The first time I… tried the new Ford Iosis Max

It creates an exciting impression - bright yellow paint work, futuristic seats and an interior and dashboard straight out of a science fiction movie.

The Ford Iosis Max is a family car prototype for the C-Max that will be built on the same base as the Focus range. Side on, the Max's aerodynamic shape is clearly similar to an aircraft wing.

I got to try it out at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was part of an exhibition about greener, more eco-friendly driving. This 180bhp Max comes with Ford's latest four-cylinder 1.6l Ecoboost engine, reaching 135 mph (0-60 in about nine seconds).

A remarkable boot allows access to the luggage area in three different ways - via the lower part of the tailgate like a more conventional saloon, via the rear window that lifts up or combining both of these via a hatchback boot opening.

Sliding rear doors complete the modern-looking design. To my mind, it's not unlike something out of one of the Transformers movies. The new C-Max is forecast to be out in late 2010 priced at around £16,000. See you at the dealer showroom!

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