Initial production of the new Focus C-Max multi-purpose vehicle (MPV or minivan) began on Friday at Ford’s assembly plant in Saarlouis, Germany. The new model is due to go on sale in the autumn of 2003 and will be offered in 33 European countries. Ford plans to manufacture 96,000 new Focus C-Max vehicles to the end of this year, with production capacity operating at a rate up to 1,060 per day.