Ford builds a 2014 Transit Connect Wagon sleigh especially for Santa Claus

Article by Christian A., on December 28, 2012

Ford has built an all-new 2014 Transit Connect Wagon sleigh especially for Santa Claus. Ford has plenty of presents to give to nice kids all across the world so to get to all of them, he requires a new sleigh with maximum fuel economy and cargo space for the efficient delivery of all the presents. This concept sleigh is based on Ford’s Transit Connect Wagon.

It is powered by EcoBoost, which provides a rating of more than 30 mpg and a per gallon (ppg) cargo rating that leads the industry. As an additional benefit, the EcoBoost engine, which has been given fine tuning to achieve high-speed performance, would make Santa reach speeds much faster than his previous 36hp sleigh.

Santa Claus even released a statement about his new ride. He asserts that he will stay true to his mission to give presents to “good girls and boys” and that with this new sleigh, the process will be more efficient. Engineers at Ford started to develop the Transit Connect Wagon sleigh concept just a few weeks after it heard of Santa’s predicament during cold-weather testing in the North Pole.

Darren Goddard, chief engineer for Ford Transit Connect Wagon, claims that everyone wins since the added efficiency means that Santa has more time during stops for milk and cookies. His new transportation will provide him with 100 cubic feet of cargo space and the capability of haul as much as 2,000 pounds.

The new Ford Transit Connect offers a top-class load-carrying ability which is very suitable in easing the work of electricians, plumbers and all other possible trades. It provides hassle-free loading, transporting and unloading bulky items with its load-through hatch in the bulkhead. It features foldable front passenger seats, wide openings and sliding door which offer more cargo space. It also highlights a well-defined profile above its all steel bulkhead that can accommodate 8ft x 4ft sheets.

According to Stephen Lesh, the Chief Program Engineer in Ford Europe for the Transit Connect, they purposely observed tradespeople in the process of loading as well as unloading from their vehicles just so they get the precise design for this all-new model. He added that the van is specially designed to endure anything as it may haul any type of tools or materials and transport them together with the work crew safely and comfortably.

Ford engineering team also developed innovative load-through systems for this model to guarantee that the Transit Connect can safely transport items such as 3.0 meters to 3.4 meters of pipes or rolls of flooring. Another development is the improved access panel in the vehicle’s bulkhead along with the unique “fold and drive” mechanism made for the outer passenger seats and creates a dished profile to the passenger seat surface. The instrument panels were also elongated so the items could just slide underneath.

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