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Ford is looking to bring over more C-segment crossovers from Europe to the US, and word has it that the people-hauling C-Max is toward the top of the list. The current C-Max would probably be sufficient for US duty in terms of size and performance, but with America's different legislative standards, if we get the Euro crossover Stateside it will likely arrive with the next redesign.
The next C-Max is already on its way toward production, as evidenced by spy photos taken of a couple next-generation mules dredging through the snow. The C-Max mule is clothed in yesterday's duds, but a wider than usual b-pillar shows that the Euro crossover is going to get bigger. The extra four or five inches of interior volume could make room for a third row of seats, or Ford could simply be angling for extra cargo capacity. Either way, a new C-Max is en-route. And thanks to Ford's future ability to build Focus-sized vehicles in Louisville beginning in 2010, it could be built here in the States. We can hope.

[Source: Next Autos]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope it seats 7, the Mazda 5 only seats 6.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It seats 5 passengers, but you wouldn't want to travel at long distances in that configuration even if you were Euro-sized. :) C-Max lets you easily change seat configuration to 4-seater which ofcourse results in better comfort for the 2nd row. (Middle seat can be folded into a floor.)

        If you want Euro-Ford for 7 passengers you should ask for S-Max or Galaxy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I can't remember the last time I saw 7 people in a vehicle which wasn't a bus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sliding doors are one of the few brilliant features of a minivan...wait until you have kids and you're trying to put a brat in their car seat next to the H2 that's parked 1 1/2 feet from the side of your car; a traditional door is not functional for families. (which these are intended for...not the Tiburon/fanboy set) This is why the Mazda5 is so popular; handy yet cool-ish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      C-Max IS based on Mazda 5. It's just less practical as it doesn't have the sliding doors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a Mazda 5 and have been VERY pleased with it. I was in Germany last year and rented the C-Max. It's great. Same Mazda platform, but better looking and a really well put together interior. Very nice. Bring it. It may be a niche, but a growing niche. Go Ford!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honestly I prefer the Mazda 5, as it has a bit more usable room (despite being of similar dimensions and on the same platform as the C-MAX) and has sliding doors (these doors seem to come from heaven compared to traditional doors on a people mover, trust me). However, this would still make a nice replacement for the Escape.
      By the way [Autoblog], the official name is "C-MAX", not "Focus C-MAX"; the "Focus" was dropped to make a new line of "x-MAX" vehicles (so far, "C-MAX" and "S-MAX" (note it isn't the "Mondeo S-MAX)).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I understand that different countries have different safety standards, but why can't they reuse the same sheet metal on cars worldwide and change up the chassis or whatever the safety concerns pertain to. Or, why can't we all just get along and have the same standards. I am tires of seeing cars made outside of the us that are soo much better looking than our cars.

      Off topic a little, but I want a stylish minivan with a retractable roof & midgate (ala Envoy XUV), Sliding rear doors, that handles well and is decently fast. This would fit all of my needs. Make one, and I would buy it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring over the RS, and I'll consider buying another non-Mustang Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice alternative to a minivan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also nice to have standard rear doors instead of the Mazda 5 mini van sliding doors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      America has called for more European designed cars. GM answered with Saturn. Epic fail. Ford is answering with Euro Fords. Thank you God. I am not particularly interested in small vehicles, more trucks. I am happy to see that Ford is saving their asses while GM and Chrysler, LLC put their balls to the buzz saws. Go Ford!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sadly GM answered the cry for European cars by giving Saturn a product mix that shows a contempt for us, not a respect. We get the Astra but all the ones I see the ugly five door that looks like a Studebaker hatchback. The sexier and more fun three door seems to be nowhere to be seen. The Aura had hope but was sabotaged by dreadful marketing (or no marketing). The rest of the Saturn lineup barely gets mentioned in GM advertising. I'd hardly call what GM did with Saturn and the "infusion" of European products as either a commitment or even more than a patch job on an otherwise awful Saturn lineup.

        Ford will do more than just dabble in the European product lineup. It won't just be one model - it will be a true infusion of some of the best products anywhere - class best.
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