In North America, as of the last quarter in 2013, customers will be able to purchase the new Transit Connect Wagon Mini Van by Ford. It comes as a five or seven-seater van with short or long wheelbases.
The vehicles are being built in Spain, Valencia and are available for all markets. The European version is the Torneo which will be ready to buy here in the UK at the same time. Mark Ovenden is the managing director of Ford in Britain and he announced the new Connect well ahead of its debut appearance at the 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show.
This means plenty of time for fleet managers to start saving for the commercial vehicle insurance to go alongside this purchase.
Inside the cab of the Transit Connect is a dash-mounted gearstick, this is a great design. Accessing the back of the vehicle is very easy as it features a twin sliding door on the side and the option of either a top hinged tailgate or a twin side-hinged rear doors. If you need to there is also the option of folding all the seats increase the already generous loading space.
As the primary market is North America, it is already clear that there is huge space and there is a fuel efficient option. The van will come in 2.5 litre four cylinder petrol version but why opt for this when you could have the fuel efficient 1.6 direct injection, turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine? Whichever one you opt for both are front-wheel-drive and have a automatic gearbox with six-speeds. There is no manual version of this vehicle.