Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
If you fell in love with compact C-Max minivan and were counting down the days until you could buy one from your local Ford dealer, we’ve got good news and bad news. First the bad news: Ford has killed plans to sell the three-row, seven-passenger C-Max in the United States, citing an abundance of three-row options from Ford (like the Ford Explorer, the Ford Flex and the Lincoln MKT) already in dealer showrooms.
The good news? Ford will import the two-row C-Max, but only in the form of the C-Max Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid, scheduled to hit the U.S. market in 2012. The news broke during a press conference in Dearborn, where Ford was promoting focus on hybrid and electric vehicles. Ford plans on building up to 100,00 electric vehicles per year by 2013.
Ford sees the hybrid-only move for the C-Max in the United States as a good thing, one that will promote Ford’s brand image and (hopefully) pirate sales from the Toyota Prius.
Ford spokesman Mark Schirmer said of the decision, “This will be a real positive for the C-Max brand.” Schirmer also confirmed that the current three-row C-Max would continue to be available in other world markets.