2014 Ford Transit Connect: Vandemonium Will Break Out at 2013 SEMA Show | Edmunds

2014 Ford Transit Connect: Vandemonium Will Break Out at 2013 SEMA Show

Just the Facts:
  • Ford will display 10 custom 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Vans and Wagons at the 2013 SEMA Show.
  • The 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Vans and Wagons have been modified by a number of custom builders and aftermarket suppliers.
  • The Transit Connect is part of a huge Ford offensive at the aftermarket show.

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford's 57-vehicle assault on the 2013 SEMA Show continues as the company announced details about Vandemonium, a display of 10 customized 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Vans and Wagons.

In addition to modifications on six 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Vans, some of the industry's leading aftermarket custom shops have worked their magic on four Transit Connect Wagons, the new people-carrying version of the popular commercial vehicle.

Blood & Grease, the sportswear company best known for automotive- and music-themed retro t-shirts, is responsible for transforming a 2014 Transit Connect XLT into a mobile fashion store. The black Cargo Van emblazoned with the Blood & Grease logo features distinctive gold-center wheels and a custom interior.

Another 2014 Transit Connect XLT got the custom treatment from CGS Motorsports, the Chino, California, firm that specializes in high-performance air intake systems and cat-back exhausts. Ready to support a racing team, this Cargo Van is outfitted with steel storage cabinets for tools and parts, a VIAIR air compressor and Lincoln Electric welding equipment.

Ford says the Transit Connect Cargo Van by Impulse Marketing & Media "will take you back to a much simpler time with its ice cream delivery truck style." But the modifications done by this automotive marketing and publishing company seem a bit 21st century for that description. Outfitted as a bakery delivery truck, it sports aftermarket spoked wheels and a custom two-tone paint job with splashy graphics.

Bodywork and paint specialists K-Daddyz Kustomz of Bakersfield, California, turned a Transit Connect Cargo Van into a mobile graphics studio. In addition to serving as a rolling billboard with its exterior body modifications, stylized wheels, and wild paint treatment, the vehicle's interior holds everything needed to mix paint and create custom graphics at remote locations.

Mobsteel, a Michigan-based custom shop known for its distinctive take on classic luxury cars, went to work on a Transit Connect Cargo Van and turned it into a mean-looking hot-rod delivery vehicle. Black, with gold logos and gold disc wheels, the van is outfitted with a wood-grain floor that slides out the back to display the wares of the Detroit Steel Wheel company.

A 2014 Transit Connect Wagon was given the custom treatment by eJudged, which markets a slick app that streamlines the process of judging car shows and also provides useful vehicle analytics. This Wagon, equipped with custom graphics and bodywork, was created as a mobile command station, making it the ideal office for car-show judges.

LGE*CTS Motorsports, known for bodywork and paint, as well as custom trucks and accessories, applied some European flair to the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon Titanium. This smooth interpretation of a family hauler sports high-style wheels and a sophisticated custom paint job.

Another Transit Connect Wagon was modified by aftermarket manufacturer and distributor Pentech Automotive of Anaheim, California. Although the Wagon carries a racy checkered-flag motif and custom wheels, the most interesting work was done inside. Hoping to "connect youth with the automotive design industry," Pentech reached out to gamers by outfitting the backseat with two driving simulators.

Strange Motion, builders of "In Your Face Hot Rods," went to work on a 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, customizing it for its BMX bicycle-racing team. Painted in the orange, white and black team colors, the graphics-heavy Wagon is shod with aftermarket black and white wheels and is equipped to carry six riders and their bikes.

If that's not enough, Ford says there's one more tricked-out 2014 Transit Connect still to come. Yet another Cargo Van will be unveiled in time for the 2013 SEMA Show, coming to Las Vegas, November 5-8.

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