Get your Race The Sun jokes ready now: Ford will show a solar-powered version of their C-Max plug-in at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. It's a C-Max you don't have to plug in at all and it should get around 100 MPGe.
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Chevy Volt owners are a fanatical, interesting bunch. Just watch the commercials. But one major gripe has always been that the car can only fit the driver and three passengers. So what is the Founder of GM-Volt.com supposed to do when his family grows? Get a Ford, of course.
Ford, to compete with hybrid and electric vehicles produced by Toyota, GM, and Nissan, said today its C-Max compact minivan will be a dedicated hybrid when U.S. sales begin next year. So Ford's bringing minivans back, and they're hybrids.
It has something in common with Gwyneth Paltrow—sliding doors—and it'll bring the European MPV aesthetic to American mothers of young children—the only Americans who will fit in the 7-seater's third row. Actually, it's a 5+2, but who's counting?
Ford's answer to the Chevy Volt isn't just an all-electric version of the Ford Focus. It's also two varieties of its upcoming C-Max hatchback — a regular hybrid and a plug-in hybrid that Ford says beats the Volt in efficiency.
Ford turns its Focus back to the minivan game with official plans to bring the C-MAX stateside in 2012. [Ford]
The first vehicle based on Ford's new global Focus platform, the new C-MAX will drop cloth later this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But, you say, why should we care? Well, because we're told it may wash ashore here.
A Saturday Wall Street Journal report claims Ford is working up plans to retool its North American assembly plants to build a number of European models. Ford hasn't confirmed the report, but it is expected to announce the shift during its second-quarter earnings conference on Thursday. While the paper mentions only…