• Jun 23, 2010
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Ford will be ending production of the current generation Escape crossover by the end of 2011 and move production of its replacement from Kansas City, Missouri to Lousiville, Kentucky. The Kansas City plant has built the Escape and its Mercury Mariner twin since they launched in 2000.

Production of the Mariner will end in the next few months as Ford winds down the Mercury brand and the new Escape will be built on the global C-segment platform. The new Escape is expected to be share a platform with Europe's next generation Kuga crossover. Space in Louisville was freed up by moving the new uni-body Explorer to the Chicago assembly plant alongside the Taurus and Lincoln MKS. Louisville may add additional C-segment products such as the C-Max MPV.

Officials in Missouri are considering new tax breaks to help convince Ford to put a new product in the Kansas City factory alongside the F-150 which will continue to be built there.



[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish Ford would "escape" this SUV craze. They are making such good moves. Focus on the...uh..Focus, Taurus, Fiesta, Fusion, Mustang, Ranger, and F-150.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're 100% right. Ford should just stop selling all roughly 45,000 SUVs and CUVs they sell every month, there can't possibly be a business case for them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Face it, CUVs sell. If Ford removed themselves from the market or became stale they would loose a lot of those sales. Since they are definitely going to continue making CUVs and SUVs regardless, it's nice to see them working on bring out (or bringing over) more modern and fuel efficient alternatives.

        I'm sure it's also a good move for them being able to share a platform world wide rather than making one Escape for the US/Canada and the Kuga for most of the rest of the world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why? CUV sales are strong and there is a lot of money to be made in that segment. Of all the vehicles you named only the Ranger hasn't been "focused" on. The Fusion was heavily redone for 2010 and the Fiesta is brand new for 2011. The Focus will be all new for 2012, the F-150 was just redone, the Taurus was just redone, and the Mustang has been "focused" on for the last two years with new styling one year and new powertrains the next. Oh, I forgot the reworked the Edge too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the latest CUV without "cuteness". I hope Ford does a decent job on the next-gen Kuga, because the current one is too cute to be the replacement for Escape.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow.... Missouri can't seem to keep a automobile mfg. plant from moving out to Kentucky.
      GM moved the the Corvette plant from St. Louis to Bowling Green, KY in 1981, and now this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Fiesta is a runaway hit as most of us expect, I imagine we'll see the Kuga almost exactly the same, except for a new nameplate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While the Euro Kuga looks fantastic as-is, the one we get, I believe, would be a redesigned model, which would make it the same for USDM and in Europe. Not unlike the way that Ford is waiting for the redesign of the Focus before they bring it here next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kansas City (actually it's in Claycomo) is a great plant. My '95 F-150 was built there, and it's well screwed together. I hope they can get another model, since they know how to build cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Report: Ford to halt Missouri Escape production in 2011...
      aaaand move it to Saarlouis so it can be built with alongside the Kuga! Please...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a feeling that the next generation Navigator and Expedition will be moving to Claycomo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My thanks to the folks at the Missouri plant that built my Ford Escape. 5 years and 90,000 miles and it has been flawless. Never broken down or needed any work on it other than routine maintanance. Other than one small rock dent on the front of the hood, it looks as good and is as solid as the day it came off the showroom floor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Escape I have has 60,000 miles is a 2006 V6, it was built in Kansas too, imported to Mexico byr Form and bought here in a local dealer. Perfect assembly and quality, my best car/suv so far. Too bad I cant get a new V6 with fabric, only leather here in Mexico. Seems the local dealers cant supply what the customer wants. Dont know yet if I will go for a V6 Explorer with fabric or a V6 Mitsubishi Outlander.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have the Missouri plant kick out Focus and Fiesta 3-dr hatches.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Focus is slated for production at Wayne, Fiesta will stay in Mexico unless the UAW ceases to exist.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But neither are going to produce 3-drs. Probably in the same lifetime as the UAW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make way for the Kuga!

      While the Escape is a solid small CUV/SUV it's definately slipping amongst the new CRV's, Rouges and RAV 4's. I hope the next Escape stays about the same size as the current one and avoids that tweener size of the Equinox.
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