A July 20, 2007 report indicated Ford executives were considering the prospects of sales in North America. This idea was later scrapped after it was determined the car could not be sold both competitively priced and at a profit in the US due to the current dollar-euro exchange rate.
On July 24, 2008, WDIV-TV had announced that Ford is reconsidering bringing the Kuga to North America after all.
On October 22, 2009, news leaked that Ford will build the Kuga at its Louisville plant, possibly as the 2012 Ford Escape.
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.
The Ford Kuga is now also available in Argentina since 2010, in Japan, South Africa and New Zealand since 2011, and in Australia since March 2012.
A facelift was released in late 2010.
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. 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.
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