- Ford fills an unmet U.S. commercial business need with
new Transit Connect, an industry-exclusive vehicle specifically
developed to be a smart new choice for small business owners
operating and ownership costs, a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter engine, 135
cubic feet of cargo space, a 1,600 pound payload capacity, available
Ford Work Solutions technology and various cargo management systems
make Transit Connect a smart solution
- Transit Connect, a strong global Ford product, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer, starting at $21,475, including destination
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 9, 2009 – Ford is tapping its global portfolio
of products to meet the unique needs of American small business owners
with the 2010 Transit Connect, a spacious new fuel-efficient
alternative to larger commercial vehicles that’s ideal for navigating
“Transit Connect is a tangible success of our ‘One Ford’ strategy to
harness the best of our global products and offer new choices and
solutions to customers in other parts of the world,” said Mark Fields,
Ford’s president of The Americas. “With 40 percent market share, Ford
is the reigning Commercial Truck leader in the United States, and we’re
looking for Transit Connect to further grow our leadership and allow
even more customers to experience the ‘Built Ford Tough’ difference.”
The 2010 Ford Transit Connect will be unveiled at the 2009 Chicago
Auto Show. It arrives with a global reputation for durability and
toughness dating back to its 2003 launch, when an expert jury of
European commercial vehicle journalists named it International Van of the Year.
Ford Transit Connect is built on a dedicated front-wheel drive
commercial vehicle platform to meet and exceed the needs of small
business owners and entrepreneurs. To prepare the Transit Connect for
the unique needs of small businesses in the United States, the
powertrain was upgraded to include a proven Duratec 2.0-liter
dual-overhead cam (DOHC) four-cylinder engine and a four-speed
automatic overdrive transaxle. Several design details, including the
grille and interior touches, have been updated to lend the vehicle a
fresh, new look for its American debut.
“This workhorse is like nothing available today in the American
market,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Global
Product Development. “We’re offering small business owners a real
choice to meet their needs, instead of asking them to pull seats out of
minivans or compromise on one or more of their needs. Transit Connect
is good news for small business owners nationwide.”
Transit Connect: It’s Global
More than 600,000 Ford Transit Connects have been sold since 2003, to
customers in 58 countries and on four continents. To fulfill the unmet
needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs in the United States,
Ford’s Global Product Development team was able to quickly adapt the
Transit Connect for the American market, validate its durability and
tailor the cargo space for the unique yet diverse needs of small
Transit Connect: It’s Capable
“Transit Connect was developed to bring small business owners a new
vehicle choice, offering significantly improved fuel economy, generous
and accessible cargo space with the agility and maneuverability to
deliver the goods in tight quarters,” said Rob Stevens, chief engineer.
Transit Connect’s capability begins with capacity.
With 135 cubic feet of Transit Connect cargo volume, no other
vehicle in the American market can deliver this combination of capacity
and fuel economy.
- Split rear cargo doors open at a standard 180 degrees, or
an optionally available 255 degrees. When open, these doors provide
access to 52.1 inches of available load height.
- Lift-over height is less than two feet, when the Transit Connect is unloaded
- Once inside, the cargo area opens up to 59.1 inches of floor to ceiling load height
- The load width is 47.8 inches, between the wheel arches
length is a generous 72.6 inches or more than six feet of cargo floor
space. Dual sliding rear side doors provide wide access to the
generous cargo space as well
Transit Connect has more than double the cargo-carrying space of the
Chevrolet HHR Panel, making it suitable for a broader range of
commercial use applications.
The Transit Connect offers commercial users a cargo payload of 1,600
pounds. This capacity means that the Transit Connect can carry a
larger payload than the full size Dodge Ram 1500 standard-cab short-box
“Transit Connect can swallow far more cargo than people might think,” added Stevens.
The Transit Connect’s capability story goes beyond capacity. Its
size and nimble driving dynamics provide agility for urban routes.
Power-assisted rack and pinion steering allows a 39-foot curb-to-curb
turning circle assures that Transit Connect is maneuverable when
delivering the goods for entrepreneurs in tight quarters.
The Transit Connect is expected to deliver at least 20 city and 24 highway mpg, pending EPA fuel economy certification.
Transit Connect: It’s Adaptable
Ford Transit Connect was conceived, developed and engineered to meet the needs of small business proprietors all over the world.
Once it arrives in the United States from the plant in Kocaeli,
Turkey, Transit Connect can be outfitted for specific needs across a
diverse range of users.
Bulkheads, racks, bins and other upfits can be mixed, matched and
configured to suit many specific commercial applications and needs.
Transit Connect is offered with a wide range of upfitted cargo
management options, similar to the enduring, market-leading Ford
E-Series commercial vehicles.
Small business owners have tremendous choice, with this unrivaled commercial application.
- Transit Connect is available as a cargo van with no
windows in the sliding side doors combined with rear cargo door privacy
- A panel van version is offered with no side or rear cargo area windows
- Transit Connect also can be configured with side and rear door privacy glass for maximum driver visibility
a wagon version of Transit Connect is available with a folding
second-row bench seat, in either two- or three-passenger
configurations. The wagon is ideally suited to the specialized needs
of a small business owner that uses Transit Connect for carrying cargo
for business and passengers or family during off-hours
Ford Transit Connect can be further adapted to individual business
needs with the inclusion of Ford Work Solutions. The “solutions”
behind this system allow customers to:
- Run a business from inside the Transit Connect – right
from the job site. An in-dash computer provides Internet access,
productivity software and optional printing capabilities
- Track tools. Tool Link™ gives the ability to organize, scan and track tools, inventory and other cargo items
- Track the fleet. Crew Chief™ is a tailored telematics service to monitor and manage small or large fleets
The Ford Work Solutions in-dash computer allows small business
owners to run their enterprises from inside the Transit Connect.
