After delays caused by former factory-owners, the pint-sized Ford B-Max minivan has entered production in Romania, reports WardsAuto.
The Ford B-Max is slated to be the first Ford to be built entirely in Romania. The Craiova factory where it’s produced was until now tasked with assembling the Turkish-sourced Transit Connect van for select European markets.
The Fiesta-based Ford B-Max first debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The B-Max is a compact front-drive minivan (MPV, in Euro-speak) powered by Ford’s new 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-3 – an engine which has just been confirmed for the U.S. under the hood of the Focus, and possibly later in the Fiesta.
One thing that won’t be making its way to the U.S. is the B-Max. With the American appetite for minivans already thin, and the larger Focus-based, hybrid-only C-Max arriving in the U.S. this fall, a minivan just a foot shorter than the already-small C-Max hardly makes sense.
Ford expects to build 60,000 B-Max vans this year, and 105,000 next year. The Ford B-Max should hit dealers in Europe around the same time as the Ford C-Max hits dealerships here. Should Ford bring the B-Max to North America? Sound off in the comments section below.