Ford Global C-car Platform

The Volvo P1/Mazda BK/Ford Global C-car Platform is Ford's global compact car automobile platform. It replaces the Ford C170 platform and Mazda B platform (BJ). The C1 platform debuted with the European Ford Focus C-Max compact MPV in early 2004. The platform is designed for either front- or all-wheel drive.

Volvo P1/Mazda BK/Ford C1 platform
Body and chassis
ClassCompact platform
RelatedFord EUCD platform
PredecessorFord C170 platform
SuccessorFord C2 platform
Volvo CMA

First called the C1 platform, it was designed in Ford's European development center in Cologne, Germany, as the "C Technologies Program". It was said to be one of the largest platform programs in history at that time. The Ford Focus, Volvo S40 and V50, and Mazda3 (BK and BL) share about 60% of their parts and components. Thirty engineers each from Ford, Mazda, and Volvo worked in Cologne for two years to combine the compact-car engineering for all three automakers under the direction of Ford Director of C Technologies Derrick Kuzak, Ford of Europe vice president of product development.[1]

The platform has been stretched creating the EUCD for use in future Volvo vehicles.[citation needed]

Among all of the cars, the floorpan is different, but the front and rear subframes, suspension, steering, braking, safety, and some[2] electrical components are shared.[citation needed]

Vehicles using this first iteration of the platform include:

Second generation


The C1 platform has been replaced by the global C platform (or C-car)[3] and combines three previous platforms as part of Ford's "One Ford" efficiency drive.[4]

Ford global C platform vehicles:

Vehicles partially based on global C platform:


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