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Ford B-MAX MPV: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

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Ford is unveiling its dramatic new B-MAX MPV at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, providing an early preview of exciting innovations from Ford in the small car market.

The Ford B-MAX has a unique new body design which eliminates the traditional B pillar and features twin rear sliding doors.

The dynamic and stylish new B-MAX illustrates how Ford’s kinetic design language can be translated to a unique new vehicle format.The innovation continues inside the cabin, where the interior offers exceptional space and versatility for such a compact vehicle.  The use of high quality materials highlights the vision that small, practical cars can also be comfortable and well-equipped.

Based on Ford’s global B-car platform – shared with the highly successful new Fiesta – the B-MAX is slightly more than four meters in length, the B-MAX is just 11 cm longer than the Fiesta five-door, and is 32 cm shorter than the new C-MAX.

With this highly compact footprint, the B-MAX is ideally placed to meet the fast-growing demand for downsized cars which are better suited to congested urban conditions, but without sacrificing interior space and comfort.

With both front and rear doors open there is outstanding access to the interior, with a huge, clear aperture measuring over 1.5 meters wide. This is around twice the width offered by competitors with alternative door concepts, making it significantly easier to enter or exit the rear seats, attend to children in child seats, or load shopping.

Having folded the 60/40 split rear seats and the front passenger seat to create an extensive flat load floor, the side access is particularly convenient to load bulky items such as flat-pack furniture or even a bicycle.

With the front passenger seat folded, the interior is capable of swallowing exceptionally long loads measuring up to 2.35 meters in length.

Sitting 11cm taller than Fiesta, the B-MAX also provides extremely generous accommodation for its occupants.  Drivers benefit from a higher ‘command’ seating position, while rear seat legroom and headroom is significantly improved.

The B-MAX is powered by an ultra-low-CO2 powertrain, featuring a state-of-the-art three-cylinder 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost petrol engine equipped with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system.

This three-cylinder Ford EcoBoost represents the next addition to the global family of Ford EcoBoost engines. Like the 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engines, which have recently been launched in Ford’s European medium and large cars, the 1.0-litre unit combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing to achieve significant reductions in fuel-consumption and CO2 emissions.

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