Did Ford Hybrid Sales Drop Dramatically in January 2013?

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Sales of the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi may have fallen off significantly in January 2013.

It looks likely but I may be reading too much into tonight’s press release.  Ford issued a press release tonight, “Ford Achieves All-Time High Hybrid Share and Toyota Slides, as Fusion Hybrid Closes in on Another Sales Record.”  Ford notes that market share for Ford hybrids increased 9 percentage points in December 2012 from December 2011 while Toyota’s dropped 8 points.  Fine.  This is old news.  They also projected 5,500 hybrid units sold in January with the bullet point, “Ford Fusion Hybrid achieved all-time monthly sales record in December 2012 with 3,244 sales; Ford hybrids expected to deliver best January hybrid sales month ever with a projected 5,500 units sold.”  Now, let’s look at the numbers.  Ford sold 4,310 C-Max Vehicles (Hybrid and Energi) in December, down from 4,848 in November.  They sold 3,244 Fusion Hybrids in December up from 1,834 in November.  They sold 7,957 hybrids total in December 2012 including 2012 Escape and Lincoln MKZ models.  Am I reading too much into this statement?  Maybe they meant a projected 5,500 Fusion units sold.  That would be fantastic but probably too large to be correct.  If they mean they will only sell 5,500 hybrids in January, it would be an awful month for hybrids after the fast start at the end of 2012.  5,500 would be many more than in January 2012 but that isn’t a big deal.  They didn’t have the C-Max in January 2012.  They didn’t have the new Fusion Hybrid in January 2012.

Ford said the turnover rate for the Fusion Hybrid is just 10 days on average, the shortest time for a vehicle to sit on the dealer’s lot of the entire Ford lineup.  Ford also said 70 percent of new Fusion Hybrid owners were new to the Ford brand.  The press release hardly mention the Ford C-Max.

I’m not sure if we’ll know on Friday February 1st or Monday February 4th whether there is grim news for Ford hybrid sales in January.  The press release quoted above said February 4th.  There is another press release which states that the sales results will be released on Friday.

 

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Kiplinger: Ford C-Max Hybrid “A Best Value” and Energi “Most Fuel-Efficient Wagon”

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Kiplinger praised the Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi recently.  The Ford C-Max Hybrid won in the ten best values for new 2013 car models.  The hybrid won out of 1,693  2013 models based on performance, value, safety and Kiplinger’s driving impressions (Ford C-Max Hybrid is slide 9).  Kiplinger chose the Ford C-Max Energi as the most fuel-efficient wagon in the Kiplinger list of the 15 most fuel-efficient cars for 2013 (Ford C-Max Energi is slide 10).

 

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What Floor Mats Are Available for the Ford C-Max?

Weather Tech DigitalFit Mat Set

Weather Tech DigitalFit Mat Set for Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer:  WeatherTech makes the FloorLiner DigitalFit Mat for the C-Max Hybrid and Energi.  It’s available in black, tan or gray for $99.95 for the first row only and $179.90 for the complete set including the second row.  WeatherTech also makes an all-weather mat set in black, tan or gray for the C-Max.  It’s available for $54.95 for the first row only and $99.95 for the complete set.  The Ford mats can be ordered from FordParts.com or your dealer.  There is a charcoal and a medium light stone mat set that costs $88.93 for a set.  There is also an all weather black set for $95.  The Ford all-weather mats can be found on eBay for less than $95 including shipping.

Besides the mats fitted for the C-Max above, there are far less expensive options available from many retailers.  Jeffrey Eggenberger, a C-Max Energi owner, likes the mat he bought at Sam’s Club.

 

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