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Ford Transit Connect Work Van
Ford introduced a welcome sense of practicality to the industry when it brought the Transit Connect work van to the U.S. from Europe, where it has been popular since 2002. This all-purpose work van is built by Ford in Turkey for worldwide distribution, and is designed for customization by authorized aftermarket upfitters to suit a variety of jobs and business needs. It sets a new model for efficiency in size, fuel efficiency, and cost, delivering 22/25 mpg (city/highway) fuel economy and up to 1,600 pounds of cargo capacity for a starting price of $21,475. The company is planning to roll out a battery-powered, all-electric version in the U.S. later this year, developed by Smith Electric Vehicles, a U.S. subsidiary of the U.K.-based Tanfield Group. According to Ford, SEV already produces medium-duty commercial battery-electric versions of the Transit, and we can't wait to see one. Ford Transit Connect: starts at $21,475. 800-392-3673. www.fordvehicles.com.