2010 Ford Ford Transit Connect
Ford has been building these commercial vans in Kocaeli, Turkey, and selling them primarily in Europe, Asia, and South America since 2003. In that time, it's sold over 600,000 Transit Connects in 58 countries. America is next, as Ford thinks it's found a new niche to exploit. Ford may be correct. As far as purpose-built commercial vehicles go, there's nothing like the Transit Connect currently on sale in the U.S. Built on a truck-tough version of the European Focus C-170 platform, the Transit Connect utilizes a transverse powertrain to drive the front wheels. The engine is smaller than anything you'd find in an American commercial cargo vehicle: a 2.0-liter Duratec four-cylinder that produces an estimated 136 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. It comes mated to a four-speed automatic. The upside of this relatively light-duty powertrain is good fuel economy. Ford expects the Transit Connect to hit 20 city and 24 highway mpg--high for the commercial-vehicle sector. Want even better fuel economy? Wait until next year, when the 100-mile-range battery-powered Transit Connect BEV finds its way into select dealerships.