Ford Transit Connect Starts Booking Orders

As Ford begins to book orders for the new Transit Connect for late 2013 and early 2014, the car company isn’t holding back on bragging about the upgrades it has made over the outgoing model, saying that it sets a new standard in its class.

"Ford has taken the toughness and dependability of the current Transit Connect, made considerable improvements to the fuel efficiency, added smart new load-space features, and delivered a dynamic new style," said Barb Samardzich, vice president product development, Ford of Europe.

The new model, which will be added to Ford’s already-existing lineup that includes the Transit Custom and which will introduce two newcomers in 2014, is actually priced 7% lower than the model it replaces, with prices ranging from £13,921 to £19,130.

The vehicle is being manufactured in Spain, though it will be sold worldwide, and will be available in a variety of custom configurations ranging from short to long wheelbase, regular and double cab-in van and load areas that can expand to 4.4 cu m when including the front load space area. Other options include the availability of seating for five or up to seven and a movable mesh bulk-head.

Perhaps most exciting of all, the new vehicle boasts fuel efficiency that leads its class, with an Econetic model that can achieve 70.6 mpg when equipped with a speed limiter. This represents a fuel economy boost of 34% over the model it is replacing. The vehicle also features new reductions in service and maintenance costs that lower the overall operating costs of the vehicle, new safety features that will prevent low speed collisions, and an upgraded security system, all of which make it particularly appealing to fleet managers.