By Nick Bunkley, New York Times
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. has canceled plans to reenter the minivan market in the United States. Instead, Ford said yesterday that it would introduce a smaller, five-passenger hatchback version of the minivan that it was going to build and offer it only as either a hybrid or plug-in hybrid.
The car, called the C-Max, would be Ford’s first hybrid-only model in North America, in the same way that the Toyota Prius is offered only as a hybrid.
In addition, Ford said it intended to triple its production capacity for hybrid and electric cars in North America so it can build more than 100,000 of them annually by 2013. The increase will add 220 jobs in Michigan, it said.