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Ford begins C-Max production in Saarlouis

Saarlouis, Germany. The key selling points of Ford's compact van Focus C-Max are "design, top-class handling and flexibility," according to product design engineer Derrick Kuzak. Starting June 23, the focus at the Saarlouis plant will be the C-Max, which will be on the market by the end of October.

The C-Max uses the platform of the new generation of Focuses. The Mazda3 and the new Volvo S40/V50 also use the same platform. Ford is able to build both Focus and C-Max on the same production line in Saarlouis, up to a 50-50 ratio, which, once the full capacity is reached, would correspond with 900 units per day of both Focus and C-Max.

Ford developed the seating system of the five-seater in a joint venture with Johnson Controls. The middle back seat can be folded away. The outer seats can then be moved diagonally toward the center.

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