This is the fifth time that Ford has received the International Van of the Year Award, which ties the record, and the second year in a row, which is a first for any automaker.
With a total of 130 votes, the Transit Connect narrowly beat the 123 votes garnered by the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The COMTRANS judges noted the dynamic design of the refreshed Ford van, as well as the high comfort level of the interior, and its overall outstanding performance capabilities.
The new standard 2.5L Duratec I-4, and available 1.6L EcoBoost I-4 engines won high praise as well for their dependability and superior fuel efficiency.
When it comes to producing a successful commercial van, the designers at Ford evidently know what they’re doing. This new generation of their award winning van ups the ante with a sleek, sophisticated exterior, well-crafted cabin, excellent driving dynamics, and wide array of custom options with which to configure the vehicle to best suit the specific requirements of a variety of commercial enterprises.
Productivity is the most important factor when considering a commercial vehicle, and the Transit Connect provides a range of wheelbase choices, customizable cargo area with side cargo doors and available rear cargo doors, as well as optional tech features such as the SYNC connectivity system, MyFord Touch system, rearview camera, and parking aids. The Transit Connect also boasts the capability to seat seven. Final figures for towing and hauling will also be among the best in its class.
The new Ford Transit Connect is scheduled to roll onto the showroom floor at Arlington Heights Ford in early 2014. For more information contact their dealership (http://www.ahford.com/