Follow the leader
Ford has played a clever hand in the large MPV sector. The mainstream family car market migrated toward smaller, more lifestyle-oriented cars such as Vauxhall Zafira and Renault Scenic. And while the UK’s market leader followed this trend with e C-Max and S-Max models, it cannily kept a foot in the pig people-mover camp by creating a new, second-generation Galaxy.
This proved to be a winner – especially as Ford’s erstwhile partner in the sector, Volkswagen, is still building its versions of the original jointly-developed Galaxy as the VW Sharan and Seat Alhambra. These are due for replacement later in the year – indeed, we got a first look at the new Shazza at Geneva last month (see page 14).