The 2008 Ford C-Max sits alongside the Ford S-Max, which won the award Car of the Year 2007, and creates a new family of stylish and flexible people movers, adding the benefit of class-leading driving dynamics. Although the look appears to be distinctive, the flexible "Comfort Seat System" is still available, allowing comfortable seating for three people in the second row. However, there are improvements cocerning the exterior and interior details and the car shows a redesigned front end, comprising elements of Ford of Europe's "kinetic design" form language which beautifully combines hard lines with muscular forms in order to provide a feeling of energy in motion even when the vehicle is stationary. Stephen Odell, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford of Europe, stated that the cornerstone of their MAX strategy was to offer customers all the features, space and flexibility they needed from a family vehicle, but at the same time they aimed to style the vehicles in a way that allowed them to stand out in the crowd and maximise driving pleasure. He added that both the new C-MAX and the bigger S-MAX were true to that concept, which was comfortable, spacious and fun to drive. The new Ford C-MAX gets a distinctive MAX family look and style through the redesigned bumper, grilles, bonnet, headlamps and fog lamps. At the rear, the new C-MAX features a new bumper which is also smoother, rounder and a little deeper. A new feature for C-MAX is an optional panorama glass roof which makes the spacious interior even more airy. The distinctive interior ensures comfort together with a high level of perceived quality, boasting red graphics for the instrument cluster as well as red illumination of switches and dials plus optional Dual Electronic Automatic Temperature Control ( DEATC), while the wide variety of in-car infotainment systems provide visual consistency with S-MAX as well as a new level of elegance. Other features which add to the more contemporary feel of the new C-MAX interior include newly designed steering wheel rim with thumb rest area for the Trend series and a new vertical lift, manual Z-shaped handbrake that is easy to use and compact, leaving enough space in the centre console for a 1.5 litre bottle.
Four engines with 1.6-litre, 1.8-litre, and 2.0-litre displacements are available, two of which are offered with a standard Diesel Particulate Filter system, while the range of transmissions engineered complements the choice of engines and their power output and torque levels.
Gunnar Herrmann, Vehicle Line Director for Medium Cars, Ford of Europe, concluded that they wanted to improve the current model's strengths even further, and looked closely at the success of S-MAX when developing the new C-MAX, being strongly convinced that the new model combined a fresh and dynamic new look with a host of new features and, above all, premium car levels of quality.
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