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2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon ‘unminivan’ proves to be quite popular

The long-wheelbase, seven-seat version of the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon accounted for around 85 percent of Wagon sales in July. The short- and long-wheelbase versions now have combined average of around 34 percent of total Transit Connect sales, including the cargo van – compared to just a 13-percent Wagon mix with the previous generation.

Ford also posted a 42-percent jump in total Transit Connect sales in July to 4,090 unit, marking the best July ever for the nameplate. While the long-wheelbase version of the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon features seven seats and sliding door, the carmaker is not marketing it as a minivan.

It even carried the hashtag “#unminivan” and was featured in a marketing scheme based mostly on social media like Twitter and Facebook.

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2015 Ram ProMaster City gets ready to take on Ford Transit Connect

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is arriving next year, providing Chrysler Group dealers a small commercial van good enough to rival the Ford Transit Connect. Based on the Fiat Doblo but designed for North American market, the front-wheel-drive vehicle 2015 ProMaster City will be powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four engine and a nine-speed transmission found in versions of the Chrysler 200 sedan and Jeep Cherokee.

The commercial van features coil-link rear suspension, resulting to enhanced driving dynamics and is intended mainly as an urban delivery or service vehicle. Bob Hegbloom, director of the Ram brand, remarked that the ProMaster City allows the brand to compete in the small van segment with a true commercial van.

He remarked that the platform underpinning the ProMaster City has been proven in the marketplace, noting there are already over 1.3 million Fiat Doblos around the world. The ProMaster City could be availed in two basic configurations: a two-seater for cargo and a five-seater for passengers.

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2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon gets 5-star rating from NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded five-star Overall Vehicle Score -- the highest possible overall rating -- to the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. The Tourneo Connect -- the European version of Transit Connect Wagon – also received a five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program consumer advocacy group.

Ford started selling the Transit Connect Wagon earlier this year. Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s global automotive safety office, remarked that the Transit Connect Wagon offers a unique-looking, fuel-efficient vehicle that provides a high level of safety. He noted that the suite of safety and driver-assist features available on Transit Connect makes the people mover a “great choice for families and businesses.”

The driver and passenger are protected by the Transit Connect’s body structure, over half of which is built with high-strength and ultrahigh-strength steels. The people mover also boasts of side airbags for front-row occupants, as well as side curtain airbags for all seating rows.

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2013 SEMA Show: Ford brings 10 customized Transit Connect models

Ford bought 10 Transit Connects at the SEMA Motor Show. The first is the Strange Motion Transit Connect created for a BMX team. It comes with a widebody kit, a distinct set of unique wheels and sufficient room to accommodate six people and their bikes. The second model is the Mobsteel Transit Connect that takes on a different route as it is described as a "hot rod delivery vehicle."

Details about the model are sparse but it’s known that it features a lower ride height, a wood-grain floor and custom wheels. Then there’s the K-Daddyz Kustomz Transit Connect – a mobile graphics shop that comes with "everything needed to mix paint and create custom graphics." The fourth is the eJudged Transit Connect that is referred to as a mobile office that is filled to the brim with “tech upgrades."

With these modifications, it is the "optimal place to perform car show judging." The CGS Motorsports Transit Connect is described as the ideal vehicle for a night at the drag strip as it features Lincoln Electric welding tools, a VIAIR air compressor and steel cabinets with tools inside them. LGE*CTS Motorsports transformed the Transit Connect into a cross country tourer that has "upgraded performance and technology." And finally, there’s the Pentech Transit Connect that rides on a mobile gaming platform with two driving simulators.

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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.

Read the entire article Ford Transit Connect Taxi ready to go global, will arrive in Hong Kong in 2014

Ford has unveiled the 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, which the carmaker says will be the only taxi to offer an engine prep package for conversion to compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas. The 2014 Transit Connect Taxi boasts of an additional interior space that could be used for cargo or a CNG/LPG tank. The taxi is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

It is available with a $300 factory-installed engine prep package that allows it to run on CNG/LPG fuel before it is converted under Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program, which has members certified by the carmaker to modify vehicles without affecting the factory-set calibrations, according to a Ford spokesman.

Tim Stoehr, commercial truck marketing manager for Ford, said in a statement that they are leveraging their “longtime leadership and expertise in the North American taxi market” to ensure that the Transit Connect Taxi surpasses the expectations of taxi operators and passengers.

Read the entire article Ford has unveiled longer and lower 2014 Transit Connect Taxi

The latest Ford Transit Connect could now be ordered for late 2013 delivery in the United Kingdom at a price range of between £13,921 and £19,130. The new Ford Transit Connect will be sold along with the Transit Custom, an upcoming Transit Courier, and a two-ton Transit that will rolled out in 2014. The Connect will be sold across Europe, North America and other global markets.

The new Ford Transit Connect was developed at the carmaker's facilities in Dunton, Essex and will be built at its state-of-the-art assembly site in Valencia, Spain. The Connect could be availed in Van, Double-Cab-in-Van and Kombi body styles.

