Ford, which earlier this year showcased five full electric or hybrid vehicles across its C, CD and light commercial vehicle ranges coming to European drivers by 2013, has now announced it will use its Valencia plant in Spain to build its first hybrid models for European customers “with two advanced technology derivatives of the all-new five-seat Ford C-MAX compact multi-activity model to be launched in 2013 – a full Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), and a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).”
Ford said a good amount of money is being put behind the C-MAX platform as a whole, around $410 million, of which around $36 million is going towards the development of the two hybrid models. Part of that cash infusion will likely come from the Spanish government and Valencia regional administration, with their specific contributions to be determined later.
“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. These new advanced technology models are key to Ford’s commitment to delivering a portfolio of alternative powertrain vehicles globally and to European customers in the next few years,” said John Fleming, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe and executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs, in a statement.
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