Ford Tourneo Connect
The Ford Tourneo Connect is a leisure activity vehicle produced by Ford, which was first put into production in 2002 to the British market. The Transit Connect is a panel van version of the Tourneo Connect. Principally termed a commercial vehicle, Ford predicted relatively low sales of between 800-1000 mainly to taxi operators, due to its given status as a commercial vehicle. However, Ford describe the Connect as a 'dual use' vehicle, equally able to meet business and leisure needs. It was put into production to rival the similar models of the Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Renault Kangoo and Fiat Doblò.
The Connect, when first sold, was the only vehicle of its kind to offer split-folding and independently removable 60/40 split rear seats to allow firstly multiple seating formations but perhaps most importantly to the type of vehicle, increased load bearing potential. It also boasted the option of twin side load doors (otherwise known as sliding-doors) as well as rear doors or a tailgate, whereas neither of its main competitors have this option. The Connect's design emphasises Ford's ideal that the vehicle be dual purpose