Ford's Transit Connect is going on sale in the US a a time when Ford believes prospects for small businesses in the US - the target customers - are looking up.

Ford says that on a national basis Transit Connect vehicles are selling within eight days of arrival on dealer lots, significantly quicker than current industry norms

"We see rising optimism among small business owners and strong demand for arriving Transit Connect vehicles among this group as reflections of an encouraging economic uptick," said Len Deluca, Ford Commercial Truck Director.