Ford's 2015 Transit Connect provides cost-conscious commercial fleets and small business owners an efficient and versatile alternative to competitors' cargo vans in an expanding commercial vehicle market.
Ford Transit Connect is nimble and easy to park, and offers an efficient four-cylinder engine.
'Transit Connect is engineered with North American business owners top of mind,' said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. 'This cargo hauler offers entrepreneurs and fleet owners a unique combination of efficiency, cargo capacity and maneuverability.'
With global commercial vehicle sales expected to grow by 1.9 million over the next several years, to 19.3 million units annually by 2017, Transit Connect represents a major opportunity. Ford is leveraging its One Ford product strategy to meet the growing needs of Transit Connect customers in 66 global markets, providing a compact van that is Built Ford Tough, is even more fuel efficient and capable, and brings a greater choice of body styles.
Transit Connect is joined by the all-new 2015 Ford Transit full-size van and wagon, which will provide professional tradesmen and commercial fleet customers with an array of body styles and configurations tailored to their work needs, along with low cost of operation.
To meet the needs of customers in North America, Transit Connect is offered in two wheelbase lengths and in XL and XLT series levels. Transit Connect can handle as much as 1,600 pounds of payload and is approved to tow as much as 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.
Efficient powertrain choices
Transit Connect offers customers in North America a choice between two efficient four-cylinder engines – a standard 2.5-liter and an optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost®.
The 2.5-liter engine can be specified with a compressed natural gas/liquid propane gas preparation package, enabling convenient conversion by Ford-certified upfit specialists to run on CNG or LPG.
Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 169 hp
Torque: 171 ft-lbs
Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 178 hp
Torque: 184 ft-lbs
Both the standard 2.5-liter and 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine come mated to an efficient six-speed automatic transmission, geared for around-town responsiveness and low-rpm highway cruising.
Transit Connect offers unexpected features in a stylish, high-value package. This contemporary cargo van is available with or without second-row seating, and brings useful options like a rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch screen display with navigation, and SYNC® with MyFord Touch® – Ford's voice-activated mobile communications and entertainment system.
Transit Connect delivers substantial capability on a compact overall footprint with urban-friendly maneuverability. It is ideal for small business proprietors and fleets aiming to right-size vehicles to specific duties.
The work ethic behind Transit Connect is reflected in this clever vehicle's cargo carrying and payload capabilities, as well as its high-strength body, which is engineered to rigorous global commercial vehicle durability standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com)
This all-new van builds on the foundation of reliability and durability established by the previous-generation Transit Connect. Introduced in North America in 2009, Transit Connect has become the must-have vehicle for small business proprietors and fleets.
Now selling at a pace of 35,000 units per year, Transit Connect has become popular with taxi operators in major urban areas such as Los Angeles and New York. Tradesmen and fleet administrators alike find its combination of handling ease and cargo capacity just right for many applications.
All Transit Connect models feature first-row frontal and side airbags, first-row side curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Ford's award-winning MyKey® programmable ignition key – enabling owners and fleet administrators to restrict maximum vehicle speed and audio system volume – is also standard.
Multiple-vehicle fleets can specify Transit Connect with the available Ford Work Solutions™ Crew Chief™ telematics system, powered by Telogis®. This system enables a centralized logistics leader to simultaneously monitor several vehicles in real time – for location, speed and excess idle duration – helping to track productivity and efficiency.Source - Ford