RELEASE AT 09:00 CET ON 10 DECEMBER, 2012
New Kuga Offers Class-Leading Tech, Drive, Fuel Efficiency and Safety; Smarter SUV Leads European Lineup Expansion
Ford’s new Kuga mid-size SUV delivers class-leading technology, fuel efficiency, safety, drive and comfort New Kuga offers segment-first hands-free tailgate. European debuts of Ford’s global intelligent all-wheel drive system and Curve Control, and introduction of enhanced Torque Vectoring Control, help deliver best-in-class handling
All new Kuga powertrains offer significant fuel efficiency improvements; reduce petrol fuel consumption by 25 per cent and diesel fuel consumption by 10 per cent; EcoBoost petrol engines now available
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Euro NCAP five-star safety-rated new Kuga offers Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance and Active City Stop New Kuga offers more luggage compartment space, rear seats that fold flat in one movement, and a quieter cabin New Kuga is first step of Ford’s commitment to leverage global leadership to deliver expanded European lineup
COLOGNE, Germany, Dec. 10, 2012 – The all-new Ford Kuga debuting in Europe is set to shatter the myth that an SUV can’t be green, high-tech, capable and exceptional all at once. The new Kuga is the centrepiece of Ford’s strategy to expand in the fast-growing European SUV market and offers a surprising array of features and technologies, including: • Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, including exclusive Curve Control • Segment first hands-free lift gate that operates with a gentle kicking motion • Class-leading fuel efficiency, including optional EcoBoost petrol engine • Ford SYNC with Emergency Assist. “European customers have really taken the current Kuga to their hearts,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development. “The new Kuga retains that charisma and adds remarkable new technologies, features and capability.” Ford plans to leverage its global leadership in SUVs to deliver a comprehensive lineup of smarter vehicles to Europe. New Kuga will be followed by the modern and innovative EcoSport, Ford’s entry into the small SUV segment, and the Edge – a larger, more premium crossover that is a success in North America and other markets. Ford has said it expects to sell more than one million SUVs in Europe in the next six years with SUVs accounting for 10 per cent of all Fords sold in the region by 2016. Since launching the first generation Kuga in Europe in 2008, Ford has sold more than 300,000.
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“Ford’s unrivalled heritage uniquely positions it to offer a smarter SUV range that taps into the increasing demand for utility vehicles from our European customers.ford. Ford’s hands-free tailgate can be opened or closed simply by a kicking motion beneath the rear bumper to either open or close the powered tailgate.youtube. if the driver is still pushing their foot down on the accelerator. and new Kuga offers 46-litres more luggage compartment-space than the current model.twitter.media.com/ford. at speeds above 30 km/h the AWD system is tuned to improve driving feel.5mm. Particular attention was paid to deleting exposed fasteners on moving parts like tailgate. related materials and high-resolution photos and video. readjusting the AWD power split to give the driver the best blend of handling and traction. sun visors and glove box. Innovation inside and out Stylish new Kuga offers space for more luggage than the current car and a luggage compartment that can be accessed more easily. The craftsmanship inside emphasises feel and touch through use of a soft instrument panel and soft door upper roll. the new Kuga’s North American counterpart the Ford Escape. If the driver hasn’t reduced speed sufficiently this system can step in and safely slow the vehicle down by around 16 km/h per second.com. new Kuga was engineered to be as visually appealing up close as it is from a distance with spaces between panels no wider than 0.” added Samardzich. A unique cluster display shows drivers the torque demand of each wheel at any moment.com/ford or www. while the rear seats fold flat in one movement. The system mitigates against severe understeer by aggressive braking and can. has achieved its best ever sales year. also reduce engine torque. The volume of road noise and wind noise audible has been significantly reduced compared with current Kuga to help deliver one of the quietest cabins in the segment. assistant chief programme engineer. “The obvious example is on a curved slip road coming off a motorway. Spain. Ford of Europe. Ford Curve Control acts as a safeguard for drivers who have entered a bend with too much speed. www. From the initial design. This helps to deliver Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA by applying a small amount of braking to inside wheels to assist drivers through fast bends. Just six months after going on sale.facebook. New Kuga also features an openable panorama roof
For news releases. Follow at www.Production of the new Kuga started this month at Ford’s assembly plant in Valencia.” said Michael Nentwig. C Cars. The primary goal of the AWD system at low speeds is traction.com/fordvideo1
. “Curve Control can support drivers if they find themselves in a situation where they are travelling too fast for the road conditions or layout. Class-leading driving ability The smart AWD system pre-emptively reassesses conditions 20 times faster than it takes to blink an eye. Improvements were delivered following the innovative use of elliptical acoustic mirrors to measure exterior elements that can influence the noise and vibration inside the car. handling and responses. visit www.” Dynamics and cornering control are improved by the introduction of the enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system developed with the Focus RS.
com/ford. Active City Stop. AWD models will be available with automatic transmissions Engineered for outstanding safety New Kuga was awarded a maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP after achieving an overall protection score of 88 per cent. “This helps new Kuga become a better car right across the board – and delivers a smarter SUV”. Blind Spot Information System. a subtle green hue to reflect its active outdoor capabilities. Lane Departure Warning.” said Martin Smith. Auto High Beam. related materials and high-resolution photos and video. Lane Keeping Aid.youtube. Further driver assistance technologies offered with new Kuga include Active Park Assist.com/fordvideo1
. New Kuga offers a 1.3 l/100 km and 139 g/km CO2. Class-leading fuel economy New Kuga will deliver class-leading fuel economy through significantly improved fuel efficiency from a powertrain lineup that. www. Ford of Europe. New Kuga also offers Roll Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control. and a 163 PS version that achieves from 5. sophisticated tones to harmonise with the slick urban environment where many models will find a home. Ford of Europe.* It also offers a 2.twitter. in the local language. Sterling Grey will also be a launch colour in Europe. Ford engineers used ultra-high strength steels in the body structure of the new Kuga and a specially designed ring reinforcement around the panoramic roof to ensure rigidity and strength. The independent vehicle safety organisation awarded new Kuga an Advanced reward for Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance. C Cars. Upon detecting airbag deployment or activation of the emergency fuel shut-off within the car.facebook. Emergency Assistance uses the on-board GPS locator and Bluetooth-paired device to set up an emergency call and provide GPS co-ordinates. and a 182 PS AWD version that achieves from 7. a more precise execution and a higher quality feel. visit www. the highest-ever for a mid-sized SUV. All-new Ford Kuga will launch with a global colour called Ginger Ale. with rich. assistant chief programme engineer.“We’ve evolved the vehicle to incorporate more space and a faster silhouette.7 l/100 km and 179 g/km.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine available as a 150 PS front-wheel drive that achieves from 6.media. for the first time.9 l/100 km and 154 g/km CO2.
For news releases. Gear Shift Indicator and Active Grille Shutter that reduces drag and cuts fuel consumption. Driver Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition.CO2. “This is the most technology we have ever offered with a Ford car in Europe” said Michael Nentwig. executive design director. Ford’s low emission ECOnetic Technology features available across the lineup include Eco Mode.ford. Prices for the new Kuga in Europe will be released soon with customers able to place orders before the end of the year.com/ford or www. Follow at www.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesel engine available with 140 PS in front-wheel drive and AWD versions offering from 5.6 l/100 km and 154 g/km CO2. includes EcoBoost engine technology. Petrol engine fuel consumption has been reduced by 25 per cent and diesel engine fuel consumption by 10 per cent.com.
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