Europe: Ford increase production to meet demand, C-MAX image

Ford’s all-new Ford C-MAX is surpassing sales expectations recording more than 100,000 sales and orders since its launch late last year. To meet the new demand, Ford of Europe on Thursday announced that has increase the line speed at its plant in Valencia, Spain.

The result has been an almost 18 per cent increase in daily C-MAX production at the plant.

“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.”

C-MAX seats 7 passengers and has two minivan-style sliding rear-side doors. In U.S. standard is a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder borrowed from the Mazda 5. Unique to the Ford is an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower when using regular-grade gas and 180 horsepower on premium.

In Europe Ford sells the C-MAX with range of petrol and diesel four-cylinder engines which are shared with Focus.
1.6 L Duratec Ti-VCT is available in two spec, 105 hp and 125 hp
1.6 L EcoBoost comes with 150 hp or 182 hp variant, same as in Focus
1.6/2.0 L Duratorq Ford/PSA made diesels are upgraded, Ford’s 1.8 L Endura engine is not availabe any more