• Oct 1, 2010

2011 Ford C-Max – Click above for high-res image gallery

Following the second press day at the Paris Motor Show at a drive event in Southern France, Ford's global vice president of marketing, Jim Farley, let slip to Autoblog that Dearborn decisionmakers are mulling over whether to import the C-Max to the U.S. As you'll recall, Ford has already committed to bringing over the C-Max's larger line mate, the seven-seat Grand C-Max, a vehicle that Farley tells us won't hit American soil until early in calendar 2012 (likely as a 2013 model).

Unlike its bigger brother, the C-Max has conventional front-hinged rear doors (the Grand has a pair of sliders) along with a more aggressive roofline and rear graphic to complement its shorter wheelbase. Think of it as more of a pent-roof Focus wagon and less of a smallish minivan in the mold of the Mazda5 and you've got it.

Interestingly, Farley maintains that Ford won't necessarily wait until the Grand C-Max goes on sale in the U.S. to determine whether or not to bring the model to America, and it will actively solicit feedback from both journalists and consumers to see if there's a business case to be made. While such language is common among PR folks looking to assuage media members always clamoring for the importation of forbidden automotive fruit, Farley sounded quite optimistic. Further, he reminded us that there was "absolutely no plan" initially to market the next-gen five-door Focus in the States, but that all changed after the 2007 Verve concept was met with an enthusiastic response from media members and show goers. A few years ago, we probably would have discounted such talk, but with CEO Alan Mulally and product chief Derrick Kuzak pushing the One Ford agenda globally, who knows? It might just make it Stateside after all.

If Ford does decide to bring the C-Max to America, it may have a minor naming conundrum to deal with. At the moment, the Grand C-Max moniker is expected to be shortened to just 'C-Max' when it goes on sale in the U.S., or the MPV might take on the name 'Focus C-Max,' though a final decision has not yet been made. As the Blue Oval won't sell both models with the same name, the five-door model would ostensibly need a different name.

Do you think the short-wheelbase C-Max would sell? Check out our high-resolution galleries of both models and then be sure to vote in our poll below. We'll have firsthand drive impressions of the European-spec C-Max range to share with you next week, so stay tuned.







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      • 4 Years Ago
      Pondering?

      There should be no pondering whatsoever
      ... BRING IT.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Naming - just keep it simple. People do not care.
      Call it C-Max5 or C-Max7.
      Or better yet - just "max5" and "max7".

      Bring it.

      And bring it with some decent engine choices - including some high efficiency choices even if they are on the low side of the hp numbers. Give us a freaking choice for once.

      I think plenty of people would happily trade a few seconds on their quarter mile or 0-60 time in exchange for 10mpg or so.
      It turns out that a lot of people are not buying cars like to drag race them anyway - shocking !
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like the Grand C-Max, but I don't see enough of a difference between this and the 5 door Focus... If it's closer to Fusion size, then it's got a chance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, by all means bring it. Thought it was pretty cool when I saw it in Europe last year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a big fan of Euro-style hatches, I drive a Focus ZX3, but I don't see any compelling reasons to bring this car to the U.S. Market. In 2012 we will already have the option to buy a Focus 5-door or the Grand C-Max, and this standard C-max would slot right in the middle both in terms of size and price. The U.S. market is still not that big into hatches and MPVs, so this car might not have much of a role. Don't get me wrong, if it comes to our shores I'll still check it out, but I will most likely be driving off the lot in a new Focus 5-door.
        • 4 Years Ago
        in today therms it doesn't matter.
        i rather sell any ford, than none.

        they just make a c-max more in between the other focus on the same production line in valencia, saarlouis or whatever.

        it's all about selling a unit, rather than none.

        Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Space Star where build on the same production line (nedcar).

        the old times are over, wake up.

        this is what made VW number 2 on the world.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I want one now.... if not... How bout' the estate version of the Focus... 6sp PLEASE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mazda 5 was a hit, and in this segment. Its only logical that this should follow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Was it really a hit? It's very rare to see those on the roads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oops. Small correction: it WAS the Kuga vs. Tiguan (and Kuga won). Well, they're similar-looking :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tiguan-fighter!! (and in fact, my French car magazine from last year pitted the current C-Max against the Tiguan, and the C-Max won!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, and with manual trans, too, please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog....can you change your poll and add the option:
      Bring over the Focus wagon instead
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing wrong with this but not really needed with the 5 door Focus and the Grand CMax and the Kuga as well. For God's sake, give us the Focus wagon over this. My vote is NO to the CMax and a big YES to the Focus Wagon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And yes, actually I'd prefer the Focus Wagon. Maybe it's time to start a save the wagons foundation and educate the land where sense doesn't make sense (as said on here the other day about the Paris debut of the BMW wagon- one of the best ever funniest things I've ever read on the blog. Hilarious, but sadly true!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe make it the next gen Edge?
        • 4 Years Ago
        totally different classes
        • 4 Years Ago
        The C-Max is not a CUV, it's a crossover aimed at minivan buyers. The Flex is a tall wagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Personally I think Ford has too many CUVs in that class. With Edge, Explorer, and Flex.
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