It's small. It's cute. It's functional. And Ford Motor Co. doesn't plan to sell it in the United States.
That would be the Ford B-Max subcompact minivan, which Ford CEO Alan Mulally will unveil in production form at the Geneva auto show in March.
Ford has no plans to import the B-Max even though the company says its small cars are selling very well in the United States.
The B-Max is the little brother of the C-Max, which will go on sale this year in the United States as a hybrid-only model. The B-Max will be built on the same platform as the Ford Fiesta subcompact, which is sold in North America.
The B-Max, first shown in concept form at the 2011 Geneva show, features minivan-style sliding rear doors. European customers will be able to purchase the B-Max with some engine options also not available to U.S. customers, including a 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost gasoline engine that will get more than 50 mpg and Ford's DuraTorq diesel engines.
Ford has said that the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine probably will appear in the United States, perhaps as early as next year.