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Best Buy is looking to save a few bucks on fuel while adding functionality to its Geek Squad fleet, so the big box store is looking to Ford Motor Company's commercial vans to for an answer. The ubiquitous electronics and entertainment store is replacing some of its larger cargo vans with a fleet of 290 fuel-thrifty Transit Connects.

Best Buy will hand over the Transit Connect vans to GS employees responsible for delivering, installing and servicing home appliances. The Transit Connect definitely fits in with the unique look of the typical Geek Squad mobile, and the van's side access panels will give technicians easier access to tools and diagnostic equipment.

The still new Transit Connect gets top billing here, but the bulk of Best Buy's fleet purchase goes to the tried and true E-Series vans with a sizable order of 738 vehicles. Best Buy Fleet Manager Jason Pucely says the Ford cargo vans have smaller, more efficient engines than the vehicles they will replace, saving the global retail outlet a significant chunk of change.

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* The Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series vans are joining Geek Squad as part of Best Buy's ongoing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet
* 290 Ford Transit Connect compact utility vans will be used instead of larger cargo vans by Geek Squad technicians who service home appliances
* Best Buy also is taking delivery of 738 Ford E-Series vans, which will be used by Geek Squad technicians who install and service home theater equipment; the E-Series vans have smaller displacement engines, which provide better fuel economy than their current vans with larger engines

The Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series vans are joining Geek Squad
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DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 26, 2010 – The Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series van are joining Geek Squad as part of Best Buy's continuing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet and streamlined transportation system.

Best Buy® – an international leader in consumer electronics and entertainment – will soon take delivery of 290 Ford Transit Connect compact utility vans and 738 Ford E-Series vans. The Transit Connects will be used instead of larger cargo vans by Geek Squad technicians who deliver, install and service home appliances. The E-Series vans will be used by those who install and service home theater equipment.

"We appreciate Best Buy's business and confidence in our commercial van lineup," said Len Deluca, director, Ford Commercial Truck Sales and Marketing. "The combination of Transit Connect and E-Series provides a wide range of utilization that will help Best Buy meet its customers' needs."

Ford Transit Connect provides utility and fuel efficiency
According to Jason Pucely, senior manager, Best Buy Fleet Operations, the selection of the Ford Transit Connect was dictated in many ways by the company's new operating model, which drives to deliver superior client service through more efficient scheduling, inventory management and transportation systems.

"We're streamlining all of our activities," he explained. "We've developed a more effective routing system, and we're more efficient with the tools and parts we carry when we do our work. That has enabled us to put the same technician doing the same work in a smaller, lighter vehicle."

Pucely says the Ford Transit Connect offers the functionality Geek Squad technicians require to get their work done, while not compromising on some of the space requirements that a full-size cargo van offers.

In addition to the cost and environmental benefits, Pucely foresees other advantages.

"Our technicians typically carry diagnostic equipment, motors and other electronic parts, so having the side access panels will make it easier for them to get to the equipment they need,"
he said.

The unique appearance of the Ford Transit Connect promises to be an added bonus, says Pucely.

"A distinctive vehicle has been part of the history of Geek Squad in the marketplace," he said. "We value our fleet as a tool to enhance our brand messaging, and the Transit Connect will certainly help in that effort."

All of the vehicles will carry the familiar Geek Squad branding – black-and-white with the orange-and-black Geek Squad logo.

Ford E-Series vans provide functionality and improved fuel efficiency for larger jobs
While Ford Transit Connect provides an ideal solution for Geek Squad technicians who service home appliances, a full-size cargo van is essential for those who install and service home theater equipment. With fuel efficiency a priority, Best Buy opted to purchase 738 Ford E-Series vans with smaller – 4.6-liter – displacement V8 engines that provide better fuel economy than its current vans with larger engines.

"Home theater equipment is large, and it requires the space of a full-size van," said Pucely. "But our technicians can do the same amount of work using a vehicle with a smaller engine, which is less expensive to run and burns less fuel."

