2013 SEMA Show: Ford brings 10 customized Transit Connect models

Article by Christian A., on November 7, 2013

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.

With the all-new Ford Transit Connect, van operators could avail of best-in-class fuel economy, durability and the ability to accommodate generous amount of cargo.

Due for delivery starting at the end of the 2013, the new Ford Transit Connect is available in different trim levels: Ambiente, Trend and Limited trim series. Interestingly, the Trend trim offers – as standard -- dual passenger seat, air conditioning and load-through bulkhead. The new Ford Transit Connect is one of the four members of the Transit range, which already includes the Transit Custom. They will be joined by the Transit Courier and 2-ton Transit models in 2014.

Barb Samardzich, vice president for Product Development at Ford of Europe, remarked that the new Transit Connect is still as tough and dependable as the current model, but is now more fuel efficient, has more smart load space features, and boasts of a new dynamic design. Samardzich added that the new Transit Connect is expected to establish new standards for compact vans while serving as the ideal partner for a wide range of businesses.

The all-new Transit Connect was developed under the One Ford global product strategy at the carmaker’s commercial vehicle development center in Europe, in collaboration with Ford Otosan’s (Turkey) engineering team. Production of the new Transit Connect is being done at Ford's assembly site in Valencia, Spain, with sales marked for Europe, North America and other markets globally.

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