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.