Ford Motor Company and Best Buy: Teaming up in other ways
Ford recently teamed up with Best Buy to ensure consumers have a great experience learning about and using Ford industry-leading SYNC® system. Best Buy Mobile offers thousands of specially trained associates to assist with Ford SYNC mobile device/phone compatibility and basic feature setup, and SYNC training for consumers.

Best Buy also includes Ford SYNC mobile device/phone compatibility results in its monthly Best Buy Mobile Buyer's Guide to identify which of the latest mobile devices work seamlessly with Ford SYNC. The ratings are based on phone compatibility tests conducted by Best Buy's Geek Squad and are updated frequently. The SYNC ratings also can be found at www.syncmyride.com.

In addition, Best Buy is the primary sponsor of the No. 43 Best Buy/Insignia Ford Fusion of Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The Fusion is driven by A.J. Allmendinger. In August, Best Buy and Ford will launch a national sweepstakes focused around the all-new 2011 Ford Fiesta, the Insignia television brand, Richard Petty, Allmendinger and Ford's Rally America and X Games Fiesta driver Ken Block.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hate best buy or note (I DO!!!!) its another win for the ford transit. I gotta say its a nice little van thats has TONS of space. my friend and I used one to move some things into his dorm and his whole room basically fit inside it except for some small things but you get the idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does AB print a story when Ford sells 290 vans? If anyone else managed to sell 290 cars, would it be a story? How does it affect readers?

      Come on guys. Just because Ford sends you a press release doesn't mean you have to print it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, that makes sense. So let me go find the AB story about Best Buy buying VW Beetles back in the day.

        Oh, there isn't one. Hmm.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geek squad @ best buy = over priced and under serviced.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes. But the fact that best buy does sell geek-squad service makes them more apt to make their electronics cheeper and try to make up the difference with service.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that is true then I agree, that is a good thing. Especially for those of us who may not readily need the services Geek Squad provides.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder - why do they need a van for a dude and a toolbox to drive to your house? Not like they ever carry anything big or quantiful with them.
        • 4 Years Ago

        many woman do that, it's their nature and they can't do anything about it.
        we're animals .... remember.
        females look for the best sp[rm, every animals does that.

        rules and laws are ..... i don't know, but @ certains points of live instincs take over.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The computer guys get the vw's. Installers drive vans. Try to fit three 50+ in tv's in anything BUT a van. Or appliances for that matter
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least the vans look a hell of a lot better than those atrocious little Beetles creeping all over the city.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to know how good is the gas milages on transit
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why to they have to have the colors of Highway Patrol cars? It's hard to see the logo when it's following you a quarter mile behind...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geek Squad has always used unique vehicles for getting around. In the early years, they used some classic cars, but they proved to be too difficult to maintain for day-to-day business.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Their fleet started out with a 1958 Simca Arande, which was picked by the founder because it was geek-like: humble, fuel-efficient and unique. They acquired a smattering of other vehicles over the years, including some 1970 AMC ice cream trucks painted black so they looked like miniature SWAT vehicles. Looks like they also had at least one Renault Dauphine, and another Morris Minor. For a while, they tried to get a fleet of 1960s Ford Falcons, but that just didn't work. They shifted to using the Volkswagen Beetles in 1998.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm conflicted here. I like Ford, but I hate Best Buy
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe Walmart will start their own installation group - the Hick Squad - and use Transits there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a better fit for the bulk of what the installers and/or techs will be doing. Right now, in our area they're tooling around the LWB Chevy cargo vans. By moving a portion of the fleet to Transits, there's got to be some major fuel savings simply by default.

      On another note, does anybody know who does the fleet prep (wraps, logos, rack mounting, etc) for orders of this size?
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are plenty of companies out there who can do that kind of work on fleet vehicles. Around here its Big Mountain Imaging.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm guessing it's most likely Original Wraps, since they design graphics for a lot of Ford Vehicles.

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