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The new Ford B-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle will feature the firm’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, with its combination of 125 PS power output and 58.9 mpg efficiency , as well as Duratorq TDCi diesels.

The all-new production-ready B-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle will be on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Ford president and CEO Alan Mulally will be in Geneva to unveil the new B-MAX, which promises to set new standards with its unique design and best-in-class technological features. Its return to Geneva, in full production form, comes a year after the concept was unveiled at the 2011 show.

“The B-MAX combines an exciting, innovative design with features that only previously have been found in bigger cars,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. “It’s a brand new car that responds to the needs of an increasing number of customers who want much more from their small cars.”

Bringing the B-MAX to production demanded a new approach to door construction, which has resulted in wide-open access for drivers, passengers and luggage, with the centre pillars integrated into the doors themselves. Ford says that the B-MAX will deliver superior craftsmanship and high quality materials rarely found on an affordable compact car, together with flexible-seating and class-leading load-space.

The Ford B-MAX goes on sale in the UK in September.

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