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MAY 2014

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If you were an independent contractor who drove a courtesy van for more than 15 years and helped people stuck along the roadside, you'd have received more than 400 hugs, 256 kisses, thousands of high-f ves, countless handshakes and approximately 3 ½ marriage proposals. That's why you'd need 2 sliding doors. So on whichever side of the road a hug or a kiss or a high-f ve is waiting, you can get to those people and get them back on their way. Meet your new mobile off ce. Say you own a f eet of 10 vehicles that each patrol a 60-mile section of highway. With the available Crew Chief GPS and information system, you'll be able to know where each driver is, how much fuel each is using, how well their vehicles are performing, and even where they go to lunch. This can enhance f eet productivity and also let you know when someone's going for tacos – which, believe it or not, can also enhance productivity. What if you changed an average of 10 tires a day? That would add up to 2,400 f at tires a year. Let's say it takes roughly 20 minutes to change a tire. One can safely say you'd spend 800 hours, or just over 33 days a year, changing other people's tires. But what about your tires? With the standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System, you can know when your tire pressure is below the recommended level. That way, you can help clients – and not become one. 2014 Transit Connect Van offers an EPA-estimated rating of 30 hwy mpg when properly equipped with the available 1.6L EcoBoost® engine.* And the Transit Connect Wagon shown offers an EPA- estimated rating of 28 hwy mpg with the standard 2.5L Duratec® engine.** * EPA-estimated rating of 22 city/30 hwy/25 combined mpg for Transit Connect Van with the available 1.6L EcoBoost I-4 engine. Actual mileage will vary. Class is Small Cargo Vans. ** EPA-estimated rating of 20 city/28 hwy/23 combined mpg for Transit Connect Wagon with the 2.5L Duratec I-4 engine. 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