The 2012 Ford C-Max, shown at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show, comes to North America in late 2011.
Samardzich wouldn’t discuss timetables for the 2- and 3-cylinder engines, but she did admit that these might possibly be produced in displacements under 1.0-liter. A lot of engineers might question this as in the past small engines of this variety have produced excessive vibration, but Ford believes that they have a solution for that by using technologies such as balanced shafts that will make most of the issues inherent to these types of engine “manageable.”
This announcement is really in conjunction with announcement that for 2010 Ford will bring a 1.6-litter EcoBoost™ motor to market. This engine is slated to go into the next generation Ford C-Max, a line of Focus-derived small minivans. The C-Max also reintroduces Ford back into the minivan market segment, an area they haven’t been invested in since the last Ford Freestar for 2007.
Bottom line—the big changes are coming from Ford, a company that says it will sell 1.3 million EcoBoost-equipped vehicles per year by 2013. 750,000 units are expected to be in the North American market alone.
[Source: Automotive News]