2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi Debut at 2010 ChicagoBoston, Massachusetts – The city of Boston has become the first municipality in the U.S. to approve the Ford Transit Connect for taxi use, paving the way for cab owners to purchase the vehicle for fleets. Ford will offer a taxi-specific package on the Transit Connect.

Boston regulates which types of vehicles can be used as taxicabs in city streets, with basic size requirements for headroom, legroom and cargo space.

“We’re very impressed with the Transit Connect,” said Mark Cohen, director of the licensing division of the Boston Police Department. “It’s the closest thing to a purpose-built vehicle for taxi use that I’ve seen in 25 years. When the Ford Crown Victoria goes out of production next year, the taxi industry here in Boston and throughout the country is going to be looking for alternatives. I think the Transit Connect Taxi fits the bill.”

To meet the needs of taxi operators who asked for alternative fuel vehicles, Ford will offer new engine prep packages that allow conversions to both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied propane gas (LPG). The Transit Connect Taxi will also include a factory-installed wiring upfit package, vinyl flooring and seats, and a ventilation unit to heat and cool the second row.

Ford is also collaborating with Creative Mobile Technologies to integrate premier payment processing and passenger information technologies in the taxi, including an 8.4-inch electronic screen that shows cab fare, news, weather, sports scores and stock ticker, with programming selected by the customer. The companies are also developing strategies for potential integration of Ford Work Solutions, including a wireless in-dash computer with high-speed Internet access and navigation.

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