2011 09 08

Turkish-made cabs in New York streets

Ford Transit Connect, which is manufactured in Turkey and exported to many countries including the US, has started to serve as cabs in New York City.

A total of 200 units of Transit Connect, which entered into North American market in 2010, have been sent to New York as part of the first phase of the project. Orders have been facilitated to meet the rising demand and the amount of the next shipment has been raised to 400 units.

Apart from New York, taxi management companies in Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Tampa and West Haven have also placed orders for Transit Connects.

In July, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) approved the Ford Transit Connect Taxi for use as taxis in the most populous city in the United States until 2014.

Transit Connects already are in service throughout the US and approximately 13,000 taxis serve New York, a majority of them Ford vehicles.

With a factory located in Golcuk town of northwestern province of Kocaeli, Ford Otosan has invested $1.8 billion in Turkey in the last 12 years. The company has plans to invest over $1 billion more in near future.



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