In Europe, Ford sells an oversized Ford Fiesta called the Fusion. Albeit a roomy and compact car, it hasn't set European hearts on fire and its sales figures have been quite low. This car fits into the subcompact minivan market, where it competes with the Opel Meriva, the Fiat Linea/Lancia Musa, the Renault Modus, the Nissan Note and the new Citroën C3 Picasso. Europeans can now find people haulers in sizes ranging from the large offerings such as the Chrysler Minivans or the Renault Espace to these subcompact models.

There is a rumor that a new Fusion, possibly called B-Max, could offer a better-sized minivan for Europeans. The name relates to Ford's other minivans, the C-Max (based on the Focus) and the S-Max (based on the Mondeo). The fact is that Ford has just purchased a new manufacturing facility in Romania and the new Fiesta/Mazda 2 platform is ready for such a model.

[Source: Le Blog Auto]

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