Detroit 2010: Ford Transit Connect Named North American Truck of the Year

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

The Ford Transit Connect has been named North American Truck of the Year, beating out the other two finalists, the Chevrolet Equinox and the Subaru Outback.

The announcement kicked off the festivities at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Ford Transit Connect was selected by a panel of 49 journalists from the United States and Canada.

Designed to fill the needs of small businesses owners and entrepreneurs, the Ford Transit Connect is powered by a 2.0L inline-four engine with four-speed automatic transmission. Ford claims the Transit Connect gets double the fuel economy of full-sized vans with 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

The Ford Transit Connect has a cargo payload of 1,600 lb. and features an in-dash computer with high-speed Internet, Tool Link radio-frequency identification tracking and Crew Chief fleet tracking and diagnostic system.

Ford trucks have now won the award six times, most recently in 2009 with the Ford F-150. The Ford Fusion Hybrid also won North American Car of the Year, marking the third time a manufacturer swept both awards in a single year.

“Winning both of these prestigious awards is confirmation that the ONE Ford plan is working, delivering industry-leading products for our customers,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas.

Domestic automakers have now won North American Truck of the Year 11 times in 17 years.

Gallery: Ford Transit Connect, North American Truck of the Year

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  • Rob Rob on Jan 19, 2010

    All Transit Connects have a HORRIBLE smell in them. Smells like a Dog Kennel.

  • Alex Shorts Alex Shorts on Jun 27, 2010

    the transit connect xlt with the floor mats in the back had a plastic smell for the first week but it disappeared. it's been a very reliable van with good gas millage for intercity transportation. boh ya rob!