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Canada Post has selected the Ford Transit Connect to begin replacing its aging national fleet of vehicles and modernize its business. The selection was made through an open and competitive RFP process. About 1,175 Ford Transit Connect vans will be purchased this year. The Ford Transit Connect is purposely built for business owner, which is a versatile compact van that offers a fuel-efficient alternative to full-size commercial vans.
You would think that the Ford Transit Connect van comes with a big engine, but instead it comes with a standard 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. Ford Transit Connect delivers fuel economy of 30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Not only the Ford Transit Connect van is environmental friendly but it is also friendly on the pockets. So if your business involves a lot in delivering service, the Ford Transit Connect van is a good choice. The bottom line here is how much you would save money on gas per year.
On a side note, Nissan is also introducing its own van version. It is the first time that Nissan steps into the commercial arena with its new designed vans, the 2011 Nissan NV.
“At Ford we are dedicated to delivering quality, safe and fuel efficient vehicles to Canadian businesses – and the Ford Transit Connect delivers on all fronts,” said David Mondragon, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. “The versatility of the vehicle will allow employees to work more efficiently, and the fuel economy delivered by the Transit Connect will help bring Canada Post one step closer to achieving important environmental goals.”
“We are pleased with the outcome and look forward to the delivery of our first vehicles as we begin to replace many of our aging light vehicles, with vehicles that are much more efficient and environmentally-friendly,” says Bill Michalopulos, General Manager, Sourcing, at Canada Post. “It will also help our efforts to modernize our operations as we introduce motorization to our delivery routes.”
The selection of the Ford Transit Connect was based on these factors: environmental impact, employee health and safety requirements, performance, capacity and total lifecycle costs (purchase, fuel consumption and maintenance) were among the key requirements for Canada Post.