You've seen the S-Max. You've seen the C-Max. Now get ready for the B-Max.

The latest European-focused mini minivan from Ford was previewed in concept form at last year's Geneva Motor Show, but has now been confirmed for production release at the 2012 edition of the same expo this March. Based on the Fiesta (the C-Max is based on the Focus), the new B-Max will arrive into a highly competitive segment overseas, so it will need to offer some alluring features to make its mark.

The edgy design should help, but the party piece for this diminutive people carrier is that it has no B-pillars. And we don't mean that the windows have no frame: we mean the entire pillars are incorporated into the doors themselves, so that when you open the doors there's no encumbrance to loading and unloading of passengers and cargo alike.

Motivation is provided by a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, with Duratorq diesels also on offer. After its unveiling in Geneva, the new B-Max will go on sale at dealers across Europe later this year. Follow the jump for the full press release and click the thumbnails below to view the pair of images released thus far in high resolution.
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Ford's All-New B-MAX to Showcase Unique Design and Unrivalled Technology at Geneva Motor Show

- Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally will debut production-ready version of all-new Ford B-MAX at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March
- B-MAX's ingenious design and unrivalled technology sets new benchmark for smart, compact, city-friendly cars
- Highlights also include class-leading load-space, high-quality craftsmanship and materials, as well as advanced new engines

COLOGNE, Germany, Feb. 1, 2012 – Ford will throw open the doors to its all-new production-ready B-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle when it takes a starring role at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally will be in Geneva to unveil the new B-MAX, which promises to set new standards with its unique design and best-in-class technological features. Its return to Geneva, in full production form, comes just a year after the concept was unveiled at the Geneva show.

"The B-MAX combines an exciting, innovative design with features that only previously have been found in bigger cars," said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. "It's a brand new car that responds to the needs of an increasing number of customers who want much more from their small cars."

Bringing the B-MAX to production demanded a new approach to door construction, which has resulted in wide-open access for drivers, passengers and luggage; with the center pillars integrated into the doors themselves. The B-MAX also will deliver superior craftsmanship and high quality materials rarely found on an affordable compact car, together with flexible-seating and class-leading load-space.

Ford's new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, with its advanced combination of power and efficiency, will be available on the B-MAX, as will Duratorq TDCi diesels. The Ford B-MAX goes on sale in Europe later this year.


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      flychinook
      • 2 Years Ago
      This makes far too much sense for the U.S. Market. Add a third row and a truck bed, and cut the fuel economy in half. Then we'll talk.
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flychinook
        I'd also recommend dropping all manual options, and shoe horn in a detuned version of the old 4.6 liter. That way it can be unbalanced, a nightmare to work on, and lethargic.
      dodie1990
      • 2 Years Ago
      A death trap for sure. Why the infatuationawith these tiny mini-euro toy cars. You really want to go down the interstate at 75 in this?
      Ken Arnold II
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ahhhh wtf, am i the only one that sees that all these new cars have the exact same body lines???
        Sekinu2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ken Arnold II
        Nope its that euro trash look for like little girls and gay teen boys. Too small unattractive, not useful and well jst ugly. They are going off track right now they still have the Mustang, Edge, Flex, Taurus, Expedition,Fusion and until next year the Escape that are good solid American cars. The rest of the european looked asian influence one they are releaseing are ugly junk.
      Trish
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is an ugly car, really ugly. Would not buy it!
      Hey Bitch ;)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure what fords BIGGEST issue is but design is becoming a huge problem. Their quality was looking as if it were improving.. But again... a big let down. I am also not a huge fan of Chrysler. Whats going on with EVERY car they make having a crossbar grill? From a cheap dodge dart to the concept Viper.And now sharing the Charger tail lights with the dodge dart too.. no thanks, If im going to pay 40K for a sports sedan I dont want to see a car that cost 9,900 that looks like a mini-me version. Love them or hate them GM has been doing some amazing things. I personally own a Avalon but GM has been very impressive lately. They are doing lots of Mid-Cycle updates, Build quality is amazing and their interiors are gorgeous. I like my Toyota but I think my next vehicle may just be a Chevy.
      fmeyer11
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford is leading the way. I have one of the first new Mustang six cylinder jobs and I adore it, awesome car. Fix the synch a little, move the cup holder and it will be perfect.
      bearman1987
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cant stress how bad european engineering is. They are consistanly getting below avg ratings for their vehicles, parts are hard to find and are very expensive so expensive that you will lose all the money you save on gas plus more in the parts alone. And lastly but most important is how difficult these are to repair. Fixing a european car is the same as 2 nightmares in the same night. For an example of cost of parts for most european cars heres this: Front brake pads and rotors on a vw passot is $650 and that was our shops cost that doesn't even count labor or tax. For the pads and rotors for my 96 chevy lumina cost $80. I know luminas wern't the greatest car ever made, and I do not care about it very much but I rather push my lumina with a blown motor before I ever buy a european made vehicle.
      exp57
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Honda Fit.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should bring this here with a diesel...I would love this as an alternative to the Prius V.
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        It is, "Duratec diesels also on offer" is in the article. Seeing as they've had good success in the F-250 and above pickup line, a scaled down motor should give that thing some power to play with.
      mitchell
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's really kind of cute, Ah... if your a clown."
      Unni
      • 2 Years Ago
      B Max, C Max , where is the D Max ? Fusion/Taurus based 7 passenger MPV ?
        Mirko
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Unni
        It's called the S-Max. http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/S-MAX And there's the less sexy, more practical/boxy Galaxy too. http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/Galaxy
          icerabbit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mirko
          I haven't been in the EU for a while, I'd forgotten about the Ford Galaxy / VW Sharan / Seat Alhambra ... happy to see they're still around.
          icerabbit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mirko
          A very good looking practical vehicle that - just like the grand c-max & s-max - Ford seems to think is another vehicle that consumers would never buy. I really think Ford is completely wrong about not selling the new Ranger, Grand C-Max & S-Max in the US. Drove the new Focus over the weekend. Came away impressed ( though the interior styling is a bit too space-age-y and has a few flaws as far as sync clusters & visibility of the speedo etc. ) about handling, size and fuel mile-age. Better than expected. So, I looked at Ford's website, for the first time in a long time, for something just a size or two bigger that is big hatchback / wagon / van-ish without being an SUV or CUV ... and came up empty.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Unni
        It's called E Max, I mean Explorer!
      dal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeep Patriot with the 2.0l front wheel drive and 5 speed manual transmission can seat four 6 foot plus adults with comfort and gets great milage plus will only set you back around $14000. Look into it and its American made! PS did I mention it's wicked fun to drive on and off road!
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