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Ford to unveil a Kuga/Escape concept at Detroit show

The Ford Kuga finished 2009 as Europe's No. 2 selling SUV with a volume of 64,546 units.

Luca Ciferri

Automotive News Europe -- December 8, 2010 06:01 CET

Ford Motor Co. will unveil a near production concept of a medium SUV to replace the Kuga in Europe and Escape in the United States next month at the Detroit auto show, a Ford source told Automotive News Europe.

The vehicle will go into production in the second half of 2012 and be sold as a 2013 model in the United States, the source said.

Ford has not decided whether the Kuga and Escape will keep their names or share a common badge when the new-generation SUVs arrive. The U.S. automaker's One Ford strategy calls for a single name for vehicles sold in different regions, such as the Fiesta and Focus.

It's likely that Ford of Europe's Saarlouis, Germany, plant will lose production of the Kuga to one of the company's U.S. plants. The front-runner for the job is Ford's factory in Louisville, Kentucky, where it makes the Ford Explorer large SUV. Ford makes the Escape, including a hybrid variant, in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Saarlouis plant will be the single source for new Focus production in western Europe, producing all three body styles -- a four-door, five-door and station wagon.

Output of the Focus, which went into production on Monday, will probably reach the daily maximum of 1,850 cars by the end of January, Bernhard Mattes, who runs Ford's German factories, told Bloomberg this week. The car will go on sale as early as March in Germany and be available in other major European markets by the second quarter, Mattes said.

Introduced at the Geneva auto show in March 2008, the Kuga has been a hot seller in Europe since replacing the Maverick, which was a slow-selling U.S.-made rebadged version of the Escape.

In 2009, the Kuga finished its first full year on the market as Europe's No. 2 selling SUV after the Volkswagen Tiguan with a volume of 64,546 units. VW sold 107,897 Tiguans in 2009, according to market researcher JATO Dynamics.

Through 10 months, Kuga sales are up 16.6 percent to 61,146 units. The surge brought it closer to the Tiguan, which had flat sales after 10 months at 89,301 units.


The next-generation Ford Kuga is one of 10 models Ford will build on its new global C architecture, which debuted this year with the C-Max medium minivan. Ford plans to produce 2 million units a year off the architecture. Vehicles underpinned by architecture share about 80 percent of parts whether built in the U.S., Europe, Russia or China.

1. Current 5-seat Ford C-Max

2. Current 7-seat Ford Grand C-Max

3. New Focus 5-door hatchback

4. New Focus 4-door sedan

5. New Focus wagon

6. Full electric variant of new Focus

7. Ford Kuga/Escape replacements

8. Ford Transit Connect small LCV replacement

9. Possible Lincoln variant of the Kuga/Escape successor

10. Possible Ford 3-door coupe model, dubbed Capri

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101208/ANE/101209855/1193#ixzz17Wh5NYvZ

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Ford Previewing New Escape And Kuga With 2011 Detroit Auto Show Concept


Ford is engineering its global C-platform to spawn a trio of crossovers that will include a new Lincoln model, as well as the replacements for the popular Escape and European Kuga. As we all know, the C-platform is the modular small car architecture underpinning the new 2012 Ford Focus and U.S.-bound C-Max MPV, and soon we will get to see it underpinning a crossover.

At next month’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show Ford is expected to unveil a concept version of the new crossover that will replace the Escape here in North America and the Kuga in Europe. The concept will preview a ‘near-production’ version of the C-platform crossover, which is expected to go on sale in North America in the second half of 2012.

Ford is yet to decide if it will stick with the Escape name but considering the current popularity of the badge Ford would be foolish to drop it.

Both the Escape replacement and new Kuga are expected to be built at Ford’s Louisville plant in Kentucky alongside the Lincoln version. The plant is currently undergoing up to $500 million in renovations and should be operational towards the end of next year. A formal announcement of Ford’s plans for the Louisville plant is expected later this month.

U.S. production of the new Kuga means the Saarlouis plant in Germany, which builds the current-generation Kuga, will likely switch to producing just the Focus hatchback and possibly the C-Max.



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By Drew Johnson

The Ford Escape has lingered on with minimal changes since its 2000 introduction, but the crossover’s replacement will finally make its first public appearance at next month’s Detroit Auto Show.

A source close to the situation revealed to Automotive News that Ford will display a replacement for its Escape and Euro-spec Kuga CUV at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. Like the Focus and Fiesta small cars, the Escape/Kuga replacement will stand as Ford’s global compact crossover.

However, despite its global designation, Ford has yet to decide if the new CUV will be sold under a single nameplate. Ford’s One Ford strategy includes a single naming scheme for any global vehicle, but the Escape nameplate has built a solid following in the United States.

Whatever the name, Ford will begin production of the new CUV in late 2012 for the 2013 model year. Production will likely take place at Ford’s Kentucky plant, with the strong possibility of a Lincoln variant.



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that's nice - waaay too early - but nice

for some reason I'm kinda fatalistic-uninvolved with the Escape's nextgen (even tho I'm a prospective buyer)

yet really *want* to see the Lincoln version (MKG? but again: too early), even more than the MKS's MCE

...wish they'd have a Focus-based car (MKE!)

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Report: Ford to introduce Escape/Kuga concept in Detroit

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Dec 8th 2010 at 11:27AM


A source within Ford Motor Company has reportedly revealed that a near-production crossover concept will be heading to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. When this concept vehicle takes its production shape, it will serve as the replacement for the venerable Ford Escape and Kuga crossovers.

Based off of the 2012 Focus' platform, the new Escape/Kuga is expected to go into production in the second half of 2012 and be sold as a 2013 model in the United States. At this time, it is unclear as to whether or not Ford will keep both the Escape and Kuga names in the vehicles' respective markets. The automaker's "One Ford" global product strategy would call for a single name for vehicles sold in different regions, and the Blue Oval team will surely face a similar problem with the redesigned Fusion and Mondeo sedans in the near term.

We'll have the full scoop direct from the Cobo Hall in January, so stay tuned.



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Ford to Unveil New Concept Model for Kuga and Escape Successors at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show



Ford is gearing up for next year’s Detroit Motor Show with an almost production-ready concept version previewing a common replacement for the European market Kuga crossover and the North American Escape SUV. According to an inside source talking to Automotive News Europe, the new compact-sized crossover model will go into production in the second half of 2012 as a 2013 model.

It seems that Blue Oval hasn’t decided yet if the current names will be dropped in favor of a single moniker, in order to create another global car in the likes of the new Fiesta and Focus models.

Moving production to the U.S. is another point on Ford’s agenda. It’s likely that the new car will be manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky, while the German factory in Saarlouis will keep the European production of the new Focus.

Bernhard Mattes, the man in charge of Ford’s German factories, told Bloomberg this week that the Kuga/Escape successor could hit Deutschland’s showrooms as early as March next year and reach other European markets by the second quarter.

Also in March, Ford will debut a Fiesta-based small minivan concept at the Geneva Auto Show, meant to replace the current European-market Fusion crossover.



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