According to InsideEVs.com, the only change for the 2014 C-Max Energi will be some new order codes. The website said the 2014 C-Max Energi will start production on July 8th at the Wayne Michigan Assembly plant. InsideEVs also speculated that the 2015 model year will have “bigger changes” (which isn’t hard if the 2014 year doesn’t have any). Quoting InsideEVs: “…as the platform has been around since 2011 and is due for a refresh…which is most likely the culprit behind the model’s feature freeze for 2014. (For 2015, think integrating the vehicles lithium battery that now resides in the trunk elsewhere in the car).” Earlier, Motor Trend speculated that the 2015 Ford C-Max, updated in North America in 2014, will have an Aston Martin-styled grill (see, Most Important Features for The Next Ford C-Max Update).
On Earth Day, I posted a blog on how “green” is the Ford C-Max. I overlooked a site that chose the Ford C-Max Energi. The Automotive Science Group created the Automotive Performance Index incorporating social, environmental and economic performance factors to measure the best vehicles in the marketplace. In the “compact” vehicle category, they rate the Ford C-Max Energi as giving the “Best Environmental Performance.” According to their website, “Best Environmental Performance is awarded to the vehicle that achieves the highest level of protection for the environment throughout its life-cycle, accounting for impacts associated with raw material acquisition, vehicle manufacturing, vehicle shipping distribution, vehicle operation with fuel inputs, to end-of-life vehicle disposal and recovery.”
Ford C-Max sales were down 4 percent in April from March 2013
Ford C-Max sales were down 4 percent month-to-month with 3,608 vehicles sold during April 2013. The break down between C-Max Hybrid and Energi sales wasn’t disclosed in the press release. Ford brand vehicle sales were up almost 18 percent from one year ago. To keep it in perspective, Prius V sales are down 25% year-to-date from 2012 with 3,372 Prius V models sold in April.