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Ford Cargo

The Ford Cargo is a cab-over-engine lightweight truck model formerly manufactured by Ford. It was originally launched in 1981 by Ford of the United Kingdom. Competitors include Avia A30, Iveco Zeta, Magirus-Deutz MK-series, MAN G90, Mercedes-Benz LN, Nissan Atleon, Renault Midliner, Volvo F4/F6/F7, Volvo FL, and KrAZ-5401.

The Cargo was styled by Patrick Le Quément who included windows which extended down to floor level in the doors to enable drivers to see pathways in urban locations more easily when parking. The Cargo cab was very successful and was commonly seen in US Postal Service duty, and as a city tractor for freight companies such as Roadway Express.

The model is still made by Brazilian, Argentinian and Venezuelan (aka Ford Trader) Ford subsidiaries, the Turkish Ford Otosan, and the Indian Ashok Leyland (Stallion). And it is also made by Freightliner Trucks and sold as the Sterling Cargo or the Freightliner Cargo in the United States.
Ford now sells the Ford LCF as a smaller cab-over alternative in the US to be more competitive with similar trucks, such as the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter and Isuzu Elf (N Series).

European Ford Cargo[]

With the demise of the Ford Transcontinental heavy truck range, British Ford introduced a range of heavyweight Cargo tractor units (after-Ford Model TT (1917-1925), Ford Model TT (1925-1927), Ford Model AA (1927-1929), Ford Model AA (1930-1931), Ford Model BB, Ford V3000S, Ford Rhein/Ruhr, Ford FK (1951-1954), Ford FK (1955-1961), and Ford Transcontinental) ranging from 28- to 38-tonnes gcw. The 38-tonners were powered by the Cummins L10 while those at 28- and 32-tonnes had Perkins, Cummins, or air-cooled Deutz diesels.

In 1986, Ford sold its European truck operations to the Italian Iveco group and subsequent vehicles have been badged Iveco Ford. After the recession in the 1990s, Iveco rationalised its production operations,overlooked by Keith Stanley Jones, Production Engineering Manager and its Langley, Slough, plant closed in October 1997, bringing UK Iveco/Ford truck production to an end.

The original lightweight Cargo (after-Fordson Model TT (1917-1925), Fordson Model TT (1925-1927), Fordson Model AA (1927-1929), Fordson Model AA (1930-1931), Fordson Model BB, Fordson BBE, Fordson Thames 7V, Fordson Thames ET6/ET7, Thames Trader FC Mk1, Thames Trader FC Mk2, Ford D-series (1965-1978), and Ford D-series (1978-1981)) was replaced in 1993 by the Iveco Eurocargo range, covering the 7.5-ton to 18-ton GVW range.

American Ford Cargo[]

The Ford Cargo is a cab over engine truck model formerly manufactured in USA by Ford (after-Ford Model TT (1917-1925), Ford Model TT (1925-1927), Ford Model AA (1927-1929), Ford Model AA (1930-1931), Ford Model BB, Ford COE (1935-1937), Ford COE (1937-1938), Ford COE (1938-1939), Ford COE (1940-1941), Ford COE (1941-1947), Ford F-Series COE (1948—1950), Ford F-Series COE (1951—1952), Ford F Series COE (1953), Ford F Series COE (1954), Ford F Series COE (1955), Ford F Series COE (1956), Ford C-Series (1957-1963), and Ford C-Series (1963-1990)), but now made by Freightliner Trucks and sold as the Sterling Cargo or the Freightliner Cargo. It is commonly seen in US Postal Service duty, and as a city tractor for freight companies such as Roadway Express. (Ford sold its US-commercial truck operations to Sterling Trucks, which was then purchased by Freightliner Trucks)

This model has its roots in the European Ford Cargo (1981- ? )

Ford now sells the Ford LCF as a smaller cab-over alternative in the US to be more competitive with similar trucks, such as the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter and Isuzu Elf (N Series).


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