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2010 Ford C-MAX

2010 Ford C-MAX
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Ford will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the next generation C-MAX, a model that is inspired by the iosis MAX concept car unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Sales will begin in the second half of 2010.

2010 Ford C-MAX
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Departing from usual MAV thinking by using Ford’s ’kinetic design’ styling language to adopt a more dynamic passenger-car look, the new model features a coupé-like, sweeping roofline while still retaining the established Ford C-MAX hallmarks of comfort, space, and practicality.

The new C-MAX will be powered by an all-new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost direct injection petrol engine. It will be offered with semi-automatic parallel parking and a blind-spot detection system.

Press release after the jump.

 

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Ford to Announce What Cars Get the Axe in the Near Future

Ford to Announce What Cars Get the Axe in the Near Future

Just so there can be more SUVs

Just a week ago Ford Announced that it would be cutting a number of its products in order to recover from its falling profit Margins. What products will be cut remains to be seen, however, we’ll get full disclosure about the product cuts later this year. While nothing is certain, models like the Ford Taurus, C-Max, and even the Lincoln MKZ are all suspect with low sales numbers and falling interest. Of course, Ford is on a mission to cut out $14 billion in costs, and the SUV craze is going strong, so this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. There’s a lot more to it, though, so keep reading to find out more.

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2016 Ford C-Max Energi

2016 Ford C-Max Energi

It has become pretty clear that here in America, we like people to know when we do something good for the environment. It is arguably why the Toyota Prius has done so well, as it can’t be confused for a gas-only vehicle. Ford decided to take that to heart here in the U.S., by releasing the hybrid and plug-in C-Max. The model itself is available in Europe with gasoline- and diesel-only power plants, but not on this side of the drink.

The C-Max has actually be around since 2003 in Europe, but until it got a facelift in 2007, it was known as the Ford Focus C-Max. The name change came when ford decided it wanted to have a “Max” branded line of multi-purpose vehicles. We first saw the Plug-in energy back in 2011 and the North American International Auto Show, and it was finally launched for the 2013 model year as five-seater. Initially there was to be a seven-seater variant here in the U.S., but those plans were eventually canceled before the car’s official launch.

The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are practically the same in most aspects, but the Energi has a much larger battery pack than its hybrid brethren – allowing it to achieve electric-only operation and higher fuel economy numbers. Let’s take a deeper look at the 2016 Ford C-Max Energi.

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2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The reality of the market for hybrid cars in North America is that dedicated hybrid models tend to do significantly better than hybrids that share a body with a conventional version of the car. The idea of conspicuous conservation has been around for a long time, but in 2010 it was given the nickname “the Prius effect” in a paper by economists Sexton and Sexton. This is effectively saying that the Prius sells so well because it can’t be confused for a non-hybrid, and is therefore an effective way to communicate to those around you that you’re doing something good for the environment. This is why, when Ford wanted a hybrid to go up against the Prius, it wasn’t just a hybridized Focus, it was the dedicated hybrid C-Max.

The C-Max is actually a European model that is offered with gasoline and diesel options elsewhere in the world, but Ford wisely chose to keep it as a hybrid/plug-in model (the plug-in will get its own review, we’re focusing on the hybrid here) for North America. Since it is a primarily European car, the updates that just debuted for the car actually debuted about a year ago across the pond, so we already know them to be good.

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Ford Will Stop Building Focus And C-Max In Michigan Starting 2018

Ford Will Stop Building Focus And C-Max In Michigan Starting 2018

Ford has announced the end of Focus and C-Max production at the Michigan Assembly plant in 2018. The change coincides with a 2018 model-year redesign for both vehicles, suggesting that the next-gen Focus and C-Max will be built at another plant. Ford did not announce what vehicle might go into the plant to replace the Focus and C-Max.

With UAW talks scheduled to begin on July 23, it seems unlikely that Ford will shutter the factory and idle over 4,000 workers. The plant’s third shift has been cut, and some jobs have been trimmed, but the Michigan Assembly plant is also one of the few Ford plants that boasts excess capacity. Ford has also said that it has no plans to close the factory. Automotive News reports that this could be part of a plan to shift Fiesta production to Thailand and move all Focus production to Ford’s Cuautitlan, Mexico plant.

