Families boosting demand for MPVs as Ford bring in C-MAX
People carriers, or MPVs as we know them, are not the near-extinct species some would have us believe.
Demand is, admittedly, nowhere near that for crossovers/SUVs but there are lots of families out there who need them.
Ford believe so - though I suspect they'd love a few more SUVs as well given the way that end of the market is going.
This week they brought in their revised C-MAX (5-seater) and Grand C-MAX (7-seater, pictured), people carriers - and have the new S-Max and even larger Galaxy on the way.
Powering the C-MAX people carriers is the new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine (95PS, 120PS). Both outputs emit 105g/km which is 12pc better than the 1.6-litre diesel they replace and power is up 5PS.
And there is the 1-litre EcoBoost (100PS, 125PS, both 117g/km) petrols as well as a 2-litre TDCi diesel (150PS, 114g.km).
Prices start at €25,755 for the petrol and €26,500 for the 1.5-litre diesel. Grand versions start at €28,355.
More people (75pc) will opt for the 5-seater but there is a steady demand for the 7-seater. Here at Motors we've noticed an increase in queries for people carriers with three rows of seats.
Also unveiled here this week was the new hot-hatch Focus ST, pictured on left. Interesting to see they have an estate model. The 2-litre diesel wagon costs €41,050 or €1,250 more than the hatch (€39,800). The 185PS 2-litre manages 4.2l/100km (67.3 mpg) and 110 g/km which they say is the same as the standard Focus 1.6 litre 95PS diesel.
There is also the powerful 250PS 2-litre EcoBoost petrol (6.8l/100km/41.5mpg, 159 g/km). It starts at €39,100.