• Feb 11, 2009
Click to view a high-resolution gallery of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect

In addition to rolling out the hotly anticipated Taurus SHO, Ford has also unveiled a gaggle of Transit Connect commercial vanlets in Chicago, including five customized examples for the winners of Blue Oval's "Connect with Connect" contest. The small-business owning winners were on-hand for the presentation, and although they knew they had won themselves new vehicles, they evidently had no idea that Ford was customizing their TCs.

Ford plans to release the Transit Connect to dealers this summer with a starting price of $21,475 (including destination charges), and although the upright commercial vehicle will operate in what is essentially a class of one, several comparisons were made to the Chevrolet HHR, which has a markedly smaller cargo and weight capacity. In any case, Dearborn says the 135-cubic foot interior can swallow a six-foot ladder and carry a payload of 1600 pounds (more than a standard-cab Dodge Ram, Ford notes), and it returns up to 40% better fuel-economy than full-size commercial vans.

During the press conference, Ford restated their commitment to roll out at least four pure EVs in America by 2012, of which a flotilla of pure-electric Transit Connects will be the first, likely for commercial fleet use only. Click on the gallery below for live shots of the TC's unveiling, and then check out the Officially-Official post for more information.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can you say old-school van conversions?

      I want mine with shag carpet! Bom-chicka-wah-wah!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kelso gets a van for the 21st century!

      Dude, where's my bong?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it and think it's a great idea, but is this going to end up being a cult car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex said "The PT Cruiser and HHR were/are cult cars"

        Can you really assign cult car status to the two vehicles that make up a large portion of Hertz, Avis and Budget fleets? Just sayin'. ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll say no, mainly because this vehicle is being targeted towards commerical buyers. The PT Cruiser and HHR were/are cult cars, but they were sold as passenger cars from the start. This, as far as i know, is strictly being sold as a commerical van; so no seats past the front two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's the low roof version???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Props to Ford for bringing a unique, versatile item to market.

      Is this cheaper than an E-series van though?

      Also, although it may be in a class of 1, with the Nissan small utility on the horizon (NR250, NV250??) the segment could become more popular, with Ford being the first one there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The photo with the body parts is creepy. A friend of mine from design school did a Masters thing in Coventry in the UK and their final project was to design this exact van. I wonder if Ford used some of their ideas? Because this final product looks similar to some of the ones they did, and that was a year ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        alfaBAT9 - I don't think so. This van has been in production in Europe, in the same body shape, since 2003. In all that time, only the radiator grille has changed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't imagine they'd overlook the potential for taxi/shuttle fleets by not offering more seating options, but I suppose that would fall more to an aftermarket retrofitter to take care of.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see someone throw the 2.5l 5-cylinder turbo from the Focus RS in one of these.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nopliiz -- in Europe there is this (low roofed) car version (personally I would like a hi-roof car version.) http://www.harikaarabalar.com/data/media/369/ford_transit_connect.jpg

      And last year, Ford showed this taxi version at shows in Chicago and New York http://puregreencars.com/auto-shows/New-York-Auto-Show/2008-NewYork-Ford-Transit-Connect-Taxi-Concept.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they make a passenger version I would seriously consider it to replace our minivan (I hate the 15litre consumption during winter on that bagger). Also they should bring in the 1.6 ecoboost petrol engines; with 5 a speed manual transmission you can expect 6-7litres in the city.
      • 5 Years Ago
      TC will be available in 2-seat Van, 4-seat and 5-seat Wagon models, hi-roof only at this time. Side- and Rear-door windows are optional on both versions. There is no "long-mode" fold-flat seating. 2-row seats in wagons tumble forward and stow against front seats, which marginally impacts overall 135+ cu.-ft. cargo rating stated for the 2-seat Van. Right now, this trucklet is being marketed purely to commercial audience, which is why there are no racing-stripe, low-roof, SVT versions, etc. available. If sales are strong enough, there is a possibility that more versions, and North American production are in the future. There isn't a business case for building the TC here right now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Signed on the dotted line 2 days ago. The dealer figures that the first round (May arrivals) will all be sold prior to arrival. This dealer has 2 locations and isn't exactly small but they only rate an allocation of 7-8 Connects.

      BTW: The panel version (no windows) has 2 seats and the window version has 5 seats. Only XLT trim level available from my dealer, not sure if there are any others.
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