Applications include downloading customer or product information,
remotely accessing an office work station computer, sending and
receiving text messages, navigating job or delivery locations with the
Garmin navigation function and connecting with customers via hands-free
With a bright touch screen, for easy use and visibility, the in-dash
computer runs the Windows CE 6.0 operating system. Word processing,
spreadsheet, calculator and calendar applications are all included.
With applicable subscriptions, the system can provide users with
Internet access, remote document access and Garmin Online services such
as traffic, weather and fuel prices.
The in-dash computer enables the availability of Tool Link, by
DeWalt™. Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that adhere
to the tools or objects themselves, Tool Link allows the Transit
Connect Cargo to be scanned for the appropriate tools and inventory
items, prior to leaving for the jobsite or route.
Tool Link helps manage valuable tools and ensures that specific
items are on-board and available for use. Tool Link helps to keep all
RFID-tagged objects on board, so at the end of the day, these items are
secure and available for work on the next job.
Crew Chief™ is a tool for fleet managers to track vehicles, staff and Transit Connect diagnostics.
This system, not available in conjunction with the in-dash computer,
provides a fleet manager with constant access to vehicle location
information, the ability to track vehicle performance, automatic
notification of vehicle maintenance needs and the ability to let
drivers drive ─ not fill out written vehicle logs.
Crew Chief allows online access to vehicle location, speed, idle
time, fuel usage and more than 30 diagnostic measures. Functions and
reporting can be tailored to meet the specific needs of fleets large or
small. Crew Chief has “geo-fencing” capability, allowing a fleet
manager to set geographic or time of use boundaries.
Transit Connect is adaptable to multiple drivers, too. It features
a six-way manually adjustable reclining driver’s seat with an armrest,
and a four-way adjustable reclining passenger’s seat. The steering
wheel tilts and telescopes to fit drivers of diverse sizes.
Transit Connect: It’s Durable
Ford Transit Connect has a global track record of durability. It’s a
purpose-built commercial vehicle, built on a dedicated commercial
vehicle platform in an exclusively commercial vehicle production
facility. Transit Connect is designed, engineered and manufactured by
Ford of Europe to beat tough, light commercial vehicle durability
The Transit Connect is powered by a well-proven Duratec 2.0-liter
DOHC four-cylinder engine, featuring four valves per cylinder and an
aluminum block and head. Sequential multiport electronic fuel
injection provides precise fuel metering for smooth and economical
performance. This engine, delivering an estimated 136 horsepower at
6,300 rpm and 128 ft.-lbs. of torque at 4,750 rpm, has proven American
This engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle with
overdrive for additional fuel economy. A final-drive ratio of 4.20 to
1 is designed to give Transit Connect pulling power for the long haul.
Fifteen inch steel wheels with P205/65R-15 black sidewall tires put the
Transit Connect in contact with the road.
The Transit Connect was developed at the outset to be durable, with
a boron steel front crossmember, a high-strength steel reinforced body
shell, twin- side cross members and side-impact protection. Several
areas of the body structure are double-skinned for additional strength,
increasing resistance to the minor scrapes inherent to urban delivery
situations. Swage lines along the lower side door panels add rigidity
and visual character.
As a nimble, purpose-built commercial vehicle, Transit Connect can
be a smart choice for the small business proprietor currently
over-taxing the capabilities of an aging minivan with the passenger
Transit Connect: It’s Professional
While providing an ideal palette for identification and logo of a
business on its body side, Transit Connect tells the world that its
owner or operator has made a smart, savvy and efficient choice.
Transit Connect keeps passengers and cargo safe and secure, too.
Front and side air bags help keep driver and first-row passenger safe.
Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) are standard, as well. A locking exterior hood release helps
keep things secure up front. Lock-in-Latch shielded door locks help
Transit Connect resist break-in.
Transit Connect helps small business professionals keep their cool
with standard air-conditioning and an AM/FM Stereo receiver with two
speakers. A similar audio unit is offered, adding a single disc CD
player and an audio input jack.
A standard center console includes two large cupholders and twin
storage bins for receipts, invoices and toll coins. The Transit
Connect roofline allows an overhead storage shelf, holding the small
items an entrepreneur needs to keep top-of-mind.
Transit Connect: It’s Accessible
With models starting at $21,475, including destination, Transit Connect
is accessible to a wide range of American small business owners.
Plus, low operating costs, excellent fuel economy and 7,500 mile
service intervals make economic sense, for businesses on tight
budgets. A comfortable ride, an automatic transaxle and small exterior
dimensions make Transit Connect accessible to lots of drivers that
might be intimidated by the prospect of a full-size commercial vehicle.
“Transit Connect will be a useful small business tool,”
said Chief Engineer Stevens. “It drives like a car, works like a van
and is engineered to be as tough as a truck.”