynamics and comfort is also valid for Ford Cargo trucks. Ride and handling performance evaluations were done in MIRA test track in England in comparison with the products of other European heavy truck competitors.”

I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for anymore undercover trucks. Thats 2 within a couple of weeks, as some of my Twitter and Facebook followers will know, I spotted an undercover new Volvo here in Colchester, Essex. These things come in 3’s so what will be my 3rd?? Can you tell or show me? then send me an email or leave a comment with your undercover spots; ben@truckblog.co.uk

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