The five-seat compact MPV and its larger sibling, the seven-seat Grand C-Max, will be built at the Valencia plant when they are launched this year and Ford plans to expand the range with green technology in the next three years.
“The Hybrid Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric derivatives of the all-new Ford C-MAX are great news for the Valencia plant and region, for Spain, and for Ford customers across Europe," said John Fleming, CEO of Ford of Europe.
John Fleming was speaking at a ceremony to mark the HEV and PHEV C-MAX announcement in the city of Valencia. He was joined by Spain’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Señor Miguel Sebastián Gascón, and by Señor Francisco Camps Ortiz, President of the Generalitat Velenciana, the Valencia regional administration.
The full hybrid version, known as the HEV C-Max, and the PHEV plug-in hybrid model will also benefit from over £36 million and grants from the Spanish government and Valencia regional administration.
Thanking the authorities, Fleming said: "Their support means that customers in Spain and around Europe will soon be driving the all-new C-MAX later in 2010, and from 2013 will be able to choose from Ford’s first hybrid models to be launched in this region of the world."
The new C-Max hybrid models will join the all-electric Transit Connect van and a battery-powered Ford Focus, set to be launched in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Another hybrid model will be introduced for the European market at a later date.
The next generation of combustion engine-powered C-Max and Grand C-Max will arrive in UK showrooms later this year.
New features include a range of low-CO2 EcoBoost petrol engines, twin sliding doors and a new seat design to create more storage space.
Ford expects to sell more than two million MPVs annually in 120 countries worldwide. In total Ford plans to release ten different models based on its new MPV platform.