Beating all of the other competition, Nissan's NV200 was selected as the new generation of taxis, set to invade New York City's streets soon. This however, is not keeping other manufacturers from ogling this very lucrative taxi fleet. Although New York City is North America's largest taxi market, other cities with large densities might be interested in other brands and models. #Ford is hoping to differentiate itself with the #Ford Transit Connect Taxi.
The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi was recently unveiled at the International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St Louis, MO. The Transit Connect Taxi has had a presence in several major American cities since 2010, but the 2014 version has been redesigned and improved.
First up is a new engine under it's hood. The 2.5-litre four cylinder is paired with a new six speed automatic transmission for better fuel economy, offering great performance as well as the essential durability required by taxi vehicles. Also, liquefied and compressed natural gas options are available, a first in the taxi category.
The bonnet of the #Ford Transit Connect Taxi has been lowered, so that taxi companies can benefit from more rooftop advertising space. This new generation is longer to accommodate more passengers as well as cargo space. This expanded cargo area is also more convenient for the installation of the compressed natural gas tank, while leaving generous space for passenger's luggage.
Other improvements include a more modern rear suspension that places a priority on passenger comfort while preserving cargo space. The floor has been lowered, improving accessibility and allowing easy modifications to convert the taxi to a wheelchair accessible vehicle. For the driver, more technology options are available, such as camera, and a 6.5 inch screen for navigation, SYNC and MyFordTouch.
The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi will soon enter production, and be made available for purchase early next year.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca