As the automaker sees growth opportunity in these regions, Ford CEO Alan Mulally is now touring Asia, where he is trying to win future business for the second-generation Transit Connect Taxi.
The special model has been announced as a new addition to Ford’s line-up on its latest stop over, in Hong Kong as Ford wants to break into the cab business in parts of the world where the competition has dominated.
The new Transit Connect was designed by Ford of Europe and is made in Valencia, Spain. The automaker is now rolling out the second generation of the taxi version in more markets, including Hong Kong, said Raj Nair, Ford head of global product development.
For Hong Kong, the Transit Connect Taxi runs on liquefied petroleum gas to take advantage of the city’s well-established LPG infrastructure.
In the U.S., the 2014 Transit Connect Taxi has a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Ford will also offer packages in the U.S. for those who want LPG or compressed natural gas versions for better fuel economy.
The second-generation Transit Connect is a little lower and sleeker than the outgoing model, which makes it easier for passengers to get in and out and for cab companies to put advertising on the roof. The 2014 model is little longer for more seating and cargo room.
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