Following New York City, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, Ford adds Hong Kong to the list of global cities using its Transit Connect in Taxi form.
All-new this model year, Ford’s Transit Connect Taxi unveiled today in Hong Kong comes equipped with a Ford-engineered, clean-burning liquefied petroleum gas fuel system. It is designed to run on Hong Kong’s well-established LPG infrastructure.
“Ford Transit Connect Taxi has proven itself in taxi fleets across the U.S.,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, global product development. “Now, we are building on that success, offering the vehicle for sale in even more markets, including global cities like Hong Kong.”
In the United States, Ford said it owns nearly 60 percent of the taxi market. On sale since 2010, the Ford Transit Connect Taxi is said to serve passengers in some of the most demanding taxi markets, including Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Boston.
The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi comes with a new powertrain – a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission – providing drivers, per Ford, with quick response as well as durability, low-rpm cruising and an expected best-in-class highway fuel economy rating.
According to Ford, the Transit Connect will be the only taxi offered in America with a compressed natural gas and LPG engine prep package.
Conversion to CNG and LPG is supported by Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers.
Ford’s second-generation Transit Connect Taxi features a lower vehicle height, providing improved roof clearance for taxicab companies to place advertising on the roof. A new interior hood release gives drivers easy access to check fluid levels prior to starting a shift.
The new Transit Connect Taxi is also longer, offering seating for five and increased cargo capacity. Ford said it has an expected best-in-class 60.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row. The vehicle can accommodate a compressed gas tank, while still leaving ample room for luggage.
According to Ford, the Transit Connect Taxi floor has been lowered for improved access to the cabin, and it can be modified for wheelchair accessibility through Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program.
Ford C-MAX Hybrid also chosen by taxi operators
In addition to the Transit Connect Taxi’s success, Ford said its C-MAX Hybrid is being adopted by taxi operators right from dealer lots.
Taxi operators are said to like the vehicle’s utility, maneuverable size and U.S. EPA combined fuel economy of 43 mpg. C-MAX Hybrid taxis can be found on the road in San Francisco and New York.
Taxi operators attribute Ford C-MAX Hybrid’s class-leading fuel economy, 522-mile overall range and spaciousness to its success in taxi fleets.