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What do European motorists know that we, here in the States, haven’t yet figured out? When it comes to Ford products, quite a lot, it seems. The automaker’s continental offerings include a striking list of vehicles that could find a welcome home here on this side of the
That’s likely to change, in the years to come, as Ford globalizes its line-up. The Verve small car concept, first shown in
“This workhorse is like nothing available today in the American market,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. That’s not just PR spin.
The smaller of two versions of the van sold in
At 6’8” tall, the Transit Connect can fit into most urban parking structures, yet it has a surprising amount of cargo space inside a total of 143 cubic feet — which would make it perfect for wine or flower merchants, for example, or a caterer. (It can handle loads of up to 6.5 feet in length and 4.7 feet in width.) And the distinctive sides also provide a striking mobile billboard.
Four different configurations are on display in
With some experts predicting gas will hit $4 or more a gallon by the time Transit Connect crosses the ocean, fuel economy might be an even bigger selling point. The van is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. (A
Sized somewhere between the new Ford Flex and the automaker’s bigger E-Series vans, Transit Connect is initially geared for commercial applications. But in
Initially, at least, Transit Connect will be imported from a Ford plant in