U.S. Ford C-Max Sales vs. Toyota Prius V & Plug-in Sales

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.

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Ford C-MAX Energi Selling Faster Than Toyota Prius Plug-In

C-Max Energi Alpine Loop

Ford C-Max Energi on Alpine Loop Rd

Since the Ford C-MAX Energi was first introduced in the U.S. in October 2012, Toyota sold more of its Prius Plug-in, the Energi’s closest competition, every month through July 2014.  Since August 2014, there’s been a dramatic collapse in Plug-in sales.  Since August 2014, 32% more C-MAX Energi vehicles were sold than the Toyota Prius Plug-in.  More C-MAX Energi vehicles were sold in every one of these months except two.  It only fell behind in those two months by 8 and 12 vehicles.  During the last year, gasoline prices dropped and sales of energy-efficient vehicles struggled.  During the 12 months ending June 2015, Ford C-MAX Energi sales dropped just 6% from the same period ending June 2014.   C-MAX Energi sales have been fairly stable.  Prius Plug-in sales dropped an astounding 60% over the same period.  Ford has sold more C-MAX Energi than Prius Plug-in vehicles nine months during the last year (July 2014 through June 2015).  Over that period, 17% more Energi vehicles were sold than the Prius Plug-in.

For a complete sales record since the C-MAX Hybrid and Energi were introduced, refer to U.S. Ford C-MAX Sales vs. Toyota Prius V & Plug-in Sales.

Ford Sued over Use of Hybrid Technology

 

Ford C-Max Energi near Courthouse Towers

Ford C-Max Energi near Courthouse Towersin Arches National Park.

Paice LLC filed a lawsuit yesterday, February 19, 2014, claiming the C-Max and other Ford Hybrids infringe its patents on electric and internal combustion engine optimization to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions without a loss of performance.  Ford licensed one patent in a 2010 agreement.  The companies agreed not to litigate over other patents until January 1, 2014 to give time for a settlement.  Apparently, the companies couldn’t agree on a settlement.  Ford, seeking to preempt the lawsuit, filed a complaint in December in the Delaware Chancery Court seeking a court ruling that Paice couldn’t file a complaint under the terms of their 2010 agreement.  Paice has also sued Hyundai and Kia over the same patents.

A July 19, 2010, article in TechCrunch said, “Paice calls itself a ‘startup technology development’ firm. Because it doesn’t manufacture the technology it tests, patents and promotes, many have accused Paice of being ‘patent trolls.'”

An interesting article was published October 5, 2009 by HybridCars explaining the Toyota and Paice hybrid patent claims.  The lawsuit filed by Paice against Ford may have some aspects in common.

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