Ford has just unveiled that its Valencia plant in Spain will be the first to produce hybrid and plug-in hybrid models destined for European use.
The models in question will be based on the new C-Max MPV, a five-seater that sits on Ford’s new compact car platform. Readers with a keen memory should already know that this platform will also be the base for the 2012 Focus hatchback.
The hybrid system is an all new assembly, different from the one on the Fusion Hybrid found in the USA, for example. Not a lot is known, but considering the C-Max will be the first model to benefit from the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, our fingers are crossed so that the unit might be paired with an electric motor.
The new platform also allows the use of an electric powertrain, as highlighted by the announcement of the 2012 Focus Electric, but Ford officials haven’t confirmed such a version for the C-Max. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the C-Max will hit the European market around 2013.