Ford’s first hybrid models for European customers will be built in Valencia Spain. Valencia was the logical choice.
Valencia had been picked in 2009 as the European single source for all versions of the “compact multi-activity model” Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX . Powered by EcoBoost gasoline and Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, they will launch later this year. A gasoline-powered seven-seat version of the C-MAX model for North America will go into production in Valencia in late 2011.
Next in line will be two hybrid derivatives of the C-MAX to be launched in 2013: a full Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), and a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).
Investment in the cars doesn’t come cheap, and the Spanish government will chip in. ”The Spanish government and Valencia regional administration are providing the highest grant support in line with European Union requirements,” says a Ford release. “The exact amount of this support will be determined at a later date.”