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Ford S-MAX Rises To Top Of European Large Minivan Segment

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After the first half of the year, the new Ford S-MAX Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) emerged the new leader in Europe’s large minivan segment, displacing the Volkswagen Sharan.

Automotive News reports that the model’s recent market gains were mostly the result of its recent redesign. Behind the Ford S-MAX and VW Sharan, the Renault Espace is currently third in the large minivan sales race.

The current Ford S-MAX was redesigned for 2015, concurrently with its sibling, the Galaxy. It has a choice of three engines: a 1.5-liter EcoBoost I4 (160HP), a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I4 (240HP), and a Peugot-developed 2.0-liter diesel turbo (four power levels available, ranging from 120HP to 210HP). While the new model’s overall profile remained largely unchanged relative to its predecessor, the design was made sleeker, with things like slimmer headlights and a large upper grille akin to that on the pre-facelift Ford Mondeo helping differentiate the design.

Also noteworthy in Automotive News‘ report is that the Ford Mustang nearly rose to the top of the volume coupe segment in Europe, just losing out to the Renault Mégane.

This information is based on data from automotive business intelligence company JATO Dynamics.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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