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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

No Prius Killer As much as we enthusiasts like to rail on the lowly Toyota Prius as the harbinger of death for all we hold dear, there's no denying the machine's absolute and interminable grip on the hybrid market in the United States. Toyota has so thoroughly sunk its teeth into the segment that you can clearly hear the automaker's incisors clacking against one another with the conclusion of each financial quarter. And there's little wonder why. Buyers can plop down less than $25,000 and have a runabout that can return up to an estimated 51 miles per gallon in the city, leaving every... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L I4 / 35 kW Li-ion
Power:
188 HP (total system)
Transmission:
e-CVT
Base Price:
$28,995
As-Tested Price:
$31,210
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    Ford dealt class-action lawsuit over C-Max, Fusion hybrid mileage claims
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    Ford may be clearly stating that it is not discussing any particular models with the Environmental Protection Agency as an official investigation continues, but that isn't stopping the people from filing a federal class action lawsuit against the automaker over mileage claims for the C-Max and Fusion Hybrid vehicles. In August, Ford said the C-Max Hybrid ...

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    Ford C-Max breaks hybrid launch sales record
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    For October and November, the all-new Ford C-Max sold 8,030 units, making it the highest-selling hybrid vehicle ever in the first two months. The sales significantly surpassed the 7,300 Camry Hybrids that Toyota sold in that car's first two months on the market, back in May and June of 2006. Ford also calculates that C-Max sales are moving three times ...

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    Ford, EPA now discussing low MPG numbers for C-Max, Fusion hybrids *UPDATE
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    It looks like Ford has some 'splainin' to do to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after two of its new hybrids came up short of the company's fuel-economy claims in an independent Consumer Reports test, Bloomberg News reports. Ford's Fusion and C-Max Hybrids came up about 20 percent short of the official EPA 47-mile-per-gallon figured the US ...

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    Official: 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year finalists announced [w/poll]
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    2012 is almost in the books and automakers are spending December gearing up for the 2013 auto show season, which tips off next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Traditionally, the latter opens up with the announcement of the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards, and this year figures to be no different. But up until this moment, we ...

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    Ford C-Max Energi gains access to New York HOV lanes
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    When car owners brag about buying a plug-in electric vehicle, it's not unusual to hear them mention high occupancy vehicle (HOV) carpool lane stickers as one of the key perks. Thus, it wasn't surprising to see Ford issue a press release saying New York car buyers can now get carpool lane stickers for the all-new Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid electric ...

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    The Electrification of Detroit: A look Ford C-Max Energi, GM's EV efforts
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    It was lucky for me that GM's recent media forum on its electrification efforts was in San Francisco, since I would already be there for the press launch for the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. And GM promised a session with its new global product guru, Mary Barra, and a brief drive of a prototype 2014 Chevy Spark EV. Ford C-Max Energi The C-Max is ...

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    Video: Consumer Reports calls out Ford for false Fusion, C-Max hybrid fuel economy claims
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    Consumer Reports is calling out Ford, saying the new C-Max and Fusion hybrids don't get anywhere near the 47 miles per gallon the automaker claims. Several automakers have faced backlash after consumers discovered their cars don't quite hit the lofty fuel economy figures promised by the companies, and Ford may be the newest casualty of all this pesky ...

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    GE buys 2,000 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids
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    Who says being first to the party is all that and a bag of chips? Ford has announced a new deal where GE will buy 2,000 C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrids, which is cool, but it's not the only batch of plug-ins that GE is interested in. The company previously made deals with both Nissan and GM. GE has said it will move half of its global fleet to alternative ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi
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    Adding EV Capacity To Ford's Ultra-Flexible C-Max The world of the gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle is evolving at a far more rapid pace today than it has at any other point in its 12 or so years of existence. The emergence of newer, more compact and more powerful batteries, with quickly rising expectations for fuel economy on the part of the American ...

