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Ford makes version of Transit Connect for the people

01 transit connect 630 450x300 Ford makes version of Transit Connect for the people Rejoice, America! The Ford Transit Connect is no longer just for plumbers and electricians. The Blue Oval has announced it will produce a civilian version of its hardcore work van. Called the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon, the vehicle will boast roomy seating for five and massive amounts of cargo area. Out back, those hefty panes of glass actually pop open for easy-breathing ventilation, and tricks like blind-spot awareness and a rear-view camera make piloting this machine a cinch. Other visual changes like larger alloy wheels, a painted grille and front foglamps give this Transit Connect a bit more personality, as well. Ford showed off the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon at this year’s LA Auto Show, but so far, we don’t know exactly how much the van will cost when it shows up next year. We do know that buyers will be able to expect the same 26 mpg highway as the bare bones models on sale right now. Follow the jump to have a look at the full press release. Read more…

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New York City taxi finalists narrowed to Ford, Nissan and Turkish manufacturer

01 nyc cab 1289923678 450x286 New York City taxi finalists narrowed to Ford, Nissan and Turkish manufacturer

New York City is one step closer to choosing its next official taxi cab. With the Ford Crown Victoria getting on in years, the city is looking for a more efficient and functional way to move its citizens around. So far, the designs have been whittled down to three choices, and no matter who comes out on top, you can bet that the world will be seeing a lot more minivans in the Big Apple. Nissan, Ford and a Turkish company by the name of Karsan all have designs in the final round, and each eschews the traditional sedan taxi form in favor of something with a taller roof line.

Right now, New York City uses a fleet of 13,200 cabs built by a variety of manufacturers, but none of the vehicles are purpose-built people movers. For the next generation, NYC wanted a vehicle that was specifically designed to handle the average 70,000 miles of stop-and-go abuse per year that the city’s taxi fleet endures.

Ford has thrown a version of its Transit Connect into the fracas, while Nissan’s effort looks to be an industrial minivan that the company says could be fully electric in just a few years. Meanwhile, the Karsan design is spacious and wheel-chair accessible.
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Report: Recalled Ford Windstar minivans piling up at dealers

windstaraxlestorage 450x270 Report: Recalled Ford Windstar minivans piling up at dealers

Estimates place the number of Ford Windstar minivans involved in the rear axle recall at about 575,000. The 1998-2003 model year vans have suffered cracked and damaged rear axles, especially in the salt belt. Owners have been dropping them off at Ford dealers to be repaired, and according to a Ford rep, most of them will be back on the road this year. Another clump of them won’t be repaired until early next year, however, because they’re waiting on components that will arrive in two months.

That means dealers just have to sit on growing fleets of aged Windstars, and Ford has to pay for that storage and the cost of rental cars for owners. Exact dollar numbers haven’t been released, but it certainly can’t be cheap for Ford. In addition, as far as we can tell, this still doesn’t address the expanded investigation into front subframe corrosion.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - November 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

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2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible

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When you grow up in Detroit, the Ford Mustang is so much more than just another performance car. It’s arguably the most iconic automobile born within these city limits, and anyone who’s called the area home can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride while driving the Blue Oval’s pony through the Motor City. It’s like eating a hot dog at the ballpark – you can’t explain why, but it just tastes better.

At the tippy top of the Mustang hierarchy sits the Shelby GT500 with its supercharged 5.4-liter V8, 550 horsepower and an exhaust note that will wake the neighbors. Our love for the GT500 has run deep since its debut in 2006, though most of that affection was never given to the convertible. The droptop Ford suffers from substantially more handling and rigidity issues than the coupe, and when you consider the added price that Ford charges to lob off the roof ($5,000, in this case), it can seem like a puzzling proposition.

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2012 Ford Focus named official car of 2011 CES

newfordfocus 08 450x281 2012 Ford Focus named official car of 2011 CES

This January Ford CEO Alan Mulally will take the stage as one of the keynote speakers of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’ll be the fourth time Mulally has headlined CES, and this time he’ll have one of The Blue Oval’s most anticipated new products in his corner. The 2012 Focus has been named the official car of 2011 CES, an honor that will give the forthcoming C-Segment blockbuster the spotlight right in time for its launch. The Focus enters the market early in 2011 with most of Ford’s latest technology including Sync, MyFord Touch and Wi-Fi capability.

Ford Marketing, Sales and Service VP Ken Czubay calls the Focus the best of what Ford has to offer, adding that the vehicle will deliver “class-leading features and technologies as well as an expected 40 mpg.” Ford will showcase the Focus in several ways at CES “including more product-specific signage, displays, demonstrations and materials.”

The Focus is actually the second straight Ford to claim the title of “official car of CES,” as the Taurus held the title at CES 2010. Hit the jump to read the Ford’s release.

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