Ford struggles to keep up with C-Max demand

Ford says more than 100,000 of the five-seat and seven-seat MPVs have been sold since their launch last year across the world, while over 8,000 have been sold in the UK alone this year.

This has left Ford with the prospect of running out of stock and the car maker has now increased the speed of production in its Spanish facility to meet the UK demand.

“We expected a strong customer demand for the Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX, but demand has exceeded our expectations,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. “Sales of the all-new Ford C-MAX will contribute to our expectation that around 40 per cent of all the new vehicles we sell in Europe this year will be totally new or significantly freshened models.”

The popularity of the Ford C-Max comes from the fact it is based on the class-leading Ford Focus. This means it delivers car-like drive and handling with all the practicality of a people carrier.

Although the car is available in two specification levels, Ford has revealed the most popular models in the UK are fitted with the high-spec Titanium trim level.

This, matched to the most popular drivetrain – the 1.6 TDCi 115PS engine – make up the majority of Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max sales. However, other engine options, such as the 1.6 petrol engine offering three different outputs, are also available to UK buyers.

Ford also plans to introduce a hybrid version of the Ford C-Max in future, bringing CO2 emissions down and offering better fuel economy than any Ford MPV has ever delivered in the UK.

Priced from £18,500 on the road for entry-level models, the Ford C-Max and larger Grand C-Max are available to buy now.