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    Motor Trend pits the Toyota Prius V against the Ford C-Max, has fun
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    The Toyota Prius has pretty much ruled the hybrid roost since popularizing the super-efficient market segment over the last decade, but that doesn't mean other automakers aren't trying to catch up. Ford, in particular, has been dabbling with gas/electric drivetrains for some time – think Ford Fusion and Escape hybrids – and now has its own ...

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    Ford EV+ feature "learns" to increase your energy efficiency
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    Mercedes-Benz may have branded the Smart Car, but Ford is trying hard to lay its own claim to that title. The US automaker is announcing an energy-efficiency feature for its plug-in vehicles where the vehicle's GPS system helps it "learn" common routes, and ways to save fuel. Called EV+, Ford's new feature combines the GPS data with certain algorithms ...

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    Over 6,000 plug-in sales lead October alt-fuel sales rise
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    We'd say that the U.S. plug-in vehicle market's starting to fire on all cylinders, but then again, cylinders pretty much defeat the purpose, don't they? Monthly-record sales of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in and the second-best month ever for the Nissan Leaf all-electric helped spur October alt-fuel vehicle sales to a 76 percent jump over 2011 ...

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    Ford C-Max Hybrid requires disciplined driving to hit 47 mpg
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    Ford, and other automakers selling hybrid electric vehicles, may need to place a warning label near the city/highway miles per gallon label on the car's window sticker: "WARNING: Your average fuel economy will be determined by your driving conditions, including speed traveled on highways and how you apply your braking." Right now, what consumers see is ...

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    Ford brings in Lincoln marketing manager to promote electrification
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    Ford is getting more serious about meeting its hybrid and electric vehicle sales targets with the transition of C.J. O'Donnell, former Lincoln group marketing manager. O'Donnell played a leading role in reinventing the Lincoln division following the demise of the Mercury brand in early 2011, and rolling out the redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan that ...

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    2013 Green Car of the Year finalists announced [w/poll]
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, your finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year: the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-Max and Fusion, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota Prius C. The list runs the gamut of fuel-efficient powertrains, from hybrids and plug-ins to high-mileage gas burners. The Fords, for example, make the list in part because they come in both hybrids and plug-in hybrid ...

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    Ford C-Max Energi PHEV can ride solo in California carpool lane
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    Interested in the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid? Ford would like you to do some math. THe PHEV starts at $33,745, and the Feds will subtract a tax credit worth up to $3,750. Then, if you live in California, where the Energi now qualifies for the green carpool lane sticker, the state will offer you another $1,500 rebate. That brings the total lowest price ...

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    Official: Ford announces plan to close Belgian plant, restructure European manufacturing
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    The latest development in this ongoing saga that is the European economic crunch is word that Ford will shutter production of its Genk Assembly Plant in Belgium, eliminating some 4,300 positions. Ford could potentially reduce costs by $300 to $500 million annually as a resulting of closing the production facility. The Genk plant currently produces the ...

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    Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid rated at 100 MPGe, combined
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    Well, this certainly isn't going to end the way Ford continues to compare its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid to its competition from the Toyota Prius family. Beating earlier expectations that it would be rated at 95 MPGe (but meeting even earlier expectations), Ford has announced that the Energi has been rated at 100 MPGe combined (that's 108 city, 92 on the ...

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    September alt-fuel sales continue rapid clip, plug-ins sell 5,000+ for first time ever
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    For the second straight month – and the third out of the last four – U.S. alt-fuel sales in September doubled year-earlier totals as consumers gravitated towards advanced-powertrain vehicles. Monthly plug-in vehicle sales eclipsed the 5,000 mark for the first time ever because of record sales for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in and ...

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    Ford C-Max Hybrid is Blue Oval's best-selling hybrid in first month of sales [w/video]
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    The bad news for Ford is that its C-Max Hybrid wagon was solidly beaten by sales of the Toyota Prius V last month. The good news is the C-Max outsold all of Ford's other hybrids in its very first month, hinting that things could get real interesting between the C-Max and V in the future. Ford has been heavily touting the C-Max Hybrid as an alternative to ...

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