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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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    Spy Shots: Ford Transit Connect makes a Fiesta face
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    Since it has made its way to American shores, the Ford Transit Connect has proven to be nearly everything that one could ask for in a small commercial van: utile, frugal and easy to drive in tight quarters. What the van has never been accused of being, however, is particularly pretty. And, while we can't confirm with unerring certainty that the upcoming ...

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    Recalls: Ford recalling Transit Connect for faulty wipers
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    Ford is recalling 16,330 of its trusty Transit Connect work vans due to faulty windshield wiper arms. All of the affected models are from the 2011 and 2012 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the wiper arms on these Transit Connect models may not have been properly riveted, resulting in "incomplete or ...

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    Rumormill: Next Ford Transit Connect revealed in new patent filings?
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    While these supposedly leaked patent images aren't as sexy as those of the Acura NSX convertible we recently spied, they do point to an interesting new look for the homely Ford Transit Connect. As the pedestrian delivery van in its current form is in need of a massive upgrade in the aesthetics department, adopting more of a "Ford face" like what's found ...

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    Official: Azure Dynamics files for protection, Transit Connect Electric production halted
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    Azure Dynamics, which develops electric-drive powertrains for automakers such as Ford, said this week that it will file for financial protection from its creditors under Canadian law and will cancel its plans to sell shares in what may be a precursor to a bankruptcy filing. Azure is the company that adds the all-electric powertrain to Ford's practical ...

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    Azure Dynamics files for protection, cancels share offering
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    Azure Dynamics, which develops electric-drive powertrains for automakers such as Ford Motor Co., said it will file for financial protection from its creditors under Canadian law and will cancel its plans to sell shares in what may be a precursor to a bankruptcy filing. The company said in a statement Monday that it filed for protection in a petition to ...

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    Official: Ford Transit van will be offered with EcoBoost V6
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    We love ourselves some Ford Transit Connect. The funky-looking little vanlet is so endearingly functional that we're happy to forgive its lackluster drivetrain and questionable interior. Now it appears that Ford aims to address at least one of these ails with its big brother, the upcoming larger Transit Van. Ford has announced that buyers of the van that ...

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    CARB giving huge rebates on purchase of Transit Connect Electrics
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    The Ford Transit Connect Electric comes with a window sticker that carries a somewhat daunting price of $57,400. However, with a generous rebate from the California Air Resources Board, purchasers of the electric van can carve a hefty $15,000 off that price. That's on top of the $7,500 federal rebate, so California business owners have a chance to haul ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #253
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    Chevy Camaro ZL1, BMW 3 Series Diesel/Wagon, diesel boom, Nissan Titan hangs on Episode #253 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, with Chris, Zach, Dan and Steven Ewing serving as this week's crew. Topics include the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the 2012 BMW 3 Series diesel and wagon, the coming wave of diesels from other automakers and Nissan sticking with its ...

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    Report: Ford Transit Connect Electric to qualify for $15,000 rebate in California
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    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is set to add an additional category to its Hybrid Incentive Voucher Program (HVIP) that awards buyers of zero-emissions light-duty commercial vehicles, including the Ford Transit Connect Electric, a discount of up to $15,000 on their green vehicle purchase. Starting in November, light-duty zero-emissions ...

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    Ford Transit Connect Electric to qualify for $15,000 rebate in California
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    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is set to add an additional category to its Hybrid Incentive Voucher Program (HVIP) that awards buyers of zero-emissions light-duty commercial vehicles, including the Ford Transit Connect Electric, a discount of up to $15,000 on their green vehicle purchase. Starting in November, light-duty zero-emissions ...

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    Hertz adds Transit Connect Electric to plug-in rental fleet, wants thousands more EVs
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    The Hertz Corporation, the world's largest general-use vehicle rental firm, has announced the addition of five Ford Transit Connect Electric vans into its Hertz on Demand fleet, a first for the automotive rental industry. With a unique combination of sedan-like driving dynamics, cargo capacity, accessibility and low operating costs, the Transit Connect ...

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    Fully Charged drives the Ford Transit Connect Electric
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    In his latest episode of the plug-in-centric show Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn takes the Ford Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric for a spin. Here's a rundown of the Transit Connect Electric's vitals: In the U.S., the electrified van stickers at $57,400, but it qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax incentive, so customers get a van that emits zero ...

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    Official: Ford Transit Connect CNG taxis swing into action across U.S.
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    The next time you hail a cab in Southern California, you could be jumping into a vehicle fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). That's because California Yellow Cab of Orange County has become the state's first taxi company to put CNG-fueled Ford Transit Connect vans into service. California Yellow Cab says 10 (and soon more than 120) ...

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    Ford Transit Connect CNG taxis starting to swing into action across U.S.
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    The next time you hail a cab in Los Angeles, CA you could be jumping into the back seat of a vehicle that's fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). That's because California Yellow Cab of Orange County has become the state's first taxi company to put CNG-fueled Ford Transit Connect vans into service. California Yellow Cab says ten (and soon ...

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    Norway dealership places largest-ever Ford Transit Connect Electric order
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    We'd bet Azure Dynamics is thrilled to announce that it just logged its largest Transit Connect Electric order to date. At 100-units strong, Norwegian Ford dealership, RøhneSelmer, can lay claim to the single, most sizable Connect Electric order ever. RøhneSelmer's 100-unit order adds to the 58 Transit Connect Electric the dealership ...

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    Ford electrifies DTE Energy with four Transit Connect Electric vans
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    Transit Connect Electric vans complete 75-mile Oxford to London Eco Rally
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    Nestled in a convoy of electric, hybrid and other low-emission vehicles, two Transit Connect Electric vans successfully completed a 75-mile trek from Oxford to London, as part of the 2011 Bridgestone Eco Rally. On Sunday, rallyers left Oxford en route to the finish line at the UK's sustainable transport exhibition at The Mall in London. The convoy ...

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    Official: Ford Transit Connect Taxi approved for NYC cab duty
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    New York City's post-Crown-Victoria future is becoming clearer. It was nearly a year ago that the selection of the future NYC yellow taxi was narrowed to three: the Nissan NV200, Ford Transit Connect Taxi and the Turkish entry, the Karsan V1. And although the Karsan was the people's choice, the Nissan NV200 was chosen as the official livery chariot for ...

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    Official: NYC fleet adds 70 plug-in vehicles, including Chevy Volt cop cars
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    As much as the average driver doesn't really have to worry about "range anxiety" during a normal driving day, we will grant you that an electric police car that could run out of juice during a car chase is a bad idea. That last scene in Blues Brothers wouldn't have been all that impressive and crash-y had all those cop cars shifted into limp mode at some ...

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    Report: Fiat may supply Ram Van replacement for Dodge
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    It's looking like Chrysler may be ready to re-badge a couple more European vans and bring them to our shores. The automaker is reportedly weighing the option of bringing the pint-sized front-wheel-drive Fiat Doblo, its bigger brother the Ducato and the seriously meaty Iveco Daily to these shores, all vans to be marketed under the recently minted Ram ...

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