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Ford Romania stops B-Max output for 13 days in November

Ford Motor Co.’s unit in Romania is temporarily stopping the production of the B-Max for 13 days in November, due to the still weak demand for vehicles in Europe. The stoppage came after the unit halted the output of the B-Max in September. Ford commenced producing the B-Max subcompact minivan in 2012 at the site formerly owned by Automobile Craiova.

Ford Romania now builds around 370 cars a day and 1,000 engines. Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis said that they are confident that the stoppages are temporary measures and that the situation will improve at the site once vehicle sales in Europe starts to slowly recover. She said that Ford Romania will adjust its production volumes in November and December depending on the market situation.

The production halt is affecting around 2,500 employees, or over half of Ford Romania's workforce. Affected workers, however, will receive 80 percent of their wages during the production stoppage. Ford sold 48,682 B-Max units in the first eight months in Europe, according to data from researcher JATO Dynamics.

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Ford Romania to halt B-Max output for 7 days next month

Ford Motor will stop output for one week in September at its Craiova site in Romania to adjust to weak market demand in Europe. Ford commenced building its B-Max model at the Craiova site in 2013 and currently produces 370 cars and about 1,000 engines daily at the site.

Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis confirmed that the unit will have seven days of no B-Max production next month, adding that the instance is "a very common situation for the auto industry." According to Timis, around 2,500 employees -- representing around half of Ford Romania's workforce -- will be affected by the production halt.

The workers, however, will receive 80 percent of their wages for the week. In July, Ford revised upwards its earnings forecast for full year 2013 following unchanged pre-tax loss in Europe of around $1.8 billion from $2 billion.

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Ford cuts B-Max production at Romanian plant

It was only a few weeks ago that Ford Motor Co. launched the B-Max model but the automaker has already decided to terminate a shift at the Romanian plant that builds the small minivan. Ford will provide buyouts to several hourly workers at the plant in Craiova under what it refers to as a "limited voluntary separation program."

The factory, which is located 260km west of Bucharest, has about 3,600 workers, with most of them having been in service for over four years. A Ford spokesman said last Friday that talks with unions are ongoing. The Craiova plant will run on a single shift as Ford aims to exceed slow sales in Europe. Last month, Ford launched sales of the B-Max. The model is built on the same platform as the Fiesta subcompact.

It is also the replacement for the Europe-only Fusion minivan. Auto sales in Europe have fallen this year as economic weakness drives down consumer confidence. Ford estimates a loss of at least $3 billion in Europe over the next couple of years.

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Ford Britain delivered over 1,000 Ford B-MAX since UK rollout

Ford Britain has already delivered more than 1,000 Ford B-MAX models to customers in the United Kingdom, a strong signal for a good reception for the newest member of the B-MAV segment. Ford Britain likewise has received over 2,500 orders, majority of which were placed before the Ford B-MAX arrived in dealerships in the UK.

Private buyers account for around 63 percent of the total sales of the Ford B-MAX, while Motability customers accounted for 22 percent. Fleet customer accounted for the rest.

According to Anthony Ireson, Ford Britain marketing director, the success of the Ford B-MAX in the UK could be attributed to a promotional campaign that offered a chance to win unusual prizes that were typically not available to the general public. Ireson revealed that more than 70,000 of the participants visited an online Ford B-MAX configurator, allowing Ford Britain to determine that there was a strong appeal from the start.

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Ford Motor Co. will introduce a six-speed automatic throughout its B-segment range as part of its biggest-ever product offensive. Starting with the launch, this gearbox will be offered in facelifted Fiesta and Ford B-Max. The announcement was made by Ford product development chief Raj Nair at the Go Further event of Ford Europe.

The six-speed twin-clutch gearbox will debut in the facelifted Fiesta and B-Max alongside the 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine. This option is the replacement for the four-speed ‘box presently used on the 1.4-litre Fiesta. Ford said that the gearbox won’t be offered with steering wheel or column-mounted shift paddles. However, it will feature a button on the gearstick.

It added that many of those who drive an automatic are older and don’t prefer to have the Ferrari experience. Instead, they value “ease of use.”