The 2015 Ford Focus is currently produced in nine plants worldwide, and sells over a million units annually worldwide. In North America, however, Focus and C-Max sales are down during the first half of 2015. Lower gas prices have been cutting into demand for small cars and hybrids, which is taking a bite out of sales.

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Ford Issues Safety Recall For Focus, C-Max And Escape

Ford Issues Safety Recall For Focus, C-Max And Escape

Ford Motor Company has just issued a recall of roughly 433,000 vehicles in North America, with affected vehicles including the 2015 Ford Focus, C-MAX and Escape. The recall concerns an issue with the listed vehicles’ “body control module,” wherein the engine could continue to run even after the ignition has been turned off and the key has been removed, or after pressing the engine’s start/stop button. 

Currently, Ford is not reporting any accidents or injuries associated with the issue. Customers can take their affected vehicles to a local dealer for a free software update to the faulty module.

The malfunction is non-compliant with FMVSS 114, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s standard regarding theft protection and rollaway prevention. 

Ford says that the recall encompasses 374,781 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 52,180 vehicles in Canada and 5,135 vehicles in Mexico.

The affected vehicles include certain 2015 Focus models built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between June 17th, 2014, and June 12th, 2015; certain 2015 C-MAX models built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between April 22nd, 2014, and June 12th, 2015; and certain 2015 Escape models built at the Louisville Assembly Plant between April 1st, 2014, and June 12th, 2015.

This latest recall is the second issued in less than a month for the Escape, with another recall issued only a few weeks ago over issues regarding faulty instrument clusters.

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Ford's Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

Ford’s Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford. The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series.

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

Click past the jump to read more about Ford’s upcoming vehicle lineup

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2013 Ford C-Max

2013 Ford C-Max

The C-Max is Ford’s first Hybrid-only model and comes in two mechanical configurations: Hybrid and ‘Energi’ Plug-in Hybrid. Bringing the heat to Toyota’s popular Prius and the Chevy Volt, the C-Max fills a solid gap in the marketplace among consumers who won’t settle for the other cars’ many limitations.

C-Max sales are ramping up steadily and the C-Max is on track to be Ford’s best-selling hybrid model of all time by the end of 2013, based on current year-to-date sales and projections. Granted, Ford has some major ground to make up versus the Prius lineups, which has topped 200,000 sales annually in recent years.

The first-to-market advantage of the Prius continues today with the model family taking 58 percent of the market share for hybrid-electric cars. Despite its utter dominance of the segment so far, there’s no reason that the Prius should set the template for all PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) or simpler full hybrids. As shown by the Tesla Model S, there really is a better way. Driving a hybrid shouldn’t have to mean total misery on the road. Would anyone choose a Prius if it didn’t get amazing mileage? No way.

Living somewhere between the Prius and Prius V models, the C-Max offers some real advantages versus its archrivals from Toyota.

Ford’s bringing its fun-to-drive C-Max to crash the dull Prius party. With more space and more family-friendly packaging than the Focus, but all of its enthusiasm for corners, the C-Max pair will continue to gain ground in the sales battle among eco-keen drivers.

Click past the jump for the full C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi review, detailed specs and jumbo image gallery.

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2014 Ford C-Max

2014 Ford C-Max

The second-generation Ford C-Max was unveiled in 2010 and Ford is already preparing the first revision for this compact minivan. With this revision, Ford is continuing its attempt installing its new "Aston Martin" looking face on all of its vehicles. The revised C-Max was been caught testing in cold conditions in Sweden.

The first spy shots reveal that the revised C-Max will receive the same treatment applied to all the other models in the lineup. Translated, this means we are going to see a new trapezoidal front grille, bracketed by laser-cut headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and a new power-dome hood. We expect to see some minor updates on the interior where Ford will add new technologies, including the new MyKey system offered in all the other models.

Under the hood, the lineup of engines will remain unchanged, but Ford will most likely add the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that delivers a total of 119 horsepower.

