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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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    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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    Deliveries of Ford Transit Connect Electric to hit 700 by end of 2011
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    Technically, Azure Dynamics – not Ford – is the manufacturer of record for the Transit Connect Electric. That's why it's AD that's thrilled to announce that sales of the electric van are booming and that production will be ramped up to meet soaring demand. AD says that some 700 battery-powered Transits will be delivered by the end of 2011. ...

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    Ford Transit Connect CNG taxis headed to LA, Chicago, Las Vegas and St. Louis
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    The next time you hail a cab in Chicago, IL or Los Angeles, CA you could be jumping into the back seat of a vehicle that's fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). That's because in Chicago, Taxi Medallion Management will put a dozen Ford Transit Connect CNG taxis into service as part of an event celebrating the increased presence of CNG in the city. T. ...

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    Ford Transit Connect Electric joins GSA-approved plug-in vehicle list
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    Back on May 24th, the General Services Administration (GSA), which oversees two-thirds of the 600,000-plus vehicles in the U.S. government's fleet – announced that it would purchase 116 plug-in vehicles, including 101 Chevrolet Volts, ten Nissan Leafs and five Think City electric vehicles. One of the plug-in vehicles absent from that list is the ...

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    Azure Dynamics logs 27 additional Ford Transit Connect Electric orders
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    Azure Dynamics has logged 27 additional Ford Transit Connect Electric sales, including a five-unit sale to returning customer FedEx, a four-unit order from the City of Toronto, a three unit purchase made by DTE Energy and a 15-unit order from various Ford commercial truck dealers. At FedEx, the five Transit Connect Electrics – ordered through ...

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

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    Azure Dynamics selects Lotus for Transit Connect Electric upfits in Europe
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    On Tuesday, Ford announced that it had signed a deal to deliver 20 Transit Connect Electrics to the Norwegian Post. Two days after that, Azure Dynamics, the automotive firm that supplies the Connect's ForceDrive electric powertrain, revealed that Lotus Lightweight Structures, a division of Lotus Cars, will tackle the task of electrifying Transits for the ...

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    Norwegian Post orders 20 Ford Transit Connect Electrics
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    The Norwegian Post has become the first European customer to place an order for the Ford Transit Connect Electric. The company has signed a contract to purchase 20 of Ford's eco-friendly vans, which will arrive equipped for postal duties sometime this summer. The Transit Connect Electric features Azure Dynamics' proprietary Force Drive powertrain with a ...

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    Video: Ford contrasts EVs, hybrids, PHEVs with animation
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    Ever wonder what differentiates a gas-electric hybrid from a pure battery-powered vehicle? Probably not, but maybe you're perplexed about what actual features distinguish a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) from a battery-powered car that plugs in. While we're fairly certain that most of our regular readers have a thorough understanding of the ...

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    Chicago taxi company orders 12 CNG-fueled Ford Transit Connects
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    Last February, Ford announced the availability of a taxi package for its Transit Connect. The Transit Connect Taxi, purchasable with either a standard gasoline engine or prepped for the conversion to propane or natural gas fuel systems, is expected to slowly replace many of the traditional Crown Victorias that serve taxi duty across much of the nation, ...

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    Ford investing $400M in Kansas City plant for unnamed new car
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    Ford has announced plans to invest $400 million in its Kansas City Assembly plant in Missouri. The company is shifting production of the Escape from that facility to its Louisville, Kentucky plant, which will open up a line for an unnamed model. There's some indication that the FoMoCo crew is planning to build the Transit Connect alongside the F-150 at ...

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    Azure Dynamics records final Ford Transit Connect Electric Lead orders
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    Azure Dynamics has announced that it has signed deals with the final two organizations to join the Ford Transit Connect Electric's "Lead Customer" program. The ninth customer is a Washington D.C.-based government organization and the tenth is a logistics company that wants 30 units; the single largest Transit Connect Electric order recorded to date. At ...

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    Ford Transit Connect gets delivered in short order with help from Azure Dynamics
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    The Ford Transit Connect Electric. That's not a short, snappy name. Sure, it's mostly accurate and it follows the Blue Oval's naming structure for plug-in vehicles (see also: Ford Focus Electric), but it's a mouthful. It's just "mostly" accurate because this is a only partly a Ford vehicle. The Transit Connect Electric's "manufacturer of record" is Azure ...

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    Ford makes version of Transit Connect for the people
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    Rejoice, America! The Ford Transit Connect is no longer just for plumbers and electricians. The Blue Oval has announced it will produce a civilian version of its hardcore work van. Called the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon, the vehicle will boast roomy seating for five and massive amounts of cargo area. Out back, those hefty panes of glass actually ...

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    New York City taxi finalists narrowed to Ford, Nissan and Turkish manufacturer
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    New York City is one step closer to choosing its next official taxi cab. With the Ford Crown Victoria getting on in years, the city is looking for a more efficient and functional way to move its citizens around. So far, the designs have been whittled down to three choices, and no matter who comes out on top, you can bet that the world will be seeing a ...

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    Southern California Edison orders 20 Ford Transit Connect electric vehicles
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    Back in 2007, Southern California Edison (SCE) cemented its partnership with Ford Motor Company by becoming the first utility to join with the automaker to accelerate the commercialization of electrified vehicles. Under the partnership, SCE received the first of a batch of Ford Escape plug-in hybrids that would eventually make their way to demonstration ...

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    Ford delivers details on how Transit Connect Electric will come to Europe
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    Ford's Transit Connect Electric is the Blue Oval's not-so-sexy entry into the plug-in vehicle market. Just because the utility vehicle doesn't have the style or the attraction of the Nissan Leaf or the Chevrolet Volt, though, doesn't mean it's not an incredibly interesting vehicle and a sign that Ford is quite serious about its all-electric vehicle ...

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    Best Buy Geek Squad fleet adds Ford vans
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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 ...

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    Ford recalling nearly 34,000 Transit Connect vehicles over headliner concerns
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    In a recall scheduled to begin in about 10 days, Ford dealers will be repairing headliners in Transit Connect vans due to faulty retention pins. In the event of an accident, passengers could be at increased risk of injury due to the faulty trim. Full details on the recall involving 33,728 of the popular vans can be found after the ...

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    Video: Goodwood 2010 - Taking the hill
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    There are plenty of reasons to get excited about the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The annual shindig is a mecca for metal from all over the world – old and new. Motorsports events from across the go-fast spectrum make it onto the schedule and there's even plenty of auto-themed art to keep the masses entertained when they aren't huffing tire smoke. ...

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