• Mar 1st 2009 at 12:02PM
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When Ford began laying out its plan to build European product over here, Ford's Louisville assembly plant was tipped to build the Euro Focus. But according to sources who spoke to Louisville's NBC affiliate Wave3, the plant will actually be getting the Ford Kuga. It's a coup for the plant's roughly 3,000 employees, who currently build the slow-selling Explorer and its siblings, to now have an undeniably anticipated vehicle to look forward to.

Ford and city and state authorities have been negotiating the fate of the two plants for a while. The truck plant was reportedlysafe, but the assembly plant's future was uncertain. Ford has said it will spend over $100 million to retool both of its Louisville plants - it also has a truck plant there that makes Super Duty F-Series vehicles - which will save 6,000 jobs. The conversion is expected to take six months and probably won't be ready until 2011. A Ford spokeswoman had no comment on reports about the Kuga. Hat tip to Juan

[Source: Wave3]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good for them! Nice vehicle. What the Escape should be.
      Go Ford!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Yeah, what does happen to the Escape?"

        this *will* be the Escape. the Kuga name won't carry over to the US; partly 'cos of the similarity to Cougar, and partly 'cos they want to keep the Escape nameplate.
        • 6 Years Ago
        One of my French car mags did a head-to-head of the Tiguan vs. the Kuga a few months back. The Kuga won out, slightly. It's a nice car!

        Maybe I missed this, but does the Kuga being made here necessarily mean it will also be sold here? Perhaps it's a dumb question, but I was looking for the statement to that effect, but never saw it.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh yeah. That plug where the ignition key should be is incredibly classy. Normally you'd have to go all the way to Europe to get something as great as that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it me? Or does the side remind you of the X3?
        • 6 Years Ago
        in fact is a carbon copy of nissan qashqai:

        • 6 Years Ago
        Wrong aspect ratios, front and rear shapes, etc. It fits the small CUV mold, as does the Nissan. Beyond that, not so much
        • 6 Years Ago

        Other than these differences...

        Hood line (more of a line on the Niss)
        Back Side windows (offset shape)
        Back quarter windows (tapers different)
        Front Side Windows (shape)
        Hood to Quarter Section Front
        Hood to Quarter Section Back
        Front facsia (yeah totally different)
        Front lighting assembly (totally different and the Ford blends into quarters more)
        Hood (Ford has grooved lines and different length)
        Roof (slopes more on Nissan)
        Side Paneles (lower lines on Ford)

        Friend they have a siluetto but they don't look anything alike!

        Given the amount of differences I don't believe these are sharing a single piece!

      • 6 Years Ago
      This would be a great car for North America. I think I would not use the "Kuga" badge. Maybe the Feat, Face or the "Full Frontal" all better than Kuga.

      They should ditch some BAD cars, like the Flex, Escape and the Taurus X.

      Another reason Ford will be OK without taking a bailout. They are starting to run the business like a business and building cars we would buy. Moving jobs around to save them is another great reason to buy Ford.

      Well played Ford.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Taurus X is going and this will most likely replace the Escape. But there is nothing wrong with the Flex.

        Anyways, hopefully this Euro vehicle does better than Ford's previous Euro offerings. It better be priced right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I cannot believe Ford may actually be building a desirable vehicle for the North American market.

      This would be the first 'Bold Move' from Ford since the 1986 Taurus.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Pretty sure the Kuga is built on the Focus platform, so they should be able to build both vehicles there if they make a flexible system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would never buy a US car, but something like this proves why is all this situation going on.

      Look at the looks of this car and compare it to the crap they sell here.

      This car would be something really nice to own and not the ugly interiors/exteriors that they have for US and Canada.
        • 6 Years Ago
        'Ibut something like this proves why is all this situation going on.' - Pablo

        Once again, but more elliptical, please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fully agree Pablo. Ford has been selling their absolute worst products here for years. Year after year we have been subjected to their North American JUNK...ugly exteriors and dime-store interiors, while the Europeans get truly world class vehicles.

        I am glad Ford is ditching the appliances they sell here for the far superior European products. It is a slap in the face to see Ford...an American company, sell their best products everywhere but America...but yet who was sitting before the American Congress not too long ago...?
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh shut up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Matt, even the Almighty, holier than thou Toyota sells better cars in other markets. Ever hear of the Aurion? Yeah, I would like to see that here but no, we are stuck with the bloated last gen. Mazda6 looking thing called the Camry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as it does look better quality then usual, it appears to have MASSIVE panel gaps and misalignment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, they're marketing to people too lazy to pronounce the R.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember when I thought Mullaly was an idiot for what he was doing "to" Ford a few years ago. Turns out, he had a better idea "for" Ford.

      Bravo Mr. Mullaly!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You thought Mullaly was an idiot? How so? And don't bring any current models into the argument because pretty much all of those were greenlighted while Bill Ford was in office.

        Anyways, he's shaping up to be a true leader. Let's just hope these new products save Ford....
        • 6 Years Ago
        "That One Person 5:17PM (3/01/2009)

        You thought Mullaly was an idiot? How so? And don't bring any current models into the argument because pretty much all of those were greenlighted while Bill Ford was in office.

        Anyways, he's shaping up to be a true leader. Let's just hope these new products save Ford...."

        You make my point probably better than I did. I meant that when he was doing all that restructuring, I honestly thought he was just gaming the system for shareholder gain and not looking out for Ford.

        I was WAY wrong. He seems to be the only Big3 CEO who knew what he was doing all along.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Guess I'll have to take my winter gloves off to press any of the buttons on that console!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I to believe you open the hood by unlocking it? (picture #40)
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW. Beautiful Vehicle. I am impressed. And if Ford quality is where they say they are now, this may be my new vehicle when I am in the market in 2010 or 2011.

      Nothing like a company that is against the ropes to start fighting back to win customers and shatter perceptions. I used to buy only Japanese cars but Ford is doing the right stuff lately to make me think otherwise.
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