Before 2015, the Ford C-MAX Energi was sold only in the U.S. and Canada. In February 2015, Ford starting selling the C-MAX Energi in the Netherlands. These are made in Michigan and slightly modified for the Dutch market. They are not produced with other European C-MAX vehicles in Germany. As far as I can tell, Ford doesn’t sell the C-MAX Energi in any other countries.
Ford has recently issued two recalls for some C-Max Hybrids and Energis. To check whether they apply to you, enter your VIN at the FordEtis website.
Restraints Control Module 14S21: “In the affected vehicles, the restraints control module may experience a short circuit. If a short circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g., airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control. In these cases, the corresponding warning indicator lamps would also illuminate.”
The Emission Recall 14E02: “In some of the affected vehicles, the On-board Diagnostic (OBD-II) system may be inhibited when Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P24BC is set by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM). When DTC P24BC is set, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) will not illuminate to alert the driver of a potential impact to vehicle emission control systems.”
As followers of C-MaxChat know, we’ve compared the Prius V with C-Max Hybrid and the Prius Plug-in with C-Max Energi. One blog compares the monthly sales of the four vehicles. There’s a new first. The C-Max Energi outsold the Prius Plug-in for the first time ever. The Energi was first sold in October 2013. It outsold the Prius Plug-in 1050 to just 818 in August. August sales for the Energi were up 69% from the same month last year and are up 64% year-to-date over the same eight months last year. The percent of C-Max vehicles sold that are the Energi model is also increasing, 29% versus just 14% for same eight months last year.
And here’s another statistic: Ford has sold more plug-in vehicles this year in North America than any other manufacturer except Nissan. Ford has sold more than GM and Tesla. It has also sold more than all other manufacturers combined. Mitsubishi has the hot selling Outlander PHEV, but it isn’t yet sold in North America.