Ford is listening to the unique wants and needs of families and responds with the Transit Connect Family One concept – a space that’s all about helping parents and engaging children.  “Transit Connect is a versatile vehicle that can be adapted to a wide variety of applications,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. “The Family One concept delivers fun with function. This fun, cool space is for parents and small children alike, combining fuel efficiency with advanced technologies that can help keep families connected on the go.”  The Family One concept is based on the Transit Connect, a global Ford platform adaptable to a wide variety of applications, both personal and professional. This concept vehicle represents Ford’s first effort in showcasing the versatile Transit Connect for personal use.  “The customers we envisioned when developing the Family One are cosmopolitan parents in their mid-30s with highly refined design sensitivities,” said Ford designer Chiwei Lee. “They waited until they were ready for children and see parenthood as adding to their aesthetic portfolio, instead of smashing it.”  Transit Connect has a utilitarian form that offers 135 cubic feet of space on a compact platform, with agile driving dynamics ideally suited to urban driving and tight spaces. The vibrant color scheme and expansive greenhouse area combine to give the Family One concept friendly visual character and a bright, airy interior space.  “For children, the conceptual intent of the vehicle is to be as engaging and entertaining when parked as it is on the go,” added Lee. “The Family One easily transitions from functional family mobility to ‘base camp’ when the coolest mom puts the shift lever into the park position.”

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