Ford and TVL Security have strengthened their partnership to offer customers a wider range of additional security products as factory fit options on both Ford Custom and Ford Transit across Europe.
Ford is the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to offer a range of additional factory fit options for security products that have until now only been available in the aftermarket.
TVL Security has worked in partnership with Ford for several years with their patented Replock™ already available as a factory fit option.
‘It was a natural extension of our close working relationship with Ford to develop our range of aftermarket security products for factory fit options,” says Laura Moran, Managing Director, TVL Group.
“The TVL Innovation Team have been collaborating with the Ford engineering team for several months to design and manufacture exclusive versions of our products that are positioned in the vehicle to deliver optimum performance and protection for van operators.
“Van operators can now have their new vehicles delivered to the dealer ready for use. In addition to the convenience this provides, customers will have the assurance of market leading TVL products that come with the same Ford warranty as with all factory options. Plus, the cost of vehicle security becomes part of the overall vehicle cost and can be included in the financing of the vehicle.”
Mandy Dean, Commercial Vehicle Director, Ford of Britain, says: “Ford is continually looking at new ways to improve vehicle security as new technology develops and we know security is a particular concern for Britain’s builders and traders. It isn’t just vehicles themselves being targeted by thieves but also the tools inside them. Our partnership with TVL goes a step further in our mission to help keep customers’ vehicles safe.”
These additional factory fit options will be available as packs based on the most popular products that are fitted in the aftermarket.
According to Logistics UK’s Van Security Survey 80% of respondents would pay extra for additional factory fitted security measures. With approximately 60% of van operators adding additional security to their vehicle in the aftermarket the expectation is that many fleet operators will take advantage of the convenience of ordering their vehicle security as a factory option.
About TVL Security
Part of TVL Group, is a privately owned company based in Brentwood, Essex, the company designs and manufactures leading vehicle security products supplying directly to vehicle manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket. The TVL Innovation team has over 80 years of combined experience in the vehicle security industry. TVL Group (www.tvl-group.co.uk) is a vertical supplier operating in the UK supplying to the global automotive industry with businesses including vehicle security, precision engineering, metal fabrication, powder coating, vehicle security and van accessory installation.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford trucks, utility vehicles, and cars – increasingly including electrified versions – and Lincoln luxury vehicles; provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company; and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services. Ford employs approximately 186,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.
Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 43,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and consolidated joint ventures and approximately 58,000 people when unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 14 manufacturing facilities (10 wholly owned facilities and four unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.