NICE, France -- Ford Motor Co.'s upcoming seven-seat compact car will attract 30-somethings with families, the company says.
The vehicle, which Ford is considering calling the Focus C-Max, will compete with the Mazda5. U.S. sales begin in January 2012. Ford is currently launching the Grand C-Max in Europe.
The company has not announced C-Max pricing in the United States but says it probably will start at less than $25,000. The 2010 Mazda5 starts at $19,260, including shipping.
The C-Max has rear sliding doors and folding seats to adjust to five or seven passengers, yet it's smaller than a traditional minivan.