Transit Connect Offers Endless Upfitter Possibilities

June 6, 2010

The Ford Transit Connect has quickly gained a reputation for its flexible balance of capacity and fuel efficiency. No other vehicle in the American market delivers the combination of capability and fuel economy offered by Transit Connect. That is why it was named 2010 North American Truck of the Year at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. However, many people might not realize that the Transit Connect can be equipped in countless ways to cater to their business’s specific needs. Transit Connect’s multiple configurations (Van and Wagon), vertical cargo walls, long loadfloor and low load height offer virtually unlimited upfitter possibilities. There are a number of new offerings from several different upfitters such as Adrian Steel.  Fuller Ford has partnered with Industrial Ladder & Supply Company, Inc. to bring you these endless possibilities from Adrian Steel. See some of the different configurations here http://www.industrialladder.com/listProducts.do?categoryID=814. The Transit Connect can be equipped with a variety of exterior racks, interior racks, bins, bulkheads and other upfits. Transit Connect accessories include, but are not limited to:

  • Wire mesh partitions and bulkheads
  • Wall liner packages
  • Mesh screens for side and rear doors
  • Cargo management systems (racks and bins)
  • Floor-mounted storage drawers
  • Exterior utility racks, ladder racks and drop-down ladder racks

There are also a number of specialty packages and features now available for the Ford Transit Connect:

  • Electrical Contractor and Plumbing HVAC – features contractor-inspired racks and bins
  • Courier Package – offers individual shelves that can be folded up or down to accommodate a variety of cargo
  • Multi-Rack System – features two 43-inch square shelves that slide out (from the rear) and can be removed. Shelf height can be adjusted
  • Multipurpose Double Floor System – serves up three long drawers that are accessible from the rear door and one long drawer from the side. Subfloor surface (above the drawer system) is 9mm Nordic Birch plywood
  • Sliding Platform – improves side accessibility and has a 300-lb. capacity
  • And more – ask us at Fuller Ford for additional information on other possibilities for your Transit Connect

 

Plus, there are a number of “specialty” systems now being offered for the Transit Connect. Called “Katerack,” these systems can be ordered in Transit Connect Van or Wagon configurations. Ford Motor Company offers four specialty packages:

  • Standard three-shelf base system – features three adjustable, pull-out shelves
  • Catering Upgrade – builds off the base system and adds another full (4th) drawer
  • Painter Contractor Package – features three drawers, each designed to hold up to 30 gallons of paint. It also features a single “deep drawer” that is walled on three sides to help control tall objects
  • Floral Delivery Package – has three adjustable, pull-out shelves that feature a unique, specially designed pegged floor system that is fully adjustable and helps control a variety of package shapes (see related story)

 

As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the Transit Connect! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s commercial truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati.  Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


BOSTON BECOMES FIRST CITY TO APPROVE VERSATILE CAB

May 28, 2010

James Morgan from Ford Motor Company will be coming to Fuller Ford on June 11, 2010 to demonstrate the new 2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi. If you are interested in seeing it, please contact Steve Hayhow at steve.hayhow@fullerisford.com.

Saying the 2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi (see related article) “fits the bill,” the city of Boston recently became the first municipality in America to approve the versatile cab for taxi use, paving the way for taxi owners to purchase the new vehicle for their fleets.

“We’re very impressed with the Transit Connect,” said Mark Cohen, director, Licensing Division, Boston Police Department. “It’s the closest thing to a purpose-built vehicle for taxi use that I’ve seen in 25 years.”

Boston, the 10th largest metropolitan area in the United States, regulates which types of vehicles can be used as taxicabs in its city streets. To be approved for taxi use, a vehicle must meet basic size requirements for headroom, legroom and cargo space.

“The size, shape and configuration of the Transit Connect make it comfortable for both driver and passengers,” said Cohen. “When the Ford Crown Victoria goes out of production next year the taxi industry here in Boston and throughout the country is going to be looking for alternatives. I think the Transit Connect Taxi fits the bill.”

The roomy, flexible interior of the Transit Connect – 2010 North American Truck of the Year – is perfectly suited for taxi service. Its open architecture provides excellent interior headroom and passenger visibility and, with 6.5 inches of ground clearance, passengers step easily through the sliding doors.

With its standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and automatic transmission, the conventionally powered Transit Connect is expected to deliver an estimated 30 percent improvement in fuel economy versus many of today’s traditional taxis.

Because taxi operators also asked for a version that runs on alternative fuels, Ford is offering new engine prep packages that allow conversions to both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied propane gas (LPG).

“The vehicle’s cargo area easily accommodates CNG tanks directly behind the second-row seat, still allowing ample luggage storage,” said Gerald Koss, Ford fleet marketing manager.

Both CNG and LPG lower taxi fleets’ operating costs and are better for the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CNG is less expensive and burns cleaner than gasoline, resulting in 30 to 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions. Propane also burns cleaner than gasoline.

Built on a dedicated commercial vehicle platform tested to meet Ford’s light commercial vehicle durability standards, Ford’s new Transit Connect Taxi also features a wiring upfit package, vinyl flooring and standard third-row windows – all of which are factory-installed.

“We really tailored the vehicle to provide comfort and convenience for both driver and passengers,” said Chief Engineer Rob Stevens.

He and Koss spent a good part of 2009 taking the Transit Connect Taxi concept to taxi owners and operators in major markets across the United States, gaining valuable feedback that helped Ford further refine the taxi.

“We moved the rear seat back three inches, added a grab handle for passengers to get in and out of the vehicle, and we installed a ventilation unit to heat and cool the second row,” said Stevens. “We also added vinyl seats, which taxi operators said they wanted because of their durability.”

Technology on the go
Ford – the industry leader in the taxi business for decades with the Crown Victoria and Escape Hybrid – also is collaborating with Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT) to integrate premier payment processing and passenger information technologies in the taxi, including an 8.4-inch electronic infotainment and navigation screen that shows cab fares, news, weather, sports scores and stock ticker. The passenger can select programming, following the taxi’s route on a map and scroll through a list of points of interest.

Ford and CMT also are developing strategies for potential integration of Ford Work Solutions™, a suite of productivity technologies for business owners providing a wireless in-dash computer with full high-speed Internet access and navigation.

“Ford continues to invest in fuel-efficient new engines, deliver more technologies and product features in our vehicles, and listen to what people – including taxi fleet operators – really want,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. “Ford is committed to offering new solutions and maintaining our leadership as America’s No. 1 taxi company.”

Fuller Ford anxiously awaits the arrival of the new 2011 Transit Connect Taxi later this year. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the Transit Connect Taxi! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s commercial truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


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