Next-Generation Ford Transit Connect Taxi: Taxi of the Future with
Increased Space, Performance and CNG/LPG Capability
· Ford introduces all-new 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, prioritizing
passenger and cargo space, livery-duty durability and low operating
· New 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine expected to have
best-in-class highway fuel economy, and available prep package
allowing conversion to efficient, clean-burning compressed natural gas
or liquefied petroleum gas
· Redesign lowers vehicle floor for improved access to the cabin;
vehicle can be modified to be wheelchair-accessible through Ford's
Qualified Vehicle Modifier program
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 22, 2013 Ford, America's commercial truck and van
leader, introduces the all-new 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, providing
best-in-class performance, low operating costs, and improved comfort
and flexibility for the North American taxi market.
The redesigned Ford Transit Connect Taxi was unveiled today at the
2013 International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference
in St. Louis. It has been engineered to Ford's light-truck commercial
"We're leveraging our longtime leadership and expertise in the
North American taxi market to ensure Transit Connect Taxi exceeds the
expectations of taxi operators and their passengers," said Tim
Stoehr, commercial truck marketing manager for Ford. "Transit
Connect Taxi has been popular in major metropolitan cities since it
debuted in 2010, and it has only gotten better."
The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi comes with a new powertrain the
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a new, fuel-efficient
six-speed automatic transmission providing drivers with quick
response as well as durability, low-rpm cruising and an expected
best-in-class highway fuel economy rating.
Ford Transit Connect will be the only taxi offered with a compressed
natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas engine prep package. Conversion to
CNG/LPG is supported by a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier, enabling
significant fuel cost savings.
Improved people mover
The redesign of Ford Transit Connect Taxi features a decreased vehicle
height, providing improved clearance for taxicab companies to place
advertising on the cabin roof. An interior hood release was added,
giving drivers easy access to check fluid levels prior to starting a
The second-generation Transit Connect Taxi is also longer, offering
seating for five and increased cargo capacity. The roomy, flexible
interior is perfectly suited for livery service and conversion to CNG
and LPG. The vehicle's cargo space accommodates a compressed gas tank,
while leaving ample room for luggage and passenger headroom and
legroom. It features an anticipated best-in-class 60.5 cubic feet of
cargo volume behind the second row.
In contrast to a competitor's compact van-based taxi, which uses a
rear suspension with leaf springs and solid axle, Ford Transit Connect
Taxi uses a modern, durable twist-beam rear suspension that
prioritizes passenger comfort and cargo carrying capability.
The vehicle's floor has been lowered for improved access to the cabin,
and can be modified to be wheelchair-accessible through Ford's
Qualified Vehicle Modifier program.
Technology for the driver also has been upgraded, with useful options
like rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch-screen display with navigation,
and SYNC® with MyFord Touch® Ford's acclaimed voice-activated mobile
"The new Transit Connect Taxi has been designed with the for-hire
transportation driver and their passengers in mind, creating a product
that combines stylish looks and improved comfort with legendary Built
Ford Tough quality," said Gerald Koss, fleet marketing manager
Taxi operators will benefit from Transit Connect Taxi's rigorous
testing and durability evaluations, which included opening and closing
its sliding doors through 250,000 door-slam cycles.
Ford began offering Transit Connect Taxi with the 2011 model year,
providing a commercial vehicle that is tested to the company's
toughest truck standards.
"Transit Connect was originally selected from Ford's global
portfolio of high-quality products to bring the advantages of
alternative fuel as well as an outstanding interior package to the
for-hire transportation industry," Stoehr said.
The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi will go into production and arrive
in dealerships by early next year.
News Source: Ford
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