• Jul 20th 2009 at 9:58AM
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A welcome splash of news for the UAW and the U.S. economy: Ford will commence production of the Transit Connect at a U.S. assembly plant by mid-year 2012. Currently built in Turkey on a version of the Euro Focus platform, the next generation Transit will also migrate to the FWD compact platform that will underpin the next Focus both hear and abroad. Ford plants in Wayne, Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky will be retooled to build cars on that architecture, meaning the that Transit could join them.

With an electric version joining the 2.0-liter four-cylinder in 2010, an outside analyst predicted 60,000 units would be reasonable by 2013. Ford isn't quoting any production numbers yet, preferring to see how the current version -- that just went on sale this month -- fares.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I hunted for a Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon with the CNG 90G option across the entire USA. I took a flight from Detroit to Phoenix just to find the vehicle was a taxi without any features. Not even cruise control and it can't be put in. I that took a flight to North Carolina to find the vehicle didn't have all the features as stated. I purchased based on the bate and switch scheme Ford dealers have for turning over there inventory a red XLT Premium Wagon. It lacked the Radio with Bluetooth, USB and microphone. It sounds like an old AM radio of the 70's. No rear view camera, temp in the mirror or interior lights when you open the door. It lacks power and has a hard time getting out of North Carolina Mountains. When the A/C comes on you loose MPH or at a light it vibrates and makes noise. For a handicap vehicle it lacks 3" in door height to be ADA compliant. I have a Ricon lift to install and the added weight changes the ride sufficiently that I'm going to find a ramp. The XLT Premium additional weight changes the gas mileage from $1,500 per year to $1,900. I just can't imagine what an additional 400 lbs would do. The vehicle is fun to drive and easy to park. If Ford would have brought the 54 MPG diesel it would have been sufficiently powered and economical. The CNG option that can't be found would have offset the operating cost. My GMC Safari and F-450 Super Duty 13 passenger bus gets better fuel mileage. Be aware of the bate and switch schemes of the Ford dealers to fit there inventory. This is a inventory item and not one that can be ordered. Don't give your name because you will be agent locked in and no other sales person will help you. If there is not one on the lot drive off and find another dealer. Once someone has your name you will receive no more help from anyone at that dealer. It’s a commission lock in system. I spent two airplane fairs to two different States, Phoenix & North Carolina, to find mine and received a title with a Ford Motor Credit line that can not be recorded in Michigan after paying cash in North Carolina. I did end up purchasing one but it does not have the features I was told it had. I did not get the CNG option after hunting through all the states than can be registered in Michigan it’s futile. I still can’t title my vehicle and my temporary plate is expired. Ford Motor Company or Ford Motor Credit will not return my communications.
      • 6 Years Ago
      a gen 1 (usdm) ford fusion delivery truck? don't think anyone will really bite for it except the postal service to replace those odd trucks they use in cities now but even that is a longshot. it's an ok vehicle but sadly too ugly to warrent people wanting to buy it. this is what is killing the big three and despite taxpayers bailing them out they are still doing the same crap that got them (and us) into this mess. history is doomed to repeat itself because no one effing pays attention and learns from it. we're all f**ked
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this could be a great taxi. Ford did a taxi concept that was designed with the input from NYC cabbies that was impressive. Pair that with a hybrid or electric system and you might need more than 60,000 per year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any word if Ford will make them available to Braun or any other aftermarket builder for the paratransit/mobility conversion market? With a small gas or diesel powerplant, I'm pretty sure lots of customers would opt for it over the larger vehicles in this segment for it's lower operating costs.

      Plus, the styling doesn't scream Gimp Van from 300 yards, either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @why not ls2ls7

      Those vehicles do not have a 1600lb paylod, or the height that the Connect does. The Connect has almost double the interior cubic feet, plus a no-window option. You can compare the Cube, HHR, Element, or any of those vans and they can not handle all the things the Connect can do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We bought a Transit Connect on August 16 for our delivery business. Two weeks later and after 2008 miles, we love it. 25.5 miles per gallon in real world driving, that is, a mix of city and highway. It is very quiet, surprisingly, and comfortable, even more surprisingly. The driver's seat allows a great range of adjustment. After a while I noticed that I had a lot of elbow room next to the door. Very roomy!

      It handles very well, precisely, predictably on the curvy roads we use. Watch it when you go too fast into a turn, though; when you let off the gas, it sharpens the turn immediately, but not dangerously. Typical behavior for a front wheel drive with leaf springs on the rear.

      Another surprise: the load floor has a very effective non-slip surface. Boxes don't slide around; it's even hard to push them along the floor. My hand truck stays where I put it.

      It'll hold 65 mph on a steep hill, just push on the pedal and it'll shift down and rev up enough to let the horsepower do what the torque won't. Doesn't hurt the engine, since it's only needed for short bursts. It's a small price to pay for that great overdrive gear ratio, which allows it to cruise at 65 mph using just 2600 rpm of engine work. Result, good gas mileage.

      If I ever load 1600 pounds in it, I'll know how strong the engine is. For now, it's everything I could ask for and also get 25.5 mpg while I'm working.

      I love this: to get the hood open, there's nothing to pull under the dash. You open the hood like you open the trunk of a car. Flip the Ford emblem to the side, insert ignition key, turn left, and it's unlocked. Then turn right, and the safety catch pops open. Lift and prop it up.

      I don't have power door locks, and I wish I did. There are five door locks and one gas cap lock to operate whenever you need to open or leave the van. You can't reach the side door locks from the front seats, but you can turn the lock when the door is already wide open. What can I say; I'm an American. But I like the manual windows.

      Oh, and you can cruise at 65 mph with the driver's window open a couple inches without the usual buffeting and thrumming. Nice aerodynamics.

      A negative: I had to turn the headrest around because it bends too far forward. I couldn't sit straight up without the point of the thing thumping me in the back of my head. Needs a headrest that will adjust back and forth as well as up and down.

      About ten positives a day are the comments and questions: What is that thing? Or, I want one just like it! Or, It's made where!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Taxi? Maybe. I was thinking this would be perfect for a camper van.

      Something has to replace the VW micro-bus or Vanagon! This would be perfect.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually they DO make a 4 all wheel drive version of the transit connect. Its only available in Europe at the moment and it has a 1" higher ride height.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does this mean I can have my own Royal Auto Club-colored Transit? If so, awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smith Electric Vehicles, which already builds electric versions of the larger Ford Transit Van (think Dodge Sprinter), will build the all-electric (not hybrid) version or the Transit Connect.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I purchased the Transit Connect Wagon on August 13th. It was very hard to find Wagon models (5-passenger seating, 2nd row seats fold forward, and 2nd row windows).
      I love that my bicycle fits in it standing and work materials can fill the rest of the cavern.
      The engine is noisy on steep upgrades but gets you there.
      I love the look and so do most people who see it. If they come out with the extended model in US, it would make great camper.
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