• Alexandria, Va. ¢ May 19. Ford Motor Company launches today the 2010 Transit Connect, a new commercial vehicle built and designed specifically for small business owners.  As part of the launch, Ford is sponsoring the National Small Business Week conference in Washington, DC.  Photo by:  Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.
    Ford Motor Company launches today the 2010 Transit Connect, a new commercial vehicle built and designed specifically for small business owners. As part of the launch, Ford is sponsoring the National Small Business Week conference in Washington, DC. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.

Standard commercial vehicles often are too heavy duty for smaller pros, and SUVs, minivans, and cars don’t provide the necessary convenience and durability. Ford’s solution: the Transit Connect light-duty commercial van, coming to the U.S. this summer. The vehicle stores materials more efficiently than consumer vehicles, but is more compact than a standard commercial van, which makes it easier to maneuver on city streets. It’s also more fuel efficient, offering 22 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, according to Ford. The van offers a 1,600-pound payload capacity; high-tech options include an in-dash computer and fleet management software. Transit Connect has a base price of $21,475.