Expect the revised Ford C-max to arrive later this year, most likely in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Ford Shows off the 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine

Ford Shows off the 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine

So it is official, Ford has gone absolutely crazy with the EcoBoost trend, but it’s a good crazy, as the EcoBoost both lowers emissions and sharply increases fuel economy. The latest engine to spool its way into the EcoBoost lineup is the all-new 1.0-liter inline three-cylinder version. When most people think of a 1.0-liter three-banger, they tend to picture the early-1990s Metro with its concrete massaging 49 horsepower zipping it to 60 mph sometime in the next century, while driving downhill.

Fortunately, this isn’t your Metro’s three-cylinder engine. This boosted three-banger will pump out a respectable 98 horsepower on the base level and an even more impressive 125 horsepower on the top-level engine, the latter exceeding the current 1.6-liter’s output by 5 horsepower.

FEV, the leading developer for this engine, also claims that both versions of the engine will twist out 125 pound-feet of torque, which is 13 more pound-feet than the 1.6-liter engine and it saves 20 pounds worth of weight compared to the 1.6-liter.

The press release makes it a little unclear as to whether or not this new EcoBoost will be offered in the U.S., but given the fact that it mentions the 1.6-liter in a Focus, and it being offered in the C-Max and B-Max, we can assume that it will start off in the U.K., as the B-Max and C-Max are U.K. models, and the Focus only comes with the 1.6-liter in the U.K. . Granted, the C-Max is coming to the U.S., but as a hybrid model only.

With the power output of this engine, you can expect to see it making its way over here soon. The likely host for it would be the Ford Fiesta, as it is more accepted with a smaller engine. Focus buyers would generally not accept a 1.0-liter-powered model.

We will continue to keep an eye on this and let you know if Ford makes mention of it coming to the U.S. or not.

Click past the jump to read FEV’s full press release

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2012 Ford C-Max Hybrid Concept

2012 Ford C-Max Hybrid Concept

Following in the reveal of the Ford C-Max Energi Concept, Ford also introduced the C-Max Hybrid Concept at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

The C-Max Hybrid is expected to further strengthen the Blue Oval’s global C-car platform and is already being positioned by Ford as a vehicle that will post better numbers than another one of the US-based company’s hybrid vehicles, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, widely considered as the most fuel-efficient sedan in the US.

Both MPVs that will be made available in North America are going to be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan together with the new Ford Focus and the Focus Electric. Meanwhile, vehicles that are going to go on sale in Europe will be built at Ford’s production facility in Valencia, Spain.

The C-MAX Hybrid Concept is expected to be one of five electrified vehicles that Ford will bring to the North American market in the next two years. Apart from the two C-Max Concepts, Ford will also be releasing the Ford Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, the Focus Electric, which will be launched later this year, and another next-generation hybrid electric vehicle, which will be announced at a later date and will be available in North America and Europe beginning in 2012.

More details on the Ford C-Max Hybrid Concept after the jump.

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2012 Ford C-Max Energi Concept

2012 Ford C-Max Energi Concept

Ford is looking for an electrifying participation at the Detroit Auto Show and their jump-starting their attendance with the launch of two of its new C-Max variants: the C-Max Energi and the C-Max Hybrid.

The Ford C-Max Energi will be the first-ever production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to come out of Ford and will further strengthen the Blue Oval’s global C-car platform. The C-Max Energi five-passenger multi-activity vehicle will be positioned to post better numbers than another one of the US-based company’s hybrid vehicles, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, widely considered as the most fuel-efficient sedan in the US.

The C-Max Energi will be made available in North America and is expected to be built at the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan together with the new Ford Focus and the Focus Electric. Meanwhile, C-Max Energi models headed for Europe will be built at Ford’s production facility in Valencia, Spain.

Details on the 2011 Ford C0Max Energi after the jump.

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The Finalists For The European Car of the Year

In the glorious country that is the United States of America, we have an interesting and ineffective way of naming our favorite vehicles. It seems every magazine - and sometimes states - gets to name their favorite car of the year. While this can be great for the automaker’s advertising, it can confuse the public just a tad. What car is better here, the winner of Magazine A or Magazine B?

