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Ford European hybrid C-Max to be built in Spain

Bryce G. Hoffman / The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. announced its first hybrids for the European market today: traditional gasoline-electric and plug-in versions of its new Ford C-Max, which will launch in 2013.

Both vehicles will be built at the company's plant in Valencia, Spain, which will also produce gasoline and diesel versions of the new crossover.

Ford is investing almost $410 million in the factory, including $36 million to cover the costs of the hybrid programs. The Spanish government and regional administration are providing grant assistance

"The Hybrid Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric derivatives of the all-new Ford C-Max are great news for the Valencia plant and region, for Spain, and for Ford customers across Europe," said John Fleming, head of Ford of Europe, at a ceremony there Monday.

"Our Valencia Plant here in Spain will build these new C-Max five-seat hybrid models exclusively for European customers seeking a practical, efficient and affordable environmental vehicle."

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100510/AUTO01/5100383/1148/auto01/Ford-European-hybrid-C-Max-to-be-built-in-Spain#ixzz0nXEqW4aF

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Confirmed: Ford to build seven-seat C-Max in Spain for export to U.S.

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on May 10th 2010 at 6:30PM

When Ford announced its new seven-seat Grand C-Max last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, it also revealed that the new model would be coming to North America for the first time. In conjunction with the announcement today that Ford's plant in Valencia, Spain would produce hybrid versions of the five-seat C-Max, Ford also announced that the same plant would be exporting the seven-seater to America late next year.

The larger C-Max is based off of Ford's new c-segment platform shared with the Focus and is similar in size to the Mazda5. This marks Ford's return to the sliding door van market that was abandoned when the Freestar was discontinued in 2006. Ford hasn't said what powerplant will go into the C-Max for export, but we would bet on the same 2.0-liter direct injected four that will power the new Focus with an optional 2.0-liter Ecoboost. Now that General Motors has decided not to sell the Chevrolet Orlando in the U.S., Ford and Mazda are currently the only entrants in this small minivan segment, with vehicles like the conventionally doored Kia Rondo lurking on the fridges.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/10/confirmed-ford-to-build-7-seat-c-max-in-spain-for-export-to-u-s/

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I'm surprised they're going to import the Grand C-Max,

wonder if that's temporary and production will picked up by Louisville or MAP?

&

re: the EcoBoost

if it's going to be the 2.0, wonder if they'll use the high-MPG/low-HP euro version or something in between that and the Explorer/Edge's version which will be over 250hp?

Edited by 2b2

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Makes sense as the C-Max is an MPV version of the Focus, which will come in plug-in hybrid and EV forms.

Gives some competition to the Volt MPV, if GM ever makes that.

Edited by pow

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