• Feb 24, 2009
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Ford is making an interesting habit of giving low-ball estimates regarding the mileage of their new vehicles, only to later announce final EPA numbers that are higher by several miles per gallon. This happened with the Fusion Hybrid which was estimated at 39 miles-per-gallon city and then ended up at 41 mpg city. The latest example is the new Transit Connect compact van. When Ford announced the US bound production version just before the Chicago Auto Show, product development boss Derrick Kuzak estimated it would get 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The EPA has now finished its data analysis and come up with even better numbers: 22 mpg around town and 25 mpg on the motorways. Not too shabby for a vehicle with this much room inside and only a four speed automatic transmission.


[Source: Ford]

PRESS RELEASE:

FORD'S TRANSIT CONNECT BRINGS 22 CITY, 25 HIGHWAY MPG TO MARKET-LEADING COMMERCIAL TRUCK LINEUP

* Transit Connect is rated at 22 city, 25 highway EPA miles per gallon, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer, starting at $21,475, including destination
* 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
* Low operating and ownership costs, 135 cubic feet of cargo space and a 1,600 pound payload make Transit Connect a smart solution

Dearborn, Mich., Feb. 24, 2009 – Ford today confirmed EPA fuel economy for the 2010 Ford Transit Connect at 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

"No other vehicle on the road in the U.S. today delivers the combination of fuel economy and useful space as the Ford Transit Connect," said Chief Nameplate Engineer, Rob Stevens. "It's a unique package, offering a 1,600 pound payload, 135 cubic feet of cargo space and superior fuel economy."

To deliver a more fuel efficient commercial vehicle, Ford is tapping its global portfolio of products to meet the unique needs of American small business owners with the 2010 Transit Connect. It represents a spacious new alternative to larger commercial vehicles and is ideal for navigating congested cities.

Transit Connect 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.

Transit Connect: It's Durable
Ford Transit Connect is a purpose-built commercial vehicle, built on a dedicated commercial vehicle platform in an exclusive commercial vehicle production facility. It is designed, engineered and manufactured by Ford of Europe to beat tough, light commercial vehicle durability standards.

The Transit Connect is powered by a proven Duratec 2.0-liter DOHC I-4 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 market durability.

This efficient engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle with overdrive. A final-drive ratio of 4.20 to 1 is specified to give Transit Connect pulling power for the long haul and fifteen-inch steel wheels with P205/65R-15 black sidewall tires put it 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.

"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."

For More Information

Click Here for the complete 2010 Transit Connect Overview

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 213,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's wholly owned automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      2.0 4-cylinder for that huge (and ugly) thing?

      Does it come with a free, slow moving vehicle triangle?

      Way to go Ford. You built a minivan that gets V6 minivan mileage with a 4-cylinder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This van is designed for urban areas, so speed isn't really a factor. The more important factor is its much smaller size compared to the Econoline so it can get in and out of smaller spaces. However, with that said the mileage is not very impressive. It should have been offered with a small diesel so it could get mileage of 30 mpg or more. With the globalization of Ford products I think it is time for Ford to start using the European diesels here in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @MATT obviously you hate ford, becausde youre just spouting off nonsense.. there is no V6 version of this thing...... thats ok.....whatever...... im sure if this thing had the same look and specs as an Audi,bmw,toyota,honda you will be all excited about it!

        actually i drove one of these things, quality is really good...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt,
        Take a look at the votes on all of your posts and those of the people calling you a Ahole. Everyone gives you a negative vote, not because we love Ford, but because we despise you. Go away!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pay no attention to this troll.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What V6 mini-van do you know of that gets 22mpg city? The Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town and Country, Honda Odyssey all get around 16/17 city.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You need professional help. Look at your posts. They're almost exclusively about Ford.

        And all this because you think they shafted you on an intake manifold bill (probably after you rodded the heck out of your ex-cop car--thus violating the terms of the extended warranty).

        Folks, this guy was indeed known as P71_CrownVic over at BOF. He was indeed banned by myself, the site owner, and another mod.

        He then proceeded to sign up under a false account, used an IP disguising proxy service, and continued to post there.

        He also tried to hack my account, and stole the nickname of one of the other mods that banned him and used it at the GMI forums.

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        BTW: The city numbers for the Transit Connect are pretty good, but I'm concerned about reliability (the thing's being imported from Turkey)---and I'm generally curious about how long it will be before we see the updates which will include a much better powertrain (better 4-cyl + 6-speed auto)
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, it's a tribute to the Nissan Stanza Wagon/Multi/Prairie.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahaha.

        matt said 'in the internet'... haha...


        what a dummy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt, have you seen one of these in person? Do you have any what idea what they are used for? I don't think you do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHAHA!!!

