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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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    Ford teams with Coulomb Technologies to provide 5,000 in-home EV chargers
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    Ford has teamed up with California-based Coulomb Technologies to give away free charging stations to early customers of its electric vehicles, starting with the Transit Connect Electric. Coulomb is spending $37 million to install 5,000 of its Chargepoint stations in nine markets including Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, FL., ...

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    Tyco companies ordering 200 Ford Fusion hybrids and 3,000 Transit Connects for fleet
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    There are thousands of companies around the country with customer service fleets, often in urban areas. With fuel prices still hovering near $3 per gallon and the economy struggling, anything that can cut operating costs is helpful. That's the kind of thinking that led Tyco Group company SimplexGrinnell to order 200 new Ford Fusion hybrids for its ...

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    Isn't it Ironic? Ex-Hummer builder AM General handling final assembly of Transit Connect Electric
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    When Ford and Azure Dynamics unveiled the Transit Connect Electric van earlier this year, Azure announced that the electric drive systems would be installed at a facility in Michigan. Today, Azure let it be known that the installation work will be done by AM General, a company that's best known for producing the military-spec Humvee, at its engineering ...

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    AM General to upfit Transit Connect electric drive for Ford/Azure in Michigan
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    When Ford and Azure Dynamics unveiled the Transit Connect Electric van earlier this year, Azure announced that the electric drive systems would be installed at a facility in Michigan. Today, Azure let it out that the installation work would be done by AM General, the company that's best known for producing the military-spec Humvee, at its engineering and ...

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    AFVI 2010: CNG-powered Ford Transit Connect
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    For $300 on top of the price of a Ford Transit Connect, you can get the van with a CNG prep package that includes hardened engine seals and valves. Of course, those $300 don't give you the full CNG package. For that, you need to go to a conversion company to get the tanks and other items installed. One such company is Altech-Eco (warning, link plays an ...

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    Review: 2010 Ford Transit Connect arrives ready for work
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    If there were one undeniable business lesson to be learned from the auto industry during the past decade, it's to keep a close eye on your sales and a closer eye on your capacity. As Ferrari executives have repeatedly said over the years, the supply of any model should always be exactly one less than the demand. Less supply and you're leaving money on ...

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    Ford, Azure Dynamics will expand Transit Connect Electric to Europe in 2011
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    Ford announced today that Azure Dynamics will be setting up a final assembly facility Europe to supply the continent with the Transit Connect Electric starting in late summer 2011. In early March, Ford announced that the battery-powered van will be available in Europe next year following its North American launch later in 2010. Ford will be shipping ...

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    Boston becomes first city to approve Ford Transit Connect Taxi [w/video]
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    The Ford Transit Connect could soon start plying the streets of America's cities in taxi garb now that Boston has decided to approve the compact van for hire duty. Ford announced the taxi package for the Transit Connect at the Chicago Auto Show in February. The Transit Connect is expected to start replacing the traditional Crown Victoria sedans and ...

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    Boston becomes first city to approve Ford Transit Connect Taxi [w/video]
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    The Ford Transit Connect could soon start plying the streets of America's cities in taxi garb following the decision by Boston to approve the compact van for the new application. Ford announced the taxi package for the Transit Connect at the Chicago Auto Show in February. The Transit Connect is expected to start replacing traditional Crown Victoria ...

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    Report: Ford helping small businesses get wrapped up with Transit Connect
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    Have you ever seen those commercial vehicles that are loaded up with high-quality graphics touting the company's wares? Affective marketing to be sure, but aren't those lavish graphics for big companies that can afford such extravagances? That may have been the case back in the day, but Ford is looking to sell Transit Connect transport vans while also ...

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    DTE Energy testing Ford Transit Connect to improve sustainability
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    Following yesterday's announcement that Canada Post would acquire 1,175 Ford Transit Connects for its fleet, DTE Energy has acquired 19 of the vans as part of its sustainability efforts. DTE Energy is one of two utilities that dominate the Michigan market for electricity and natural gas. DTE Energy is currently using the first batch of vehicles to ...

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    Canada Post to replace fleet with Ford Transit Connect
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    Ford scored a big deal this week for its new Transit Connect when Canada Post chose the compact commercial van to replace its current fleet of mail carriers. The Canadian post office went through a competitive bidding process to select a new vehicle that included total lifecycle costs, which favored the relatively fuel efficient Transit Connect that's ...

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    AT&T agrees to buy at least two Ford Transit Connect Electric vans
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    The all-electric Ford Transit Connect Electric utility van became available for ordering during the recent Chicago Auto Show and Azure Dynamics, the company in charge of converting and selling the trucks, has announced that AT&T will be the vehicle's "Lead Customer" with an order for two units. AT&T announced about a year ago that it would ...

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    Ford to expand electric and hybrid offerings to Europe from 2011
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    Ford has big plans for electrification of its fleet over the next decade, and while most of the emphasis has been on North America so far, Europe will be joining in on the party starting in 2011. Nancy Gioia has announced that between 2011 and 2013, Ford of Europe will get five new hybrid and battery electric models added to its lineup. About six to nine ...

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    Ford to expand electric and hybrid offerings to Europe from 2011
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    Ford has big plans for electrification of its fleet over the next decade, and while most of the emphasis has been on North America so far, Europe will be joining in on the party starting in 2011. Nancy Gioia has announced that between 2011 and 2013, Ford of Europe will get five new hybrid and battery electric models added to its lineup. About six to nine ...

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    Enterprising tuners swap Focus RS engine into Ford Transit Connect
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    It's every pistonhead's nightmare scenario. Yes, yes, you love your kids. But what happens when the determination is made that you need a minivan. They make so much sense, and they're so practical. And when you're juggling three brats, two shopping bags and a stroller, being able to hit one button and slide the doors open is better than all the V12s in ...

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    Quick Spin: Ford Transit Connect Electric a good sign of things to come
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    Not only did Ford reveal the all-electric version of the Transit Connect Electric at the Chicago Auto Show this week, but they also pulled the electric vehicle (EV) into the snowy Chicago streets and allowed us to take it for a quick spin. After our five minutes behind the wheel, we can say that, if your company needs a sensible delivery vehicle that ...

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    Chicago 2010: Ford Transit Connect Taxi burns CNG, LPG and four acres of space
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    Hot on the (w)heels of the Ford Transit Electric, the Transit Connect Taxi drove onto the stage at the Chicago Auto Show today running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The clean-burning utility van – based on the gasoline-powered North American Truck of the Year winner – adds to Ford's taxi fleet options like the Crown Victoria (see: pretty ...

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    Chicago 2010: Ford Transit Connect Electric uses the "Force"
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    As expected, Ford brought the latest (and greatest?) incarnations of the Transit Connect utility van to the Chicago Auto Show today. The battery-powered Transit Connect Electric was up first, perhaps because it fits so well into Ford's strategy of vehicle electrification (see also: Focus Electric coming next year, followed by a plug-in hybrid and a ...

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    Chicago 2010: Ford Transit Connect Taxi burns CNG, LPG and four acres of space
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    Hot on the (w)heels of the Ford Transit Electric, the Transit Connect Taxi drove onto the stage at the Chicago Auto Show today running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The clean-burning utility van – based on the gasoline-powered North American Truck of the Year winner – adds to Ford's taxi fleet options like the Crown Victoria (see: pretty ...

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