Ford C-Max hybrid set for UK launch

Ford currently sells the hybrid versions of its Fusion and Escape models in the US, but only sells petrol and diesel models in the UK.

This will change with the introduction of a hybrid version of the popular Ford C-Max and a plug-in hybrid to follow, which will allow the car to be driven all electric mode for short periods.

The decision to launch the hybrid C-Max in Europe is down to the success of the standard vehicle. Ford has revealed more than 100,000 C-Max models have been sold in Europe – twice the rate of the previous generation model.

"European customers are snapping up our C-MAX five-passenger models, telling us they love the vehicle’s sporty appearance, driving quality, interior comfort and clever use of space," Farley said Jim Farley, Ford’s group vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service.

Explaining the decision to increase production of electric and hybrid vehicles to around 100,000 per year, Farley added: "Customers have come to expect fuel efficiency with every new vehicle Ford delivers today, and now we are further differentiating our electrified vehicle lineup with something else people truly value – choice."

Ford currently builds 35,000 electrified vehicles each year, but plans to launch a Ford Transit Connect Electric and an all-electric Ford Focus will expand the range further.

Alongside the C-Max plug-in hybrid and C-Max hybrid, Ford will have a large range of alternatively fuelled vehicles. It has also confirmed plans for a ‘next generation hybrid’ vehicle will be launched next year.

All vehicles and powertrains will be built in the US, where capacity will increase threefold in the next few years to meet demand for Ford’s electric vehicles.