• Jan 2nd 2007 at 4:38PM
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Perhaps taking a note from DaimlerChrysler's playbook, Ford will reportedly be importing a version of the Ford Transit Connect commercial vehicle to be sold in the United States. DaimlerChrysler began selling the Sprinter commercial van in the U.S. around 2004, and has enjoyed success selling it to large corporations that need workhorse fleet vehicles with large, enclosed cargo spaces. The Turkish news website Sabah is reporting that the Transit Connect destined for our shores will be built in Turkey at Ford's Kocaeli facilities until production of the commercial van begins in the U.S. around 2009.

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Thanks for the tip, Igor!

[Source: Sabah]

The Transit Connect will likely carve its own niche in the commercial vehicle industry, as it's smaller and more maneuverable than the Sprinter, while also less costly. We imagine many small- to medium-sized businesses would consider a Transit Connect where a Dodge Sprinter wouldn't even make their lists due to its size and cost.

Also something to consider is the recent spate of panel versions of vehicles from both General Motors and DaimlerChrysler. The Chevy HHR Panel is going into production and will also likely find buyers in the small- and medium-business market. Dodge, meanwhile, showed a panel concept of the Nitro SUV at SEMA, which, while probably not meant for production, at least shows that DCX is thinking about such things.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they dont americanize it when it comes here. I dont want to see a piece of S*** V8 engine in that thing. As a Sprinter driver for a hotel company, I tell you, I am very impressed by the power and efficiency of the Sprinter 2.7 diesel. The Transit has a 2.8 Diesel in Europe. I hope they bring that here. Our hotel has two vans, a GMC Savanna with 5.3V8 and the Sprinter. I tell you, the drivers go for the Sprinter first.
      • 8 Years Ago
      sweet. small vans = good!

      now if they'd just make it cool, like those lil Honda's" [internal] http://www.autoblog.com/2007/01/01/get-outta-dodge-damd-goes-loco-boy/

      • 8 Years Ago
      You don't suppose they would bring the Tourneo version to the US as a Scion xB type vehicle?

      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just remember that this is the Transit Connect, not the full-size Transit. The Transit Connect isn't a Sprinter competitor; it's part of its own class of small vans. Specifically, the Transit Connect and its competitors are the cargo versions of what Europeans call Leisure Activity Vehicles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      well..its a nice ford fusion...wagon...van..thing.. ok that may be a little extreme.. but then again these vehicles arent meant to be real lookers anyways
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, Ford is bringing a European product over.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In the long term, I would imagine the USPS taking a good look at it. Right now they use a lot of cargo versions of DCX and Ford minivans.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Turkish site says "next year" and the entry is dated Jan 4? So I guess that means calendar year 2008? model year 2008? or what?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this a great idea. The Sprinter sells well because there is nothing like it in the market. This well likely do well for the same reason. But I do have to wonder if it is for more then just fleets. I mean it isn't a bad looking vehicle. I know it sounds a little crazy, but could this be a away for Ford to break into the Element/xB segment along with making a good fleet car?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Transit Connect is a Fiesta-based pocket-sized van thing, while the real Transit is an amazingly versatile offering: Front or rear wheel drive, lots of wheelbases and roof heights... you can have it all!
      Both could do well.
      what about the Volkswagen Caddy, while we're at it? The only panel van with a DSG...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I realize this is a different class of vehicle, but could this be Ford's way of sneaking back into the minivan arena in the US?
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