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Thyssenkrupp Elevator’s branded 2018 Ford Transit Connect vehicle will be part of the Ford exhibit at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which is being held February 10-19 at McCormick Place. Launched in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest and longest-running auto show in North America. “For more than a decade, we have enjoyed a great partnership with Ford, and we are excited to have our service vehicle on display in the automotive icon’s booth at the Chicago Auto Show,” says Tom Armstrong, Director of Fleet at thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas. “At thyssenkrupp, safety runs deep in our culture. It’s the way we do business. This is a message from our executive team and throughout our organization, and we try to apply that same culture to our fleet where providing our service technicians with the safest vehicles is a top priority.” Ford has been a pioneer in the manufacture of smaller, environmentally friendly commercial vehicles, bringing over the Transit Connect from Europe to the U.S. in 2010. The Transit Connect has played an important role in helping thyssenkrupp Elevator meet its ambitious sustainability goals. Specifically, thyssenkrupp Elevator is diversifying fuel usage in its fleet of 3,500 vehicles to meet corporate global greenhouse gas impact reduction goals. Today, the fleet consists of a mixed portfolio of propane, electric and hybrid vehicles, which contributed to thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas being recognized by Automotive Fleet magazine as having one of the greenest commercial fleets in the U.S. The 2018 Ford Transit Connect – a smaller version of Ford’s Transit – is designed to move passengers and cargo through urban environments. The 2018 Ford Transit features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs 169 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the front-wheel drive Transit Connect is 19 mpg (city) and 27 mpg (highway). Features include Ford’s Sync 3 multimedia suite, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and tilt/telescope steering wheel. The 2018 model also includes the addition of automatic headlamps with configurable daytime running lamps.