Ford Motor Co. today added Hong Kong to the list of global cities served by its Transit Connect Taxi. On sale since 2010, the model serves taxi passengers in cities throughout the United States, where Ford owns nearly 60 percent of the taxi market.
“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.”
Nair says the Transit Connect unveiled 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, providing dependability, low maintenance, and long-range travel. In the U.S., the Transit Connect will be the only taxi offered with a compressed natural gas and LPG engine prep package.
The 2014 model also comes with a new powertrain — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a new, fuel-efficient six-speed automatic transmission — as well as a lower vehicle height which will provided improved roof clearance for taxicab companies to place advertising on the cabin roof. The new Transit Connect Taxi also is larger, offering seating for five and increased cargo capacity.