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Crash test authority Euro NCAP gave the highest possible five-star safety rating to the all-new Ford B-MAX. The Ford B-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle got an overall protection score of 83%, after getting a score of 93% for adult protection and 84% for child protection. Tom Overington, Ford’s European safety project manager, said that safety is a “fundamental Ford value.”

He said that the team did very well in guaranteeing that B-MAX offers the safety standards to be expected for any model. When the do expressure Ford subjected the B-MAX to more than 5,000 computer simulated crash tests during development, no less than 40 complete crash tests and a further 100 tests which involved the car being mounted on a sled and fired into a barrier.

The high strength and ultra-high strength steels form more than 58% of the B-MAX body and are used in brackets, called crash-catchers; these lock the ingenious Ford Easy Access Door System in place if the vehicle suffers a side-impact. The B-MAX has seven airbags and the front-end is carefully engineered for optimised pedestrian protection.

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The new Ford B-Max baby MPV will go on sale this September in the UK with a starting price of £12,995. Ford is offering its 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost unit will be offered alongside 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrols, plus 1.5 and 1.6-litre Duratorq diesels. Buyers can choose from three specification levels: Studio, Zetec and Titanium.

All the B-Max’s engine variants mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, except the 1.6-litre petrol car. The 1.6 variant manages the pweor and boosts Ford's six-speed Powershift automatic 'box. Ford claims that with its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, it could reach a fuel economy figure off 55.4mpg (57.7mpg on stop-start-equipped models) and emits just 119g/km and 114g/km CO2 respectively.

The B-Max model is the most environmentally friendly model out there. The B-Max model.is powered by the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi, which has a claimed economy figure of 70.6mpg. it has CO2 emissions of 104g/km CO2. This engine variant is offered only on top-spec Titanium models. The standard Ford B-Max has a fold-flat passenger seat, 'one hand one motion' fold flat rear seats and a DAB.

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Buying an all-new Ford B-MAX guarantees excellent protection against all types of accidents as well as class-topping access to the cabin. Ford of Europe’s chief programme engineer Klaus-Peter Tamm said that its key objective was to make sure that occupants are safe and that they reap all the benefits of the Ford Easy Access Door System.

As part of this car’s development, the team filed numerous patent applications for its various engineering solutions. One of the highlights of the B-MAX is that its front and rear doors have been reinforced with ultra-high-strength boron steel in key load-bearing areas with high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels making up 58% of the body and door structure.

Crash energy during a side impact is absorbed by the door frames. But when the impact is much greater, the doors stay attached to the roof and floor structure with the help of special crash catchers that lock the doors together, a reinforced latch mechanism and an integrated central pillar. Seven state-of-the-art airbags have been placed in the new B-Max, the same number as the Fiesta.

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The new Ford B-MAX is now for sale with a starting price of £12,995. Deliveries are expected to start in September. What UK drivers get is an amazing recipe of clever design, unmatched economy and advanced small car technology. Its 1.4-litre petrol engine Studio model is priced from £12,995, Zetec models are priced at £15,600 while the range-topping Titanium specification has a starting price of £17,595.

The Ford Easy Access Door System offers new levels of convenience, access and flexibility. It is equipped with conventional, hinged front doors and rear sliding doors, along with a new body design. The traditional central pillar structure is integrated into the front and rear doors instead of being a part of the bodyshell itself. When the front and rear doors are both open, the interior can be easily accessed with a big, clear aperture that has a width of over 1.5m. This is approximately two times the width that rivals offer with their alternative door concepts. As a result, it’s considerably easier to enter or exit the rear seats, attend to kids in child seats, or load and unload shopping.

In particular, Studio is offered with manual five-speed transmission and the 1.4-litre 90PS Duratec engine. Its standard equipment includes body color bumpers, adjustable load floor in luggage compartment, adjustable driver’s seat, rake- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, fold flat front passenger seat, one hand one motion fold flat rear seats, electrically-operated door mirrors and one-touch windows, centre rear seat head restraint, remote central locking, Ford Easy Fuel capless refueling system, low tire pressure Deflation Detection System, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Intelligent protection System with front, side, knee and curtain airbags. Zetec is offered in three petrol and one diesel engines such as the new 1.5-litre TDCi and 1.0-litre 100PS EcoBoost. It also comes with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions. Ford SYNC is available in all Zetec launch models at no added cost (usually £250).

