• Dec 10, 2010
It sounds like Ford is getting ready to square off against the Opel Meriva small minivan in Europe. According to Automotive News, Ford will be bringing an all-new B-segment van to next year's Geneva Motor Show. The Blue Oval's European arm is keeping the details of the vehicle close to its chest, but from what we understand, the new minivan should begin production toward the end of 2012. The company has already made it clear that its Craiova, Romania facility will be tasked with constructing a new B-segment fighter sometime soon, and news has it that the vehicle will be more people mover than hatchback.

If true, that means that the new van is likely to carry the B-Max moniker to keep in line with creations like the C-Max and S-Max. In Europe, Ford has relied on its aging Fusion people mover to carry the company in the small-car segment, and the aging platform has begun to slip over the past few years. While it once held the number two slot, the Fusion has fallen to be the fifth most popular vehicle among the B-segment vans.

Regardless of whether or not the B-Max can knock the Meriva off of its throne, we aren't likely to see it here in the states.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Blech. That thing is hideous by free world standards. And very Old Ford.

      A B-sized baby Kuga is a different story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Mini Minivan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The ford is really smooth, I'm just not sure about the state that it's in. It could be holding a lot of money, a little money, needing some maintenance, or simply a shell with no inner core.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Brazilian version of this Fusion is better IMO desbite the fact that had a very "no-frills" interior.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_EcoSport
      • 4 Years Ago
      Falcon, Mondeo, Ranger, and now this.

      Looks like possibly another great idea from Ford that we won't be getting in the States.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't even knew they were still selling those... lol.

      Anyway, it's good that Ford replaces it soon. It was one of the very few weak spots of their current lineup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yaroukh - this article might help you understand the Fusion's position in the UK which is representative of western Europe.

        http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/ford/fusion-2002.aspx?Page=5
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't describe the Fusion as weak ... it was based on the the same B3 platform as the Fiesta mk5 and was a hoot to drive despite the extra ride height. Well-built, too. The problem was it wasn't significantly roomier than the mk5 Fiesta but a good deal more expensive, so it didn't sell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "OK, Bloke, there are other markets outside the UK."

        Kitko, how unlike you to kick-off a pissing contest.

        But meanwhile, back on Earth, I stated categorically that I was referring primarily to western Europe, where the Fusion - which had some solid virtues - was expensive, dull to drive (especially in diesel form) and sold poorly compared with the mk5 Fiesta on which it was based. And while there are indeed other markets than the UK, the UK and Germany make for the majority of Ford's business in Europe as a whole. You should know that Kitko, you claim to have some knowledge about the motor industry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I should also have mentioned Spain, Ford's third largest European market and of course home to the Fiesta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bloke: what i was asking was a link to source with some numbers, please...?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Weak based on what? It has been selling fairly well + it has been in the top3 in its class quality-wise, according to ADAC.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bloke: Did not sell well? Do you have something to back such claim with?
        "2005 - Fusion sales are strong, with Ford stating that the car accounts for fifteen per cent of sales in its sector." [Wiki] (I'd be happy to read any better source of course.)

        In my country, even though it is rather small market, it was actually #1 in sales numbers for quite a time, the prices were pretty sweet for what it offers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "@Bloke: Did not sell well? Do you have something to back such claim with?"

        A working knowledge of the industry helps. I'm really referring to western Europe, and especially the UK which is one of Ford's two powerhouse markets in Europe. The Fusion was a disappointing seller - especially compared with the all-conquering Fiesta - in this reflects in residuals, with Fusion models fetching some 10% less than equivalent engined Fiestas.

        In poorer countries with rougher roads, I imagine the extra ride height of the Fusion would make it more preferable, as was the Fiesta-based Ikon in India.
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