Ringways to mark Transit’s 50 years at top with ‘Transit Show Live’ Event
from 16-25 May 2015
The iconic Ford Transit celebrates 50 years as the gold standard of commercial vehicles this month and to mark the occasion Ringways Commercial Department is hosting a celebratory ‘Transit Show Live’ Event at its Whitehall Road Transit Centre in Leeds.
Running from Saturday 16th May until Monday 25th May, the Transit Show Live Event provides people with the perfect opportunity to discover for themselves just why the Ford Transit has been the nation’s favourite commercial vehicle since 1965.
Ringways Group Commercial Manager Mike Haley commented, “Everyone at Ringways Commercial is really excited to have the chance to celebrate the Ford Transit’s Golden Anniversary. For one product to remain as market leader for half a century truly is a remarkable achievement and we look forward to showcasing and celebrating that achievement through our Transit Show Live Event starting this weekend.”
Since the first Ford Transit van rolled off the production line in Cork, Ireland in 1965, the Ford Transit has woven a special place in the fabric of UK life. In a recent history of the Ford Transit, noted industry website Autocar offered this perspective of the Transit’s impact:
‘The history books will tell you much about that year. Jim Clark won the Indy 500 and the F1 World Championship. Mary Quant invented the mini skirt. More significantly a commercial vehicle launched that revolutionised the market and transformed the nation. That van was the Ford Transit. Now, the van transports billions of pounds of goods around the UK, and contributes even more value to the British economy in mobilising countless trades. There’s barely a builder, plumber or electrician who hasn’t once counted a Transit as their most important tool.’
Once labelled ‘Britain’s Most Wanted’ van by British Police following a string of high profile bank robberies in which Ford Transit’s were utilised as getaway vehicles during the 1970’s, the all-purpose Ford Transit range is as popular today as it ever has been, with year to date SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) figures showing Ford Commercial Vehicle sales, spearheaded by the Ford Transit range, are up a staggering 37.3% compared to 2014, meaning that in its 50th year as the UK’s Commercial Vehicle Sales leader, Ford’s lead has increased by 75%.
Terry Raynor, Director of Transit Centres, Ford of Britain said, “Ford’s Commercial vehicles set the benchmark for efficiency and loadspace, and continue to push the boundaries of innovation. At Transit Show Live, customers will see our new showrooms and learn about the fantastic technologies such as Lane Keeping Aid and Ford SYNC, which won a Euro NCAP Advanced Reward for Technology on the Ford Transit Custom, the first for any commercial vehicle.”
All are welcome at the Ringways Transit Show Live in May, at which our dedicated Ringways Commercial Team will be on hand to answer any and all Transit related enquiries. With free food, expert demonstrations and a special guest presentation on the new Ford Telematics Powered by Telogis system, the Transit Show Live promises to be an enjoyable and informative event for all involved. We’ll even have our valet team wash your van while you visit.
For more information about the Ringways Transit Show Live contact our dedicated Ringways Customer Engagement Team by phone on 0845 415-0-415 or via e-mail to: email@example.com.
Proud supporters of the Leeds Half Marathon
As proud supporters of the 2015 Leeds Half Marathon Ringways Motor Group would like to wish all involved this Sunday the very best of luck for a highly successful day.
Following on from last year’s record breaking day at which 7,000 runners helped raise a staggering £150,000 for official race charities, hopes are high that record interest levels in this year’s event will take those records higher still.
Through Ringways media partner and official Leeds Half Marathon race partner Radio Aire, who will be providing music and commentary throughout the event, Ringways are proud to be playing their own part in proceedings having donated a Ford Kuga for use as the official timing vehicle as well as a Ford Transit Custom van for race support.
Ringways Group Managing Director Stephen Russell commented, “Organised by Run For All as part of the lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson CBE, the Leeds Half Marathon has very quickly become an iconic event for the city as a whole so when Radio Aire approached us for support we were only too happy to contribute. I’m sure it will be a fantastic day for all involved with a tremendous amount of money raised for some very worthy causes.”
Amongst the ten official charities set to benefit from this year’s Leeds Half Marathon will be Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and the Overgate Hospice, securing the events status as ‘Yorkshire’s biggest hospice run’.
For those interested in cheering on the runners as they make their way through the city, proceedings get under way from 09:30am on the Headrow with this year’s finish line in Millennium Square. A dedicated ‘Family Zone’ will also be hosted in Victoria Gardens.
