Transit Connect Taxi:Big Impression, Small Footprint

June 19, 2010

ford transit connect taxi

The Ford Transit Connect Taxi will go into production and arrive in dealerships later this year as a 2011 model, adding to Ford Motor Company’s leadership in the North American taxi market. Not only does the Transit Connect Taxi standout, but it truly is a standout. The Transit Connect Taxi offers an outstanding interior package for people and cargo. With its open architecture, the taxi provides excellent interior headroom and passenger visibility.

NEW FACTORY-DIRECT TAXI PACKAGE

Ford Motor Company has turned the Transit Connect, 2010 North American Truck of the Year, into a one-of-a-kind taxi that pushes versatility boundaries. In addition to easy-access, configurable luggage space and unique vertical architecture, there’s ample passenger room. The new Transit Connect Taxi Package is assembled right at the plant – quality-assured and prepped for modifications.

DURABLE + CAPABLE = RELIABLE

Make no mistake, the Transit Connect Taxi is Built Ford Tough. It’s certified to Ford Light Commercial Vehicle Durability Standards. Suspension components and underbody structure passed requirements for potholes and curbs. That’s why cities and municipalities already recognize Transit Connect Taxi’s advantages. Saying the 2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi “fits the bill,” the city of Boston (see related story on Transit Connect Taxi in Boston) recently became the first municipality in America to approve the versatile cab for taxi use.

STREET SMART

Fuel economy for the Transit Connect Taxi is best in class (small cargo vans): a combined 23 mpg (22 city/25 highway). 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). Both CNG and LPG lower taxi fleets’ operating costs and are better for the environment (see related story on Transit Connect Taxi’s alternative fuel advantage). When it comes to maneuverability, the 39-foot turning radius takes the hassle out of tight spots. Ford’s Transit Connect Taxi meets the rigors of today’s taxi market.

 ford transit connect taxi interior

HERE’S WHAT YOU GET

Standard Features

  • Re-positioned rear seat provides an additional 3 inches of leg room for second-row passengers (as compared to the base Transit Connect)
  • Easy-clean, vinyl-trimmed interior with heavy-duty flooring
  • Climate-controlled ventilation for second row
  • Sliding glass windows for second row
  • Glass windows for rear cargo area and 50/50 rear barn doors
  • AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control)
  • Heavy-duty battery
  • Wiring Upfit Package

Available Features

  • Engine Prep Packages for conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane

(LPG – liquefied petroleum gas)

  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Roof-access hole for signage/advertising
  • School Buss Yellow finish

DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES

  • Rear door opening width at floor 50.2
  • Rear door opening height              52.1
  • Side door opening height               46.9
  • Maximum cargo height                   59.1
  • Loadfloor height (at curb weight) 23.1
  • Maximum cargo length at floor    81.0
  • Floor width at wheelhouse            48.1
  • Side door opening width                28.1

EXTERIOR COLORS

  • Frozen White
  • School Bus Yellow
  • Red
  • Dark Blue
  • Silver Metallic
  • Panther Black Metallic

 

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 of Transit Connects 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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