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Ford Pulls The Plug On The C-MAX Energi Plug-In; Ford C-MAX Hybrid Not Far Behind

Murmurings from last July related to the uncertain futures of the Ford C-MAX and C-MAX Energi compact cars in the US were quite prescient, it turns out. According to Green Car Reports, Ford has ended US production of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, and the traditional-hybrid C-MAX isn’t far behind, with less than a year of planned production remaining.

Ford C-Max Energi production has ended,” a representative from Ford told Green Car Reports. “We will continue to make [the] C-Max Hybrid at Michigan Assembly Plant until mid-2018.”

It’s unlikely that Ford would resume production of the Focus-based Ford C-MAX and C-MAX Energi for the US at its Focus assembly plant in China. The automaker has already committed to reducing its focus on cars in North America, instead pouring more resources into the crossover and SUV segments. Moreover, the Ford C-MAX, whose optimistic initial fuel-economy ratings were reduced twice after customers complained the figures were all but unachievable, never truly gained traction in the US.

Last year, the Ford C-MAX and C-MAX Energi sold in numbers of 19,834, combined – less than half the sales of the Ford Fiesta subcompact, and a fraction of the 98,800 or so units of the Toyota Prius sold over the same period.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Jim Legler

    Really too bad. I have a 2013 C-Max Energi and believe
    it is the best car i have ever owned. we put in 10 gals of gas every two months ( or so) and now have 43K miles on it. I sure hope ford does not give up on the technology.

  2. Michael Carosello

    I agree that this is too bad. I purchased a pre owned 2014 a bit over a month ago with 39k miles and absolutely love this car! I can’t remember my last trip to the gas station which was about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I’m getting insanely great mileage consistently above 40 mpg too. It’s comfortable to drive and surprisingly roomy and just plain fun and all the niceties are well designed and thought out. I have the SEL leather edition. I would buy this car again in the future. Thanks to Les at Bommarito here in STL for showing me this gem of a vehicle.

  3. ken mcfarlane

    I own two a 2013 and a 2015. Absolutely love the car and all the bells and whistles….Gas mileage is unbelievablewell above 50 mpg at Virginia Beach Va. Looking for one of the last 2018 built with glass roof

  4. TomD

    Electric vehicles currently are a trend. Now that everyone that wanted one has one sales have dropped.
    Until there is a way to perform a rapid charge at a facility they won’t get traction. Until the consumer can feel comfortable that the power up location is going to work when they get there there will not be mass sales. The infrastructure is something that Washington and all the manufacturers need to come to a consensus and on. Until then yes keep building hybrids. They should be available in all models and trims.


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