Sleek and slim, the redesigned Ford Transit Connect is one of the most modern light-duty models ever produced. On the outside, it looks more like a small car than a commercial van, with a front-end that’s reminiscent of Ford Fiestas. Inside, the Transit Connect boasts advanced technology, including new driver-assistance features, and a roomier interior than its predecessor. With two engines to choose from — petroleum or natural gas — the Transit Connect promises lower fuel costs (50.4 or 70.6 mpg) and as a much as one-third lower CO2 emissions than the current model. It goes in sale in North America and Europe later this year.

What do critics think of the Transit Connect? Earlier this month, the vehicle was named “International Van of the Year 2014 at the COMTRANS commercial vehicle exhibition — marking the fifth time that Ford has won the prestigious award (more than any other manufacturer). Said Pieter Wiernan, chairman of the “International Van of the Year” jury: “[F]ord has succeeded in building a light van with a strong accent on economics — the vehicle is a good answer to the needs of small operators as well as big fleets to reduce the cost of transport of goods.”

h/t Ford News Center