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New York 2008: Ford Transit Connect Taxi Concept
Here is what was said, Courtesy of Auto Blog.com

Autoblog said:
Where better than New York for Ford to show off a taxi cab? And what better platform than the company's new Transit Connect van? Ford's Mark Fields and designer J. Mays were on hand for the unveiling of the Transit Connect Taxi Concept, and both were somehow amazed at the applause the concept generated. Seeing as how there were only a handful of us there and that the rest of the crowd consisted of Ford employees, we find it hard to believe there wouldn't be applause aplenty. Seriously though, this is one fun cab. After spending some time in the regular fleet of bumblebee-colored Crown Vics this past week, we can attest that the Transit Connect Taxi has a lot of things that make it a natural improvement over current standard taxis. Our favorite was the panoramic roof that allows passengers to take in tall buildings with a single glance, but we also liked the flexible seating and cargo configurations, as well as the funky interactive infotainment system for the back seat. Although it looks a bit large in photos, the Transit Connect Taxi Concept actually has a small footprint vehicle and seems like it could go four-wide where the Vics can only manage three abreast. Check out the press release after the jump and all of our live high-res pics in the gallery.
LINK: http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/19/new-york-2008-mark-fields-hails-a-transit-connect-taxi-oncept/

 

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They need to find a way to get the hybrid system in there. NYC is supposedly going to have a mpg minimum for fleet vehicles soon.
 

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my favorite part is it's the complete mirror-image/inverse of the Panther/Taxi syndrome,
think a lot of [strike]fashion victims[/strike]
..."trendy types" will *love* using these as personal transports

They need to find a way to get the hybrid system in there. NYC is supposedly going to have a mpg minimum for fleet vehicles soon.
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an EcoBoost!
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a Hybrid/EcoBoost/solarcells-on-the-roof superhybrid!!!
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wonder if it could be stretched
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what it would look like with a poofy leather interior, shiny black paint, & a bow-wave grille... :eek:
 

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I was in NYC for the NY Auto Show and this vehicle is a great vehicle for what Ford is getting into. The vehicle as a Taxi looks awesome and NYC passing this up as a new taxi is just stupid. I traveled in a Ford Escape Hybrid and around 3 or 4 Crown Vic's and lets say all seemed a little cramped with 3 people in the back. But looking at the Transit Connect Taxi, I see something better.

I plan on posting about other vehicle I saw at the Auto show too.
 
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