wondering if the current China-bound C-maxes could be un-extended dumping......C-Max wagon was not really a replacement for the Escape Hybrid CUV, but to compete with the new larger Prius V wagon in its same class. C-Max actually does well in the rest of the world as a petrol/diesel vehicle, along with the Energi model being imported to China and sold to fleet buyers(it's that number of 'OTHER' under imports on the Ford Export sales sheet...
...when does their mileage^minimum go into effect?? @Bloggin
Lately, I've gotten the feeling that along with B-Max (trademark rumor), C-Max the Nomenclature might not be leaving along with the euro-hand-me-down MPV that bore it....This is why I say there will be a new lighter(sharing much of the new Focus platform) more aerodynamic, more fuel efficient C-Max Hybrid, Energi and Full EV model(similar to what Hyundai is doing) coming with its code name being Model E internally. I doubt that Ford would actually try and market an electric vehicle with the name Model E when the #1 selling EV Global brand has Model S, Model 3, Model X and upcoming Model Y. That would really be in bad taste on Ford's part.
The Focus EV is another interesting one. With Ford finally going in house with its battery packs and drivetrain, a Focus EV can now be sold in volume levels. And just like the Fusion/Mondeo, I believe that Ford will do the ICE, Hybrid, PHEV, and EV or ICE, PHEV, EV for C-Max(the small electric cuv with 300 miles of range) and Focus, with PHEV coming for Escape/MKC, Edge/MKX, Explorer/Aviator, Expedition/Navigator. I think going forward, just hybrid itself won't do...it has to have a plug and 31 EV miles of range that China requires.
raises (for me) the question of the Model-E being labelled E-Max other than in adverts
thus a D-Max would not be out of the question either, imho.
My guess is that they will all be ultra-aero Cuvs, to:
• get away from sedan backlash
• offer better packaging-volume
• prevent Cuv-penalty eMpg-loss
imho, IF the spacepod-Look of the 80-90's resurfaces (LUCID et al.), only the first Mfg to make that impression will 'get-away' with it & for only 1-&-a-half generations
(unless the mobility supporters take our vehicles away from the former middle class,
as my paranoia insists is the 1%ers fiendish plan)
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back in post-2006 (mortgage-time) I decided Fomoco cornered the market onYes but could you imagine the ego on Ford brass if they had committed to Ranger, Explorer and Full sized Utilities like they did with F150 and Super Duty. Man, there would be no living with them because they would be making a fortune more than now with even less regard for the future.
At least this way, the brass know just how vulnerable the company is....Previously I thought Ford had an uncanny ability to see the future but they obviously quit...
• Karma (the good kind)
• Genius &or
maybe it was Luck?!?
so (AFAIK) Mark Fields served his ^function^...Obviously Fields was not part of that plan...
...they are sitting on a mountain of cash in preparation to make it all happen...
...innovation like Hybrids, EcoBoost, Sync/MyFord pre< [Mulally Era iirc] >post Aluminum trucks......an era of leadership...
...(not sure about the timing of) a laundry list of niceties from the kick lift gate, capless fuel filler doors, adaptive cruise, automated parking features, and much much more...
I'll freely admit to favoring a wait-&-see approach last November -- still not convinced it's completely wrong...Now we are left with a Ford that has suddenly stopped dead in its tracks in every possible way...
"The EcoSport reminds me of" the C-Max = euro-Ugly ...face-lift did help a Little...one of the reasons I find the EcoSport so annoying, a severely compromised and uncompetitive product despite the fact that they are LAST in market...