Ford is set to go global and will begin to sell the Ford Transit Connect Taxi in Hong Kong early next year. A liquefied petroleum gas fuel system created by Ford will be featured on these New Transit Connect vehicles sold in Hong Kong. This system takes advantage of the well-established LPG infrastructure in the country.
This feature is offered on the vehicles available in the U.S. as an option. Ford truck communications manager Mike Levine said that since 2010, Ford has made this option available for the Transit Connect models.
These vehicles can be equipped with a fuel system that can run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. For the U.S. market, the 2014 model is offered with a $300 factory-installed engine prep package that permits the vehicle to endure the requirements of CNG/LPG fuel.
Set to start selling early next year, these vehicles will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. By tweaking the cars to run on CNG/LPG at the plant, or at a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier, the improvements will not have an impact on the factory-set calibrations.
In a statement, Raj Nair, group vice president, said that the Ford Transit Connect Taxi has proven itself in taxi fleets throughout the U.S. Nair added that Ford is building on its success, selling this vehicle in additional markets, which include global cities such as Hong Kong. The height of the 2014 Transit Connect Taxi is lower so that taxi companies have more clearance and advertisements can be placed on the roof.
To improve access, the floor was lowered. Wheelchairs have access to the taxi via the Qualified Vehicle Modifier program. In addition, the 2014 model is longer than its predecessor, permitting seating for five and more cargo space. The additional interior space can be used to haul extra luggage or to accommodate the CNG/LPG tank if the vehicle is converted from gasoline. [source: Ford]