The Ford Transit Connect has proven to be a popular option for commercial fleets in recent years, providing plenty of cargo and passenger space in a smaller package than its larger Transit counterpart. The Ford Transit Connect also represents a solid value as a certified pre-owned vehicle, as both the passenger van (wagon) and cargo van (commercial) variants of that model were recently handed a 2022 Best CPO Award from Vincentric. Now, that same organization has also given the Transit Connect a 2022 Best Fleet Value in America Award, too.
This is the sixth time that the Transit Connect has received a Best Fleet Value in America Award from Vincentric, which are determined after the organization performs a cost of ownership analysis on over 2,000 vehicle configurations based on typical fleet use. Vincentric considers eight different cost factors – depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs – to evaluate each vehicle in all 50 U.S. states using 28 different lifecycle scenarios. The winners of this year’s awards were chosen by determining which present the lowest fleet lifecycle cost in the most scenarios within its segment.
“The global chip shortage is impacting the fleet industry in unprecedented ways,” said David Wurster, Vincentric President. “Vehicle availability issues are forcing the fleet industry to reconsider its options and broaden its horizons. The Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards can offer fleet professionals guidance if the vehicle they typically buy is delayed or unavailable. Adding our award winners to their consideration set can help guide a decision-making process that’s becoming more complex and is constantly fluctuating.”
Meanwhile, the next-generation Ford Transit Connect will be reportedly be built at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico alongside the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick, as Ford Authority reported in March of 2021. Like the Bronco Sport and Maverick, the next-gen Transit Connect will reportedly ride on the Ford C2 platform, which also underpins the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair.