About a year after this stretched Ford C-Max goes on sale in Europe, it’ll likely be on sale in North America as the 2012 Ford Focus C-Max; or Ford Grand C-Max; or Ford Focus Grand C-Max; or something. Slightly larger than the Good 12 Supersize-winning Mazda 5, this mini-minivan looks good (from most angles) and should drive well, too. Given its Euro-Focus origins, the Grand C-Max will be forced to meet high expectations at a time when fuel prices will likely be rising, North Americans downsizing; and sales of larger minivans capsizing.
The middle seat in the three-seat second row can fold underneath either outboard seat.
Ford anticipates the use of the Grand C-Max’s platform to multiply to more than 2,000,000 vehicles per year.