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Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept At NYC Show


Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept

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Ford will be showing off a family-oriented concept version of its Transit Connect small van that's slated for a U.S. sale date sometime this summer. The Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept we'll see next week at the New York Auto Show is based around kids and the moms who tote them around, featuring a host of thoughtful (and wacky) details.

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept

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Providing plenty of space for kids and their stuff with 135 cubic feet of interior space, the Transit Connect is nonetheless built on a compact platform to ensure maneuverability and lower gas consumption.

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept

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Ford claims that "the conceptual intent of the vehicle is to be as engaging and entertaining when parked as it is on the go." As such, there's the expected suite of digital media options. But we especially like the side rear inner door panels built for water-based pen ink, as they're a rare nod to non-digital creativity. The panels "easily wipe clean for the next round of creative inspiration."

Helping mom keep the kiddies germ- and sunburn-free are built in hand sanitizer and sunscreen dispensers. Family walkie-talkie radios that charge when docked are included in the concept, as are cargo door-mounted folding twin scooters. An underfloor rear storage conceals a folding stroller. All seat covers are easily removed and washed or traded out for different styles.

Going a bit far is the in-dash computer system that uses RFID technology to keep track of your items. It "learns" what's usually in your vehicle when you depart the driveway, and alerts you if certain usual items are missing. We're hoping a computerized voice doesn't do the nagging. One very useful part of the Transit Connect's electronics are sensors that warn the driver if, say, a child seat is not fitted properly.

We like funky, big-windowed, fuel-sipping European vans, and are happy the Mercedes/Dodge Sprinter finally has some (smaller) competition. The Family One Concept (and the Ford Transit Connect coming this summer) is motivated by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that nets 22 city, 25 highway. They say that the Connect platform will readily accept additional engines in the future, including Ford's EcoBoost engines or an all-electric drive system.

 
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Comments (3)
  1. "Ford pulling away from pack"

    Ford CEO Mulally has embraced the Toyota vision and has really begun to pull away from the rest of the struggling domestics. As much as I love Toyota and Scion, I must say that Ford is a presence to be reckoned with. And this vehicle is part of the reason. Not the vehicle itself, but the innovation that is taking place at Ford that hasn't for a long time...
     
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  2. "Because it is thinking globally and has money"

    Ford is doing better for two main reasons. First, it knew it would be in bad shape so two years ago it begged and borrowed all it could, when banks were still loaning money. Ford is also thinking globally, taking advantage of its international resources - and unlike GM which is also doing them same - it does not have to worry about brand overlap... While the connect and others like it may look cool, when the roads are littered with bread boxed shaped cars, it will get old fast (like they are in Europe...)
     
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  3. "yeah for more Euro Fords"

    This trucklet is ugly. But at least Ford is moving in the right direction. All around the world, from Europe to Latin America, buyers can find better, more interesting and better handling/performing Fords than here in the U.S. Now, Ford, bring over the minivan from Europe, the Ka, the Ecostar SUV from MExico, the convertible Focus...
     
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