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Old 06-09-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Ford cancels seven-passenger C-Max for U.S., focuses solely on Hybrid and Energi models


Turns out Americans won't be getting another crack at a Euro-style mini minivan. Ford has officially canceled plans for its seven-passenger C-Max for the United States. Fans of small-in-stature MPVs may still be able to find what they are looking for in the Mazda5, but definitely not in Ford dealerships.

The retraction of the seven-seater means the U.S. market will be left with the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi electric vehicle. These vehicles eschew the minivan-spec sliding side doors in favor of four regularly hinged portals and a rear hatchback. The Hybrid is expected to boast better than 41 miles per gallon on the highway, while the plug-in Energi promises to boast 500 miles of driving range from its battery and gasoline engine combined, along with better fuel efficiency than the Chevrolet Volt. We look forward to verifying those claims.

Ford is keen to point out that the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi (yep, spelled with an 'i') models will be built alongside its 2012 Ford Focus and Focus Electric at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. Why is that important? Assuming all goes to plan, Wayne will be the first plant in the world to produce gasoline-powered vehicles, full-electric vehicles, hybrid and plug-in hybrids under the same roof.

If you'd like, you're free to peruse the official press release after the break, which is not surprisingly focused much more on the two promised green-mobile five-seaters than on the death of the seven-seater. Now, if you'll excuse us for a moment, we're going to don our solid-black Sunday Bests and mourn the passing of Ford's planned seven-seater. Poor thing never even had a chance...Continue reading Ford cancels seven-passenger C-Max for U.S., focuses solely on Hybrid and Energi models


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Old 06-09-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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I'm disappointed, especially since I much prefer the C-Max to the Mazda5. It was also going to be the only Ford in the US with the EcoBoost 1.6, although I assume we'll be seeing that engine somewhere else before too long.

At least we're still getting the Hybrid and EV models...I'm especially looking forward to the conventional hybrid; that'll be the closest American competitor to the Prius yet.
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Posted via FF Mobile Im going to assume its because this segment us really not that big, besides the mazda5...theres no one. But the Prius V is coming out and I believe GM is working on somethjng as well. So to save money they are just putting out those two. Well see how they price these things. I can see where they are coming from so it makes sense to me. Also think of it tbis way, more cargo room. How many people would of put 7 people in that thing anyway?
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:07 AM   #4
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bummer my wife wanted to get one. Mazda 5's are ugly
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That thing is hideous.. it's like the Focus' obese mother.
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I wonder if this improves the odds for the '12 wagon in the USA. Hope so.
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^^Probably not, although the wagon would be my first choice in a new Focus.
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This news really bites. I was wanting to get one of the 7 passenger versions. We have four kids and this thing would have been awesome on gas compared to the minivan.

I guess we'll look into the Mazda5 now. :(
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Ford has already changed its site and removed the 'tease' of the grand c-max, as well as the link to the gallery of photos. Only on the 'hybrids' page can you find the two c-max models they still plan to produce here.
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I have to question that move by Ford. Hybrids and electric plug-in vehicles aren't exactly cheap to acquire. Ford just basically handed the market to the Mazda 5.
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