The Ford Kuga that will be unveiled in September at Frankfurt Motor Show and will go on sale in Europe next year, will replace the current Ford Escape.

Ford is preparing to commonize the small cars and crossovers that it sells in Europe and America. The next generation C1 platform will be used to build replacements for the Focus and Escape. The vehicles would be engineered largely in Europe, but U.S. versions would be manufactured in North America.

The Escape replacement and a new Lincoln are expected to be second-generation versions of the Kuga, a crossover that goes on sale in Europe next year. And the U.S. market will get a version of the European C-Max crossover.

For the US market Ford is expected to launch the Focus and C-Max no later than 2011; the Escape replacement and the Lincoln crossover are expected no later than 2012.

Source: Automotive News

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