The Ford Transit Connect Wagon can suit the owner’s every need, says Ford, whether it’s called upon for work, play, or as a versatile daily driver.
By means of an example, Ford cites Devin Stovall – an entrepreneur from Lincoln Heights, California, who won a brand-new 2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon in Ford’s #Unminivan Giveaway. During work hours, Mr. Stovall works at a bike shop; on his days off, he plans to take his bicycle-repair skills mobile this summer, providing on-site repairs at mountain bike trails, BMX tracks, and races. He’ll also perform wheelchair repairs at assisted-living facilities.
To suit Mr. Stovall’s side-business requirements, his Ford Transit Connect Wagon has been outfitted with a roof rack and Thule cargo box, tow hitch, four-bike trailer, and every tool he’ll need on the job, including a portable bicycle-repair stand, air compressor, and mechanic’s tool kit.
When it’s not being put to use as a key part of Devin Stovall’s side business, the 2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon will still offer tremendous utility for family adventures and day-to-day living. “During the week, I’ll use it to drive my oldest to preschool and my littlest to daycare,” he says. “Then, when I flip the seats down, it’s a great grocery-getter and beach-gear transporter.
“Being able to do this on my days off is really going to help give my family a better quality of life. I have to make a living, but I also want to help other people.”
The Ford Transit Connect Wagon is well-suited to current trends within our changing economy, says the automaker, including the emergence of the so-called “gig economy.” That term describes the idea that people now “realize they have things that are underutilized that they can monetize, including vehicles and time,” explains Ford Trends and Futuring Manager Sheryl Connelly. “Participating in the gig economy gives us a buffer, helping us work to live instead of live to work.”
A 2015 survey conducted by FlexJobs revealed that 33 percent of Millennials would ideally wish to work part-time, freelancing on the side.
In Mr. Stovall’s case, that freelance work is helping cyclists and the mobility-impaired to regain use of their bikes and wheelchairs sooner. The Ford Transit Connect Wagon suits his needs thanks in-part to a low load floor, stowable and removable second-row seating, an available 2,000 pounds of towing capacity, and up to 29 miles-per-gallon fuel economy.
“Transit Connect Wagon is great for dual use because there’s a lot of room for cargo and equipment with the seats folded,” said Mr. Stovall. “I also love how great it handles when cornering. I couldn’t think of a better vehicle in terms of interior space and gas mileage.”