        You Ford fan boys are hysterical...

        ..and completely blind to Ford's overall "hanging on by a very small thread" state.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Ford has a success on its hands. Add a 6-speed auto or even a manual option and you'll see this thing spring up in cities across the country. I can think of so many local businesses that don't need a huge cargo van who can snap this up. Maybe even taxi's can use it if they offer a hybrid version.

      Now if only those small businesses can get the loans they need to buy new vehicles...
      • 5 Years Ago
      A 2.0 engine is huge for this vehicle. Similar cars in Argentina (Renault Kangoo, Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo) have all 1.6 engines.
        • 5 Years Ago
        America needs hopped up engines. They just don't get the whole "what you NEED" concept. Every car needs to have 400hp and hit 60 in four seconds flat for it to be somewhat good.

        I drove a 94 Escort Wagon for three years and that had 88hp. It wasn't a deathtrap like most people think it would cuz it doesn't have a whole lot of power. Sure, the 0-60 times on it were in the high 12 to low 13 range but it could merge onto a freeway just fine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree, just look at how popular the Dodge and Diamler van have become. It was a bit smaller and a little odd at first but now they are everywhere. This is even more of the good aspects of that success story. It is much smaller and perfect for many applications. I see this gaining the commercial business that is currently being captured by the Scion Xb and Chevy HHR.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford still owns a huge amount of the commercial van market. The problem with the Dodge Sprinter is how expensive they are. And from what I understand, Dodge doesn't cut deals on the Sprinter like Ford does on the E-Series.

        The Sprinter is cool and huge but I would save the money and deal with less space and get the E-Series.

        The HHR Panel I believe starts out about $2k less than this....but it definitely can't handle the same payload. And I don't see too many businesses using xBs.

        This thing should do well. It's got a ton of space and is economical.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait, I thought the EPA estimates were always lower than real world. Now the Ford haters are claiming the EPA numbers are optimistic? Prius owners and VW Diesel folks are always claiming the EPA far under values the economy of thier rides but when it comes to ford the EPA is too generous. LOL - selfserving generalization FTW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, did anyone else notice that the Transit Connect uses the same gear shifter, shift bezel, and A/C controls as a the 2000-2004 Focus?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Eh whatever works, right? Search articles on here from like a year ago on the TC and the thing had a totally different dash. Heck, it used the gauges from the last Focus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the Transit Connect. I think there may be a decent market for it here, although based on overall size and it's weak power train, it seems more like a competitor for the Honda Element.

      Besides delivery persons, I can imagine that there are "active lifestyles" customers for this new van...especially once customizers start playing around with a few concepts...maybe even tuners? No, that's going too far...but I am hopeful that the van will find a welcoming, willing buyer base once it arrives.

      Side note: this vehicle also appears ideal for handicap-wheelchair-access conversions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this thing is fugly. But that doesn't mather because those who buy-it , need a work horse not a ferrari. But still.. ugly
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am less sanguine about an aluminum block on commercial vehicles. Lighter yes, maybe it's got iron/steel cylinder liners. Aluminum heads probably ok, long experience with them although they also have problems on commercial vehicles.

      Aluminum block OK until they overheat....then bye bye engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Epyx:

      For diesels, the EPA ratings do underestimate the actual mileage. This Ford is not a diesel however . I've found that the '08 EPA figures for most gas vehicles to be fairly accurate, diesels is where they differ. Virtually every test(and owner) of a modern TDI or other diesel car reports mileage exceeding the EPA figures. YourMPG on fueleconomy.gov(and numerous magazine and online tests) backs that up.


      Additionally, regarding Priuses, I also feel that the '08 updates accurately represent expected mileage. It seems the YourMPG figures on fueleconomy.gov agree as they are generally within 1-2mpg of the EPA figures. I'm not aware of too many people complaining about the new figures being inaccruate. At least not nearly to the extent of the previous 60mpg ratings for a 45mpg car(for the pre-'08 Prius).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it bad that I'm a college student and for some reason am in love with this car? It looks cool, seems at least half-way reliable, and can haul a ton of stuff depending on configuration? If I didn't already have a car, I would seriously consider buying this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I'm with you on this. I'm strangely very attracted to this thing also. It would be a great vehicle for my family and me.

        I happen to think Ford is going to sell gobs of these things for their intended purpose and to the rest of us also.

        Good Job Ford!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the offspring of an Econoline that snuck up on a fusion and had its way with it.
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