AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Ford Transit Connect

February 15th, 2008 at 9:00am

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One of Ford’s most popular commercial vehicles in Europe is immigrating to the United States.

Next summer Ford will bring in the Transit Connect. It offers customers the cargo space of a commercial van and the maneuverability of a small car.

transit-connect00.jpgThis isn’t the big Transit van that looks like the Dodge Sprinter, think of this as a Focus-sized Dodge Sprinter.

It’ll have a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine matched to a four-speed automatic transmission that gets 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on the highway, which is way better than any full-sized van.

Ford hasn’t announced pricing of the Transit Connect, yet. But in Germany it sells for about €13,000 — or right around $19,000. If Ford can bring that vehicle to our market at that price well, that’d be vantastic.

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3 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Ford Transit Connect”

  1. frank b gabry Says:

    In the eighties FORD had a great little diesel a small diesel power plant would be great in this please Ford bring it in, why wait, I’m tired of Europe always beating US.

  2. John's Journal on Autoline Detroit Says:

    [...] Ford Transit Connect is a boxy, delivery van kind of vehicle. But it’s small. Think of a miniature version of the [...]

  3. Don B. Says:

    The Ford Transit Connect may be aimed at the vacancy created by the loss of the Windstar and the Chevy Astro. It’s about time; there are many small businesses that need a mini-van. The Chevy HHR panel has picked up allot of this business but can’t match an Astro. The Sprinter is a great contractor van but it won’t fit in some major city’s parking garages. The Chevy Colorado Astro body pick is taller than the Astro van and has some parking garages it just won’t fit. Maybe GM will start bringing some Opel mini-vans here too.