Breaking: C-MAX to be Hybrid-Only Model in U.S.
Ford reverses decision to bring three-row variant to the U.S. market.
June 9, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
According to reports just coming down the wire, Ford Motor Company has scrapped plans to sell the three-row C-MAX minivan on the U.S. market, making the C-MAX a hybrid and plug-in only model (with two rows of seats).
Ford will produce only the C-MAX models they officially revealed at this year's Detroit auto show, including the hybrid and plug-in PHEV variants. No standard gas-only variant will be sold, however. According to the report, Ford feels the C-MAX's image will be better served by being a hybrid-only model, similar to the Toyota Prius.
The news comes nearly a year after General Motors pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Orlando for the U.S. market, a similar vehicle to the three-row C-MAX.