Ford Motor Co. will charge into the Chicago Auto Show, this week, with the production version of its new Transit Connect commercial van. That includes a battery-powered version set to debut in 2010.
Based on a popular, downsized van now sold in Europe, Ford is betting it can expand its appeal to the urban business market with Transit Connect, which will go on sale in the U.S., mid-year. Equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine, which Ford expects to get “at least” 20 mpg City, 24 Highway, a base model will go for $21,475. No price has yet been set on the EV version.
If the five different models rolling onto the floor at Chicago’s McCormick Place are any indication, however, buyers will be picking and choosing from an extensive array of options, including interior shelving, rear doors and more.
“You may think we’re getting carried away with customization,” says Derrick Kuzak, head of global product development, at Ford, “but that’s exactly the point – to be able to match the needs of a business or fleet owner.”