Ford has claimed its new 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid is the fastest in its category with a top speed of 137km/h. The Blue Oval is also touting a US Environmental Protection Agency-certified five litres/100km combined. The battery-only top speed of the C-MAX is 32km/h faster than its nearest competitor, the Toyota Prius, and the car offers three driving modes: EV for battery power on demand, normal for battery/petrol and a battery-saving mode that saves battery pack energy for later use.SMART CHOICESJoe Bakaj, in charge of Ford's power train engineering, said: "The C-MAX Energi uses technology in new ways to provide customers smart choices in maximising their energy use based on where and how they drive.”The base C-MAX, for the dollar equivalent of R244 800, will be available in the US in 2013. Ford also announced the vehicle gets equal fuel consumption, city and highway.Bakaj added: "The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is a great symbol of how Ford has transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader with five litres/100km across the board and a highway rating nearly a litre per 100km better than Toyota Prius v," said .C-MAX Hybrid is currently available for order at select dealerships in the US. The car can go as fast as 100km/h in electric mode and has a base (US) price of R212 169.