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    Rumormill/Spying: Is This Ford S-Max Foretelling A Return Of Vans to US?

    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    December 28, 2011

    Left Lane News posted spyshots of a couple Ford S-Max prototypes running around in Dearborn yesterday. The vehicles in the shots are the Ford Grand C-Max. However, an extended wheelbase and and a larger rear cargo area state this is an S-Max in drag.

    Left Lane News speculates the next generation S-Max could making it’s way to our shores. Their reasoning; Ford nixed the idea offering the C-Max as a seven passenger model due to it not being a true seven seater (5+2 layout) and it not suiting to American tastes. The S-Max is a true seven seater and would suit American tastes.

    At first, this seems a bit ridiculous. But a quick dig in the C&G news archive brings up a comment from Ford spokesman Mark Schirmer when asked if Ford was keeping the 7-seat C-Max on the back burner.

    "we never close the door" completely on bringing over the C-Max.

    If Ford was to offer a production S-Max, expect a range of gas and hybrid powertrains and for it to come out sometime within the next few years.

    We’re not holding our breath on this.

    Source: Left Lane News

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    Ford has quite a range of MPVs in Europe...the upcoming B-Max (replacing the Euro Fusion), C-Max, Grand C-Max, S-Max, and Galaxy..not sure how these would mesh w/ Ford's US CUV/SUV range..we know the SWB C-Max is coming to NA, I think the B-Max has been rumored for NA also.

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    I know, but the S-Max?!

    It would make more sense to me that Ford brings over the Galaxy than the S-Max.. (But what do I know)

    S-Max is Mondeo based. There is a new Fusion coming which is also Mondeo based. Most likely, they will share a production line here in the U.S.

    The Galaxy is in serious need of a redesign being on the market since 2006. It is possible that the new Galaxy isn't ready yet but the new S-Max is.

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    I wonder if we will see the next Edge shared perhaps w/ the next S-Max or a new global midsize CUV...

    Ford Europe has a lot of MPVs of different sizes, Ford NA has a lot of CUVs of different sizes...with the 'One Ford' strategery going forward, I wonder if there will be some consolidation across the markets (beyond what we are seeing soon w/ the Edge/Kuga).

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    Remember.... One Ford.

    They want to reduce the number of models that are only sold in just one market.

    If only they'd sell us Falcons. They can even rename them Tauruses (Tauri?) in the US if it makes them feel better...

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    There is a new RWD platform in the works. In the US it will mostly be Lincoln + Mustang. I don't see it being used for a Crown Vic type replacement. The Falcon has to go somewhere... and in its current form, it is due to last until 2015. Probably enough time to slip a new RWD platform in underneath.

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