So let me get this straight. The European version of the 2015 C-Max is getting a significant refresh, but the 2015 North American version is going to be (except for two new colors) exactly the same as before, despite sharply declining sales. And even with those sharply declining sales, it will still only be available as an expensive hybrid here, instead of having any of those delectable engine choices that the Euro's have, not to mention the availability of a manual transmission as well.
It sure would be nice if Ford would pay more attention to this vehicle here in N.A., instead of just mailing out checks to appease current owners. The marketing effort on the C-Max seems almost non-existent (a joke really). Local dealers consider it an orphan vehicle, with virtually none on the lot for a prospective buyer to consider. My local dealer has 3. They have 168 F-150's, 73 Fusions, and 54 Escapes. Not too hard to figure out where that dealer will be putting it's efforts. I have been down this road before with Ford Motor on a vehicle I purchased in 2005. The only difference was.. at that time they weren't mailing out checks to try to keep owners happy. They simply pulled the rug out from underneath the vehicle, ceased production, and then pretended that it never existed, with zero support for those of us who had purchased. (The lucky ones were those who had leased.) As enthusiastic as I am about the C-max, I have taken it off my list of vehicles I am considering for purchase. The situation just seems all too familiar to me.
You've obviously decided the current Ford C-MAX is not an option for you. Happy hunting!
Why are you still wasting your time posting misinformation here?
1. C-MAX has been produced in Germany since 2003, beginning as the Focus C-MAX, and the 2015 refresh is the third distinct generation for Europe. To my knowledge, there are no hybrids in production anywhere with a manual transmission.
2. North American C-MAX Hybrids are entering the third model year of what is typically a five-year-or-longer refresh cycle.
3. Dealerships stock what sells best, no mystery there. One in five new vehicles sold in Texas is a truck. Texas is the largest truck market in the US, and more large pickups were sold in Texas than the next three markets combined (California, Oklahoma, and Florida). Across the US, Ford sells well over 600,000 F-150's annually, MORE THAN ONE EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY, making F150 the best selling vehicle in United States for more than 30 years running. There are 10 distinct F-150 model designations plus 4WD and powertrain options. There are 8 distinct models of Fusion, including Hybrid and Energi variants. There are 3 models of Escape, plus FWD and AWD variants. There are 3 models of C-MAX: SE Hybrid, SEL Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid Energi SEL, with one shared powertrain, so a dealer only needs to stock 3 to offer the full range of C-MAX models. The internet makes it easy for dealers (and consumers) to quickly locate specific vehicles with the exact color and equipment group desired.
4, C-MAX Hybrid sales have been trending upward since January 2014, even without regional or national advertising, and are now about the same level as May 2013.
5. Dealership salespeople are paid to meet the public and to sell, not to study manuals and to teach. They are often ill-informed about the newest models and the latest technologies, unless they take personal time away-from-work to learn about "the latest thing". Simple word-of-mouth, and owner-enthusiast sites like this one have encouraged many people to come here, ask questions, find answers, test drive and eventually purchase or lease C-MAX Hybrids.
6. Ford has two internet liaisons, Rebecca, and Crystal, who are active in this forum to provide assistance to C-MAX owners having problems.
7. Ford is once again advertising the C-MAX regionally and nationally in television commercials. IMO that's a sign of confidence.
8. If Ford really wanted to 'pull the rug out' from under the C-MAX Hybrid, there not be any 2015 models produced. The same Wayne Michigan Ford plant already builds Focus, Focus Electric, and Fusion Hybrids, so Ford could switch production to other, better-selling models.
9. Your Ford Freestyle was introduced as a 2005 model and featured a CVT. It was renamed Taurus X after Alan Mulally became president in 2006, and was appalled that Ford marketing had abandoned 20 years of the familiar Taurus nameplate in favor of a series of 'F' names: Ford Five Hundred and Ford Freestyle. A 7-passenger replacement for the Ford Taurus Wagon, it competed directly against the Edge and the restyled Ford Explorer. It was renamed Taurus-X in 2007 for the 2008 model year and production continued, without the CVT, through February 11, 2009. There were 5 model years of production. That's hardly 'pulling out the rug'. http://en.wikipedia..../Ford_Taurus_X
10. It only takes one bad experience to convince people that a company is evil, their leaders are evil, their products are evil, and that none of those things can ever change. One bad dealer experience does not mean all dealers are bad. Companies change and dealerships change as leaders and cultures evolve, salespeople come and go, global economies rise and fall, and our personal priorities change. For my family, we purchase just one car per decade, so we choose to examine vehicles from many manufacturers and many models, non-hybrid as well as hybrid. Then we selected the best choice, meeting the most of our needs the best, and within our price range. Your mileage may vary.
Edited by kostby, 23 September 2014 - 02:10 AM.