New York City may have selected its taxi of tomorrow, but there are still plenty of municipalities across the US with citizens that depend on yellow livery cars to get them across town in a jiffy. That's why Ford is going ahead with this, the new Transit Connect Taxi.

Based on the 2014 Transit Connect, the TC Taxi boasts a number of features designed to make the compact van appeal to discerning taxi drivers and their fares, with the most notable upgrade being a standardized prep package to convert the 2.5-liter four to run on liquefied petroleum or compressed natural gas. The clean-burning fuel options will allow operators to save on fuel costs and cut down on pollution without sacrificing performance.

A lower load floor and a new twist-beam rear suspension are meant to improve the riding experience for passengers, while the longer 2014 Transit Connect sports extra cargo space as well. In addition to the CNG/LPG conversion, the Transit Connect Taxi can also be easily modified for wheelchair access. Drivers, meanwhile, will have access to optional goodies like Sync with MyFord Touch and a rear-view camera.

Ford's old taxi, the beloved Crown Victoria, was renowned for its durability. As it's quite interested in maintaining that legacy in the new Transit Connect Taxi, the Blue Oval has gone to great lengths to ensure the new van is just as dependable as the old Crown Vic by testing some of the most stressed components. The doors, for example, were opened and slammed 250,000 times during testing. The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi was unveiled yesterday at the 2013 International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St. Louis, and will arrive at dealers early in 2014. Scroll on down below for the full press release.
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Next-Generation Ford Transit Connect Taxi: Taxi of the Future with Increased Space, Performance and CNG/LPG Capability

· Ford introduces all-new 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, prioritizing passenger and cargo space, livery-duty durability and low operating costs

· New 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine expected to have best-in-class highway fuel economy, and available prep package allowing conversion to efficient, clean-burning compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas

· Redesign lowers vehicle floor for improved access to the cabin; vehicle can be modified to be wheelchair-accessible through Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier program



ST. LOUIS, Sept. 22, 2013 – Ford, America's commercial truck and van leader, introduces the all-new 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, providing best-in-class performance, low operating costs, and improved comfort and flexibility for the North American taxi market.

The redesigned Ford Transit Connect Taxi was unveiled today at the 2013 International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St. Louis. It has been engineered to Ford's light-truck commercial durability standards.

"We're leveraging our longtime leadership and expertise in the North American taxi market to ensure Transit Connect Taxi exceeds the expectations of taxi operators and their passengers," said Tim Stoehr, commercial truck marketing manager for Ford. "Transit Connect Taxi has been popular in major metropolitan cities since it debuted in 2010, and it has only gotten better."

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi comes with a new powertrain – the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a new, fuel-efficient six-speed automatic transmission – providing drivers with quick response as well as durability, low-rpm cruising and an expected best-in-class highway fuel economy rating.

Ford Transit Connect will be the only taxi offered with a compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas engine prep package. Conversion to CNG/LPG is supported by a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier, enabling significant fuel cost savings.

Improved people mover
The redesign of Ford Transit Connect Taxi features a decreased vehicle height, providing improved clearance for taxicab companies to place advertising on the cabin roof. An interior hood release was added, giving drivers easy access to check fluid levels prior to starting a shift.

The second-generation Transit Connect Taxi is also longer, offering seating for five and increased cargo capacity. The roomy, flexible interior is perfectly suited for livery service and conversion to CNG and LPG. The vehicle's cargo space accommodates a compressed gas tank, while leaving ample room for luggage and passenger headroom and legroom. It features an anticipated best-in-class 60.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row.

In contrast to a competitor's compact van-based taxi, which uses a rear suspension with leaf springs and solid axle, Ford Transit Connect Taxi uses a modern, durable twist-beam rear suspension that prioritizes passenger comfort and cargo carrying capability.

The vehicle's floor has been lowered for improved access to the cabin, and can be modified to be wheelchair-accessible through Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier program.

Technology for the driver also has been upgraded, with useful options like rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch-screen display with navigation, and SYNC® with MyFord Touch® – Ford's acclaimed voice-activated mobile communications system.

"The new Transit Connect Taxi has been designed with the for-hire transportation driver and their passengers in mind, creating a product that combines stylish looks and improved comfort with legendary Built Ford Tough quality," said Gerald Koss, fleet marketing manager for Ford.

Taxi operators will benefit from Transit Connect Taxi's rigorous testing and durability evaluations, which included opening and closing its sliding doors through 250,000 door-slam cycles.

Ford began offering Transit Connect Taxi with the 2011 model year, providing a commercial vehicle that is tested to the company's toughest truck standards.

"Transit Connect was originally selected from Ford's global portfolio of high-quality products to bring the advantages of alternative fuel as well as an outstanding interior package to the for-hire transportation industry," Stoehr said.

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi will go into production and arrive in dealerships by early next year.


