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While most of us believe that small, fuel efficient cars are the key to global expansion for US automakers, Jim Farley, Ford's vice president of Global Marketing, thinks otherwise. Last week, we attended an exclusive sneak preview of the Ford Edge Concept in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show, and Farley told us that it's actually utility vehicles that will help the Blue Oval gain market share overseas. "There is no other segment in our industry that is growing like utilities," he said. "We ex

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Ford is rolling along nicely, with a positive second-quarter sales report and a $2.3 billion profit in North America. The Dearborn, Michigan-based manufacturer captured $1.2 billion globally from April to June, with a $177 million profit in Asia. Even in Europe, the land of doom and gloom for automakers not named Mazda, Ford saw some success as it lowered its expected full-year loss from $2 billion to $1.8 billion. The company lost $348 million in Europe during the second quarter, which, believe

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Our spy photographers have caught Ford testing its Fiesta-based crossover before. This time, however, the air is a bit thinner and the camo-clad vehicle is sitting up a little bit higher. The vehicle that appears to be the future Ford Fiesta CUV was spotted chugging into the Monster's den that is Pike's Peak.

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2008 Ford Kuga in front, possible 2011 Ford Kuga out back – click above for high-res image gallery

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Could CUV coupes (coupe-UVs?) be the next big thing? BMW and Acura have both introduced fastback crossovers, and AutoExpress has tossed up some renderings of a super-sharp Ford Kuga that could do battle in this new arena. While the styling on the regular Kuga is attractive enough, a two door taking even more cues from the Iosis X concept is pretty damned delectible.

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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.

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Click the Kuga for a high-res gallery

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Ford, along with every automaker selling cars in Europe, is hard at work reducing the carbon emissions of its most popular people movers. Europeans are taxed based on the CO2 emissions from their car's tailpipes, and anything that scores less than 119g/km is subject to big savings. For this reason, Ford's understandably happy to announce that its C-Max now gets a 119g/km rating when equipped with either of the 1.6-liter diesel engine options. Fuel efficiency is also a strong point, with the comb

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Click above for more shots of Ford Kuga Individual

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Kuga

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Click above to view the Ford Kuga in hi-res

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Click above for high-res gallery of the UK Ford Kuga

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click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Kuga

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click above image to view a full high-res gallery of the Ford Kuga

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Ford will be unveiling a new mid-sized crossover for the European market with styling based on last year's Iosis-X concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Kuga gets the full kinetic design treatment that debuted on the current Mondeo. While the US has had the Escape hybrid for a couple of years now, Automotive News is reporting that the Kuga will be Ford's first hybrid for the European market when it debuts next spring.

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