Ford has announced it will supply a further 343 Ford Transit Customs to the AA.
The latest additions to the AA patrol fleet bring Ford's share to more than 50 per cent. The car breakdown services newest patrol vans will bring their total number of vehicles to 2,100.
Ford secured the order from the AA following an exhaustive analysis of whole-life costs.
AA head of fleet Sarah Dopson said: "We looked at all the usual factors acquisition price, depreciation, servicing and maintenance costs, running costs including fuel economy and the Transit Custom came out top. Deliveries of the new vehicles will be complete by November, in time for our busiest period for call-outs."
Prior to delivery, the Transit Custom vans a mix of 310 and 330 L1 models undergo conversion at a vehicle preparation specialist, which includes fitment of the AA's new contract recovery trailer to allow the partial lift and recovery of broken-down vehicles, a dual battery system, specialist racking systems and of course the organisation's distinctive yellow livery.
Ian Watson, Ford's direct sales manager, added: "Ford is already supplying around 3,000 cars a year to the AA Driving School, and we are very pleased that the organisation has recognised the Ford Transit Custom's many attributes, including the important financial ones. They look eye-catching in AA livery and will prove a reassuring roadside sight for AA members."
by: Danielle Bagnall