Upcoming Ford B-Max will be built in Romania

Article by Christian Andrei, 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

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Nikola Motor’s hydrogen-powered semi-trailer truck is highly appealing with its many advancements but don’t expect it to arrive in the near future. In November 2016, Toyota announced the possibility of...
by - December 5, 2016
Usually, it is up to resourceful spy photographers to take clear pictures of vehicle prototypes, especially those that have aroused a lot of interest. The same is true for Project...
by - December 5, 2016
The much-anticipated debut of the new Wrangler will surely happen. As it approaches, we’ve gathered all the latest information released so far. Of course, most are expecting that the next...
by - December 5, 2016
Nissan has announced the pricing for its new commercial pickup line. So for those who have been waiting for Nissan’s official price list (plus a little more info), read on… ...
by - December 5, 2016
Sorry folks, the AMG-fied Mercedes-Benz X-Class will remain in the fantasy world. According to some news, the AMG big boss has finally spoken up about why an AMG X-Class is...
by - December 5, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries