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    Thread: Ford Reveals New Small MPV for Europe, 2013 B-MAX

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      01-31-2012 10:24 PM #1


      Quote Originally Posted by Carscoop
      Less than one year after Ford showed the B-MAX study at the Geneva Salon, the Blue Oval unwrapped the final production model of its new entry in the European small MPV segment. The official presentation will once again take place at the Geneva Motor Show this March
      The transition from concept to production has not brought any significant changes to the design of the Fiesta-based model, but that was something we expected given that last year's model was more showcar than pure concept.

      From the single picture released by Ford, we can see that the production B-MAX lost the chrome grille trim (though we wouldn't be surprised if we saw it on a higher grade model) and gained a set of visible door handles.

      Like the study, the B-MAX features sliding rear doors with the center pillars integrated into the doors themselves, offering a wide-open access for drivers, passengers and luggage.

      The small MPV , which competes against the likes of the Opel Meriva, will be one of the first Ford models to be offered with the brand's new 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline engine that is available in two states of tune, with 99HP (100PS) and 123HP (125PS). The range will also include a selection of Duratorq TDCi diesels.

      “The B-MAX combines an exciting, innovative design with features that only previously have been found in bigger cars,” said Stephen Odell, CEO of Ford Europe. “It’s a brand new car that responds to the needs of an increasing number of customers who want much more from their small cars.”

      The new Ford B-MAX goes on sale in Europe later this year.


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      02-27-2012 08:39 PM #2


      Quote Originally Posted by Press Release
      BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2012 – Ford’s all-new B-MAX is a sophisticated small family car which delivers a powerful punch in terms of class-leading technology, fuel economy and an ingenious door design providing unrivalled access to the car.

      Where most vehicles debut at motor shows, B-MAX makes its first public appearance at a key technology event, the first-ever vehicle to do so at the influential Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

      This is especially fitting for Ford’s all-new compact multi-activity vehicle that heralds the European introduction of SYNC; a voice-activated in-car connectivity system that takes the integration of mobile devices, voice control and convenience to a new level with extensive device compatibility and voice command in UK English, EU French, EU Spanish, EU Portuguese, German, Italian, Turkish, Dutch and Russian.

      “The all-new B-MAX is going to be a game-changer in the European compact family vehicle segment. No other vehicle in its class offers such an attractive combination of style, versatility and technology,” said Ford of Europe’s chairman and CEO, Stephen Odell. “We think it will be among the most technologically advanced small cars you can buy at any price.”

      SYNC can seamlessly connect to mobile devices through Bluetooth, features an iPod and flash drive compatible USB connection and brings a potentially lifesaving feature in Emergency Assistance, the only feature of its kind which is designed to respond to a crash by using the customer’s connected mobile phone to call the emergency services directly, in their local language, with the location of the scene of the accident.

      SYNC already features on more than 4 million vehicles in the U.S. and its European introduction through the B-MAX is a significant step towards a worldwide target of 13 million users by 2015. Ford is also announcing that it expects to have over 3.5 million SYNC-enabled vehicles on the roads of Europe by 2015, making SYNC the pre-eminent in-car connectivity system globally.

      The B-MAX features the Ford Easy Access Door System that integrates central body pillars into the hinged front doors and sliding rear doors to create large, unobstructed openings on either side of the car. The solution followed extensive research and testing, including more than 1,000 computer simulations and 50 real-life crashes to develop the car’s resistance to side-impacts.

      The B-MAX engine range offers as much as much as 15 per cent more economical motoring with class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions available on both the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine.

      Opting for the B-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost 120PS, offering 114g/km CO2 emissions and fuel economy of 4.9l/100km (57.6mpg), could save customers as much as €3401 per year over its rivals, which trail behind with 134-149g/km CO2 emissions and 5.7l-6.4l/100km fuel consumption.

      Torque Vectoring Control, which improves driving dynamics and cornering control, will ensure the B-MAX will live up to Ford’s reputation for producing cars which are fun to drive, while Active City Stop will help drivers avoid low-speed collisions using a forward-facing infra-red camera to detect objects in front of the car and automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to respond.

      It also features an exclusive premium quality Sony audio system. Eight high-performance speakers and a 4 x 25 Watt Sony amplifier, enables drivers to select music from the built-in CD/radio unit, including Digital Audio Broadcast, or from their own portable music players connected via USB or Bluetooth using SYNC.

      The B-MAX will make its automotive show debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in early March and goes on sale in Europe later this year.






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      02-27-2012 08:42 PM #3
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      02-27-2012 08:55 PM #5
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      02-27-2012 09:46 PM #6
      so what would you call this. Its not a minivan, but it has sliding doors

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      02-27-2012 10:13 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0_Mazda View Post
      so what would you call this. Its not a minivan, but it has sliding doors
      It's called an "MPV", which is very popular around "Continent" where the space is at premium.

    8. 02-27-2012 10:47 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      It's called an "MPV"
      I thought those were Mazdas.


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      02-27-2012 10:49 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Air-over-water View Post
      I thought those were Mazdas.

      There is nothing "Mini" about that Mazda, which is what "M" stands for.

    10. 02-27-2012 10:51 PM #10
      How long until Ford of Europe introduces the even smaller A-MAX?
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      02-27-2012 10:55 PM #11
      I like it better than Fiesta. It doesn't really need a sliding door, though. Now make a Lincoln version of it, still with the 1.0L three cylinder. It could be what the original xB should have been. You're looking at a future urban family car.

      I can't see it happening until we have $10/gallon gas.

    12. 02-27-2012 11:04 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      There is nothing "Mini" about that Mazda, which is what "M" stands for.
      Mazda has been using the MPV name for since 1989...


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      02-27-2012 11:08 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Air-over-water View Post
      Mazda has been using the MPV name for since 1989...[/img]
      I know. The point is that MPV is a type of a vehicle in Europe, not a nameplate.

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      03-05-2012 08:12 PM #14
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      08-17-2013 05:52 PM #15
      I saw one recently and I deffinitely think it looks a lot better than the Fiesta, especially in the front. It also looked better than on the internet and magazines so I gues it's not photogenic. The one I saw was blue and I wonder why they use ****ty colors like browns and oranges for the ads? It's only slightly longer than the Fiesta, so imo it's what Fiesta should've looked like instead of the Peugeot-clone it is. Higher (seating position) is better.
      Last edited by kommunikation; 08-18-2013 at 05:45 AM.

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