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Ford’s New Doors Are Awesome
I don’t think you have to give two hoots about engineering to appreciate this new development from Ford. Their latest offering, the B-Max, due to be launched in Europe in the next month, features quite possibly the most passenger friendly doors I’ve ever seen.
The thing is, sliding doors are obviously nothing new. But combining them with regular, forward-opening doors is an engineering feat that apparently took 3 years, hundreds of simulated crash tests and 50 real life, full scale crash tests in order to turn a designer’s sketch into a reality.
The main problem is crash-strength and rigidity. If you have a look at your car, there is a nice, strong, convenient pillar between the front and back doors. This B pillar keeps the car from falling apart, and also offers key resistance in a crash. Removing that pillar is quite a big ask, but the upside is incredibly easy access for rear passengers (your kids) and extra-easy loading of whatever it is you want to transport. Like a wardrobe. Or a curtain rail. Etc.
We’ll ask Ford now and let you know when the B-Max is due for the South African market.