2009 Ford KugaEnlarge Photo
Ford’s new Fiesta sub-compact is about to go on sale across the country and just around the corner is a new global Focus. Both of these European designed cars will be manufactured in North America for the first time, but this is just the start of a new Ford of Europe invasion.
Also headed our way is a new minivan/MPV called the C-MAX as well as a compact crossover called the Kuga. According to latest reports, the Kuga is a very important model for Ford’s North American operations.
Ford will reportedly move production of the compact SUV from Europe to the U.S. to take advantage of lower labor costs and the weaker dollar. Production is scheduled to take place in Louisville, Kentucky, from October of 2011, and as many as 80,000 units may be exported to Europe. There's likely to be a Kuga Hybrid (or Escape Hybrid) version too.
The Kuga is currently manufactured in Saarlouis, Germany. It shares its platform with the current European Focus and is available in both front- and all-wheel drive, the latter using a full-time Haldex set-up,
In the U.S., it will compete with other compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota Rav4.