After five years of production, the Ford C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid have reached the end of their rope.

According to Green Car Reports through a statement by Dan Jones, Ford’s North America car communications manager, Ford has already ended U.S. production of the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, with the C-Max Hybrid to follow by the summer of 2018.

Both models have been plagued with low sales volume, with 7,181 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and 8,331 C-Max hybrids sold in 2017, surpassed by its main competitor the Toyota Prius line’s nearly 100,000 sold units for the same period. For comparison’s sake, C-Max’ combined sales totaled less than half of the Fiesta subcompact.

The discontinuation also follows previous owner reports of real-fuel economy missing Ford’s 2013 initially over-stated “47 mpg” figures by a wide margin, resulting in Ford lowering the EPA rating for both models three times – C-Max Hybrid twice and C-Max Energi once. This hoopla resulted in several lawsuits and inundated Ford’s message boards with owner complaints.

First introduced in 2012, the C-Max was supposed to compete with the Prius, marketed on the strength of its options. These options include two styles (compact and wagon hatchback) and separate hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. However, the aforementioned lowered EPA ratings and buyer’s newfound appreciation of the Fusion Hybrid arguably doomed it from the start, selling at nearly a 5 to 1 clip versus the C-Max.

Now, Ford is focusing on a plug-in version of the Escape SUV by 2019, perhaps in response to the country’s newly growing appetite for SUVs over sedans.

Using a name Tesla first wanted, Ford’s reported “Model E” line of electrified vehicles could include battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid versions along the lines that Hyundai has done with its Ioniq.

This could reportedly come along as soon as 2019, so the abandonment of the C-Max might be interpreted as only temporary until better replacements are ready.

Green Car Reports