This blog compares Ford C-Max sales with it’s closest competition, Toyota Prius V and Plug-in. Ford compares the C-Max Hybrid and Energi most often with the Toyota Prius V and Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
The Toyota vehicles are the most similar drivetrain, technology, and passenger/cargo-type vehicles available to compare with the C-Max Hybrid and Energi. The data was obtained from Autoblog. The Ford C-Max Hybrid started shipping in late September and the C-Max Energi first shipped in late October 2012.
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.
Plug-in vehicles are rather rare throughout the world. InsideEVs tracks U.S. sales and a blog tracks worldwide sales. It’s interesting that in the U.S., Ford often is often only second to Tesla for plug-in vehicle sales. The pie chart below shows the sales for the year-to-date U.S. through September 2015.
With a worldwide perspective, Ford doesn’t sell many plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. Ford has dropped from 5th place to 8th place for worldwide plug-in vehicle sales this year over last. BYD and Mitsubishi are selling significant numbers of plug-in vehicles outside the U.S. where they are both virtually unknown in the U.S. After discovering that Mitsubishi may finally ship their popular Outlander PHEV in the U.S. in 2016, I recently visited a Mitsubishi dealer in southern California. The salesman and sales manager said they didn’t even know Mitsubishi had a plug-in Outlander let alone that it might be available in the U.S. next year, and this is in California, the EV capitol of the U.S.