What the heck were they thinking? The Ford Transit Connect that was unveiled at the New York Auto Show looks good at first glance. Lots of headroom and a comfortable backseat. Memorable styling, kind of British, even... What about fuel economy? They estimate it at 19 miles per gallon (city). Does Ford not get it? Do they need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing?
It doesn't matter if it's 30% more fuel efficient than those old Crown Vics. Going from the low 10s to the high 10s is far from enough. In fact, it's kind of pathetic considering that New York has just announced that it will require its "black cars" to get hybrid-level efficiency and that taxis everywhere are looking at hybrids, plug-ins, EVs, etc. Come on, Ford. You have thousands of engineers. Listen to them and build a taxi that won't get you laughed at.
Lets hope there's a typo somewhere and they meant "49 mpg" or something like that...
See also: ::Hybrid Taxis Finally Arrive in New York City, ::Hybrid Taxis in New York- If they Make it there, They'll make it Anywhere., ::Electric Taxis Coming to NYC?, ::More Hybrid Taxis Coming to NYC, ::Hybrid Taxi Bill Passed by NY City Council