Ford has announced that its plant in Valencia, Spain, will serve as the global sourcing point for the new 2012 Grand C-MAX multi-activity model that goes on sale here late next year. In addition to this seven-passenger people mover that's based on the firm's new C-platform that underpins the upcoming Focus model, the Valencia facility also will be the point of origin the first of FoMoCo's European-spec hybrid vehicles that will come to market there in 2013.

John Fleming, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe and executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, characterizes this Spanish connection as a fundamental extension of the automaker's ongoing "One Ford" program. "Our Valencia Plant here in Spain will build these new C-MAX five-seat hybrid models exclusively for European customers seeking a practical, efficient and affordable environmental vehicle, while the export to North America of the new Grand C-MAX petrol model beginning in late 2011 opens a new era of production for the team at the plant."

Although providing no further details about the American iterations, Ford has stated that Euro-spec versions of the conventional Ford C-MAX and its larger Grand C-MAX sibling -- as well as the U.S. 2012 Ford Focus -- will offer Ford's latest Duratec four cylinder engine in naturally-aspirated and EcoBoosted trim, which pretty much assures that it will serve as prime motivator for our Grand C-MAX, too.

According to Fleming, Ford has invested nearly $410 million in the overall C-MAX development program, of which around $36 million has gone to the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) side of the equation. These two greener C-MAX variants will join the recently introduced Ford Transit Connect BEV (battery electric vehicle) to help fill out a previously announced global electrification strategy that will also yield a battery-electric derivative of the next-gen Ford Focus and a yet-to-be defined new hybrid-electric model by 2013.

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