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Ford iosisMAX Concept

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Ford showcases Focus Iosis Max concept - DetroitFreePress
BY MARK PHELAN • FREE PRESS AUTO CRITIC • March 2, 2009

GENEVA – Ford gave customers around the world — and the workers who will build the car at the Wayne plant in suburban Detroit — a first glimpse of its new Focus compact today on the eve of the annual Geneva Auto Show.

The Iosis Max concept takes the bold kinetic styling theme Ford’s European design team created and applies it to the Focus, which goes into production in Europe, the United States and Asia next year.

The car also previewed three new technologies Ford will use to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while maintaining performance...
((EcoBoost, PowerShift, auto-stop idling (saw Mazda call it "i-stop")))

...The Iosis Max measures 167.3 inches long, about 7.7 inches shorter than the current Focus sedan. It rides on a 102-inch wheelbase, nearly an inch shorter than the current Focus. The concept’s front and rear overhangs are nearly nonexistent, however, suggesting production models will grow closer to the Focus’ size...

...The Iosis concept showcases three unusual door mechanisms Ford is studying for future vehicles. The front doors are double-hinged, allowing them to be opened for easy access in very narrow parking spaces. The sliding rear doors are also in the works for upcoming passenger cars.

The tailgate features a unique two-piece construction that can be opened in three different ways for easy access and maximum storage space, said Patrick Verhée, innovation manager for the concept.

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AutoExpress has live photos
Ford Iosis MAX ...Ford takes wraps off daring new C-MAX
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Striking people carrier concept debuts at the Geneva Motor Show

Take a look at the future of Ford! This stunning machine is the Iosis MAX – a concept car that reveals how the next generation C-MAX and Focus family cars will look.

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the head-turning model boasts the latest example of Ford's kinetic design language, which was first revealed by the S-MAX back in 2004. It has been penned by Martin Smith, who presented the car along with his design team...

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...While this four-seater concept is a lot smaller than the current C-MAX, the production version will be available in full five-seat specification – most likely staying as close as possible to the sporty shape of the show car – and, for the first time, in seven-seater trim too.

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Design VIDEO - WorldCarFans.com
^they also have the full Press Release (snip)
FORD IOSIS MAX CONCEPT COMBINES STYLE, INNOVATION AND EFFICIENCY

1 Introduction and Highlights
  • Third in the series of exciting iosis ‘kinetic design' concept cars is unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show
  • New iosis MAX is a vision for Ford's next generation compact multi-activity vehicle (MAV), and hints at the design direction of Ford's next global C-cars
  • Concept combines bold, dynamic styling with new levels of efficiency and flexibility
  • Striking exterior design based on a fresh interpretation of Ford's kinetic design form language
  • Coupé-like side profile, with bold new window line graphic and highly original ‘flying buttress' C-pillar design
  • Distinctive new design treatments for lower trapezoidal grille and front / rear lights
  • Interior presents a bold evolution of the exterior design language, incorporating dynamic shapes and advanced materials
  • Slim, muscular instrument panel flows into innovative centre console with three-dimensional touch-screen surface
  • Lightweight seats supported on spine-like bridge, so that occupants are ‘floating on air'
  • Unique two-piece tailgate design allows full opening even in restricted spaces
  • B-Pillarless construction and new door kinematics provides optimised side loading
  • Environmental sustainability enhanced by innovative powertrain technologies, advanced aerodynamics and lightweight construction techniques
  • iosis MAX previews Ford of Europe's high efficiency EcoBoost engine family with a 1.6-litre 180 PS unit designed to deliver improved fuel economy and lower emissions
  • 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine is coupled to a new Ford Auto-Start-Stop system and Ford's advanced PowerShift transmission showcasing future possibilities for lean, clean and efficient petrol powertrains
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:puke: Why Why Why :puke: Do they have to go back to these little Jelly Bean shaped Ugly cars. :yuck:
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Hmmm... what's the word I'm looking for... :puke: <=== that's it! Edited by ocnblu
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Hope the production model looks better. This is too much like the Beat.

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Detailing is nice, but the shape is hideous. Cars are completely losing good proportions these days.

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Detailing is nice, but the shape is hideous. Cars are completely losing good proportions these days.

That's because they are all trying to look like something coming out of some Japanimation cartoon or something. Don't you know, we all want to drive something that looks like a Pokemon?

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