Offered in short-wheelbase (L1) and long-wheelbase (L2) versions, the Connect provides a roomy and practical load area with total volumes of 2.9 cubic meters (L1) and 3.6 cubic meters (L2) with a full bulkhead, or 3.7  cubic meters (L1) and 4.4 cubic meters (L2) including the front loadspace area.

Read the entire article UK order book for 2014 Ford Transit Connect is now open

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.

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Ford introduced the compact 2014 Transit Connect Van together with the big Transit. A refresh was expected since the original Transit Connect was launched in the U.S. three years ago and since 2002, the model had been sold in Europe. Ford revealed that it will be available in two wheelbases, measuring 104 inches and 121 inches, leading to cargo capacities of 105 or 130 cubic feet, respectively.

It is built on Ford’s C1 platform, which includes parts used on cars such as the Escape, C-Max, and Focus. Many tie-downs and cargo hooks are used on the rubberized cargo floor. Ford offers the option of a divider between the two front seats and the cargo area. This feature is expected to be very popular. What’s different from the last Transit Connect is that buyers can opt for either a traditional center-opening rear doors or a crossover-style liftgate. Its dashboard and door plastics are tougher compared to those found in regular Ford passenger cars.

These are more durable and can withstand years of delivery usage but they have a cheap look. It offers more storage with its “aircraft-style” overhead bins. Ford offers the 2.5-liter inline-four as the base engine. Stepping up, it offers the 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four, which can return better than 30 mpg on the highway. These two engines are partnered to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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The pricing on the new Ford Transit Connect Wagon hasn’t been announced yet but it’s believed to be competitive. The Transit Connect Wagon, a minivan by another name, is built on the platform that’s also used by the Ford Focus and Escape. It is powered by the same 4-cylinder engines. Since there’s no rival in the minivan segment, Ford offers the C-Max in only the hybrid form.

The retrofitted commercial vehicle serves two purposes as it’s also a carrier for people. Ford hopes to provide the best fuel economy rating in its class. The standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder delivers 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque while the optional EcoBoost 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder produces 173 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The two engines will exclusively come with a 6-speed automatic.

Even if it’s a distinctly European-styled vehicle, it’s not available with a manual transmission. It can seat seven people. The second and third rows can be folded totally flat while the two third row seats can be independently shifted forwards and back by 5-inches. It is a utilitarian vehicle in basic trim. The Ford XL, XLT and Titanium model will be offered with top options such as a panoramic glass roof, MyFord Touch, a rear-view camera and a 6.5-inch touch screen.

Read the entire article 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon looks much better in the flesh

Ford has revealed more details about the passenger-friendly, U.S.-spec 2014 Transit Connect Wagon. Ford had introduced the new 2014 Ford Transit Connect at its global product roll-out in September. Ford had already offered a five-passenger Transit Connect Wagon in the market but because of its limited seating and bare-bones interior, it didn’t appeal to small families and would be more suited to small businesses.

For example, its cargo area didn’t have panelling or insulation. To remedy that, Ford gave the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon a fully-trimmed interior and a third row of seating. This enabled Ford to create another niche for its small van offering. Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s vice president of global product development and engineering, released a prepared statement.

He said that the target market of the new Transit Connect Wagon is made wider since it now offers a seven-passenger capacity with its three rows of seating in a fully-trimmed interior. It has become a modern, family-friendly alternative to oversized minivans with its broad selection of comfort, convenience, and connectivity options. Ford has released pres materials to show that the New Transit Connect’s interior is as “attractive, modern, and consumer-friendly as its car-like exterior.”

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There will be a category that will be added to California’s HVIP (Hybrid Incentive Voucher Program) that covers light-duty zero-emissions commercial vehicles (between 5,001 and 8,500 lbs GVWR) starting November, according to Chris Abarca, Director of Sales, West for Azure Dynamics, which has partnered with Ford for the Transit Connect Electric.

Under this category, a fleet’s first voucher could reach up to $15,000, while it’s $12,000 thereafter for what remains of FY 2010-11. The proposed FT 2011-12 HVIP voucher amounts (beginning in February 2012) increase to: $10,000 per vehicle for the first 30 vouchers.

The first 3 vehicles qualify for an added $2,000); $8,000 per voucher for 31-65 vouchers; $6,000 per voucher for 66 to 100 vouchers. The HVIP program makes use of AB 118 Air Quality Improvement Funding to aid fleets to make the switch from ICE vehicles to electric and hybrids.

Read the entire article Ford Transit Connect Electric to qualify for $15,000 state incentive in California

The Ford Transit Connect Taxi will start to be seen on the streets of New York later in the summer. The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission gave its approval at a public hearing for the version of Ford's Transit Connect van for taxi use.

