Ford Transit Van Saves a Big Rig in the Snow: Freaky Fords Friday
Vans don’t get much credit in the truck world, but this video shows that the Transit is ‘Built Ford Tough.’
This week’s “Freaky Fords Friday” video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Dan Gulliford and it features a Ford Transit coming to the rescue of a big truck that has gotten stuck in the snow. Based on the company logo on the side of the van, we know that this footage comes from the United Kingdom. This is fortunate, as the European Transit van is offered with the all-wheel-drive system needed to get through the heavy snow, unlike the big haulers sold in the United States.
While the Ford Transit has been gaining popularity in the North American market since being introduced in 2013, this big van has been a mainstay of the commercial vehicle world in Europe for decades. Based on its success in the overseas market, European Transit vans are offered with features that have not been offered in the United States. Europeans get a few diesel engine options that Americans do not, but most importantly, the Transit sold in the United Kingdom can be ordered with all-wheel-drive.
American Transit vans have only been offered with rear-drive since being introduced, but that will change for the 2020 model year when the refreshed version of the big Ford van will finally come with all-wheel-drive. At that point, the Transit will become far more attractive to commercial buyers in areas of the country that get heavy snow, allowing workers to get to and from the jobsite in the worst weather.
The video above shows one other advantage that American Transit buyers will enjoy starting next year, as with all-wheel-drive, the big van can serve as a great tow vehicle in poor weather conditions.
Pulling the MAN
In the video above, a European Ford Transit is attempting to rescue a MAN big rig that has gotten stuck in what looks to only be a few inches of heavy snow. Maybe there is ice under the snow or maybe the truck is having some unknown difficulties that led it to get stuck in what is little more than a dusting of snow, but in any case, it was unable to move. That was when a Ford Transit from Western Power Distribution came to the rescue.
This particular Transit has all-wheel-drive and what appears to be fairly aggressive tires, allowing the relatively small work van to pull the big rig to safety.