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About the C-Max
Originally known as the Ford Focus C-Max, this compact multipurpose vehicle was manufactured between 2003 – 2019. Multiple variations were brought out after its initial success, notably the Grand C-Max with an extended wheelbase. In Northern America the C-Max was actually Ford's first hybrid-only offering.
Typically, the car seats 5 passengers comfortably with ample spacing for the front and the back. The boot is exceptionally large and can be increased further by flattening the rear seats (a feature made popular by the Vauxhall Zafira). Previously, the only real option for creating extra space was to fold the seats (but not flat) or to simply physically remove the seats and store them. Some C-Max models even featured diagonally sliding outer rear seats.
The engine for the first generation held 4 cylinders, like the Ford Focus which is probably unsurprising given its original name.
2006 saw a facelift, showing off sleeker lines and a modernized look. It debuted at the Bologna Motor Show and to widen the appeal, Ford dropped the ‘Focus’ in the name believing that there was too much of an association with a small car. The idea was to market to the newly emerging multipurpose market.
The release of the second generation hit in 2011 and was built on Ford's new global C Platform which meant increasing the length of the wheelbase. Ford kept the 5 seats in all models except for the 7 seaters released exclusively in Russia. Ford wanted to develop a more affordable hybrid, aiming for an engine that beat the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius. Upon testing, it was revealed that the C-Max had indeed beaten the Prius in test conditions, but its customers were quick to point out that in real-world journeys this in fact was not the case. This led to lawsuits and Ford issuing rebates and subsequently had its title removed.