Ford Introduces New Seven-Passenger People Mover with a Difference: Transit Connect Wagon First to Exceed 7.8 L/100 km DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 13, 2012 – Ford, the most fuel-efficient full-line manufacturer, introduces the first seven-passenger people mover expected to break the 30 mpg-plus [7.8 L/100 km] highway barrier with the all-new Transit Connect Wagon, which drives like a car, has the flexibility of a utility and can haul the payload of a full-size pickup.
The first time I actually got to see the Flex in person was at the 2008 Canadian International Auto Show. Superstar designer Chip Foose was introducing his version of the Flex along with the Foose F-150. My wife decided right then and there that the Ford Flex was going to be her next vehicle. Did Chip (the man who she says puts the “magic” in magic markers .. have you seen this man draw!?) influence her decision or was it the funky look of the Flex? I don’t know, but I’ve never known her to make a decision on a vehicle in anything less than 9 or 10 months of constant point-counterpoint objections!!
The last time I had a couple of minivans we did a head-to-head test between the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Hyundai Entourage. That was way back in the fall of 2006. Since that time, Chrysler has completely re-designed the Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. Also within that time-frame, Ford have killed off the Windstar and got out of the minivan business altogether, meanwhile General Motors just changed the label from “minivan” to “SUV” while claiming to be abandoning the minivan as well.
You’re probably wondering why on earth there’s a minivan review on PaddockTalk.com “- not just one, but three articles in a row! Well, as explained in my review of the Dodge Grand Caravan, I’m not a van person, but most of my friends/family/neighbours are unfortunate individuals that have families, so they need to have minivans. Falling on the sword, I’ve buckled to their requests – nay demands – for Road Test to featuring minivans. Not only that, but I’ve arranged for a head to head, one-day minivan challenge, and I’ve included some of my friends’ opinions in the results. Check out the Road Test Extra! Section for our first-ever MiniVan comparison test – Not now!! …wait until you’ve read my two minivan reviews first!
This review of the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan is just one of three minivan articles that we’re presenting. You’re probably wondering – why on earth there’s a minivan review on PaddockTalk.com – the racing news website?’ – It seems crazy to me too, but my wife came up with this idea, and before I had time to think about it, I was in too far in to back out! I’m not a van person, but most of my friends/family/neighbors are unfortunate individuals that have families, so they need to have minivans. Falling on the sword, I’ve buckled to their requests – nay demands – for Road Tests featuring minivans. Not only that, but I’ve arranged for a head to head, one-day minivan challenge!