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From Autocar UK, may not be direct but there are inferences to be gleaned.

Ford Transit first drive review Review | Autocar

Ford also claims the Transit has best-in-class cost of ownership, aided by a simplified design that makes it quicker and cheaper to replace key components. The time taken to service the rear brakes has been cut in half, meaning reduced bills for the operator, and less time off the road. Residual values are boosted by up to £2500 on some models over three years/60,000 miles.
Ford says the Transit is more car-like than any big Ford van before it, and it’s not wrong.

The dash design will certainly be familiar to any drivers of Ford’s passenger car range: the instrumentation, steering wheel, audio controls and plenty of other switchgear is lifted straight out of its car range. SYNC connectivity is offered, alongside a range of tech usually restricted to car drivers: lane departure assistance, torque vectoring and adaptive cruise control.
 

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Ford claiming the transit has best-in-class cost of ownership will definitely get them some attention, the attention of those looking for the best bang for their buck cargo van that won't be a burden.
 

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well this article doesnt really mention what they did

They can claim they reduced the cost of ownership but they need to list out what they did so we can evaluate this claim and see its legitimacy.
 

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At the ride & drive I went to, one of the seminars was a comparison of costs of repairs vs the Sprinter, the GM vans and the Transit. They really focused on the Sprinter vs Transit more than the GM vans.
Well they focused on the most replaced parts, bearings, brakes, diesel EGR valves, on high mileage and the normal maintenance costs too. The parts costs differences between the Sprinter and the Transit were really striking, (I can attest to the Sprinter parts prices after owning 2 of them). The difference between the Ford and GM vans was almost nothing.
 
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