You're looking at the new Ford’s C-Max. This mid-sized MPV is the latest recipient of Ford design boss Martin Smith's kinetic design language. It's got lower and fuller front- and rear-bumper treatments, high-intensity headlamps which use 'light strips' instead of conventional bulbs, vertical front fogs, LED rear lights, three-plane bonnet, ‘blue glass’ and a light and airy panorama roof.
Ford has also taken the decision to delete the 'Focus' label from the car's name. “Although we originally launched this vehicle as the Ford Focus C-Max, we have chosen to give the freshened model its own identity,” said Stephen Odell, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford of Europe. This means, if nothing else, that the car should be more clearly delineated from the standard Focus in the SMMT's new car registrations tally, and that the monthly chart will be a truer indication of the popularity of both it and the standard Focus. Thus far, both Focus and C-Max have been bundled together in the monthly statistics, much to the chagrin of Ford's nearest rival Vauxhall; now, we'll at last know how popular the nation's favourite car really is.
Inside, the instrument panel, dials – new graphics and now illuminated in red – centre console and trims have been redesigned. There is a new seat design too, a space-saving Z-shaped handbrake and ‘boomerang’ door handles that double as armrests.
The new C-Max was unveiled at the Bologna motor show last week. It will go on sale in the summer of 2007.
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