Last May, Nissan was awarded a 10-year contract for its NV200 van to serve as the official New York City taxi starting in 2013. The other companies that wanted this 13,000-vehicle deal were Ford and Turkish automaker Karsan Otomotiv.

In Ford’s bid, it proposed the use of the Transit Connect Taxi as the exclusive New York taxi. Commission spokesman Allan Fromberg said that upon the realization that 60% of the New York taxi fleet was composed of the aging Ford Crown Victoria, it decided to approve other vehicles that meet interim "specifications to bridge the gap" until the arrival of the NV200. The Nissan Altima also received approval to supply a part of the interim taxi fleet.

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Just because Ford canceled a plan to build the seven-passenger Focus minivan, it doesn’t have to mean that it has totally given up on the chance of offering a three-row compact minivan.

Last week, Ford announced that as the market is concerned about fuel economy, it will soon present the Focus C-Max hybrid and the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. These two vehicles are five-door hatchbacks.

Ford also said that the seven-passenger minivan, which will share the C-Max name and which is slated to be start selling in 2012, won’t be available in the U.S.

Read the entire article Ford could decide to make a passenger version of the Transit Connect

The Norwegian postal service has ordered 20 Ford Transit Connect electric vans – the first order that Ford Motor Co. has received from Europe. Ford based the Transit Connect EV on its Transit Connect commercial van. It is the first product in Ford's global electrified vehicle plan and the first of five electrified vehicles that Ford will launch in Europe by 2013.

This summer, the Transit EV will go on sale. Sales of the Ford Focus EV will begin in 2012. And in 2013, the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid will be offered together with another hybrid model. The Transit Connect EV started shipping in the U.S. last December.

In a statement, Derrick Kuzak, vice president of global product development, said that Transit Connect Electric exemplifies how it is leveraging its relationships as well as its hybrid and advanced powertrain programs so that its energy-efficient technologies can be used on its cars. He added that this is an ideal vehicle for eco-conscious fleet operators as well as an important aspect of Ford’s future.

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Ford Motor Co. will sell the new 2011 Transit Connect Electric van to its first market in Europe, the United Kingdom. The electric van, which is the first product in Ford's global electrified vehicle plan, is based on its Transit Connect commercial van.

The new van will be used in London by the utility company Scottish and Southern Energy as part of a government-backed program to test electric vehicle and infrastructure technology.

Ford said the van is ideal for fleet owners who have a central location for daily recharging and who have well-defined routes of predictable distances.

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Ford's Transit Connect Electric, which was introduced just a few weeks ago at the Chicago Auto Show, has gotten the attention of AT&T. The telecom company has announced that it would be the electric van's lead customer.

Jerome Webber, AT&T's vice-president of fleet operations, said that the future of its corporate fleet lies in cleaner, alternative-fuel vehicles.

Webber added the Transit Connect Electric is a "real breakthrough" that they consider it to be a strong addition to its range of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Read the entire article First 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric delivered to AT&T

Ford Motor Co. has partnered with vinyl wrap company Original Wraps for a recently launched website that streamlines the design, pricing, and installation of vinyl wraps on Ford's Transit Connect.

Customers can now configure their Transit Connect graphics package online with several options. The Transit Connect has plenty of exterior surface area, which gives owners a billboard to advertise their businesses.

There are specialist shops that can make custom graphics but this website enables car owners to quickly configure a design from the site's predesigned shapes and graphics.

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Ford Motor Co. is introducing a $60,000 electric-powered Transit Connect at the Chicago Auto Show. It is one of two niche models. The other one is a taxi model, which is aimed to appeal to taxicab operators, especially that the V-8-powered Crown Victoria sedan will be discontinued next year. Both models go into production late this year.

Assembled in Turkey, the Transit Connect is a compact, front-wheel-drive van and is one of four electrified vehicles Ford will introduce over the next two years.

In 2009, Ford sold 8,834 Transit Connect vans in the US. The Transit Connect electric goes on sale late this year. Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president for global product development, said that the Transit Connect will be joined next year by the Focus sedan electric.

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One week prior to its unveiling at the New York Auto Show, Ford is taking the wraps off around its Transit Connect Family One Concept. The vehicle, which is smaller than a classic minivan and therefore less expensive and more efficient, brings with it more space than standard hatch or wagon. The pricing for the vehicle, which begins at $21,475, is targeted at commercial applications and will hit US markets early in 2010.

This will make the up-featured Family One still priced way below $30,000. The Family One, which is a five-seater and equipped with 135 cu-ft of cargo space, comes with a fuel consumption rating of 22mpg city and 25mpg highway driving. The design of the vehicle is focused on both kids and parents and will be both engaging and entertaining no matter whether it is parked or mobile.

The Family One transforms from a functional family transport in transit and into a base camp when parked. The second-row seating which comes with plenty of space with easy access both in and out plus a spacious cargo area behind makes for a roomy play area when the car is parked. The door panels at the rear doubles for a blackboard where kids can write or draw using wipeable water-based pens.

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