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Rumor Mill: Ford Bringing Euro Van to Chicago?


Ford’s fresh from introducing the updated 2009 Ford Escape and ’09 Mercury Mariner at the Washington auto show. And in two weeks, the company’s truck portfolio will increase with the addition of the Transit Connect, an award-winning cargo van sold in Europe.

Ford is expected to introduce the Transit Connect at the Chicago auto show.

There’s no official confirmation from Ford, but sources to TheCarConnection say that the Transit Connect will be sold in North America as a 2009 model, and will come from Ford’s plant in Turkey. It may eventually be produced in North America, as Ford works to broaden the global reach of its products.

The front-drive van will come with a four-cylinder engine and five-passenger seating but will be pitched as an alternative to the Dodge Sprinter. The Connect has full safety gear, including side airbags and anti-lock brakes.

There’s no word on pricing, but sales are expected to start in the fall.

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  1. Will it have a diesel engine like the Sprinter? If it just has a gas engine, it will not be competitive.
     
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  2. The Transit Connect is considerable smaller than the Sprinter. Ford does however have a van of the same size as the Sprinter and is simply called Transit in Europe not Transit Connect.
     
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  3. I just got back from Europe, and these are everywhere over there. Virtually all of the ones I saw were diesels, so I'd be shocked if they didn't bring them over. The picture doesn't depict how large these things can actually be, even though they're front-drivers. The biggest are tall enough to stand in.
     
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  4. I could see these competing w/ the Scion tB (the boxy one) if Ford gives these a sporty trim package - and a would also be useful as small work vans if they bring over the panel version.
     
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  5. Tony In Canada:

    You are talking about the Transit. Those are big. This is the Transit Connect. The only thing the Transit and Transit Connect have in common is the name. The Transit Connect is no bigger than a short wheelbase Dodge Caravan.
     
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  6. These aren't that 'new' to me, back in the 50s they were called sedan wagons or delivery sedans. Ford and Chevy had loads of 'em. Back then they were a smaller version of panel vans. When I was a kid in Detroit, vans meant delivery or service vehicles not passenger vehicles, of course that has changed in the USA, but not in Europe. I would think the Transit (and by the way John, Transit is a name for a range of Ford vehicles) would do well in N. America - but as others have said with a diesel. Good luck Ford - you need it!
     
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  7. "Wakefield van hire"

    It probably will be diesal. The majority are and like u say if it is gas then prehaps a change is in order.
     
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  8. "Eurovans"

    For those that appreciate VW vans but are looking for a eurovan chicago, let me recommend the Vanagons. we’re indestructable - even by vanagons standards.
     
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