• Nov 13, 2006

Ford Motor Company can use all of the good news it can garner these days. On the heels of the positive announcements regarding the Fusion and Milan quality, a panel of 58 automotive journalists from 22 European countries voted the Ford S-MAX the 2007 European Car of the Year.

The S-Max earned its crown by boxing out the Citroen C4 Picasso and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, which were also very close in the running. The rest of the short list included the Fiat Grande Punto, Honda Civic, Skoda Roomster and Volvo C30. Not bad company to keep; even better company to beat!

Thanks for the tip Alberto B.!

[Source: Autoblog Spanish, Reuters]



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      CARLY
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like another Ford peice of junk to me.. Fords are garbage, if you want a reliable car buy a Honda.
      • 8 Years Ago
      kudos to ford...

      perhaps if a car like this was released in the U.S. ford wouldn't be tanking? manufacture the car in europe and ship it over...

      Phil in TN
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a Ford guy from WAAAY back. I drive an 06 Mustang Convertible, a real display of what the U.S. does best.

      I think the European and Australian lineup would steal a lot of Japanese thunder, and they need to sell them here. But I also think that Ford should make more distinctly American cars. Am I the only one that thinks they missed the PERFECT opportunity to introduce a nice midsize, RWD, Charger killer, bringing back the Torino name duing the Olympics last year? Talk about missing a marketing campaign that money can't buy...
      al novack
      • 8 Years Ago
      Congrats Ford ... you're finally getting the attention you deserve, Let me tell you something... there was a period in the mid 70's when American quality control was lacking as the switchover to robotics seemed to be taking place but NOT anymore! American Quality has gone way up and is now ranked as high or higher than all the imports. I had a Toyota, and still have one Honda accord. I traded the Toyota in on a 2006 Chevy Impala. Wow! what a wonderful trouble free quality car.
      I like it much better than my old toyota ,and the Honda which I still own.
      At work, I drive a Ford Focus. The Focus is economical, well-built, and has provided the company with a problem free fleet . Quite honestly I think the
      press, and the auto-writers are making too much hoopla about foreign made products. Even my mechanic who is one of the best in my region agrees. He says that nowadays he gets as many japanese cars with problems as he does american cars. Many of the Japanese cars cost more to repair because many of the parts cost more. Personally , I now like American styling better on American products. I really think there are some hideous looking imported cars. Some of these chopped off cars and square things like the element and scion are tasteless and totally ugly in my eyes.
      When I'm ready to trade in my Honda... I'm going back to an American made car.
      Incidently...to Beth who lauded her American made Japanese Toyota or Nissan that was made in Kentucky. Let me remind Beth... It was assembled in Kentucky by a small American Work force. The profits on that product do not stay in America , they go back to Japan.
      Toyota ships over all the parts, much like a Revell model kit, and our men and women basically just slap it together(whether it is good-or-bad).
      My point is our journalists and auto writers must start focusing on American products again. Start waving the Flag for our great products...Have some allegiance. We need to put the pride back into our American Factories , and the customers who buy their products.
      Chrysler, or I should say Daimler-Chrysler should bring back the Plymouth name-plate. That was the flagship of Chrsyler. What a dumb move....abolishing Plymouth ...., that would be like GM scrapping Chevy or the Ford Motor Company scrapping the Ford nameplate.
      Plymouth, historically was a big name and top contender. Daimler just didn't put any energy and money into developing new Plymouth models that were worthwhile and in the end , the Americam Car Buyers gave up on that division. I say put some renewed vitality and ideas to work and bring back the Plymouth Fury, The Plymouth baracuda, The Valiant,The Road Runner, and the Plymouth Voyager. Let's make America strong and proud again! We do make good cars!
      John
      • 8 Years Ago
      good now lets make the dam piece of garbage in Chicago throw it on a boat and send it to Europe.
      Al
      • 8 Years Ago
      The U.S. will have the Mazda CX9 version of this vehicle in January '07.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I completely agree with bringing over the UK lineup to the US market as is. Do whatever you have to do w/ emissions and safety compliance, but keep the designs intact. They are beautiful. I'm currently leasing a 2006 Focus hatchback and plan to buy it now that I've learned that Ford is dropping hatchbacks w/ the 2008 Focus. Why don't they just bring over the superior European model? S-Max looks great and I would drop my Explorer in a heartbeat to get one. That said, I'm doubtful that Ford will be smart enough to sell in North America.
      jesse
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why do the big Three all have efficient cars they sell in Europe that run in diesel that got great gas mileage and last longer but in the USA we get the crap!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gobush- you must be joking. That has to be the stupedist thing I have ever heard. If your big and need a big vehicle, fine. I happen to have an Expedition becuase I need the size. But we as a country we need to do whatever we can to use less oil. If you hadn't noticed the people we pay for the oil are the same ones who are trying to kill us.
      mike
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have ownd 3 fords in my life and NEVER again. I had a 1960s ford 4 dr with a small v8 and overdrive. In the city uou could NEVER get out of 2and overdrive with that small 260 v8 never. I thought i would try ford again with a 1991 ford touris as they had a reley good reputation as the best selling and reliable car Both droped the trannys within a year. Both were used low miliage vehicals. Outside of the tranny troubles i loved thoes wagons as they handled exceptionaly well. I had ben a wagon man for 20 years having had plymoths, cheves. Grate for hauling kids and all the camping stuff you take with kids. Why has for d droped the touris model as they were quite well made and handled quite well. I reley liked them except for the tranny thing
      • 8 Years Ago
      As I thought. 25 years is a long time, and like most other cars, hatchbacks have changed a lot too.

      A cross-country trip in an 80's Corolla or Escort wagon would have been a torturous journey, not matter if it had a trunk or a hatch.
      FRAN
      • 8 Years Ago
      That five dollars per gallon for gas is great incentive. Europe has had great cars for years. Smaller cars with great, efficient engines. Two years ago I must have gotten fifty MPG in a clean, quiet deisel. Fun to drive stick shift, and very comfy, too.
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