Ford of Europes C-MAX and Grand C-MAX

Ford of Europe's C-MAX and Grand C-MAX

Ford has cancelled plans to import the Grand C-MAX to the US. Ford of Europe's Valencia plant, the current source of all global C-MAX and Grand C-MAX production, had been preparing to export a renamed and federalised Grand C-MAX to several North American markets as the 2012 Ford C-MAX. No longer.

The company gave no reason for the change of strategy, making the announcement in a short statement as part of a far longer release concerning build of the plug-in and plug-in hybrid versions of the C-MAX. This new communication contains little in the way of novelty, other than the news that the company now intends to be building up to 100,000 units per annum of what it terms 'electrified' vehicles. This includes hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electrtic vehicles.

Ford's news release re-iterates the fact that both the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi (plug-in hybrid) will be built alongside the Focus and Focus Electric at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. This, the company states, will be the first facility in the world to produce gasoline-powered vehicles, full-electric vehicles, hybrid and plug-in hybrids under one roof.

The C-MAX Energi will be marketed in the US as a rival for the Chevrolet Volt, while it is presumed that the C-MAX Hybrid should go up against the Toyota Prius.