For full details about the 2015 Leeds Half Marathon visit www.runforall.com/half-marathon/leeds or for more information about Radio Aire’s involvement visit www.radioaire.co.uk/local/make-yours-a-half-in-2015/
'Leeds and Doncaster dealerships offering fantastic deals on KIA Sportage, Soul & All-New Sorento’s from 1st to 17th May 2015'
Ringways KIA are excited to announce that Friday 1st May will see the launch of the first ever ‘KIA Big Thank You SUV Event’.
With both our Whitehall Road KIA dealership in Leeds and Bullrush Grove KIA dealership in Doncaster participating, the KIA Big Thank You SUV Event allows KIA fans a close up look at just how valuable their feedback has been in helping shape KIA’s fabulous range of SUV’s, as well as offering unbeatable deals throughout the KIA SUV range.
Ringways KIA Franchise Manager Clare Wright commented, “We’re really excited to be taking part in the KIA Big Thank You SUV Event. Everyone associated with KIA recognises the integral role customer feedback plays in helping drive our products forward and we’re all really excited to have the opportunity to show them just what an impact they’ve made on our recent releases.”
Never has the influence of that customer feedback been more evident than with KIA’s flagship vehicle, the all-new Sorento. Launched on the 1st April, the all-new Sorento has received glowing reviews across industry publications and KIA Motors UK President and CEO Paul Philpott is quick to recognise the important role the feedback received played in shaping the final product.
Philpott said, “You can see the difference in the all new Sorento – and the difference is that we’ve addressed the feedback. We’ve done a lot of work on ride, handling, suspension and interior quality with the result being that we believe this third generation Sorento is the best KIA we have ever brought to the market.”
Popular industry publication Car Dealer Magazine agrees with Philpott’s assessment, stating, ‘The new Sorento really does show how far KIA have come – from being a budget brand just a few years ago, to one which is attracting first-time buyers from marques such as Audi and BMW, who find themselves being offered high quality vehicles but for far less money.’
The KIA Big Thank You SUV Event is your chance to pay us a visit and judge for yourself. What’s more if you like what you see there’s never been a better time to change vehicle with a fantastic range of event specific deals available on all new and used vehicles throughout our KIA SUV range (Sportage, Soul & Sorento). Event deals include KIA’s famous 7 year warranty and our Ringways exclusive KIA Big Thank You SUV Event offer of 3 Years Free Servicing, worth up to £349*.
For further information or to book a test drive call one of our dedicated Ringways Customer Engagement Team on 0845 415 0 415 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Terms & Conditions apply – for full details contact our Ringways Customer Engagement Team via aforementioned methods.
The Ford Transit Courier kicked off 2015 in style as the popular van picked up the Whatvan? 2015 Van of the Year and 2015 Small Van of the Year Awards.
Considered a leading authority within the industry, in describing the Courier Whatvan? commented, “The Transit Courier is basically the complete package. Admittedly slightly more expensive than the Citroen,Fiat or Peugeot competition, that price difference is made up in terms of running costs and future residual value, and the Courier’s efficiency, interior quality, style and practicality makes it a worthy Whatvan? 2015 Van of the Year.”
A favourite amongst Ringways commercial customers too, the Ford Transit Courier is perfectly suited to fulfil the demands required of a modern day van. Compact, nippy and easy to drive, yet with the loadspace and features of a much larger van, the Courier’s efficient size means it can navigate city streets with ease, while its sophisticated technology, like standard ABS with ESP, and exceptional 2.3 cu.m loadspace give the driver the confidence to handle even the largest of jobs.
Ringways Commercial Manager Mike Haley said, “It comes as no surprise to see the Ford Transit Courier win the Whatvan? 2015 Van of the Year Award. The Courier is a cracking little van that has proved very popular amongst our Ringways Commercial customers. With a 1620mm load floor length, a loadspace big enough to handle cargo up to 2.6m in length and Ford’s innovative light commercial vehicle interior, it’s easy to see why.”
For more information about the Ford Transit Courier or to see the Whatvan? 2015 Van of the Year for yourself visit the Ringways Commercial Showroom on Whitehall Rd (LS12 5NL) in Leeds or contact the Ringways Customer Care Team on 0113 2634222.