• Mar 19, 2010
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Ford scored a big deal this week for its new Transit Connect when Canada Post chose the compact commercial van to replace its current fleet of mail carriers. The Canadian post office went through a competitive bidding process to select a new vehicle that included total lifecycle costs, which favored the relatively fuel efficient Transit Connect that's rated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway by the EPA. One of the key selling points of the Transit Connect is its fuel efficiency advantage over full-size vans.

Canada Post will buy 1,175 Transit Connects this year as part of its fleet modernization effort, which makes it the largest single order yet for the Transit Connect in Canada. Canada Post currently uses the same small box vans as the U.S. Postal Service.



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CANADA POST SELECTS FORD TRANSIT CONNECT TO REPLACE AGING NATIONAL FLEET OF LIGHT VEHICLES

2010 Ford Transit Connect
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* Through an open and competitive RFP process, Canada Post has selected the Ford Transit Connect to begin replacing its aging national fleet of vehicles and modernize its business. In total this year, 1,175 Ford Transit Connect vans will be purchased.
* Purpose-built for business owners, the Ford Transit Connect is a versatile compact van that offers a fuel-efficient alternative to full-size commercial vans.
* With its standard 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, Transit Connect delivers best-in-class fuel economy of 30 mpg city, 36 mpg highway.
* Environmental impact, employee health and safety requirements, performance, capacity and total lifecycle costs (purchase, fuel consumption and maintenance) were among the key requirements for Canada Post.

OAKVILLE, Ont., March 18, 2010 – Through an open and competitive RFP process, Canada Post has selected Ford Transit Connect to begin replacing its aging national fleet of light vehicles and modernize its business, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, announced today. In total this year, 1,175 Ford Transit Connect vans will be purchased. This is the largest fleet sale of Ford Transit Connect vehicles in Canada to date.

Criteria such as environmental impact, employee health and safety requirements, performance, capacity and total lifecycle costs (purchase, fuel consumption and maintenance) were essential in order to find a vehicle that best met Canada Post's needs. The Ford Transit Connect is used by a number of Post Offices around the world and is well-suited for Canadian roads and winters.

It was named the 2010 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show and has won numerous international awards.

"At Ford we are dedicated to delivering quality, safe and fuel efficient vehicles to Canadian businesses – and the Ford Transit Connect delivers on all fronts," said David Mondragon, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. "The versatility of the vehicle will allow employees to work more efficiently, and the fuel economy delivered by the Transit Connect will help bring Canada Post one step closer to achieving important environmental goals."

"We are pleased with the outcome and look forward to the delivery of our first vehicles as we begin to replace many of our aging light vehicles, with vehicles that are much more efficient and environmentally-friendly," says Bill Michalopulos, General Manager, Sourcing, at Canada Post. "It will also help our efforts to modernize our operations as we introduce motorization to our delivery routes."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This van makes me want to own a small business where I have to carry stuff. Does a laptop suffice?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They have a built-in dash laptop option (I built one for fun one day)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better for the environment, that's good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Given the driving-style of the postal workers, lots of stop and go and idling, shouldn't a small diesel be the preferred engine of choice. If Ford offered a small diesel to the Transit Connect the total lifecycle costs would have been even better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Absolutely. My manual 1.8L TDI Connect gets 33 mpg in mixed driving, slightly less in city only. Sometimes you just forget to fill up. I'm pretty sure the next one will be Connect as well, just have to wait for the redesign.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, either that, or maybe the electric version that's on the horizon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've already seen a few of these Transits on the street here. It'll be cool to see one decked out in Canada Post branding. I've always preferred CP to UPS or FedEx.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Our u.s. postal service is so well run that they would probably buy H3 Hummers for mail delivery.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HJC 2

        Heck they'd probably get a hell of a deal on a fleet of Hummers right now...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The next generation global-c Transit Connect will be built in the U.S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect vehicle for the job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, just wait until the thing has a modern powertrain. Maybe the USPS will jump on board.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was gonna say - maybe Canada should hold off until this thing has a better powertrain. Which will probably be soon.

        So did the Canadian trucks also run on natural gas? Will these be converted?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Theres going to be a lot of burnt mail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let all the Canadians have all the 4 speed automatics.
        Save the 6 speed automatics for us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know that every autoblogger present here is glad that we finally got the Transit here in America, but sadly I cannot share the same enthusiasm. My city has purchased two vans identical to the ones in the pictures and outfitted them with speed cameras that shoot through the windshield. Every time I see one stopped on the hard shoulder, I have to slam on brakes to prevent recieving a 50 dollar ticket, and these things are so compact, they can really be parked almost anywhere. Really scary.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Over where I live there is a certain road where the police will park a black full size GMC work van with a radar, complete with a roof rack, ladder, piping and tubing, and a bike (how that last one got on there is besides me). It seems to be an effective setup for nabbing those who don't know what it is! :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        No one likes getting radar tickets but you reap what you sow, dude. Slow down if it worries you that much. Otherwise just view it as a cost of business.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From the press release:

      'With its standard 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, Transit Connect delivers best-in-class fuel economy of 30 mpg city, 36 mpg highway.'

      That's really strange to me. First of all, Canada has their own fuel economy ratings? I didn't know. The Transit Connect on ford.ca is listed as 9.5L/100km city. This is 25mpg (US gallons), which doesn't match US figures, so it must be a different rating system. Additionally, the figure in the press release is 30mpg, so they must be using Imperial gallons. Which isn't strange in that Canada used to use them, but it's strange that they Ford is still using them when official figures are metric now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To answer your original point, Imperial measures are commonly used in some industries or parts of the country and are still perfectly acceptable under the Canadian Weights & Measures Act.

        But, what's annoying is that on my Canadian-spec Ford Focus, the trip computer reads them out in US Gallons with a decimal point, and rounds up the l/100 with no decimal point!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, Canada uses a different fuel economy test than the US does. One that favors slower driving like our old test did.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point..unless canada can get a different model. A 2L TDI with 6 speed would get 36/30 easily. WHY DO THESE ONLY HAVE A 4spd?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't forget Canada uses larger imperial gallons so 9.5 l/100 km = 29.73 imperial mpg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm impressed with Canada Post. I see the Canada Post workers driving large Ford vans from the depots out to the mail drop boxes with, maybe, less than 10 percent of the van's space occupied with mail bags. Way to go Canada Post!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A simple hybrid system may be a better alternative for this application...Ecoboost in a fleet vehicle is still a bit disconcerting. Time will tell....a better choice for an upgraded power train would be a 2.0L-2.5L with the same performance tweaks recently given the 3.7L V6 in the 2011 Mustang....
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are really selling a lot of these I think. I thought they looked a big "odd" in real life, but it must just be me. It must be a very reliable design, and have good cargo characteristics. They are imported kind of strangely -- they have interior that are then removed (how that can be economical is beyond me). Too bad nothing build in US or Canada though .. I kind of agree. Glad to see the post office buying domestic brands though; that help both our countries economies.
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