Ford fires up B-MAX production in upgraded Romanian plant
The innovative designed of the multi-use vehicle features hinged front doors and sliding rear doors into which the B-pillar is integrated, creating a 4.9-foot opening for loading cargo or passengers.
It is the first car to roll off the line in Craiova, where the model will be produced exclusively. Notably the very first B-MAX off the line was purchased by Romanian President Traian Basescu, as plant output was raised to volume production today.
“This is a great day for Ford Motor Company, our Craiova manufacturing facility, and for Romania,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. “This is a world-class facility building two of Ford’s most advanced products – the Ford B-MAX and the 2012 International Engine of the Year, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine – to the highest quality levels for our customers.”
The B-MAX will be available throughout Europe this year, leading its class in fuel economy and CO2 emissions forboth diesel and gasoline variants. For example, with Auto-Start-Stop standard, the 118 hp 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine releases only 114g/km in greenhouse gasses while achieving fuel economy of 57.6-mpg, which Ford asserts to be 15 percent better than competing vehicles.
It will come with either the 98-hp or 118-hp versions of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that won nod as the 2012 International Engine of the Year this month. Both engines will be fabricated in the Craiovia facility.