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Chicago Auto Show: 2009 Ford Transit Connect Variants Take Bow

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We saw the first two versions of the 2009 Ford Transit Connect a little earlier, but now we've seen 'em up close and personal. Four differently outfitted models of the light duty van were shown off in an effort to showcase the vans versatility. The first two we saw were dressed up for a wine delivery company and a traveling jazz band; the other two examples are done up for a connectivity company and a catering service. While not options offered from Ford, these Transit Connects offer different looks at the flexible ways the little vans can be equipped. And we did see a feature we've been pining for.

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The Ford Transit Connect will be available with front window defrost, by way of embedded hot wire filaments. you can get an idea of what the fine, wavy wires look like below. Ford also indicated the option may appear in other models, depending on the public reception.

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Barely perceptible until close inspection, the wires work just like the rear window defrost pretty much every car is already equipped with. We're glad to see Ford finally tossing those of us who inhabit the frozen North a technological bone.

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@GrandmaSideways: Actually, Geek Squad doesn't carry much in the way of tools or parts. A friend of mine is one of their in-home agents and let me sit in his bug. Pretty roomy, but it's all that they need.

If you've ever seen the box Dell ships a replacement motherboard and PSU for an XPS 710H2C in, you'd know exactly why I want one of these. I'd love to have the Dejana service package, I get alot of customers from out of town that just want to meet me somewhere and I really don't want them knowing where I live, I could work on a Laptop or desktop right there in the van on a stool...however, the 53" floor to roof height is a bit small for a big guy like me, but I'd find a way to make it work.

Only request I'd have to Ford on this van though, NO FLOOR SHIFT AUTOMATIC! The space between the seats is for clipboards and tools. Not a useless automatic gear selector, put that shit on the column.