Monday, March 12, 2012

The Ford Transit Connect Serves Oregon's Commercial Fleets

The Transit Connect by Ford is a dedicated small commercial van and is the perfect vehicle to upfit and wrap with graphics; it's like having a huge mobile business card.  The Transit Connect combines award-winning design with proven Truck Tough reliability in a small vehicle.  The serious payload and GVWR capability in an agile, city-smart package and it also offers dual-purpose functionality with Van and Wagon models.

The Model Lineup pages are based on the needs of the American Commercial Marketplace.  As you move through the model lineup, each model adds to or upgrades the equipment of the preceding model, except where additions/exemptions are noted. The Transit Connect is available in the following models:
XL Van — Standard model
• XL Van has a number of glass and visibility options.   The first option is to have no side-door or rear-door glass (100A/S7A).  Another option is to have Rear-door privacy glass
only (200A/S7C) (no side door glass).  The third and final option is to choose side-door/rear-door privacy glass (300A/S6A).
• XLT Van - One step up and the most popular model of Transit Connect and again is available with any of the three window options: no side-door or rear-door
glass (110A/S7B), rear-door privacy glass (210A/S7D) (no side-door glass), or Side-door/rear-door privacy glass (310A/S6B).
• XLT Wagon is the model chosen by adult care facilities, medical transport companies, and taxi drivers and is only available with glass windows both in the sides and the rear. (510A/S9B)
• XLT Premium Wagon is again only available with side-door/rear-door and thirdrow
privacy glass (520A/S9C).

The Transit Connect has created a stir among medical transport and cab companies because of its roomy interior and its fantastic fuel efficiency.  The 2.0L Duratec 16-valve DOHC I-4 Engine holds the best-in-class(1) 2012 EPA-estimated fuel economy
of 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway while providing 136 horsepower @ 6300 rpm, 128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm.  The cast aluminum engine block and cylinder head
reduces overall vehicle weight also helping fuel efficiency.  This balance of horsepower and fuel efficiency is accomplished with a DOHC, 16-valve cylinder head that delivers excellent combustion performance.  The Transit Connect uses a timing chain instead of a belt, helping to again improve engine durability.  This is a great fleet vehicle that really stands up to the constant grind of driving.  The low NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) characteristics contribute to a smooth ride and quiet interior.  Those who typically drive an Econoline or Savanna rave about how quiet and easy to drive the Ford Transit Connect is comparably.  The fuel efficient motor is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.  The fail-safe cooling system also ensures that you are never stranded.  This commercial fleet vehicle meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 4 standards and qualifies for California Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) standard.
The 4-speed Automatic Transmission with electronic shift control helps provide smooth shifts and optimum performance.  The overdrive lowers engine rpm at highway speeds,
helping maximize fuel economy with a  3.96:1 final drive ratio.

The combination of the independent MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-leaf rear suspension, rack-and pinion steering and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) allows the Transit Connect to drive and ride more like a car than a working van. The Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension also allows each front wheel to react to road irregularities with minimal effect on the opposite wheel for a smooth, controlled ride while also contributing to responsive steering.  Ford has also included a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll while cornering.  The Transit Connect rides more like a car while working like a van.  The Multi-leaf Rear Suspension is Rugged in design and provides load-carrying capability along with a smooth ride.  Because the Ford Transit Connect is so easy to drive it is much easier on the driver and helps fight road fatigue.  The solid Transit Connect design includes a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll
while cornering.  The rack-and-pinion Steering maintains linear steering effort as the driver turns the wheel resulting in responsive steering with excellent return-ability and
handling characteristics.  The Transit also boasts a tight 39.0-foot (curb-to-curb) turning diameter helping to make the Transit Connect as nimble as a small car.  Engineers of the Ford Transit Connect chose power front disc/rear drum system that provides sure,
controlled stops coupled with anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that is standard on all 2012 and newer Transit Connect Vans and Wagons.

The Ford Engineers understand the needs of any commercial fleet and answered with easy maintenance for the Ford Transit Connect.  The 97,500-mile spark plug replacement interval provides added convenience and reduced service requirements under normal driving conditions.  The maintenance-free battery reduces long-term maintenance costs and is standard on all Transit Connect models.  The yellow-coded service points enable technicians to readily identify key components during routine maintenance for quicker, more efficient service and to get you back on the road faster.