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02.13.2018

thyssenkrupp champions sustainability with 2018 Transit Connect on display in Ford booth at Chicago Auto Show

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• More than 2 million visitors to the Chicago Auto Show Feb. 10-19 will be able to view the thyssenkrupp branded Transit Connect at the Ford booth

• Utilization of the Ford Transit Connect reinforces thyssenkrupp’s global commitment to diversifying fuel usage for its fleet and engaging in sustainable business practices throughout the organization

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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.

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 2.5liter 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.

“At thyssenkrupp, safety runs deep in our culture. It’s the way we do business,” continues Armstrong. “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.”

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With customers in over 100 countries served by 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of around €8 billion in the fiscal year 2019/2020. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive network that guarantees closeness to customers. Over the past decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent since its sale by thyssenkrupp AG in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business represented by over 24,000 service technicians. The product portfolio covers commodity elevators for residential and commercial buildings to cutting-edge, highly customized solutions for state-of-the-art skyscrapers. In addition, it also consists of escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based service solutions, such as the MAX platform, are gaining in importance. With these digital offerings, there are no limits to urban mobility anymore. TKE – move beyond.