As the automaker sees increased opportunities in these regions, Ford CEO Alan Mulally is now touring Asia, where he is vying for more 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 enter the cab business in regions of the world where the competition has been more successful.
The new Transit Connect was created by Ford of Europe and is produced in Valencia, Spain. The automaker is now also presenting the second generation of the taxi version in more markets, including Hong Kong, according to Raj Nair, Ford head of global product development. For Hong Kong, the Transit Connect Taxi will use as fuel liquefied petroleum gas to take advantage of the city’s well-established LPG infrastructure.
In the U.S., the 2014 Transit Connect Taxi is provided with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Ford will also equip the car with 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 now lower and more dynamic than the outgoing model, but it’s also easier for passengers to get in and out and for cab companies to put advertising on the roof.