Ford is reportedly planning a concept version of a minivan destined to replace the European Ford Fusion MPV (Unrelated to the North American Fusion sedan). It will be revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
This minivan, said to be called the B-Max, would remain a European exclusive, just like its predecessor. It would be designed to challenge the Opel Meriva, currently leading sales in this segment. Production will begin by the end of next year at Ford’s Craiova, Romania plant, with sales beginning in 2012.
The B-Max will be based on Ford’s global B-architecture, which currently underpins the Fiesta. It will have five seats and rear sliding doors.
Ford’s Fusion has long been in need of a replacement. The car looks and feels old, and sales have been dropping. In 2007, the Fusion was the second best-selling car in its class, but it has dropped to fifth place since.
Source: Automotive News – sub. req.