Ford Fusion and C-Max Energi Plug-Ins Outpace Toyota

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole
When it comes to electrified cars Toyota is the undisputed champion with its popular lineup of Prius models, but Ford is hard at work building brand recognition for its lineup of battery-powered vehicles. Things must be working out well because the Blue Oval is crowing about sales of its plug-in hybrids.

The Ford C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi models just posted their best sales month on record. Deliveries surged 45 percent in October. That showroom performance was strong enough to outpace Toyota’s Prius plug-in hybrid model.

Combined the company sold 2,179 Energi versions of the Fusion and C-Max. This compares to just 2,095 plug-in Prius models Toyota shipped during the same time period. In September Ford sold just 1,508 plug-ins.

Not surprisingly California is a hugely important market for these vehicles. The Golden State accounted for 38 percent of Ford’s plug-in sales, but the vehicles are gaining steam in markets like New York, Boston and Washington D.C.

Industry-wide sales of plug-in hybrids are up 32 percent year-to-date. Through October automakers have delivered more than 39,000 of them.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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