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While the Blue Oval itself used Toyota’s own Hybrid Synergy Drive technology in its cars under license for the first few years, they have learned, designed and will now build their own drive systems starting this summer.

The new Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid people mover has the potential to become the next “Baby Jesus” of the enviro-car world if it actually works as advertised. With its new patents and technology, it is poised to exceed all of its peers in miles per gallon, MPGe’s, electric-only range and speed, as well as cargo capacity.

The C-Max Hybrid just received its official EPA ratings which come to an astounding 47 mpg city, highway and combined. Given the SUV-like size and utility of the new C-Max which is about the size and profile of a small minivan, this is an astounding achievement.

Add to those numbers the fact that Ford’s new hybrid drive system can power the C-Max in electric-only (EV) mode at speeds up to 62 mpg and you have a strong contender. The C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid variant with is larger battery capacity can travel up to 85 mph in EV mode, a new benchmark in the arena.

And when you listen to Ford, you get no doubt that they are taking Toyota’s Prius v on with all guns. They point out that the new C-Max outperforms the Prius v in every category from size, price, efficiency, and performance.

And like the Prius family, the Ford C-Max is a hybrid only vehicle in the United States. It will not be available in a traditional gas only powered version. Thus our market will see the C-Max as an iconic hybrid much as the Prius.

Ford C-Max Energi

The Ford C-Max Hybrid is expected to be some $1,300 less than the Prius v, starting at $25,995, including destination and delivery. While Ford hasn’t announced pricing for the C-Max Energi plug-in version it is already bragging up its power and range advantages over the smaller Prius plug-in.

The C-Max will also have a suite of technology and convenience features that have made Fords increasingly popular in the past few years including MyFord Touch, SYNC, safety assist systems and a new touch-less rear hatch that opens when you run your foot under the bumper.

Ford will also be able to brag on the fact that the C-Max is built in the United States with locally built powertrain technology. While Toyota may catch up with their next generation Prius which is to be built in America in 2014, Ford will have a couple years to seep into people’s hearts and wallets with their new C-Max.

The only downside to the Ford C-Max at first will be the fact that it is only available in a select 19 markets this year. Ford says that by early 2013 the new hybrid-only utility will be available in all 50 states.

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