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Instead of at a motor show, Ford has introduced its all-new B-MAX to the public at a key technology event – the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s actually the first-ever vehicle to make its debut at this event. The new B-MAX is an advanced small family car that offers a high level of technology and fuel economy.

It also has a unique door design that provides unparalleled access to the car. The B-MAX is the first vehicle in Europe to get SYNC, Ford’s voice-activated in-car connectivity system that uses Microsoft Windows. This represents a good fit for Ford’s all-new compact multi-activity vehicle that marks the launch of SYNC in Europe.

This is a voice-activated in-car connectivity system that brings the integration of mobile devices, voice control and convenience to a new level with a broad device compatibility and voice command. Ford worked with Microsoft to develop SYNC, which is already being used by four million cars in the US.

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Ford has revealed its Easy Access Door System in the all-new B-MAX. This system merges the central body pillars into the doors in order to create 1.5-meter wide passable openings on either side of the vehicle. In this way, everyday motoring stress is also reduced. In most of the back-door openings, around half of that space is only provided.

The rear-hinged rear door of Opel Meriva provides maximum access of less than 0.7 meters in width. Ford of Europe's exterior design director Stefan Lamm commented that for many years, door systems like this have been "a designer's dream." He further stated that they have taken the concept from an idea on a designer's sketch pad, to a versatile and stylish product on the showroom floor.

He explained that they set themselves the challenge of re-imagining the small automobile. Lamm also said that they wanted to find a new solution to people's struggles with regard to the spatial challenges of city driving.

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Ford has released the first official images of the production version of the Ford B-Max MPV – which is fast gaining a reputation of being one of the most innovative models in its segment. Ford CEO Alan Mullally will be unveiling the B-Max, which is based on the Fiesta, during the Geneva Motor Show. One year ago, it was previewed as a concept car with the same name.

It’s the newest model to be created using the worldwide ‘One Ford’ strategy. This model will start selling in the UK this September. Ford’s B-Max will enter this this smart, compact car segment, which consists of models like the Vauxhall Meriva, Citroën C3 Picasso and Renault Scenic.

Ford was actually one of the late ones to arrive in this segment. The B-Max replaces the existing Fusion, which doesn’t really hold a candle to the B-Max. Ford asserts that a new benchmark is set by the B-Max with its “ingenious design and unrivalled technology.” Its highlights include the use of rear sliding doors and the removal of the B-pillars, a characteristic carried over from the concept car.

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Ford’s all-new B-Max will arrive in Europe in the first quarter of 2012. Ford is hoping that this model will enable the company to dominate in the sub-compact MPV segment. It said that its rivals have gotten ahead due to the age of the Euro Fusion. The Ford B-Max would be the second vehicle that Ford Romania will build in its new plant in Craiova.

The first vehicle that it started building is the Transit Connect. The B-Max is the first vehicle to be fitted with the new “Fox” inline-3 EcoBoost engine, which will be produced in the same plant. Ford has already confirmed that this engine will be available in North America.

But what’s on the minds of fans now is if the B-Max will be offered only in Europe. Fans have reason to worry since there have been several developments that hint at this. Months ago, the B-Max name was trademarked with the US Patent Office.

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The Ford B-MAX, fitted with the latest innovations from the brand for the small car market, had its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. This model removes the traditional B pillar that is typical for this type of car and features twin sliding doors in the rear resulting in a new and unique body design. In addition, the stylish and dynamic form of the B-MAX shows how the kinetic design language of Ford can be turned into a new vehicle format.

This particular innovation is also evident in the cabin especially with the interior offering excellent versatility and space not seen in compact cars. Ford’s use of high-quality materials shows that practical and small cars can in fact be well-equipped and be comfortable as well. The B-car series shares a platform with the Fiesta. Measuring more than 4 meters, the B-MAX is longer than the Fiesta by 11 cm but shorter than the C-MAX by 32 cm.

The B-MAX is compact and can meet the ever increasing demand for downsized cars that are better suited for use in urban conditions but not at the expense of comfort and space. When the front and rear doors are both opened, it allows access to the interior with an aperture of more than 1.5 meters wide. This is more than twice what is offered by its competitors that offer alternative door concepts.

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[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.

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