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Ford may have done away with minivans in North America in favor of crossovers, but in Europe the MPV is still the method of choice for transporting families. To that end, the Blue Oval automaker has launched the new Galaxy you see here.

After half a century and some 14 million units built, Ford closes one of its largest plants, located in the Belgian city of Genk, with manufacturing of the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy shifting to Valencia instead.

The latest development in this ongoing saga that is the European economic crunch is word that Ford will shutter production of its Genk Assembly Plant in Belgium, eliminating some 4,300 positions. Ford could potentially reduce costs by $300 to $500 million annually as a resulting of closing the production facility. The Genk plant currently produces the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy vehicles. Assembly of these vehicles would cease at the plant by the end of 2014.

Ford, along with every automaker selling cars in Europe, is hard at work reducing the carbon emissions of its most popular people movers. Europeans are taxed based on the CO2 emissions from their car's tailpipes, and anything that scores less than 119g/km is subject to big savings. For this reason, Ford's understandably happy to announce that its C-Max now gets a 119g/km rating when equipped with either of the 1.6-liter diesel engine options. Fuel efficiency is also a strong point, with the comb

Click on the image for more shots of the '64 Galaxy with Rocket Axle

As we previously reported, the automobile is one of the most recycled products in use today. While most vehicles have their parts transplanted into new vehicles or converted into fuel, some become works of art.

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