North America (1952–1960) Edit
This was a commercial model based on Ford's full-size stationwagon line. Its model code was designated 78A.
From 1952 to 1956 access to the rear storage area was through a unique door hinged on the side. For 1957 and 1958, the rear access door was a combination of the lift gate and tailgate being connected with two connecting struts. This design meant that the rear door back glass had to be divided into three sections, two outer curved portions and a center piece.
In 1959 all Couriers took on the windowed body style very similar to the Tudor Ranch Wagons and their model code was re-designated as 59E. The last year for the passenger car based Courier would be 1960 when it would remain a commercial wagon.
International (1971–2006) Edit
Variants of the Mazda B-Series pickup were marketed as the Ford Courier in various countries from 1971 to 2006.
Europe (1991–2002) Edit
- Main article: Ford Courier Van
A Ford Courier Van based on the Ford Fiesta was launched in Europe in 1991. Based on the Mark III Fiesta platform, it was also produced in the 1995 Mark IV version. It was replaced in 2002 by the Ford Transit Connect.
Brazil (1998–present) Edit
The name was also applied to a small pickup truck of similar layout produced by Ford in Brazil and exported to countries such as Mexico. It is based on the 1998 model of the Ford Fiesta. While its frontal treatment is the same as the South African built Fiesta based Ford Bantam "bakkie" pickup, it has a completely different load box.
Its load capacity is 700 kg (1,543 lb). Until 1999 the Courier used the Endura 1.3-liter engine and the Zetec-SE 1.4 16v engine. The Mk IV 1.4 16v Zetec-SE has a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph) and can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 12s. Since 2000 both engines were replaced by the Zetec Rocam 1.6-liter. The Mk V 1.6 model has top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph) and can accelerate from 0–100 km/h in 10 seconds.
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