In Europe, things go a bit smoother. Seven different publications from seven different countries pick what they think is the best car of the year. It takes a few months, but in the end you get one winner, which was the Opel Insignia last year.

The finalists for this year came down to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Citroën C3/DS3, Renault/Dacia Duster, Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max, Nissan Leaf, Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, and Volvo S60/V60.

If those are the choices, we choose the Alfa. The Volvo puts up a strong case, but nothing compares to that Italian soul and passion. Despite our pick, we doubt the jurors will feel the same.

So which vehicle do you think deserves to be Car of the Year? Hit us up in the comments section below.

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2010 Ford C-MAX

2010 Ford C-MAX

Ford will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the next generation C-MAX, a model that is inspired by the iosis MAX concept car unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Sales will begin in the second half of 2010.

Departing from usual MAV thinking by using Ford’s ’kinetic design’ styling language to adopt a more dynamic passenger-car look, the new model features a coupé-like, sweeping roofline while still retaining the established Ford C-MAX hallmarks of comfort, space, and practicality.

The new C-MAX will be powered by an all-new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost direct injection petrol engine. It will be offered with semi-automatic parallel parking and a blind-spot detection system.

Press release after the jump.

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Ford C-MAX will get seven seats and possible home in the U.S.

Ford C-MAX will get seven seats and possible home in the U.S.

Ford is working on a redesigned version of the compact C-MAX. The current generation of this tall wagon has been on sale in Europe since 2003, and the new design will borrow cues from its big brother S-MAX and recently launched Kuga SUV. The C-MAX will sit on a totally new platform from the upcoming third-generation Focus. This association with the Focus also means that is likely to be one of the European designs that Ford will bring to the U.S. (either by import, or possibly build in North America.)

Under the hood Ford will place the same engines as in the current generation, with a range of 1.6 and 2.0-liter gas and diesel units, including a low-emission ECOnetic oil-burner. Ford’s new EcoBoost line-up is also a possibility. The engine will be mated to a standard six speed manual transmission or Ford’s new twin-clutch semi-automatic Powershift box available as an option. Sales should begin in Europe by 2010.

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New C-Max production begins

New C-Max production begins

Production of the new Ford C-MAX, featuring a new front end with ’kinetic design’ elements, started today at the Ford plant in Saarlouis.
Roland Henz, Lord Mayor of Saarlouis, and Plant Manager Jacques Pollenus drove the first vehicle from the production line. The new Ford C-MAX will be launched across Europe starting in May. Ford C-MAX production volume in 2007 is expected to be 129,000 units.
Bernhard Mattes, chairman of Ford-Werke GmbH said: “The Ford C-MAX with its many interesting (...)

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Ford Mondeo and C-MAX debut at Geneva Motor Show

Ford Mondeo and C-MAX debut at Geneva Motor Show

Ford of Europe is bringing new products to the 2007 Geneva Auto Show which target two important trends in Europe – the popularity of Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MAVs) and a growing taste for premium-styled vehicles.
Ford of Europe saw improved sales last year, partly due to its new S-MAX which was voted Car of the Year. This year the redesigned C-MAX further broadens Ford’s portfolio of MAVs, a segment that may outpace sedans in Europe by approximately 20 percent before the end of the decade. (...)

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Ford C-Max pricing announced

Ford C-Max pricing announced

Prices for the new Ford C-MAX have been revealed today. They start at £12,995 (RRP on the road) for the Studio 1.6-litre 100PS and rise to £19,045 for the 2.0TDCi 135PS top-of-the-range Titanium.
The latest Ford C-MAX features a redesigned front end which includes design elements from the Ford S-MAX, and blends these elegantly with the established C-MAX shape to create a more sporty and desirable vehicle. The most distinctive feature of the new front design is the new trapezoidal lower (...)

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2007 Ford C-Max

2007 Ford C-Max

Ford of Europe is launching two significant new models at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, which is open to the public between March 6 and 18, 2007. The dramatic, all-new Mondeo, Ford of Europe’s most technologically-advanced car ever and the redesigned C-MAX will take centre stage on the Ford stand.

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