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http://www.autoblog.com/2009/11/02/report-ford-kuga-could-come-in-lincoln-mercury-flavors-replac/

"How's this for an odd twist - Ford essentially kicked off the SUV craze with its Explorer, an embiggened four-door Ranger. And man, did we go crazy. Before the cheap-gas bubble burst, slightly more than half of all passenger vehicles sold here in America were SUVs. Just below the Explorer was and is Ford's little truck (which is no longer little) the Escape. And almost ten years later, the Escape pretty much looks like a body-on-frame SUV, even though people stopped associating SUVs with mud during George W Bush's first term.

So what if the next Escape looked more like the CUV that it actually is, and less like the SUV it isn't? And what if Lincoln got a version? Mercury too, though they already have the Mariner, a rebadged Escape. Also, what if the next escape was built here, but then badged as a Kuga and sold in Europe? According to CEO Alan Mulally and some other, more chatty Ford folks, it's all more than possible.

The latter is really interesting, and shows you just how far the dollar has fallen against the Euro. And it also shows you Ford's One Ford strategy at work - wherein starting very soon, most Ford cars are going to be global in nature. Aside from essential legal parts (like standard stability control in U.S. vehicles) the cars can be sold wherever. Built wherever, too. For instance, the Ford Fiesta, which will be coming to our shores next year, is Ford's best selling car in Europe and will soon be built only in Mexico and shipped both across the border and across the Atlantic.

Back to the Kuga, the plan is to begin building the Kuga in Louisville, Kentucky in late 2011 for export to Europe. Sometime after that, the Kuga will replace the Escape and the Lincoln/Mercury editions. Moreover, this could be the start of a trend - Fords being built in the U.S. for export across the pond."
 

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If it does replace the Escape I don't feel it should carry the same name.
It's doesn't really fit in the same small truck look. It's more in line with the growing number of tall station wagons that have been flooding into the marketplace.
The design seems very familliar...

Hmmm.
 

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The kuga that we have over here is (rather crudely put, I know) a jacked up 4X4 version of a Ford Fiesta, there is a lot less room in a Kuga than a Ford Maverick/Escape.

Interestingly enough, Ford Uk's 4X4 range has downsized with every new model, the origional Ford maverick, then the Explorer, then the Maverick II (i.e escape), then the Kuga.
Got my magnifiying glass ready for the new version ;)
 

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The Kuga and CX-7 are based off the same platform, which is the global Focus platform
 

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Actually, that's not quite true. The CX-7 is based on the larger Mazda5 platform, which is mostly unrelated to the Mazda3 (global Focus, Volvo S40) and the Mazda6 (Fusion, Edge, MKZ, MKX, Milan, Mazda CX-9) platforms.

The Mazda5 does share some parts with the Mazda3, but the platform is larger and more substantial.
 

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The Mazda is much larger than the Kuga from my observations, indeed the kuga is smaller than my Maverick, whilst the Mazda is slightly larger (and better looking ;) ;) ) than my car

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In my opinion, the Kuga looks like a Ford Fiesta thats been stretched upwards and outwards a bit................

BTW, having driven both a demonstrator from my local Ford dealership, and the example that Ford has loaned to YTV's "Emmerdale", they are a pretty dissapointing car to drive, little power and very claustrophobic inside, thanks to the high transmission tunnel and small windows

Indeed a few days ago I finally managed to blag a drive of a Ford Edge (on the 007 film set), wow, if only Ford would sell the Edge over here :shrug: :shrug:
 

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The Edge is a pretty neat piece. But selling slowly imo for what it is. People in that market are headed to the foriegn dealerships and paying about $2-3 grand more. :confused:

Whatever. ;-| I like the Edge! :thumb: :thumb:
 

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???

The Edge is still selling like crazy here, even in its fourth model year. My dealer has now sent me three letters asking me to sell it back to them.

It's an amazing highway cruiser -- smooth and quiet.
 

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Rows of them on the dealer lots here. Newspaper article said that Ford dealers are over supplied with them. Like 120 days worth. I really don't know. :shrug:

I liked it allot when I drove it. Just couldn't envision my wife driving it. She was in an Escort and has vision only in one eye, so I was thinking in terms of getting something she could operate in the close quarters of a parking lot. The Tribute does the job nicely. :shades:
 

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Maybe I should do some car shopping in Texas. I might be able to get a really good deal. ;) All the dealers in my area cleared their lots during the Cash for Clunkers program. I saw a ton of new Edges, Escapes and Fusions during and after that "event".

I'm not a big fan of the look of the Kuga and the CX-7 (or 9). I can't really explain why but it hasn't grown on me just yet... :shrug:
 

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The Edge is still selling like crazy here, even in its fourth model year. My dealer has now sent me three letters asking me to sell it back to them.

It's an amazing highway cruiser -- smooth and quiet.
I just got a letter last week from the local Ford dealer offering to buy the Escape back. :bill: Of course in exchange I am to consider any new or pre-owned vehicle in their inventory. They have even prepared a special list of premium discounted vehicles that will be offered exclusively to loyal customers such as myself. :D
 

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The letters I've received simply say that they'll pay $1,000 over KBB. No other requirements.

They know I'm loyal. It's my fifth new car from them. They don't need to know about the Fusion, which wasn't.

:D
 

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I wish my dealership would do something like that for me and my Escape!
 

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Not too crazy about the buy back letters. Imo, it's just a way to get you into the dealer and interested in something they have on the lot. They offered to buy back my 15 year old F-150...who are they kidding? :lol: Same deal, $1K over KBB.

Of course the F-150 is still in the driveway. It still is running well. I only trade if it's running condition is like or similar to the old saying: "Found On Road Dead". Then they can pay me $1K over KBB. I know, I'm a PITA. ;-| Lots of autoworkers would be out of work if everyone kept their cars/trucks as long as I do. :bill:
 

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That's why I'm already looking for my next car.

:D
 

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Keeping America employed?

Good man Charlie Brown! :cigar:
 

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure that it'll be something from Ford's Kansas City (Claycomo) plant.

I'll bet you can't guess what Ford manufactures there...
 
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