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#101 ONLINE   MaxHeadroom

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 07:17 PM

Will there be a going-away party at the Wayne plant for the last C-Max produced there?

It'd be cool to buy the last C-Max.   Most people would yawn at that, but not C-Max fans.


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Posted 21 February 2018 - 10:20 PM

Well, that's a great idea.  In the "early days" there was supposed to be a National Gathering but it fizzled.  The Enterprise did return "home" once so don't know about going again but there is a lot to see around the Detroit area.

 

Now I guess the Last C-Max should be Titanium trim but what color?  We still like our White Platinum but think I'll vote for White Gold (seems it should be one of the new colors).  What does everyone think?

 

As to getting it, perhaps it should be auctioned!  But on second thought, I think Ford should keep it at the Henry Ford Museum!  The C-Max really does deserve a spot with all those other awesome historic Fords.


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Posted Yesterday, 04:19 PM

SnowStorm, good points about it should be a Titanium.  What if Ford pulled out all the stops and put every available option on it?  

I checked every possible box on TrueCar.com just now for fun and MSRP = $33,200 (market actually $29,500).

The only expensive $600 paint option is the White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, so I'm picking that color !!!

Titanium Driver Assist Package, Active Park Assist w/Forward Sensing System, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), cross-traffic alert, Power Liftgate, hands-free liftgate, 

Panoramic Glass Roof, Voice Activated Touch Screen Display

With all those options, it should wear a Lincoln badge.

 

My 2015 C-Max is bottom of the line, cheapest possible (sad, yes).

 

I'm not sure how the employees at Wayne feel about the C-Max, and sister Focus, all made there.  The C-Max has been selling so poorly.  (The Fusion in Mexico has been selling so well there must be some jealousy.)  The Focus sells OK, but with bad transmission reputation there its taken some sales hits.



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Posted Yesterday, 05:29 PM

I keep asking Ford salescritters why they don't advertise the Cmax, they tell me "It doesn't sell".  I ask them "If the F-150 sells itself, why do you advertise it?"

 

I never get a good answer.


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Posted Yesterday, 06:58 PM

I keep asking Ford salescritters why they don't advertise the Cmax, they tell me "It doesn't sell".  I ask them "If the F-150 sells itself, why do you advertise it?" I never get a good answer.

I think it's because pickup trucks and SUVs are immensely profitable per unit, and the C-Max isn't.

Therefore, they put their advertising budgets into where the profits are, and leave the rest of the models of vehicles like the C-Max to fend for themselves.



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Posted Yesterday, 07:25 PM

Ford is ending C-Max production, and will never end production of trucks, and target their advertising to the high-profit truck lines.

https://blogs.wsj.co...ut-the-trucks/ explains a lot.

What if Ford ended production of all vehicles in the lower half of the profitability range? --- Then they would lose overall market share in the global market, and they want to hedge their bets for the future. 

 

So they keep trying to come up with new, different, more exciting Hybrids and Electrics that will at least sell a lot at first, and might catch on like Teslas have if they resonate with consumers more than our C-Max did.

 

After the C-Max is gone, Ranger pickup trucks (no surprise) will be made on the same concrete floor at Wayne.

 

I think thats a good evaluation of why the C-Max is dead and not advertised much.  I'm not a Business-Brainiac like the marketing whiz-kids at Ford, just a lowly engineer here, so if I'm wrong someone can let me know.



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Posted Today, 08:16 AM

The reason Hybrids and Electrics where sold at all was they raise the overall average FE of the whole FORD fleet to meet EPA FE requirements. :headscratch:

 

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Posted Today, 04:11 PM

Perspective:

After years of success in Europe with gas and diesel power, C-MAX Hybrids were launched in the US, apparently with great hopes to dominate just one target demographic: Prius owners.

 

C-MAX Hybrids offered far more power, more interior comfort, traditional dashboard styling, and more cargo room than the non-wagon Prii variants, AND 47/47/47 EPA numbers to boot!  Then multiple recalls, multiple EPA rating downgrades, and an early hit piece by Consumer Retorts killed much of the initial sales buzz.

 

To their credit, Ford was responsive to consumers in this forum and Ford employees acted as liaisons here to help consumers solve issues.

And Ford DID eventually track down and remedy the 12-v battery drain affecting selected early SE models, and the other significant issues experienced by early adopters.

 

Ford marketing apparently never invested time to talk with C-MAX buyers in order to better understand who WAS BUYING the C-MAX, and WHY.

Because Ford is primarily a truck company.

Ford sells more $47,000 F-150's in an average sales quarter (>150,000) than they will ever sell $30,000 C-MAX's over their entire production history (<150,000).

 

We still love our soon-to-be orphan C-MAX Hybrid SE.

Given our history of keeping cars 15 years or longer, we'll probably own it until we die, or it does!


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Posted Today, 08:00 PM

We should remember too, I guess, that this modern generation of electrified vehicles is still quite new and changing.  Therefore, a given model can't be expected to last all that long - especially one that wasn't designed to contain batteries (which should be under the floor).  So.... can't wait to see what the next models will be like.  When will we hear more about the Model E?



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Posted Today, 10:02 PM

The fact that the C-Max lasted 6 model years is actually pretty good.   Sure it boosted EPA CAFE fleet averages for Ford, and they made it profitable enough given it shared so many parts with the Focus (platform; made at the same plant and in Europe too) and the powertrain was shared with the Fusion Hybrid for sufficient volume scale.

They made it work in this market.

 

Now with all this experience with the C-Max's powertain, I wish they would scale it all up and put it in a clever configuration in a pickup truck, maybe with the new Ranger (smaller than an F150) first.   Then add RAV4-like rear AWD electric motors and a standard C-Max Energi (but scaled up engine&motors) setup up front. ...  Or put it all in the city delivery vans (Transit Connect).    Just dreaming. 



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Posted Today, 11:29 PM

And while dreaming - add a mode where, while parked, the inverter provides 120/240 vac 60 Hz for camping or job-site power!  Oh yes, and another selection for 208/120 vac 3 phase!



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Posted Today, 11:38 PM

I totally missed this Automotive News report which lists out all the C-Max replacements:

Electrified future
Ford plans to introduce 13 electrified models by 2021, 7 of which it has identified. 
• Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, 2018*
• Ford Escape plug-in hybrid, 2019
• Lincoln MKC plug-in hybrid, 2019
• Ford Expedition hybrid, 2019
• Lincoln Navigator hybrid, 2019
• Transit Custom plug-in hybrid, 
 2019* (Europe)
• Electric small SUV with 300-mile range (expected to be called
 Model E), 2020*
• Ford Mustang Hybrid, 2020*
• Ford F-150 Hybrid, 2020*
• Autonomous hybrid for commercial mobility services, 2021*
• Another hybrid police vehicle, timing unknown*
• 2 more electrified vehicles, timing unknown
*Announced by Ford







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