Ford's all new 2010 C-Max MAV (multi-activity vehicle) marks a significant milestone in the Blue Oval's global lineup.

To start, the European market model will be the first to come with the new 1.6L turbocharged and direct injection EcoBoost four-cylinder when it hits dealers next year. That motor comes ahead of the bigger 2.0L EcoBoost edition that will come later in 2010.

U.S. and bigger European models will have the option for the 2.0L EcoBoost in 2010 as well. The year after, Australian customers can get the same motor in their next-generation Falcon.

Engineers claim their 1.6L and 2.0L EcoBoost engines produce 20% less CO2 than comparable larger-displacement alternatives.

Ford's future powertrain allocation will be key to its growth, officials say. By 2013, around 90% of all North American models will come with an EcoBoost option. Aorund 80% of globalized offerings will be available with an EcoBoost under the hood.

More specifically, Ford hopes to achieve these powertrain goals:

- A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 would replace naturally aspirated V-8 engines

- A 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 would replace naturally aspirated V-6 engines

- A 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 would replace naturally aspirated large I-4 engines

Ford also announced that the 2010 Ford C-Max will provide a sturdy platform for 10 other next-generation global C-cars. One of those includes the upcoming European-bred Focus.

The C-Max itself is available in five- or seven-passenger configurations. The seven-seater will arrive in our dealerships by 2011, while the five-seater will arrive late next year.

Ford says its new global C-car platform will account for more than 2 million cars annually by 2012. They'll be manufactured at various European, Asian and North American plants.

Source: Ford