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We reported last January that the European Ford Transit Connect would be coming to the U.S., and now we've learned that the Euro van is expected to join the assemblage of debuts at this year's Chicago Auto Show. Speculation is that the front-wheel-drive mini-ish vans will hit showrooms as a 2009 model and come with a 4-cylinder engine. It is also said to have seating for five, but meant to compete with another, larger European transplant, the Dodge Sprinter. Since Ford hasn't even acknowledged that the vehicle will be at Chicago, it hasn't issued a price, but MSRP for the Sprinter Van is $32,150 and the Sprinter Wagon goes for $34,350. If nothing else, we're happy to see Ford's European migration this way continuing, and there's even a Transit Connect SportVan! Now if we could work on some of those passenger car offerings...

[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      There is the possibility - I would guess about a 65% possibility - that an all-electric battery powered version of this Ford Transit Connect is to be launched within the next few days. Predominantly with Europe in mind, but also with a taxi version in mind for those cities where zero-emission vehicles have preferred status.

      If true, it will be Tuesday or sooner. (That being the opening day of the biggest commercial vehicles show in Europe at the NEC, Birmingham, UK) and it will be on the stand belonging to Smith Electric Vehicles.

      I say "if true", because Smith are definitely announcing a new all-electric van (in addition to their existing three models), but there is so far no confirmation that it will be based on the Connect. The existing Smith Edison is based on the Connect's bigger brother, the Ford Transit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      $34,000 for that?! Or is that euro pricing? I can think of a ton more choices for that type of coinage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I saw pricing in another article for the Connect putting it around $12000 - $16000. Just perfect for estimating, contactor use. The high roof version has 56" back door vertical opening.
        This is powered in Europe by a 1.8 l turbo diesel, leave it that way!
        • 7 Years Ago
        34 000 for the Sprinter, not this. This is smaller, and will surely be cheaper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hidious...Bring the diesel here and I'll buy it. Especially if I can fit my gokart in it. FWD I assume?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing; it needs a diesel. Though it might do well with one of those direct injected turbo gas engines Ford has been talking about. I wonder if you could stand motorcycle up in the back of one of those... hmmmm.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Next send us the Global Ranger- exactly like it is. No restyle to make the front end look like a SuperDookey.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Price is bad, but it's the right vehicle at the right time I think.
      • 7 Years Ago
      See the difference between the Transit and the Transit-Connect here:
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car pictured here is on it's own platform, smaller than the Transit. There are two versions in Europe, the Transit Connect and the Tourneo Connect, the Transit is the one without windows in the back, the latter is more of a family car. Just check the Ford UK page for more info. So you can not compare the regular Transit to this one at all. For size it'd be more comparable to a Focus Station Wagon with a high roof.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1982 called and it wants its van back. What the hell, it looks like a concept for the $3000 car coming out of India. I don't know who in thier right mind would actually buy that. It can't really be a work van because it is too small and it's far too ugly to get anyone to buy it for personal transportation. Maybe Best Buy will buy the lot for new GeekSquad cars.

      The SportVan Concept is actually downright funny. Maybe this is Ford's attempt at fighting the Xb. The grille has a TDCI badge on it. Wouldn't that be a turbodiesel?

      The Sprinter is actually a nice looking van. Also since its actually a Mercedes it is a very good driving van. I drove a motor home based on the Sprinter and couldn't believe how stable it was on the highway at 75mph.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Above 100mph they are not that stable anymore. The IVECO Daily feels better at this speeds and has better brakes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Next they will take our crappy Escapes (XLS's) and give us these.
      the package could work as a taxi, but only if the doors are a thousand times more solid than the Sprinter- every sprinter shuttle I've been in had sliding door problems. the rear door is also a bit small for taxi use. The could bring the slider forward and do away with the front door entirely for a taxi special. The light commercial market in the US has been abandoned since the demise of the Astro and Aerostar. Ford had a Box-van based on the Windstar at one point, but I never saw one on the road (only at a ford store in Ishpeming). This could even be a suitable candidate as a Postal. Like BOB said, Connect would be better in the US, since Transit has no brand value here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where is the diesel version? Same as the first comment
      • 7 Years Ago
      We all have to go buy one so that Ford sees Americans are willing to buy Euro Fords.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OOOF!!! -- How did the huge Sprinter get mentioned in the article??? I guess because it is another European van, but it is nonsense to suggest any comparison.
      The competition is the Honda Element, the Scions, the HHR, maybe the Mazda 5.
      If they are producing it in a country that can ship it at an affordable price, and bring it over with Sync and a crazy little interior, it will sell. The panel van version should sell as well.
      Are you reading this, Henry?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Re country of production, when it was first mentioned as a possibility for N Am, it was Turkey.
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