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      RedEmblem
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm Japanese and even I think New York doesn't deserve to have ugly looking Nissans when they could use THIS.
      UNITEUNION
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damm it, Mr. Bloomberg, this was perfect!! and sooooo much easier!!
      rstonnerdd
      • 1 Year Ago
      It will be interesting to see how many of these vans rack up 250,000 plus miles and just refuse to die.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      new york and it's ugly taxi choice. This one looks oohhhh so much better.
      Mudotaku
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember when the goverment agencies only bought American made cars from American manufactures.
        kp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mudotaku
        I think this one is built in Spain.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mudotaku
        I remember when American manufacturers actually made American vehicles. Ford is a European car manufacturer now, and an American Truck manufacturer. GM and Chrysler do less of this but with Fiat in the mix Chrysler will fall into that category fast. GM uses global platforms but at least they make American styled cars. I am through with Ford. Chrysler and GM has m vote at the moment.
          Michael Scoffield
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          You're confusing where the money come from to the nationality of a company. Ford is as American as ever and Chrysler the same. You can't say Rolls is German because it's owned by BMW just as much as you can't say Jaguar is Indian because it's owned by Tata.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          I confuse nothing. The Fusion, Focus, Transit, Transit Connect, and Cmax are all European. Check the American parts content. Laughable.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Coming from the guy who bought a Jeep (despite the presence of plastic cladding which you detest on every single Ford review) which is made by parent-company Chrysler/Fiat who is beginning to rebadge Alfa Romeos for Dodge and Lancias for Chrysler. I guess if you want to stay with an American automaker you could cross over to GM and go with a rebadged Australian Chevy or a Korean or European Buick. I'm sorry your incessant nit-picking is getting soooo old. Lines are getting blurred and so far the Fusion looking like and driving like the Mondeo and the Chevy SS coming stateside aren't all that bad. And after spending two months in Europe this summer and seeing the Giulietta on which the Dart is based, the biggest mistake Dodge made with the Dart was Americanizing a single thing on it. /rant
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Oh Merlot. Please read my comment prior to the second one. It would have cut your response in half. And I am no fan of plastic cladding or molding thats unpainted, that is true. But my GC doesnt have near the amount the Explorer does. And I have complained about the new Cherokees excessive use as well.
        Tweaker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mudotaku
        Government agencies don't buy taxis.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's better looking than the Nissan NV 200. I know, that's not very important in the world of taxis...
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      This should have been the replacement for the Crown Victoria, not that ugly Nissan Van. Who made that decision? Taxi and Limousine Commission is just too big and needs to be scaled down drastically.
      Skicat
      • 1 Year Ago
      No matter where it's built, the profits accrue to Ford USA and help make it a stronger competitor here and around the world.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      And why the hell isn't this the next NYC taxi? Instead we get an ugly Nissan toaster on wheels. A freaking Nissan!! Thanks, Bloomberg!
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        I don't think this specific model pictured above was presented during the evaluation. Either way it blows that old TC van concept out the water and looks more substantial compared to the NV.
      wrestleprocbt
      • 1 Year Ago
      New Yorkers, much like our west coast patriots prefer foreign brands. They like to talk about their great city and state and how they supports unions and the American way but just look at all the cities in Cali who don't have a single American brand car lot there and then NY orders all those Nissans, which don't get me wrong is a great company but one would think with all their talk they would support what comes out of their mouths.
        kwa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        I think a major part of being patriotic is being honest. Americans stopped buying poorly made American cars, and look at the giant leap in quality, style, power and versatily in American cars in just one model generation! I gave Alan Mullaly a ton of props when he showed up on his first day at Ford riding in a Lexus. It was pretty obvious then that Ford (and Lincoln) had a TON of work to do. You can look at cars like the Peugeot 607 and VW Phaeton and see why you should never rely on national pride alone if you truly want to make a successful car.
          waetherman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kwa
          Good point. And protectionist practices like requiring the purchase of American cars only hurt the domestic car industry in the long run, since it takes away all the incentive for innovation.
          789dm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kwa
          Like they said its a FREE country n you give your Dollars to folks who you can trust. They screw u once shame on them but if they screw u twice then shame on you. People are NOT stupid.
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        Hmmm...no shortage of wild stereotyping in your comment, is there? I hardly know where to start. Let's see-- That you might just as easily talk about the heartland flag-waving types who drive their Camrys to Wal-Mart to buy Chinese goods? That New Yorkers and coastal residents of California are not one block of people who are all identical, with identical views? That the taxi decision was made by the Bloomberg administration, not by all New Yorkers? (Or maybe you just agree with every decision your elected officials make?) Sheesh. Let's get back to talking about cars. There are plenty of other places for this kind of nonsense.
        Jacel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        Did you actually mean cities or towns. I have lived from the bay area to LA and every major city has always had at least one "American brand car lot". So you are just spewing some fox-news type mis-information to create panic. Also GM should not be alive, that company bent over and raped Americans for years selling them trash for real money. So I don't know, I guess that could be the American way but I rather it not be. Ford on the other hand is a company that has been doing most things right lately including picking itself off the ground.
      Wetstuff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sell me an LNG, LWB stripper so I can make a camper like they do with the Sprinter. Jim
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all that propane on hand, it could be a taxi/hot dog cart combo, with a little grill.
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