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Ford Unveils New Kuga at Tech Congress

Automakers focusing reaching tech crowd with debuts.

by on Feb.22, 2016

Ford debuted the new Kuga at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rather than at the Geneva Motor Show.

With the auto show circuit underway, most would expect Ford’s latest new model introduction to come at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Not so, as the new Ford Kuga SUV debuted at the Mobile World Congress today.

The new European SUV along with an announcement that the automaker’s latest Sync iteration, Sync 3, is coming to Europe later this year, at the show in Barcelona, Spain, is just one more example of the importance makers place on technology shows to capture the attention of buyers.

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Ford CEO Mark Fields not only rolled out the new car, he also said the company would triple the amount it invests in new technologies that not only make for safer, more entertaining vehicles, but ultimately will lead to the production of self-driving cars. (more…)

Ford Posts Big November Sales Gain in China

Maker defies industry's downward trend.

by on Dec.08, 2015

Ford's sales in China enjoyed a 9% increase despite waning sales in the country.

Despite the slower growth in the Chinese economy, Ford Motor Co. has succeeded in expanding its foothold in what is now the world’s largest market for new vehicles.

Ford is nearing the 1 million mark for sales in China for the first time, the automaker reported, after selling 106,283 vehicles in November to bring the year-to-date total to 990,356. November performance was up 9% compared to 2014. General Motors also reported increased sales in China during November

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“We are pleased that more and more customers are relying on Ford to provide them with vehicles they both want and value,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China. “We remain committed to offering a full range of high-quality, safe, smart and fuel-efficient vehicles in China.” (more…)

Ford Targets Big Chinese Growth with EcoSport, Focus, Kuga

Another factory also will help.

by on Apr.24, 2012

Ford's new EcoSport - along with the Focus and Kuga models - is critical to its Chinese expansion strategy.

Off to a slow start in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive market, Ford Motor Co. is aiming to make up for lost time with an assortment of new product launches and a major expansion of its Chinese production network.

The maker gave a clear sense of the aggressiveness behind its campaign to double sales during its Beijing Motor Show news conference – and a subsequent media roundtable meeting with senior Asian managers.

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During the 45-minute auto show news conference, Ford officials pulled the wraps off a variety of models, including the new Focus subcompact, a completely restyled Kuga crossover and the all-new subcompact EcoSport CUV.  Joe Hinrichs, head of the maker’s Asia, Pacific and Africa operations also made a point of stressing Ford’s $6.7 billion commitment to its Chinese manufacturing network.

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New European Kuga to Replace Aging Ford Escape?

Program needed to help sell givebacks by UAW leaders to Ford.

by on Oct.23, 2009

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Escape replacement or addendum?

Ford needs workers at its Louisville Assembly Plant to approve a new round of apparently huge concessions. Workers in Louisville need Ford to give them a new product to build.

Both sides may get what they want, or not.

The automaker is reportedly getting ready to produce a U.S. version of its European crossover/SUV, the Kuga. It would go into Louisville as early as 2011, according to analyst Michael Robinet, of CSM Worldwide, though the analyst said it is unclear whether the new vehicle will maintain the familiar Escape name.

Ford has told the United Auto Workers Union it would build an unspecified “incremental product” at the Louisville plant – if they support concessions the company says it needs to become more competitive.

However, if the Kuga replaces Escape, it would hardly be incremental, or if it is just a niche vehicle then job creation will be minimal.

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