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Ford Kuga to be built in Louisville…

March 2, 2009

From Autoblog

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.

2008 Ford Kuga Individual

Ford and city and state authorities have been negotiating the fate of the two plants for a while. The truck plant was reportedlysafe, but the assembly plant’s future was uncertain. Ford has said it will spend over $100 million to retool both of its Louisville plants – it also has a truck plant there that makes Super Duty F-Series vehicles – which will save 6,000 jobs. The conversion is expected to take six months and probably won’t be ready until 2011. A Ford spokeswoman had no comment on reports about the Kuga.

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One comment

  1. GLOBAL WATCH:

    AS SOON AS THE AMERICAN DRIVING PUBLIC BECOMES AWARE OF THE KUGA’S ENGAGING STYLE, DYNAMIC HANDLING AND SPORTY NATURE, IT’S GOING TO “OWN” THE “CUTE UTE” SEGMENT OF THE MARKET. IT LOOKS LIKE A HYUNDAI TUCSON THAT WENT TO CHARM SCHOOL, AND IT CERTAINLY LIVES UP TO THE MESSAGE SENT BY ITS CHISSLED GOOD LOOKS. THE INTERIOR FOLLOWS THROUGH ON THE PROMISE OF THE BEGUILING SHEET METAL TOO, WITH COMFORTABLE YET FIRM SEATING FOR FIVE, UNEXPECTEDLY PREMIUM MATERIALS, AND TASTEFULLY COLORFUL FLUORISHES NOT FOUND IN ANY COMPETITORS. THIS IS A THOROUGHLY CHARMING YEAR-ROUND FORM OF TRANSPORT, WITH A STALWART “MUST HAVE” QUOTIENT. MOST CONSUMERS DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THE KUGA, YET. BUT IF EUROPEAN REACTION IS ANY INDICATION, FORD WON’T BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND. FORD’S DOMESTIC PORTFOLIO IS LOOKING STRONGER ALL THE TIME. THERE’S ALSO A KUGA COUPE UNDER DEVELOPMENT. AND ONCE THE INITIAL CROSSOVER ESTABLISHES ITSELF AS A SUREFIRE WINNER, THE COUPE IS SURE TO FOLLOW. CURRENTLY, THE KUGA IS SLATED TO BE SOLD OUT OF FORD AND MERCURY STORES. BUT IF DEMAND JUSTIFIES IT, I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE IT IN MAZDA SHOWROOMS AS WELL.



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