The recently released Ford C-MAX Energi is the fifth major advanced technology, fuel-efficient vehicle to be produced at the company's recently transformed Michigan Assembly Plant.
But the thing that makes history is that the Ford plant is "the world's only plant to build gasoline-powered, electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles all on the same production line."
Focus Electric Almost Ready To Deliver (click to enlarge)
Ford also notes it is the only line to produce four vehicles delivering 40 mpg or more as well.
As with almost every media release from Ford on their new lineup of plug-ins, they take the time to both tout their product, and give Toyota a little twist as well:
"The C-Max Energi is America's most fuel-efficient and affordable plug-in hybrid vehicle, delivering 108 MPGe city and "real car" horsepower of 195, eclipsing the Prius plug-in by more than 60 horsepower.
After launching the new Escape, Fusion and C-MAX hybrids, Ford now beats Toyota in fuel economy in every segment where both compete."
The Michigan plant formerly built two large (and not very efficient SUVS), and certainly times have changed. Listing of current products at the plant can be found below (complete with Ford PR write-ups):
- C-MAX Energi – America's most fuel-efficient and affordable plug-in hybrid vehicle – is on its way to Ford EV-certified dealers in half the states across the country. As Ford's first production plug-in hybrid, C-MAX Energi provides customers with an all-new electrified vehicle offering that delivers a class-leading 108 MPGe cityEPA rating, "real car" horsepower of 195 (versus Prius plug-in's 134 horsepower) and a leading EV-only speed of 85 mph, 20 mph above the Prius plug-in.
- C-MAX Hybrid – The country's most fuel-efficient and affordable hybrid utility vehicle is now the best-selling hybrid utility vehicle after outselling Toyota Prius v, 3,182 units to 2,769 units, in just its first full month of sales in October. C-MAX Hybrid deliversEPA-certified 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway ratings – 7 mpg better than the Toyota Prius v on the highway – for a 47 mpg combined rating – plus more performance and technology.
- Focus Electric – Officially America's most fuel-efficient five-passenger car, with a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway.Focus Electric, a zero-emission battery electric vehicle, also has been certified by theEPA to offer 105 MPGe combined, beating Nissan Leaf by 6 MPGe while offering more motor power and more standard features.
- The Focus ST – Its new 2.0-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine is certified at 32 mpg highway – better than its manual-equipped competition in the Volkswagen GTI and MazdaSpeed3.
- Focus with the SFE (Super Fuel Economy) package– This sleek small car delivers anEPA-certified 40 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg city through its advanced six-speed automatic transmission.
Ford Delivered The First 144 C-Max Energis To Customer Last Month
If you care to learn more about what goes into building these products at the Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) at Ford Media here.