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    Ford's New Taxi Offerings Try To Be More Fuel Efficient

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    Ford is giving taxi companies two new fuel efficient options for their next vehicle. This week, the automaker unveiled the Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect diesel taxis.

    “Taxi operators want vehicles that are reliable, efficient and comfortable. Transit Connect Taxi and Fusion Hybrid Taxi offer all three with special attention to potentially help lower fuel costs. Plus, Fusion Hybrid underscores our commitment to introduce even more efficient and capable hybrids in the future,” said Imran Jalal, brand and communications manager for Ford fleet marketing.

    The Fusion Hybrid taxi isn't based on the model you can pickup from dealers. Instead, Ford is plucking some parts from the Police Responder Hybrid to handle the rigors of a taxi. This includes the suspension, high-performance brakes, and steel wheels. Buyers can choose either between heavy-duty cloth or vinyl upholstery.

    For the Transit Connect taxi, Ford is equipping it with their upcoming EcoBlue 1.4L turbodiesel engine. Taxi specific features include a recessed second-row seat, taxi upfit wiring harness, roof access hole for signage, and rear backup sensors. The Transit Connect taxi can also be made wheelchair accessible via Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier program.

    Both taxi models will go on sale later this year.

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    Ford Introduces Two New Fuel-Efficient Taxis; Hybrid And Diesel Versions Give Operators More Choice, Potential Savings

    • Company introduces two new taxis today – diesel and hybrid – giving operators even more choices to potentially save fuel
    • New Transit Connect Taxi, when equipped with an available EcoBlue® diesel engine, is targeted to return an EPA-estimated Highway rating of at least 30 mpg
    • All-new Fusion Hybrid Taxi is purpose-built for livery service; includes parts designed for the rigorous duty cycle of the 2019 Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and is projected to offer an EPA-estimated Combined rating of 38 mpg

    DEARBORN, Mich., June 14, 2018 – Ford, America’s commercial vehicle leader, introduces two new taxis: the new 2019 Transit Connect Taxi and Ford’s most fuel-efficient, purpose-built taxi ever – the 2019 Fusion Hybrid Taxi.

    “Taxi operators want vehicles that are reliable, efficient and comfortable,” said Imran Jalal, brand and communications manager for Ford fleet marketing. “Transit Connect Taxi and Fusion Hybrid Taxi offer all three with special attention to potentially help lower fuel costs. Plus, Fusion Hybrid underscores our commitment to introduce even more efficient and capable hybrids in the future.”

    New 2019 Transit Connect Taxi
    Transit Connect Taxi, when equipped with available 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel engine, is targeted to return an EPA-estimated Highway rating of at least 30 mpg. Actual mileage will vary. Final EPA-estimated ratings available early 2019.

    The Transit Connect Taxi offers seating for five with a roomy, flexible interior well-suited for livery service. It features more than 60 cubic-feet cargo volume behind the second row, more than the Nissan NV200 Taxi.

    Along with the newly available EcoBlue diesel engine, the new 2019 Transit Connect Taxi comes with a recessed second-row seat, a taxi upfit wiring harness, first-row side curtain airbags, optional roof access hole for signage and a reverse sensing system. It is also available with School Bus Yellow paint.

    Standard dual sliding side doors provide riders with a wide entrance and exit. A low vehicle floor ensures easy step-ups and step-downs. The new taxi can be made wheelchair accessible through the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier program. The modification features an easy-to-deploy ramp that doubles as a deck for cargo when stowed in the back.

    First-ever Fusion Hybrid Taxi
    The first-ever Fusion Hybrid Taxi shares parts with the Ford Police Responder Hybrid for improved durability in a livery duty cycle (police vehicles come with many heavy-duty chassis parts, like wheels and suspension).

    For Fusion Hybrid Taxi, Ford is projecting EPA-estimated ranges comparable to that of the Ford Police Responder Hybrid (projected EPA-estimated ratings of 40 mpg City/36 mpg Highway/38 mpg Combined). Actual mileage will vary.

    The 2019 Fusion Hybrid Taxi includes a police-tuned suspension with increased ride height and calibrated high-performance brakes, plus steel wheels. It features heavy-duty cloth seating or optional vinyl seating, vinyl floors, available School Bus Yellow paint, a standard rearview camera, and a mounting plate on top of the instrument panel to secure taxi meters and other fleet equipment.

    The 2019 Transit Connect Taxi and 2019 Fusion Hybrid Taxi can be ordered now. The 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel on 2019 Transit Connect will be available to order soon. Both Ford taxi models go on sale by year-end.



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    Interesting options as a cab driver.

    I wonder if Joe Schmo could buy one o these and use it as an Uber or Lyft driver?

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    2 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    I bet the Fleet Dealers will happily sell to Uber or Lyft.

    I know they would sell to the companies but those drivers use their own personal vehicles. So I guess what I'm asking is, "can anybody buy these?"

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    2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    I know they would sell to the companies but those drivers use their own personal vehicles. So I guess what I'm asking is, "can anybody buy these?"

    According to Uber and Lyft, you have two ways of working for them, you can use your own personal auto or you can get a personal auto via their arrangement via the Fleet drivers. In this regards is what I mean that I bet if you wanted one of these to work for those ride companies, they could arrange for you to buy one as your personal and work auto.

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    Thought the Fusion was a goner....guess this is how they will keep those lines going...

     

    That said-this is a good idea....

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