Ford has officially started production of the all-new Ford Transit Courier and all-new Ford Tourneo Courier at its state-of-the-art Craiova plant in Romania.
The all-new Transit Courier, designed for small van customers, gets enhanced connectivity and productivity features.
Hans Schep, general manager of Ford Pro Europe, said: “The team in Craiova is doing great work to deliver these exciting new models to our customers. We’ve made the all‑new Transit Courier bigger, more capable, and fully connected to support customers at work and accelerate their productivity, with enhanced load carrying and full integration with our Ford Pro platform of software and services. All this comes in an SUV-styled package that we know customers love.”
The initial production phase includes diesel- and petrol-engined versions of the all-new Ford Transit Courier and petrol versions of the all-new Ford Tourneo Courier. Next year, production will commence for the electric van variants, the E-Transit Courier and E-Tourneo Courier, aligning with Ford’s commitment to achieve zero emissions across all vehicle sales in Europe by 2035.
To mark the commencement of production, an official ceremony was held at the Craiova plant, attended by Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, state officials and industry representatives.
Ford Otosan, Ford’s joint venture in Turkey, serves as the manufacturing hub for the Ford Transit Courier and Ford Tourneo Courier ranges. Originally produced at the Yeniköy plant in Turkey in 2014, production was strategically moved to the Craiova plant as part of Ford Otosan’s investment strategy.
Last year, Ford Otosan announced a substantial investment of €490 million to support the production of the all-new Courier range at the recently acquired Craiova plant. This investment, combined with Ford’s $300 million contribution, not only supports the production of the Ford Puma at the same facility but also increases the plant's capacity from 250,000 to 272,000 vehicles per year.