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Ford Will Build Hybrid Version of the C-Max

2011 Ford C-Max

2011 Ford C-Max

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We've known that Ford's C-Max people-mover will go on sale here by the end of 2011, and now we're hearing that it will be available with both conventional and plug-in hybrids by 2013. Now here's the catch: So far, this announcement only covers Europe.

That doesn't mean the hybrid versions won't eventually be sold here. The U.S. is the world's largest hybrid market, and the conventional C-Max is a go for American consumption, so we'd expect to see it here someday.

As a reminder, the C-Max is a seven-passenger small minivan based on the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus, and since an all-electric version of that car is in the works, it's possible there might be a hybrid version of that car, as well.

The C-Max will be built in Valencia, Spain. Both conventional and hybrid models will be produced there, including the non-hybrid models for North America. Eventually, North American production of the C-Max is expected to take place along side the Focus in Wayne, Michigan.

[Source: Ford, Green Car Reports]

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