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Frankfurt Motor Show 2009: Ford C-Max

New Ford C-Max MPV to debut at Frankfurt

Ford C-Max

New Ford C-Max promises a sporty drive

Ford has confirmed it will show an all-new C-Max ‘Multi Activity Vehicle’ at this month’s .

With styling influenced by the Iosis Max concept car from the earlier this year, the new Ford C-Max looks set to invigorate the mid-sized MPV sector. 

Ford is clearly keen to position it as more of a lifestyle vehicle, however – hence the ‘MAV’ categorisation. Not to mention the luminous yellow paint…

A family coupé?

Ford also suggests we should think of the new C-Max’s profile as sporty and ‘coupé-like’. Given the company’s reputation for building fun-to-drive cars, there may be some truth in these claims.

The few specific details so far released reveal that the C-Max will be the first car to use Ford’s new generation ‘C segment’ platform – important because it will also underpin the next , officially due to arrive at the end of 2010.

Ford C-Max 2

C-Max uses same platform as the next Focus

Ford Ecoboost engines

‘Comfort, space and practicality’ remain the priorities on the inside, while the new C-Max will also feature a number of Ford technological firsts. These include a new 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine labelled ‘EcoBoost’, plus ‘semi-automatic’ parallel parking and blind-spot monitoring.

There’s no word on pricing or on-sale dates yet. But rest assured that it’s unlikely that Ford intends to bring the show car’s startling paint finish to production.


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