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Ford's rival to the VW California is called the Custom Nugget
Time to trade in the Bongo Friendee; this Transit campervan has a sillier name
Naming a car isn’t easy. Just ask Mitsubishi, Toyota, Audi and countless others who’ve given a car whose name sounds very rude when spoken in overseas languages.
In future ‘you won’t believe what these cars are called!’ online lists will surely be this, the Ford Transit Custom Nugget. A name which sounds like a euphemism, but we can’t entirely pinpoint what for.
Broken down, it’s the Nugget version of the Ford Transit Custom van, and in simple terms it’s a rival to the Volkswagen California. So it’s a minibus-based camper where the seats have been ditched in favour of a kitchenette and the roof extends upwards to create a double bedroom.
Pictures suggest it’s not quite as space efficient or neatly laid out as an equivalent Cali, but there’s good reason; the Custom Nugget comes with an indoor toilet. A sequence of words never previously typed in automotive journalism.
So while non-Grand versions of the VW require a noisy sliding open of the door and a cold scamper towards the trees if you have an early hours call of nature, the Nugget allows you stay warm and dry and delight any other occupants with the sound of a 3am slash. There’s also an outdoor shower, which probably requires a reasonably liberal attitude to how you bid ‘good morning’ to fellow campers.
There’s a choice of two 2.0-litre diesel engines, with up to 168bhp on offer, plus Ford’s current suite of ‘SYNC’ media connectivity as well as adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera. Vital for not expensively – and embarrassingly – punting your on-board toilet into a lamppost.
Prices haven’t yet been confirmed, so we don’t know if it undercuts the Cali. But if you’ve been holding off replacing your Mazda Bongo Friendee because no other camper’s so far possessed a silly enough name, perhaps now - finally - is the time to trade it in.