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Ford Kuga crossover coming to Frankfurt

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Crossover for Europe only at this stage
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by Richard Yarrow | Link to Original Article @ TCC | (2007-07-19)

For decades, Ford sold a mid-size coupe called the Cougar in the U.S. And in Europe it sold one as well, from 1998-2002. Now it's bringing the name back but not the exact model, and this time it's spelling it Kuga.

The new production vehicle, a crossover this time, will be unveiled at September's Frankfurt Motor Show and go on sale early next year.

"With the launch of the Kuga, we will keep the promise that we gave at the Paris Motor Show 2006. That was to develop a stylish new model based on the Iosis X concept car in less than two years," said John Fleming, President and CEO of Ford of Europe.

Bar the name, there are few official details at this stage, though a single image of the newcomer has been revealed by Ford. It's the work of chief designer Martin Smith. "We recognized that image-conscious customers for this kind of vehicle want a very individual car in which impressive on-road capability blends seamlessly with substantial off-road ability," he said.

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That's sad. I was hoping Mercury could become Ford of Europe in America, but that won't happen because the Mariner has actually turned out to be a solid product for Mercury. So they basically won't bring that here.

And btw... kuga? <_<

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Another possible perfect product for Mercury that won't see the light of day in the U.S.

I have to admit that the name is stupid, though.

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This is the small crossover originally intended for Lincoln correct?

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mutha FUGA


Is this the could-have-been-a-Lincoln crossover? I like the rendering.

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