Ford Global B-car Platform

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Ford B3 platform
Ford Fiesta 2008 front 20081206.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Also calledFord B2E platform
Mazda DY platform
Mazda DE platform
Production2002–present
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact platform (B)
Chronology
PredecessorFord B platform
Mazda D platform

The Ford global B-car platform (for "B-class") is a subcompact automobile platform that is jointly developed by Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Company at centers in Europe as well as North America and Australia.[1] Previously, Ford has used the Mazda-engineered D platform for its B-segment Ford Festiva (hatchback). This new global B-platform project was initiated by Ford in Dearborn, MI and is equipped with front MacPherson strut and twist-beam rear suspension.[1] The front suspension arms (wishbone) are attached to a pressed-steel welded subframe, which is directly bolted onto the bodyshell. The design is made to accommodate diverse engine options.

B3[edit]

The first iteration of this platform was known as B3. Vehicles utilising this platform include:

B2E[edit]

The new B2E platform was designed and developed as Ford’s global B-segment platform. It is the first B-platform developed by Ford's global product development process.[2][3]

Vehicles utilising (2008–) this global platform include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mazda2/Demio based on Fiesta" Archived 2008-09-06 at the Wayback Machine, SAE International, 2002-12-01.
  2. ^ "Ford Fiesta marks latest global milestone". Ford Motor Company. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  3. ^ "Ford ushers in global small car era". Ford Motor Company. Archived from the original on 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2011-06-21.