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Ford Advanced Fleet 2013

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CONNECT TRANSIT VANS ➌ TRANSIT LOW ROOF VAN them to design a vehicle to meet their specifc needs. Te new Transit Connect will be available in both short wheelbase and a long wheelbase van and wagon models. Additionally, customers will have a choice of two powertrain oferings, including a 2.5L I-4 gasoline engine, which is capable of being converted to operate on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefed petroleum gas (LPG) also known as propane autogas. Te second powertrain ofering will be a 1.6L I-4 EcoBoost. Both powertrains will be mated to a 6-speed transmission.  But, for Koss, the big news on Transit Connect is the all-new seven-passenger wagon model. "Fleet customers who need a personaluse vehicle with the capacity to carry cargo and passengers will enjoy this new alternative, because it is far better and more practical than a traditional minivan," Koss said. He also said that no other full-size van on the market will ofer the fexibility of Transit. With two wheelbases, three body lengths, and three roof heights, the customer can develop a specifcation that best meets their business requirements. After nearly a century in the European market, the Transit is coming to America, where it will eventually replace Ford's legendary E-Series vans. It will be available in several roof heights including high (1), medium, and low (2). The Transit Connect is also getting a make over (3) with a lower bed, two wheelbases, and two powertrains, including a 2.5L I-4 gasoline engine that can be converted to operate on CNG or propane autogas, and a 1.6L I-4 EcoBoost. Both powertrains will be mated to a 6-speed transmission. TRANSIT CONNECT WAGON Also, in addition to van and wagon body styles, it will ofer a chassis cab and a cutaway model.  Tree powertrain choices will be available for the Transit, including a 3.7L V-6, which is capable of being converted to operate on CNG or LPG; a 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 gasoline engine; and a 3.2L I-5 for customers seeking to operate on diesel. Te diesel engine has already been available in Ford's commercial products around the globe. Confgurations will include 150, 250, 350, and heavy-duty 350 versions. Looking Back While Moving Forward Since 2009, the commercial feet industry has mirrored the overall new vehicle market with steady and consistent growth, according to Koss. Tis increase in volume has been across all vehicle segments, including cars, CUVs, SUVs, and trucks.  For the government industry, due to continued financial constraints, the growth has been slower. However, with the improving economy and tax revenue increasing, Koss foresees the government segment beginning to rebound.  "We are experiencing strong demand for our new Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility vehicles and forecast that this segment of the government industry will experience growth," Koss predicted. While Ford remains pleased with the acceptance of its vehicles throughout the feet industry, Koss said NAFLRO will never become complacent in identifying ways to improve the product. Koss explained that the critical element of keeping Ford's products relevant is to constantly listen to customers and identify opportunities where NAFLRO can incorporate new features, design, or technology to better meet their business needs.  "Our national and government account managers do a great job serving as an interface between their customers and our department, and providing us the information we need to assist us in this area," Koss said. AF JULY 2013 I AUTOMOTIVE FLEET 3

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