Ford Motor Co.’s huge C1 small-car platform is big, unwieldy and a challenging taskmaster. It also is exciting and groundbreaking, as it writes rules for global sharing between brands, regions and body styles. “It was a great idea when we started,” Gunnar Herrmann, C-Car vehicle line director with Ford-Werke GmbH, says of the family that has grown to include six derivatives of the Ford Focus as well as the Mazda3, Volvo S40 and Volvo V50. Focus Vignale coming in 2006. “This is a ...

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