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Ford C-Max – Click above for high-res image gallery

While the first-generation Ford Focus certainly had its faults, it was also ahead of its time, with engaging driving dynamics and a ton of different variations. You could get a Focus sedan, a three- or five-door hatch and even a wagon. For a few years there was even a high-revving SVT Focus (those were the days). While the current Focus is relegated to only sedan and coupe variants, the 2011 Focus will reportedly have a lot more options from which to choose.

Car and Driver recently sat down with Ford marketing chief Jim Farley, and when the subject of the Blue Oval's long awaited next-gen global Focus came up, Black Sheep's first cousin came up with the number 10. That's 10 as in the number of Focus variants we might expect here in the U.S. While Farley didn't go too far into which Focus variants will be available here, the list isn't difficult to guess.

One vehicle that we know has been given the green light for sale here in the U.S. is the Focus C-Max and Grand C-Max minivan, which will come in five- and seven-seat variations. Then there's the sedan and coupe, three- and five-door hatch, the promised Electric Focus, the Kuga crossover and possibly Lincoln and Mercury versions that will utilize Ford's global C-Segment platform. The next couple of years will be pretty interesting for Ford as it finally gets serious about small cars here in the U.S. With 10 Focus-based vehicles and an excellent new Fiesta, customers will finally have some solid small car choices from which to choose. The new Focus we've all been waiting for should make its global debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show in January, so stay tuned.


[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome. This means that Ford really is committed to the small-car market in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not just being committed to their small car market, but having a great design too - or at least acknowledging that it is very important, will help Ford with variants coming to the US in the future.... On the C-Max specifically, it would have been nice if a similar drama in the Fiesta would have come through in this model - I managed to quickly outline some details here http://bit.ly/33Vedq
      • 5 Years Ago
      For an eco car rear drum brakes are great. They dont really slow the car down any worse, they are cheaper to make, and they last twice as long as traditional disk breaks. Ford's Reason for returning to the drum breaks on the Escape was because the breaking times were not reduced significantly at all and consumers just didnt care. now with that being said I personally would prefer 4 Wheel Disk breaks on must about any car besides my Ranger because lets face it....they are just plain awsome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      AWD badass 3 and 5 door hatch, please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen. I'd take the 3 door hatch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      come on Ford, pony up the good stuff. I'll take a 3 door hatch and the boss of me will have the C-max, in some wild color i'm sure. I'd like a diesel with six speed manual. She doesn't care how many cylinders it is as long as it has more beans that the Fusion 4 cylinder that we had for a month. It also needs to be a manual, she hates automatics more than I do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't forget Transit Connect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is going to cost Ford massive amounts of cash, and they just can't afford it. They're on the fast-track to a government bailout a la GM and Chrysler.

      Plus it will be HECHO EN MEXICO, which means it will have tons of quality problems at launch and be less "domestic" than a Fit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm surprised your keyboard still works.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are wrong on so many levels. But that's ok, we'll let you roll around in your denial.

        I hope eventually they would send all production to Mexico. Ford's best selling, highest quality car (better than camcord) is built there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tell me Brian, how exactly did Ford pi$$ you off so bad? Your rants are so lacking in logic & common sense...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Fusion isn't exactly reputed for having quality issues. I don't know where you're coming from... And we already discussed the Fusion before, you said it was a quality car [because it was partly foreign develop and well, your whole argument was rather circular].
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow the future sucks. even though i think all these cars coming stateside is awesome i cant help but think about whats going to happen to suvs.. and muscle cars for that matter. with the explorer going car-based, the expedition is going to be the only true suv they have. by 2016 they probably wont even have an 8 cylinder engine in the line up:/

      but ill end on a good note. yay kuga ecoboost 2.0!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, turns out most of us don't need to tow 8,000 pounds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The C-Max is the Ford version of a Mazda5, but with 5 pax instead of 6 pax seating, and hinged rear doors.

      My wife had a 5 for a little while. (2.5 years) It was an OK car, but the quality was not up to normal Japanese standards. The car was very nice in concept, but the poor fitting interior, poor seals, body fit/finish, questionable door latches, recall for exhaust fires, and strange ECU behavior, etc. began to add up over time.

      It was a first year, so maybe they've cleaned up their act on the quality front, but my wife swore she'd never own another Mazda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The C-Max isn't the Ford version of a Mazda5!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this perhaps mean that Ford will step into the 21st century and offer 4 wheel disc brakes on the Focus? With any luck in the next decade or so, the Escape will be offered with four discs.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you serious? Some cars still don't have disc brakes on all four wheels? I mean, I bought a third-hand Audi A4 (2004) which had four disc brakes, so I assumed that by now, all cars would have them. I think it should be made into a law to have disc brakes on all wheels. (Sorry if I seem a little lacking in my vocabulary department, I just had a little TOO much to drink)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even as a Ford fan I find that to be pretty funny. I'm glad I bought my 05 ST (N/A version)...no freaking drums on that thing.

        Heck, Ford did offer disc brakes on the Escape (even the non hybrid versions) at one point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not the only cars that have drums on the rear. It's light enough that it doesn't need 4 discs. Most of the brake force is on the front wheels. They have to put a drum assembly on the rear wheels anyways for the parking brake, so if you can save your customers in this cost-sensitive segment money, I don't see a problem with it. It's not a safety issue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Many Toyotas have rear drums.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 2009 Silverado 1500 doesn't even have 4-wheel disc brakes standard either. On the other hand, Ford has had 4-wheel disc on eery F-150 since 1998... Juust some food for thought.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, I'm surprised at how many replies my post received. And my intention wasn't to simply pick on Ford for its dereliction in duty, because yes, I know many other brands, including Toyota and Honda also still use drum brakes. Interesting how we look to the Japanese brands as standard bearers. Just imagine the bragging rights any company could have if they were the first to use 4 wheel discs, or perhaps even fully independent suspensions on ALL of their "non-premium" vehicles. Yes, one can argue that drum brakes are "adequate" on the back, but likewise, you could argue they are similarly adequate on front, as was the case not so many decades ago. The suspension and braking refinements should continue across all sizes of vehicles. Discs are simply easier to work on, more effective, easier to inspect, better fade resistance, etc. Fact is, I won't buy a car of any size, if it doesn't have 4 wheel discs, ABS, and a fully independent suspension. And yes, that rules out most of the small Fords, Chevy's, Fiats, Toyotas, and even the Honda Fit and Insight. I want refinement more than I want "cheap".


        • 5 Years Ago
        Dan...the only American Focii that had disc brakes were the SVT and ST (love mine). But I find it funny that the lowly ESCORT had them at one point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was lucky to have the only small Fords with 4-wheel disc brakes!
        • 5 Years Ago
        My 2006 Focus ZX4 ST has 4 wheel disc brakes. I think my past ZTS had them too, as did my 1991 Escort GT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I had a 2001 ZX3 Power Premium that had AdvanceTrak traction control... it was fully loaded with the exception being I had a manual transmission... oh and it had four wheel disc brakes standard. It was rare, but do some research, there were four wheel disc brakes available on the ZX3 (not sure of others) before the SVT came out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now THAT's a smart car!

      VW has a tall Golf, Mercedes has their B-Class, all incredibly useful packages if North Americans will take a look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      3 door, 5 door wagon, 5 door hatch, sedan, cmax, g-cmax, kuga, e-focus

      Anyone wanna guess at the other two?

      SVT/ ST/RS?
      Coupe/Cabrio?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is good for the US. It shows commitment and variety. It will be amazing and really throw the market around. I think the C-Max will have some success here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The C-Max is cool, and I never thought I'd say that about a mini people mover.
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