Category Archives: Ford Transit

2016 Ford Transit Connect Updates Add More Tech

You may not know it, but Ford has America’s best-selling van: the Transit. This van is getting even more technology and safety features. Ford Transit Connect updates for the 2016 model year include a rearview camera, SYNC 3, and more customization options.

“These and other updates make the 2016 Ford Transit the smartest, most flexible van ever offered by Ford,” said Yaro Hetman, Ford brand manager for Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series, in a statement. “Transit replaces America’s best-selling van for 35 years, E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline, and we look forward to continuing our leadership in this important segment.”

Ford Transit Connect Updates

The Transit is Ford’s best-selling commercial van. Ford’s smaller commercial van is the Transit Connect. Also, there is a third version, the Transit Connect Wagon, which is for personal use.

With the SYNC 3 option, this will give the Transit more communication and entertainment options. It is faster and more intuitive to use than the current SYNC system and drivers will be able to use conversational voice recognition to operate the system.

Coming as new standard equipment will be a rearview camera with trailer hitch assist technology. This feature will turn on automatically when the Transit is put in reverse. It will have a graphical overlap on the screen to help guide drivers when trying to connect a trailer.

The 2016 Ford Transit, Transit Connect, and Transit Connect Wagon will begin arriving at Nick Nicholas Ford in September. We can’t wait!

Ford Donates Transit Connect to Michigan Science Center

Ford Donates Transit Connect to Michigan Science Center

Ford Donates Transit Connect to Michigan Science Center

Children throughout the state of Michigan are now receiving better science education than ever before, thanks to Ford Motor Company. The American carmaker, in partnership with the Michigan Science Center, recently unveiled an all-new 2014 Transit Connect Wagon that will act as the Center’s transportation for their Traveling Science Program.

“In 2013, our Traveling Science Program served nearly 50,000 students and families, and Ford’s generous gift of a new van will help us continue this momentum and become an even greater resource for communities across the state—especially those unable to visit the museum in person,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “We are thankful for Ford Motor Company’s donation and look forward to driving even great success with our Traveling Science initiatives.”

Through the Traveling Science Program, the Michigan Science Center helps children conduct hands-on research at schools, community centers, and libraries in more than 25 communities across the state. This summer’s program, called “Fizz, Bang, Traveling Science,” allows children to build rockets and learn about chemical reactions.

If you think the Ford Transit Connect Wagon is the perfect fit for your own program, stop in to Nick Nicholas Ford today!

Redesigned Ford Transit Connect Ready for Fleet Duty as 2014 Model

It’s now been over a dozen years since the Ford Transit Connect, the Blue Oval’s popular compact cargo van, first appeared and Europe, reshaping the makeup of cargo fleets across the continent. Since then, the Transit Connect has made its way onto American roads as well, where many companies use it for supply and delivery. To reward this lasting success, Ford recently released a redesigned Ford Transit Connect, a second-generation vehicle that builds on the popularity and functionality of the first.

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The second-generation also adds an extra model wrinkle, the all-new Ford Transit Connect Wagon, which the Blue Oval lovingly dubbed “the Unminivan.” While the original Transit Connect serves primarily as a company vehicle, the Wagon model is more passenger-oriented, with added space and functionality to make the Transit Connect lineup more diverse and capable than before. “Ford’s all-new Transit Connect Wagon is unlike anything else,” said Minyang Jiang, Transit Connect brand manager. “It drives like a car, has the flexibility of a utility and can haul the payload of a full-size pickup. This new wagon is a great combination of affordability and functionality – a unique global vehicle we’re proud to offer our customers.”

Whether you’re part of a company looking to stock its fleet with some excellent, recently redesigned vans or you’re part of a big, big family looking for the ultimate people-mover, the all-new Transit Connect lineup is worth a long, in-depth look. Come see us at Nick Nicholas Ford to get more details on these capable, roomy vans. In fact, bring the whole family—aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, everyone—and drive away in true style in your awesome new Wagon.

Ford Brags on the Excellent Fuel Economy of the 2015 Transit

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2014 Ford Transit Connect

When it comes to fuel efficient vehicles, full-size commercial vans don’t usually spring to the top of the list. But Ford is looking to change all that with the 2015 Ford Transit. The Blue Oval has been bragging about the fuel economy of the 2015 Transit, claiming that the new van will post 50% better numbers than vans it is replacing—even though some of those vans are electric vehicles.

The Transit’s standard 3.7L V6 engine gets 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway; the optional 3.5L EcoBoost engine achieves the same ratings on low- and medium-roof wheelbase Transits—good enough for a 46% increase in fuel economy over the Ford E-Series and its V10 engine. There’s also a 3.2L Power Stroke diesel engine option for the Transit—but it hasn’t been rated by the EPA at this time.

“Fuel economy is where it’s at right now,” Derek Bier, Ford’s vehicle engineering supervisor said. “Then you add to that the high-roof option, which allows you to stand up and work inside the vehicle. Those are critical improvements.” If you’re looking for a way to significantly improve your van fleet, drop by Nick Nicholas Ford today to check out the improved, efficient Transit.

Ford Transit Van Takes the American Pickers on the Road

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History Channel’s antiquing show, “American Pickers” just got a little more interesting. In and of itself, we at Nick Nicholas Ford find the show fascinating as stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz travel the country to find the best prices on quality antiques. However, if you watched the episode that aired on April 30, you probably saw the Ford Transit van make its picking debut.

The Ford Transit van joins the show with a long wheelbase, extended body, high roof, rearview camera, and the Reverse Sensing System.

“We are thrilled to expand the great multi-year relationship we have with Ford,” said Peter Olsen, executive VP of national ad sales for the History Channel. “We look forward to the Transit being part of Pickers for many years to come.”

The show is a perfect of example of the adaptability of the van.

“The biggest thing is, when the van is full, then we’ve got to come home. I’m interested in real estate on wheels,” Wolfe said during the episode. “There were four or five different vehicles I was looking at, and I just keep coming back to the Ford as the better choice.”

For Wolfe and Fritz, the 2015 Ford Transit holds all of their precious cargo and bargain finds. For another business it could emit the smells of a delicious meal, keep a load of packages neat and orderly, or contain the tools necessary to save a life. How would you use the Ford Transit van?