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Review: 2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon [w/video]

A Minivan For Entrepreneurs, Not Moms You are no doubt familiar with the Transit Connect, the panel van that Ford began importing from Europe in mid-2009. You've probably noticed them in your neighborhood with things like custom cakes, cable companies, cat groomers and cleaning services advertised on their flat, windowless sides. You'll be seeing even more of them soon as the Transit Connect Taxi begins replacing the Crown Victoria in taxi fleets across the country. Transit Connects are everywhere now. It turns out business owners were tired of only being offered a full-size truck... Read More

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    Detroit 2010: Ford sweeps NA Car and Truck of the Year
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    In a pleasingly succinct presentation this morning at the Detroit Auto Show, Tony Swan announced that Ford had swept the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. After a brief rundown on how the award voting works, Swan jumped right in. On the truck side, the new Transit Connect small van took the honors from the Chevy Equinox and Subaru ...

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    SEMA 2009: The rest of the best at the Ford display
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    SEMA is an interesting show. We go in knowing full well that 60-75% of the cars we'll be walking past and/or covering are just trash. Sorry if this bombshell offends anyone, but your Chrysler 300C doesn't need 26-inch hoops, nor seventy gallons of sparkle orange paint. Or diamonds. But, as Doyle Brunson might say if he covered cars instead of being the ...

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    SEMA Preview: The rest of the best from Ford and Lincoln
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    In addition to the slew of Mustangs that will be at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas next week, Ford has well over a dozen more vehicles represented including perennial favorites like the Focus, Fusion, Flex and F-150, as well as newcomers like the Taurus SHO, Transit Connect and MKS. Our personal faves include the Taurus "Best of SHO" by MRT-Direct ...

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    Live Shots: Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept... just add kids!
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    What better place to take the wraps off a new family transportation vehicle than a kids' science museum? That's exactly what Ford did this afternoon at Ann Arbor's Hands On Museum, and we were on hand to witness. The 2010 Transit Connect Family One concept takes Ford's new compact commercial van and explores the possibilities for the platform as a future ...

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    New York Preview: Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept
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    Anyone with kids knows what it's like to leave the house and forget stuff behind. Those of you who are past their mid-30s might also remember when minivans were actually mini. Ford will unveil a concept next week at the New York Auto Show that tries to eliminate the first problem in a more manageable package. The Transit Connect Family One concept is ...

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    Geneva 2009: Ford Tourneo Connect BEV concept
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    When Ford announced at last month's Chicago Auto show that it would collaborating with Smith Electric Vehicles to bring an electric version of the Transit connect van to the U.S. market in 2010, they didn't actually bring a sample along. Here in Geneva the automaker did have a vehicle much like the one we will get. The Tourneo BEV is the low roof ...

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    Ford confirms Transit Connect EV with Smith Electric for 2010
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    Ford has now confirmed that the new Transit Connect small van will form the basis for its first new battery electric vehicle that will launch in the second half of 2010. Ford is very excited about electric vehicles and we first learned that Ford planned to introduce a Transit Connect EV when the company's viability plan was submitted to Congress in ...

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    Chicago 2009: Ford ready to offer Transit Connect van in U.S.
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    One year after announcing it would bring the compact Transit Connect van to the U.S. market, Ford is now ready to put it on sale. The little van hasn't changed much since we first saw it, although the styling of the nose has been tweaked a bit, primarily around the grille area. The lower front fascia now has the trapezoidal opening characteristic of ...

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    No Dummies: CPR instructor, others win custom Ford Transit Connect vans
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    Ford is bringing its Transit Connect van to the US this summer with hopes of generating sales to businesses that need 143 cubic feet of cargo space and wouldn't mind car-like fuel economy. To drum up some interest in the Euro-sourced vans, the Blue Oval has just given away five of them to small business owners. One of the winners is a CPR instructor in ...

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    SEMA 2008: Ford stacks the ballot with concepts for election day
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    What recession? Perhaps anticipating the euphoria that will follow the end to the seemingly decades-long Presidential race today, Ford decided to throw a huge tuner party at SEMA this year, and they invited ALL of their friends. The Ford booth always houses a bunch of tuned blue ovals, but they generally tend to be grouped around a central vehicle. Last ...

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    SEMA 2008: Ford Transit Connect H&R Concept gets a new pair of shoes
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    The only time you'd normally put a Ford Transit Connect van together with Piloti racing shoes is if the van in question were delivering them, or there were a 1-make van racing series... which sounds kind of cool now that we think about it. But take those two, add H&R Springs and what you've got is a SEMA-specific combination. H&R did its usual, ...

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    New York 2008: Mark Fields hails a Transit Connect Taxi Concept
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Transit Connect TaxiWhere better than New York for Ford to show off a taxi cab? And what better platform than the company's new Transit Connect van? Ford's Mark Fields and designer J. Mays were on hand for the unveiling of the Transit Connect Taxi Concept, and both were somehow amazed at the applause the ...

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    New York '08: Ford Transit Connect Taxi concept good for 19 mpg city
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    Click image for a high-res gallery of the Transit Connect TaxiThe Ford Crown Victoria makes for a seriously great taxicab. It's durable and comfortable, but that V8 engine no longer meshes with the direction many cities are taking when it comes to their taxi fleets. Greener is better, but the trick is to improve without sacrificing utility. Ford will use ...

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    New York '08 Preview: Ford Transit Connect Taxi - Son of Crown Vic
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    Click image for a hi-res photo galleryIn the era of the greener taxicab, the extremely capable Ford Crown Victoria is now gauche. Ford knows this, and later this morning in the Jacob Javits Center, it will unveil a new taxi concept that's about as different from the Vic as you can get. The Ford Transit Connect Taxi that was spied last week combines ...

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    Autoblog Green Podcast #19 - Chicago Auto Show 2008 wrap-up
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    Some people use airport layovers to sleep, read, or get a meal. Sam and Sebastian took the opportunity to record AutoblogGreen Podcast #19. While waiting for a plane to whisk them back home from the Chicago Auto Show, we recapped a few things we saw at the show. It wasn't the greenest show we've seen, but they have the biggest building, by their own ...

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    Chicago '08 Preview: Ford Transit Connect rumored to arrive
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    click above for more high-res images of the Ford Transit ConnectWe reported last January that the European Ford Transit Connect would be coming to the U.S., and now we've learned that the Euro van is expected to join the assemblage of debuts at this year's Chicago Auto Show. Speculation is that the front-wheel-drive mini-ish vans will hit showrooms as a ...

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