Ford are to start production of the Fiesta based B-Max crossover at their plant in Romania with the help of a €400 million Euro loan from the EIB.
It’s been a while coming, but it looks like Ford’s replacement for the Fusion is now ready to go in to production in Romania as the Ford B-Max, sitting below the newly sorted S-Max and looking to take on the likes of the new Vauxhall Meriva.
The Ford B-Max is based on the Fiesta platform and is expected to look similar to the Ford Iosis Concept we saw last year in Geneva. Power is expected to come from a new generation of smaller capacity Ford turbo petrol engines – 1.0 litre with outputs from 90-110bhp. Also likely to be on offer is a 1.6 litre petrol and a range of economical, low emission diesels. And there’s bound to be a B-Max ECOnetic as well.
Ford is to use a €400 million loan backed by the EIB (European Investment Bank) to set up production of the B-Max at its plant in Craiova, Romania which is 90% owned by Ford. The plan is to produce 30,000 cars in 2010, but they expect to be churning out 250,000 a year with eighteen months.
With the news that production is going to start in Romania on the B-Max it won’t be long before we get some proper detail from Ford.