2010 Ford Transit Connect - media event in NYC, May 2009
Lately I have been noticing some very European-inspired small vans on the road. Every time I see one, I have to do a double take when I spy a familiar blue oval. Ford seems to be selling a ton of its new Transit Connect commercial vehicles. They are cool British looking things always doing fun stuff and always with great boldly colored graphics on their sides. I see them as cargo vans and trucks for small businesses and even five passenger minivans hauling pretty people, and they always look like a blast to drive. Maybe it’s the height of 6 feet 8 inches that makes them stand out, or possibly the Ford Fusion style nose, but this little utility vehicle is everywhere.
I should stop calling it a van, since it’s actually imported into the U.S. as a small passenger car. Ford does this to avoid paying a tax on light duty trucks, but then sells them only on the truck pages of its website. Naughty, but who cares. They get a mulligan for not taking money from the government.
Why America wasn’t getting these things years ago is beyond me, especially since they are so popular in Europe. You can get a nicely equipped version for less than a full-sized van, and with its gas sipping 2.0-liter Duratec engine, you won’t be destroying the planet. Plus, your business can even design its own graphics at a special Ford website. I created one but it turned out pretty ugly so no pictures here. If you have a free weekend, it’s a great place to waste time.
Ford even has an accessory shop where you can outfit it with a camping tent, or something called a wiper shaker. And if that’s not enough, there are other websites where you can buy partitions, tool chests, drawers, and even some silly things like push bars, porch awnings and safes. This is one cool little van. Forget the Stimulus package, this alone should increase small business in America.