New Ford Transit Connect Taxi Ready for Service from New York City to Los Angeles to Hong Kong

  New Ford Transit Connect Taxi Ready for Service from New York City to Los
                             Angeles to Hong Kong

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 21, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord Transit Connect Taxi adds Hong Kong to list of global cities where
    the vehicle will be in service
  oAll-new this model year, Ford Transit Connect Taxi features an unmatched
    combination of performance, fuel economy, safety, comfort and flexibility
  oFord C-MAX Hybrid also being adopted by taxi operators across the United
    States, where Ford leads with 60 percent share of the taxi market

Ford Motor Company today adds Hong Kong to the list of global cities served by
its Transit Connect Taxi, building on the vehicle's popularity among taxi
operators in New York City, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.

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All-new this model year, Ford Transit Connect Taxi features an unmatched
combination of performance, fuel economy, safety, comfort and flexibility.

"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."

The Transit Connect Taxi Ford 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 United States, Ford owns nearly 60 percent of the taxi market. On sale
since 2010, Ford Transit Connect Taxi serves passengers in some of the most
demanding taxi markets, including Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Boston.

Taxi of the future today

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi comes with a new powertrain – a 2.5-liter
four-cylinder engine paired with a new, fuel-efficient six-speed automatic
transmission – providing drivers with quick response as well as durability,
low-rpm cruising and an expected best-in-class highway fuel economy rating.

In addition, Transit Connect will be the only taxi in America offered with a
compressed natural gas and LPG engine prep package. Conversion to CNG and LPG
is supported by Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers, enabling significant fuel
cost savings.

Ford's second-generation Transit Connect Taxi features a lower vehicle height,
providing improved roof clearance for taxicab companies to place advertising
on the cabin roof. A new interior hood release gives drivers easy access to
check fluid levels prior to starting a shift.

The new Transit Connect Taxi also is longer, offering seating for five and
increased cargo capacity. It has an expected best-in-class 60.5 cubic feet of
cargo volume behind the second row. The vehicle can accommodate a compressed
gas tank, while still leaving ample room for luggage.

The Transit Connect Taxi floor has been lowered for improved access to the
cabin, and it can be modified for wheelchair accessibility through Ford's
Qualified Vehicle Modifier program.

Ford C-MAX Hybrid chosen by taxi operators

In addition to Transit Connect Taxi's success, Ford C-MAX Hybrid is being
adopted by taxi operators right from dealer lots. Taxi operators like the
vehicle's utility, maneuverable size and class-leading U.S. EPA combined fuel
economy of 43 mpg. C-MAX Hybrid taxis are on the road in San Francisco and New
York.

Taxi operators attribute Ford C-MAX Hybrid's class-leading fuel economy,
522-mile overall range and spaciousness to its success in taxi fleets. C-MAX
Hybrid offers  best-in-class passenger volume, plus best-in-class front- and
second-row headroom and legroom, and plenty of room for cargo.

In addition, Ford C-MAX Hybrid's ease of entry and exit is one of its
top-rated features by customers – important for passengers quickly entering
and exiting the vehicle.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE:F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Mike Levine, 313.323.6854, mlevine5@ford.com; or Aaron Miller,
313.845.4467, amill226@ford.com
 
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