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Ford awards QVM approval to performance van company


A company that makes a rally-bred performance version of the UK’s best-selling van has been recognised as an official converter by Ford, and will be allowed to sell its vehicles through the company’s dealer network.

MS-RT’s motorsport-bred Commercial Vehicles are hand-finished in Pontypool, South Wales, with modifications including a full front bumper and grille replacement with integrated factory fog lamps, wide body arch extensions, sills, rear diffuser and rear spoiler, along with nappa leather and suede seat facings and a rally-style steering wheel with carbon fibre inlays.

The Qualified Vehicle Modifier branding (QVM) is presented to companies that meet strict standards in manufacture and quality control, and are assessed regularly to ensure that their workmanship matches the attributes expected by Ford itself. They must also prove that their vehicles have followed Ford’s Body and Equipment Mounting Manual (BEMM), follow quality control processes and offer a warranty for the conversion that matches Ford’s own warranty terms.

MS-RT Founder and Director, Ed Davies, said: “Being awarded QVM status by Ford is a huge honour, as it is not something the company hands out lightly. The standards expected by Ford Motor Company for QVM converters are rigorous and have a major focus on quality, so only the very best companies can make the grade.

“It’s an amazing tribute to our skilled and dedicated workforce, along with the sheer talent of our engineers and designers, that we have attained this accolade, meaning that MS-RT vans can now be sold officially through Ford dealerships. We’re extremely excited by what the future may hold as a result.”