Ford Ups The Stakes In The Gizmo Wars

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

In his piece on the approved-for-America Ford C-Max, Jack noted that the compact minivan would offer a “hands-free liftgate.” Well, here it is in action…

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  • Fusion Fusion on Dec 20, 2010

    It seems Ford and VW are continuing in their ways of using the same supplier based gizmos and selling them as their own. See Park Assist (though Ford took their time on that one), and now this system, which has recently been introduced on the Passat...

    • Chicago Dude Chicago Dude on Dec 21, 2010

      When I worked for an automotive gizmo supplier back in the mid 1990s, our customer list had major manufacturers from the US, Germany, Italy, France, England and Japan on it. Most of them insisted on us not putting our name on the stuff we sold them. Suppliers are willing to give a manufacturer exclusive rights to new stuff for a few years in exchange for money up front to help develop the product or a better price per unit once the product is ready. They definitely don't do it for free. A supplier hopes to someday turn a profit - that mean selling to every manufacturer they can get away with.

  • Robert.Walter Robert.Walter on Dec 21, 2010

    Is it just me, or does the dash look unnecessarily busy and even a little tacky (due to all that busyness)? Love the hide-away middle seat. But the evoloution of the Kinetic design language (which I loved up until recently) not so much (the progression, not the form, is somehow is beginning to remind me of the design dead-end that appeared on the DN101 super-ovoid Taurus/Sable twins)...

  • Shaker Shaker on Dec 21, 2010

    I like it a lot (I often haul equipment from work to offsite locations), but it still sports a HUGE center console (what's up with that these days? Are they stuffing the extra two gears for the auto trannys in there?), and all of those gizmos and sliding doors have to make this one hefty vehicle (I'd estimate 34-3500 lbs). The 4-pot will probably have its work cut out for it, and the "city" mileage is likely to be a lot less than advertised due to that heft. Still, it'll be 1000lbs lighter than a full-size "mini"van, (and have 75% of the interior volume) so should still be decently efficient with the turbo. If Ford offers a model with no gizmos for $20k, they may have a winner, because the Transit Connect is too much of a "School Bus", if you know what I mean.

  • Augie the Argie Augie the Argie on Dec 22, 2010

    Nice options, especially the middle folding seat and a panoramic roof However I am not amused at the apparently little legroom space on the 2nd row and that the sliding doors do not open fully due to the short '3rd window panel'. I'd like to find out the C-Max measurements in order to compare its inside volume vs 06-11Mazda5, all new Mazda 5, Rondo, Journey and 3row RAV4s. I hope a stick shift is offered for all versions and a turbo-diesel equipped version would be ideal I agree with Robert.Walter that the dash and console look cluttered and tacky, it reminds me of the non-classy stack of the 1st gen Matrix. I also find from the video the gear knob too close to the dashboard obstructing the lower part of it. Pricing should top $24K IMHO for it to sell