Ford announced they would sell the fuel-efficient C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in China in 2016 at a company event in Shanghai Monday. The C-MAX was first sold in Europe in 2003. The current body style was sold in Europe in 2011 and the following year in North America with the introduction of the conventional hybrid and Energi. This year, Ford began sales of the Energi in the Netherlands by exporting the car from the U.S. Maybe InsideEVs will finally stop their monthly prediction of the dismiss of the Ford C-Max Energi (“It still would not surprise us to see the C-MAX Energi live only as long as it takes to introduce a Focus Energi”) despite stable sales with the drop in fuel prices (“The plug-in C-MAX Has turned into a very steady and predictable performer for Ford”). It appears as though Ford is committed to the C-MAX, even though many were predicting its dismiss in 2018 when Ford said it would move production to another plant.
Ford announced at the event it will invest 1.8 billion U.S. dollars over the next five years in China.