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Ford Grows New Tourneo Van Family

U.S. will see it as the Transit Connect Wagon.

by on Mar.05, 2013

Ford's new Tourneo Courier minivan.

Ford has been completely updating its people-mover family – what Americans prefer to call minivans – in recent months, and the latest version of the Tourneo Courier is making its debut at this week’s Geneva Motor Show.

Why does that matter to American motorists? Because it will land in the States bearing the Transit Connect Wagon badge.

“Tourneo stands for smart, do-anything vehicles that are designed for people who live life to the fullest,” boasted Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “However big your personal mission, we have a Tourneo people-mover that will help you squeeze the most out of every moment – whether that’s cycling with friends or a day with the kids.”

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Completing the updated Tourneo family and set for a European launch in the mid-2014 model-year, the maker contends the Courier will have a number of advantages over key competitors, including class-leading space, practicality, fuel economy and safety features.

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Ford Back in the Minivan Game with New Transit Connect Wagon

But new 7-seater is 1st in segment to top 30 mpg.

by on Nov.13, 2012

Ford will offer a minivan of the updated Transit Connect in 5- and 7-passenger configurations.

Ford has had a troubled history when it comes to minivans – first rejecting the design that instead became Chrysler’s industry game-changing Voyager and Caravan models, then fielding a fleet of me-too designs that never caught on with consumers.

Now, after being out of the segment for a half-decade Ford is making its return with a 7-passenger version of its European van dubbed the Transit Connect Wagon. It will provide a more traditional, van-like alternative to Ford’s bigger “people-mover,” the Flex.

“Transit Connect Wagon gives young families and people on the go the fun-to-drive and efficient vehicle they’ve been looking for,” said Mark Fields, recently named Ford’s new Chief Operating Officer and the outgoing Ford President of the Americas. “It’s an all-new, smaller seven-seater that has better mileage than larger vans and creates a segment of its own. Customers also will love the unique combination of style, adaptability and affordability this wagon brings.”

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The Transit Connect has been offered in the U.S. market for several years but until now, the focus has been on commercial and fleet users, rather than on retail buyers. The personal use market becomes a major target as Ford rolls out an all-new update of the Transit Connect previewed several months ago at a company-wide product event in Amsterdam.  European buyers have had the option of buying a van-like Transit Connect called the Tourneo.

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First Look: Ford Tourneo Custom Concept

Geneva preview to hint at E-Van replacement.

by on Feb.22, 2012

Ford will unveil the new Tourneo Custom Concept van in Geneva. A heavier-duty version, the Transit, will migrate to the U.S. market in 2013.

As part of its One Ford strategy, Ford Motor Co. is rapidly shifting from regional product development to a line-up of global products like the new Fiesta, Focus and Fusion models.  The maker will take the next step forward when it unleashes the Ford Tourneo Custom Concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The Tourneo Concept is a thinly-disguised prototype for the next-generation Ford Transit van.  That’s not to be confused with the smaller Transit Connect which the maker introduced in the U.S. market two years ago.  The bigger Transit will soon replace the long-lived Ford E-Van that has become the staple for plumbers, delivery services, shuttle bus operators and just about anyone else who has to haul people and equipment.

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Decidedly more modern than the aging E-Van, the Tourneo Concept is a one-ton light-duty passenger van.  It adopts a commercial version of the so-called Kinetic Design styling language that struck a responsive chord when used to reshape the 2013 Ford Fusion sedan.

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