Oakville, Ontario – Ford has announced that the Transit Connect commercial vehicle will go on sale in Canada this summer. The 2010 Transit Connect is a global Ford product that will be built for North American sales in Turkey.

The new commercial van uses a fuel-efficient 2.0-litre engine  with four-speed automatic transmission on a dedicated front-wheel drive commercial vehicle platform, and offers 3,823 litres of cargo space, a 726-kg payload capacity, several cargo management systems, and available Ford Work Solutions technology, including Internet connection and fleet management capability.

The model is also planned as the basis for Ford’s first battery-electric commercial vehicle, scheduled to go on sale in North America in 2010.

The Transit Connect was first launched in several global markets in 2003, when a jury of European commercial vehicle journalists named it the International Van of the Year. For its North American debut, several design details have been updated, including the grille and interior touches. More than 600,000 have been sold since its launch, to customers in 58 countries.

“This workhorse is like nothing available today in the North American market,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice-president of global product development. “We’re offering small business owners a real choice to meet their needs, instead of asking them to pull seats out of minivans or compromise on one or more of their needs. Transit Connect is good news for small business owners nationwide.”

The Transit Connect features split rear cargo doors that open at a standard 180 degrees which provide access to 132 cm of available load height. Once inside, the cargo area opens up to 150 cm of floor-to-ceiling load height, with a load width of 121 cm between the wheel arches, and a load length of 184 cm. Ford said that it has more than double the cargo-carrying space of the Chevrolet HHR Panel.

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