Ford recently released the spacious and fuel-efficient 2010 Transit Connect, a new vehicle designed to meet the needs of small business owners. “No other vehicle on the road in the U.S. today delivers the combination of fuel economy and useful space as the Ford Transit Connect,” said Rob Stevens, chief engineer. “It’s a unique package, offering a 1,600 pound payload, 135 cubic feet of cargo space and superior fuel economy.”
The Transit Connect makes its American debut with an already-established global reputation for durability. When it was launched in 2003, it was named “International Van of the Year” by a group of European commercial vehicle journalists, and more than 600,000 have been sold since 2003 in 55 countries.
As if it wasn’t great already, the vehicle has seen quite a make over for its upcoming arrival. The powertrain has been upgraded to include a Duratec 2.0-liter dual-overhead cam 1-4 engine, giving 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
With models starting at $21,465, Transit Connect is an affordable option for many small-business owners. And low operating costs, excellent fuel economy and 7,500-mile service intervals help maintain tight budgets.
“Transit Connect will be a useful small business tool,” said Chief Engineer Stevens. “It drives like a car, works like a van and is engineered to be as tough as a truck.”