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Ford chops the C-Max's top

Ford chooses an interesting way to show off its new C-Max MPV's seven-passenger seating.

Nissan did it with the CrossCabriolet; why not Ford's C-Max?
Nissan did it with the CrossCabriolet; why not Ford's C-Max? Antuan Goodwin/CNET

DETROIT--When presenting the upcoming C-Max at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, Ford must have felt that saying the tiny minivan seated seven wasn't good enough. The company needed to show us all seven of those seats, at the same time.

To accomplish this, the automaker has taken an example of the C-Max and surgically removed it's greenhouse. Viewed from the top, it's a nicely executed cutaway. Tilt your head, however, and it becomes a C-Max convertible with a shortened windscreen. This got us thinking: if Nissan can rip the top off of a crossover to make the CrossCabriolet, then what's to stop an automaker from building an open-air minivan?

Now, we're not trying to say that Ford is going to or even should build a convertible people carrier. More importantly, what we want to know is, would you drive one? Sound off in the comments.