Ford C1 platform
|Ford C1 platform|
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Also called||Volvo P1 platform
Mazda BK platform
|Body and chassis|
|Related||Ford EUCD platform|
|Predecessor||Ford C170 platform|
|Successor||Ford Global C platform|
The Ford C1 platform (for "compact class") is Ford's global compact car automobile platform. It replaces Ford C170 platform and Mazda's BJ platform. The C1 platform debuted with the European Ford Focus C-Max compact MPV in early 2004. The platform is designed for either front- or all wheel drive.
The C platform was designed in the Ford development center at Europe Cologne, Germany, as the "C Technologies Program". It was said to be one of the largest platform programs in history at that time. Ford Focus, Volvo S40 and V50, and Mazda3 share about 60 percent of their parts and components. Thirty engineers each from Ford, Mazda, and Volvo worked in Cologne for two years to combine the compact car engineering for all three automakers under the direction of Ford Director of C Technologies Derrick Kuzak, Ford of Europe vice president of product development.
The C1 platform has been stretched creating the EUCD for use in future Volvo vehicles. Volvo's plans call for all of their cars to be C1, EUCD, or D3-based in the coming years.
Vehicles currently using this platform include the following:
- 2003 – Ford Focus C-Max (C214), first European vehicle on this platform
- 2004 – Mazda Axela/Mazda 3 (BK)
- 2004 – Volvo S40 (P11)
- 2004 – Volvo V50 (P12)
- 2005 – Ford Focus (International) (C307), (Note: the Ford Focus (North America) continues on the C170 platform through 2010)
- 2006 – Mazda Premacy/Mazda 5 (BK) (and related Ford i-Max)
- 2006 – Volvo C70 (P15)
- 2007 – Volvo C30 (P14)
- 2008 – Ford Kuga (C394)
- 2008 – Mazda Biante
- 2012 – Volvo V40 (Note: modified platform)
Global C platform
Ford global C platform vehicles:
- 2011 – Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max
- 2012 – Ford Focus
- 2013 – Ford Escape / Ford Kuga
- 2013 – Ford Transit Connect
- 2015 – Lincoln MKC
Vehicles partially based on global C platform:
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