The Transit Connect didn't make the cut this time, though. One reason, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was that Ford refused to crash test the Transit connect with all the taxi equipment, including the plastic partition separating the driver and passengers, in place.
Nissan agreed to that and even proposed special passenger airbags for its vehicle.
A Ford Motor Co. spokesman said the automaker had, in fact, offered to work with a "qualified upfitter" -- meaning a company that modifies cars for taxi cab or other uses -- to create a crash-ready Transit Connect van.
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