Ford Reenters Minivan Market With 2014 Transit Connect Wagon

A few years back, Ford and General Motors abandoned the minivan segment due to a lack of sales. At GM, entries like the Chevrolet Uplander, Buick Terraza, Saturn Signal and Pontiac , were incredibly uncompetitive with their counterparts from Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Chrysler. At Ford, the situation with the Windstar was no different. Declining interest due to a surge in crossover sales led both companies to leave the market.

But now, with fuel prices rising, Ford has found (an easy) way to enter the segment again. The European-sourced Transit Connect has done really well over the past few years as an economical delivery vehicle for businesses. To Ford’s surprise there was a lot of interest in a passenger version of the vehicle as well.

The result is the 2014 Ford Transit Connect wagon. It will be available in 5- and 7-seat configurations and Ford expects it to deliver over 30 mpg on the highway. With gas prices at high levels there could be a bigger market for this van than we think. Given its commercial roots, the focus is on practicality over anything else. For instance, Ford says there will be over 100 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded into the floor.

The larger 7-seat model has a longer wheel base and both variants are available with a choice of two 4 cylinder engines. The base model has a naturally-aspirated 2.5 liter four-cylinder and the up level variant has a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four. Details aren’t yet available on these two. The Transit Connect’s interior has been much improved for 2014, making it a more suitable vehicle for consumer use than before. Plus. there is no denying you’ll stand out driving it – the Transit Connect wagon is very European in appearance. Who knows though? Maybe this could catch on. Regardless, the effort comes as little cost to Ford.

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.

2 Comments on "Ford Reenters Minivan Market With 2014 Transit Connect Wagon"

  1. Keith

    I’m very much interested in this vehicle. Ford stated that the vehicle will be less than the competition, when will they release the MSRP and when can we finally see reviews from Edmonds and others?

  2. Jeannie Stukey Martin

    I had 2 Windstars and loved them. Then I went to an SUV, but I am ready to go back to a minivan. My kids are grownm but I love the sliding doors on the minivan.
    I do not understand why they do not offer the sliding doors on SUVs. They are so much more versatile than regular car doors. You can have a huge box that you can slide right in the back seat with the sliding door, but with the regular car door that opens at an angle, you cannot put the box in. Also, I do not know why ANY mom with young children would not prefer a sliding door (even on their SUV if not a minivan) so kids are not slamming the door into the neighboring car when they open it too fast. Just don't understand why they don't MARKET sliding doors as a HUGE ASSET.

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