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Ford Kuga

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Ford Kuga

Compact sport utility vehicle produced by Ford since 2008 add

Category: Business (14)

Launched in 2004.

Countries: South Africa (37%), United States (12%), North America (10%)

Main connections: Ford Motor Company, Ford Escape, Ford Mondeo

Linked to: Ford Motor Company, Company car

 

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2004

If built, the Kuga Hybrid would be Ford's first hybrid to be sold in Europe, though it has sold over 100,000 Escape Hybrids and Mercury Mariner Hybrids in the U.S. since 2004 add something


2006

Ford Escape - As of 2006, the Maverick was no longer sold in Europe, leaving Ford without a compact SUV until the 2009 Ford Kuga was introduced

 

Martin Smith (designer) - These designs, or at least elements of these designs, have increasingly been adopted on production models, with the 2006 Ford S-MAX, 2006 Ford Galaxy, 2007 Ford Mondeo, and 2008 Ford Kuga all designed within the Kinetic Design paradigm


2007

A July 20, 2007 report indicated Ford executives were considering the prospects of sales in North America add something


2008

The Kuga went on sale in the first half of 2008, and is built at Ford's plant in Saarlouis, Germany add something

 

The "'Ford Kuga"' is a compact sport utility vehicle produced by Ford since 2008 add something

 

On July 24, 2008, WDIV-TV had announced that Ford is reconsidering bringing the Kuga to North America after all add something


2009

On October 22, 2009, news leaked that Ford will build the Kuga at its Louisville plant, possibly as the 2012 Ford Escape add something


2010

The Ford Kuga is now available in Argentina since 2010, in Japan, South Africa and New Zealand since 2011, and in Australia since March 2012 add something

 

On June 23, 2010, Ford announced it will end production on the second generation Escape in 2011 in anticipation to the Kuga's North American launch as the next-generation Escape add something

 

Ford Escape - However, on June 23, 2010, it was announced that Ford will end production on the second generation Escape in 2011 and move production to its Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, where it is slated to be succeeded by an American version of its European CUV counterpart, the Ford Kuga


2013

That redesigned Kuga will form the basis for the 2013 Ford Escape sold in the U.S. Both vehicles will likely offer a hybrid option, as Ford announced in May 2010 that it would build unspecified hybrids at a plant in Valencia, Spain add something

 

Mazda Tribute - In its final years, it was sold side by side with its successor, Ford Kuga until the Kuga replaced it in 2013

 

Mercury Mariner - In its final years, it was sold side by side with its successor, Ford Kuga until the Kuga replaced it in 2013


2015

For the 2015 model year, Ford updated the Escape's standard engine for the US to a naturally aspirated 2,5 liter four-cylinder with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque add something

 

On 18 November 2015, Ford unveiled a re-freshened update of the Escape, which will go on sale in early 2016 as a 2017 model add something


2016

Ford Europe debuted the facelift model at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2016 add something

 

In December 2016, Ford South Africa requested that all local Kuga owners take their vehicles in for a safety inspection add something


2017

Ford engineers promise additional refinement to the 2017 Escape, particularly as evidenced by extremely low road- and wind-noise levels add something

 

Production of the facelifted 2017 Ford Escape started on 18 March 2016 at the Louisville, Kentucky assembly plant add something

 

As of 16 January 2017, at least 46 Kugas in South Africa had been destroyed by fire, and Ford South Africa had confirmed that a total of 39 incidents had been reported to the company add something

 

On 16 January 2017, Ford South Africa and South Africa's National Consumer Commission held a media briefing to announce a safety recall of the affected Kuga model, affecting "4556 1,6-litre EcoBoost models that were built between December 2012 and February 2014" add something

 

On 17 January 2017, family of the deceased owner held a media briefing together with an attorney, and announced plans to initiate a class action lawsuit against Ford South Africa add something

 

On 17 January 2017, video footage was released that allegedly recorded part of the fatal fire add something

 

By 18 January 2017, the number of incidents had reached 50, with 13 in 2017 alone add something

 

On 2 March 2017, the National Consumer Commission announced that it had begun an investigation into Ford South Africa's handling of the matter, after receiving numerous complaints alleging what the NCC described as "prohibited conduct" add something


2018

As of January 2018, Ford South Africa was offering affected owners a settlement, that included a non-disclosure agreement, and was criticized both as inadequate and as an attempt to forestall the class action add something

 

As of January 2018, 6 Kugas had caught fire, or suffered engine and electronic failures, after undergoing recall add something

 

The NCC report was completed by April 2018, at which time Ford South Africa was contacting affected owners with offers of compensation add something


2019

By 4 February 2019, there had been more than 80 incidents, with one as recently as 1 February 2019 add something

 

On 4 February 2019, an inquest into the death of the driver in December 2015 opened in the Western Cape High Court at Cape Town, and was postponed to 18 March 2019 add something