• Jan 10th 2009 at 8:58AM
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Ford is bringing its Transit Connect van to the US this summer with hopes of generating sales to businesses that need 143 cubic feet of cargo space and wouldn't mind car-like fuel economy. To drum up some interest in the Euro-sourced vans, the Blue Oval has just given away five of them to small business owners. One of the winners is a CPR instructor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jerry Buffman had been lugging her dummies around in a 2001 Toyota Sienna, but needed more space. Buffman travels to locations with her bags full of CPR equipment and practice dummies, and the soon to be released Transit should make lugging all of her props a bit easier.

To showcase the Transit Connect's flexibility, Ford also gave away the mini cargo vans to a kayak company, a cleaner, a dog care business, and a pet and baby safety company. Ford is looking to introduce the production version of the Transit Connect at the Chicago Auto Show in February, with sales beginning this summer.

[Source: MLIVE]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know if there will be a low-roof version (like the one featured at the top of this blog posting) available? (I've seen the performance-oriented concept on the Ford TC website and I'm not interested in that. I just like the looks of the lower roof better.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        sunroof top wrote: "Don't know why AB chose to use a CONCEPT photo with this story."

        Because it's BETTER LOOKING, that's why! And AB knows it! And Ford should sell it here! :-)

        BTW, the only thing that's different about the TC X-Press, is the tuner aspect (various bolt-ons). Other than that it's just a regular low-roof TC, just like they have in Europe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "This is being marketed as a business truck, not a tuner/personal vehicle." Not showing it as a "lifestyle" vehicle is a missed opportunity. There are going to be a lot of active sports people that are going to have to find the vehicle and do the imagining and measuring themselves. Still looking for the kayak pics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just signed for one at my dealer here in Vancouver. As Sunrooftop said only high roof was available which suits my business use fine. I didn't see the XL version when we ordered but I think I will check up on that, no use spending more money on a work truck. Also the 5 seater was only available WITH windows. So no windows - no extra seats.
        You would think that the passenger version, Tourneo, would be a natural...
        I just wish they had brought over the diesels. Still it will be more useful than a Ranger pickup in wet Vancouver.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't know why AB chose to use a CONCEPT photo with this story.

        TC will be available initially only as a high-roof in Van (front seats only) and Wagon (seating for up to 5), in XL and XLT trim levels. This is being marketed as a business truck, not a tuner/personal vehicle. If Ford thinks there might be a personal market for it, who knows?

        For most up to date info: http://www.fordvehicles.com/transitconnect/
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's awesome. But that's the UK version. I hope we get both high and low roof versions here in the USA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks boxy, but than again it is a commercial vehicle and utility takes precedence over looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of Ford, think the decisions they have been making lately are the right ones, know that this vehicle is a good combination of fuel economy and cargo hauling, but I can't get over it's awkward looks.

      I guess it will take time, but to me the Econoline is still a "real" van.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yes the Econoline is a real full size van

        this is just a small work van... kinda like the aerostar in some ways but about a million times better
      • 6 Years Ago
      I use to be diehard gm person, then got a few imports, and as of late I'm a big fan of Ford. Right now I have a 2006 Saleen S281 and a 2008 Ford Escape V6. I would put Fords quality up against any auto maker out there, vehicle against vehicle in the same class. I drove a Rav4 before buying the Escape and it did not even compare. Anyway I have been waiting on the TC to come out for awhile. I have a Astro cargo van that I use for work and its time to replace it but there is nothing offered in the US cargo van market in the mid / small size now. I think Ford will have a hit on there hands with this and I'm looking forward to the TC!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The economy will never be healthy enough to sustain a TEN FOLD increase in the price of transportation energy over 10 years. (1998, $15/BBL -> 2008, $150/BBL)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just be sure to leave that euro-antenna centered up front detail overseas when you bring this van over. It looks really silly seeing an antenna centered over the front windshield.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This van is a massive seller in the UK. They are great for so many uses and built as a commercial vehicle, not as a car turned into a van.
      The Van Man
      • 6 Years Ago
      love this little van..oh VW please send us the Caddy
        • 6 Years Ago
        @jcar302 -

        One other thing I forgot to mention - TC is designed primarily as a light delivery, parcel & service vehicle, as opposed for use in traditional trades. The businesses mentioned in the story, and others like caterers, florists, etc., are more on TC's turf.

        That said, pls give it a drive all loaded up before u write it off as a possible business truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Connect i had for one summer as a work-van (i'm a surveyor for a major construction company in Sweden) caused me no headaches. I really liked the strong and quite fast 1.9 TDi and the steering and gearbox (manual) is nice and tight, almost sporty. Easy to load and unload with wide opening doors on the back and one side. The only thing is that it is a small car, and thus it's not too comfy sitting for long hours on the highway, but if you are smaller i guess it's all right (pretty quiet too at 65mph).
      I hope it gets all the sales it deserves in the states.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Being "small" and selling in USA does not work really."

        Even though gas was less than a dollar a gallon for many years and Americans didn't have to, many still bought small cars and trucks, including the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Tacoma, Ford Focus, and Nissan Frontier.

        Ford Ranger, at its peak, once sold as many as 500,000 per year, half as much as the F-150, but no slouch performance either considering it was designed in the 1980s. Interestingly, it's only now that the midsize trucks are as big as fullsize vehicles that they've lost most of their market.

        The Focus is still competitive with the Corolla and Civic.

        My analysis: Small vehicles sell in the U.S., and the Transit Connect will sell.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Being "small" and selling in USA does not work really.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Being "small" and selling in USA does not work really"

        uh, it did this past summer, sir. And it will "work" again once the economy(ies) start to recover and fuel prices rise back up.
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