After conquering the streets of New York City, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, the new Ford Transit Connect Taxi now goes to the other part of the planet, to Hong Kong. The Transit Taxi appears to be choosing only the richest, most prestigious cities.
Ford Transit Connect Taxi models launched in each city have different specs, but they all promise performance, fuel economy, safety, comfort and flexibility unmatched by the rivals. In Hong Kong, for example, the car is equipped with a Ford-engineered, clean-burning liquefied petroleum gas fuel system, because that city has a well-established LPG infrastructure.
The new generation Transit cab also features a lower vehicle height, providing improved roof clearance for taxicab companies to place advertising on the cabin roof. There is also an inspection pit for the driver to check the car’s fluids before starting the shift without getting out of the vehicle. As for the practical stuff, the Transit offers seating for five and increased cargo capacity up to 60.5 cubic feet. That is with the LPG tank in the boot.
In addition to the Transit Connect, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is also being adopted by taxi operators. This model offers 43 mpg which translates into an effective range of 522 miles on one tank of fuel. C-MAX Hybrid taxis are on the road in San Francisco and New York.