Upcoming Ford B-Max will be built in Romania

Article by Christian A., on August 30, 2010

[Update: All-new 2011 Ford B-MAX was unveiled today - read all about it here: 2011 Ford B-MAX  ]Those who have been missing Ford's Fusion will be glad to know that the Ford B-Max, its successor, has entered the automotive stage via the company's Craiova factory in Romania. The Ford B-max is a small MPV that is likely kinetically designed and downsize-powered.

Based on the Fiesta's platform, the B-max is expected to have many of the design cues seen on the Iosis Max Concept, introduced at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.

To manufacture the car, Ford will use a 400 million euro loan granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB). Romanian and EIB officials have recently signed an agreement for a government guarantee of the loan in Bucharest.

At the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Emil Boc said that it hopes that by guaranteeing the loan, additional support has been provided for Ford's plant in Craiova and the company's investment in Romania.

Ford has been producing the Transit connect small commercial vehicle at Craiova since September 2009. Ford became the main shareholder in the plant after buying a 72.4% stake from the Romanian state.

Ford later increased this stake to more than 90%. Romanian Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu hopes that the EIB loan would enable Ford to produce 250,000 cars annually in the near future.

Although Ford had previously announced that it would produce small EcoBoost gasoline downsized engine at Craiova, no further official details have been released on this matter.

Powering the B-max is a new generation of small capacity Ford turbo petrol engines - 1.0 liter with power outputs ranging from 90 HP to 110 HP. There's a possibility that these units will be the ones manufactured at Craiova.

Topics: ford, ford b-max, mpv, romania

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