2011 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- New Ford C-Max hybrid crossover models go on sale in North America in 2012 and Europe in 2013.
- The U.S. vehicles will be assembled in Michigan.
- The compact platform is shared with the 2012 Ford Focus.
DETROIT — Ford said its new C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid, unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, will debut in 2012 in North America and 2013 in Europe. The C-Max Energi is the automaker's first production plug-in hybrid, with a projected driving range of more than 500 miles. The C-Max Hybrid, described as a full hybrid, is expected to deliver fuel economy of more than 41 miles per gallon — better than the Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan.
For North America, the C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid will be assembled alongside the 2012 Focus and Focus Electric at Ford's Wayne plant in Michigan. European versions will be built at Valencia, Spain.
The biggest difference between the C-Max Energi and the C-Max Hybrid is that the former can be recharged by plugging it into a standard household outlet. Ford said the C-Max Energi's lithium-ion battery pack can be fully charged overnight from a 120-volt outlet.
A specially developed version of the MyFord Mobile app enables smartphone users to remotely monitor their vehicles, access vehicle status information, download vehicle data and program charge settings.
Edmunds.com says: Ford is rapidly expanding its portfolio of electrified vehicles in North America. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent