Ford is a name that is becoming synonymous with innovation with class leading technology like the Sync entertainment system, EcoBoost and Active Park Assist (a feature that self -parellel parks the vehicle). The newest announcement coming out of the Ford camp has to do with the new compact seven-passenger vehicle named the C-MAX. The new C-MAX is “part of the Ford Motor Company’s global small vehicle strategy” that will use a single c-segment vehicle platform to delivery at least 10 vehicles by 2012.

2012 Ford C-Max

2012 Ford C-Max

As we mentioned, the all-new c-segment C-MAX will provide a seven-passenger seating capacity for the compact car segment—something that is hard to find in the U.S. “The Ford C-MAX provides still more proof of how our One Ford plan continues to deliver the high-quality, fuel-efficient products people really want,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. “C-MAX is just right for customers in North America seeking stylish, flexible transportation and life-enhancing technology that comes standard.” Some of that life-enhancing technology will be familiar to those keeping up with the Ford nameplate, including EcoBoost and Sync. However, just announced today, the C-MAX will also come equipped with a hands-free power-operated rear liftgate.

Some of you are thinking to yourself that this isn’t that special because vehicles like Lexus and Mercedes have been doing it for years. That is true, but this is still a rare feature for an entry-level compact peoplcarrier. Another part of this feature that makes it unique to the segment is its intelligent operation. In conjunction with the intelligent key option the automatic liftgate will open automatically when you move your foot or leg behind the rear bumper of the car—a nifty feature during this time of year when you might not have an extra hand with all of your packages in the mall parking lot.

Bottom line—innovation is the new sex and it sells. We can’t wait to see what other highline features Ford brings to the entry-level market next. Maybe they will offer rear-heated seats like the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra we reported on yesterday. Just a thought. 


[Source: Ford]