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2012 Geneva Motor Show - Ford B-Max launched

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Ford has launched its new mini-MPV, the B-Max, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This compact MPV revels in its clever utilisation of interior space and for once, Ford has also thought about how you're going to cram all your things into it too. Ford has a very unique solution — eliminate the B-pillar altogether. Once you slide open the rear doors, you’re greeted with a very large opening to cram all your things inside. In fact, the opening created by this design is about 1.8 metres wide.

An interesting tidbit to note is that the concept car Ford displayed last year comes in at a length of 4.04 metres. It's possible that the one that makes it here could clock in at under four metres, allowing for an excise duty cut. If it ends up being a sub-four metre MPV, then a larger variant may come our way in the future, which could seat seven people and possibly take on the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The boot is rated at 397 litres, which can be expanded to over 1,000 litres.

 

 

The new B-MAX is the first European car to offer SYNC, Ford’s voice-activated, in-car connectivity system featuring Emergency Assistance, which is designed to assist occupants to place a call to the emergency services in the event of a crash.

It is also the first vehicle in its segment to provide the added reassurance of the Active City Stop system, designed to help motorists avoid low speed collisions with stationary or slower moving traffic in front.