Kuga Production Moving To U.S., A 500-Horsepower Genesis Coupe: Today’s Car News

October 23, 2009

Ford is reportedly planning to move production of its Europe-only Kuga compact crossover to the U.S. to take advantage of the weak dollar. Considering the Kuga is one of the models Ford has hinted at bringing to North America, we think this would be a great idea. There's likely to be a Kuga Hybrid (or Escape Hybrid) version too. [Bloomberg]

Following in the footsteps of their Sedan sibling, the svelte 3-series Coupe and Convertible are due for a mid-cycle facelift towards the end of the year or early next. Our colleagues at Motor Authority have a new computer-generated rendering previewing the car, as well as some spy shots. [Motor Authority]

Honda's sports car lineup is seriously lacking but the automaker is keen to change that around. Another exec, Nobuki Ebisawa, has now revealed that a hybrid replacement for the S2000 might be on the cards. [Autocar]

Drift-car legend Rhys Millen will be at this year's SEMA show with a modified Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Nothing so special about that we hear you say. Well, this particular Genesis will be packing a 500-horsepower V-8 engine mounted in an exotic mid-engine configuration. [AutoWeek]

A new Land Rover Defender is in the works, replacing the current model which first originated almost 61 years ago. Unfortunately, the new model is due until 2013. [Detroit Free Press]

As the Obama administration was ousting Rick Wagoner as GM chairman and CEO last spring, Wagoner reportedly was the one that told auto czar Steve Rattner that it would be a good idea to appoint Fritz Henderson as his replacement. [The Detroit News]

Chrysler today announced pricing for the all-new 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups, which starts at $28,165. The all-new 2010 Ram Heavy Duty features three cab styles (regular cab, crew-size cab and Mega Cab) and two cargo-box sizes (6-foot, 4-inches and 8-foot), single- and dual-rear-wheel configurations, five trim levels, all-new exterior and interior styling and superior towing capability. [Chrysler]

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