Ford B-Max Coming to North America?
More Evidence Comes to Light
July 1, 2011
By: Austin Rutherford
Ford of Europe has been behind its competitors in the sub-compact MPV segment due to the age of the Euro Fusion. That is about to change in the 1st Quarter of 2012 when the All-New B-Max arrives.
The Ford B-Max will be the second vehicle built by Ford Romania in its new plant located in Craiova, the first vehicle being the Transit Connect. This vehicle will be the first to receive Ford’s new “Fox” inline-3 EcoBoost engine. The engine is also built in the same plant. Ford has confirmed that this engine will be offered in North America.
The new question is: “Will the B-Max just stay in Europe?”
Many developments have lead to this speculation. A few months ago, Ford trademarked the B-Max name with the US Patent Office. Now this week, Ford has trademarked a new mark leading to more speculation. “Easy Access Door System,” as it listed with the patent office, is an integrated sliding door. This sliding door was first shown on the B-Max Concept back the Geneva auto show.
Of course, this vehicle could either be imported from Romania or built in Mexico along with the Fiesta, the B-Max’s platform mate. The latter seems to the most logical due to rumors in coming out of South America.
These rumors from South America point to Ford offering a sub-compact MPV to compete with the VW Suran and Chevy Meriva by the year 2014. The Mexican-made Fiesta is currently being imported in these countries as well. Ford’s plant in Cuantitlan is however set to lose this exporting volume as Ford replaces the current Brazilian-made Fiesta with the new one. This will open up volume at the plant that could be used for another vehicle. When Ford set to make the Fiesta’s plant in Mexico flex before the start of production, they made it capable of producing up to six models at the same time.
So will Ford bring the little B-Max to North America? It looks like it could, but time will tell. Ford recently canceled the 7-seat C-Max for its North American product plans so anything can change.