The Ford Freda is a rebadged 8-seater Mazda Bongo Friendee MPV
Introduced to the Japanese home market in 1995, the Ford Freda is essentially the same vehicle as the Mazda Bongo Friendee, the only difference being the Ford badge. While initially a Japanese domestic market vehicle, it is becoming increasingly popular in overseas markets for Japanese imports (Grey Imports), particularly in the UK, Russia, and New Zealand.
The majority of Ford Fredas have automatic transmission with a few manual versions, and are available in 2WD (SGL3) and 4WD (SGL5) versions. 2.5 turbo diesels are the more common engine in Japan, although V6 petrol engines are reasonable easy to source.
Later post 99 models have a different shape and engines.
Air conditioning, often with climate control, and electric blinds are fitted as standard.
Some Bongo Friendee / Fredas have Mazda factory-fitted kitchen units, but many others are imported and converted to camper vans in the UK. All have fold-down seats downstairs to make a double bed, and on many models there is also an elevating roof where you can sleep two more. Flat-top versions (or “Bongolows”) are also available.