Tuesday, 10 July 2012 4:04 PM
MAV - or Multi Activity Vehicle - could well be the next acronym that fills the TotallyMotor inbox. Ford's new B-MAX is claiming the MAV title with its blend of small car ease, good fuel economy and a bit more room than the average hatchback.
It's a market that Ford expects to grow by 17% over the next six years, hence the B-MAX - a car that's 4.1m long but can carry loads up to 2.3m in length.
As well as Tardis-like space, the B-MAX is all about the doors - or the Easy Access Door System, as Ford has dubbed it. It offers nice, wide access - up to 1.5m - on both sides with the front doors opening out with hinges at the front and the back doors sliding open. It's a variation on the old suicide doors, but hopefully not used in 1920s-style gangster shenanigans.
As well as plenty of room for a compact car, the new B-MAX has an ECOnetic engine for good fuel economy, Ford's SYNC voice control system for hands-free phone use and playing of tunes, a soft-touch instrument panel, ambient lighting, fabric trim or the option of a full leather interior.
Delivery to UK dealerships is expected in September. Stay tuned for prices and specs.
By Georgia Lewis
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