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    Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    SAARLOUIS, Germany, February 26, 2008 ? Production of the all-new Ford Kuga, Ford of Europe's first entry into the highly competitive crossover market, began today at the Ford plant in Saarlouis, Germany.

    The company plans to build around 45,000 examples of the new model in Saarlouis this year ? equivalent to nearly 10 per cent of the plant's annual production volume.

    Altogether Ford invested a very significant amount in new manufacturing technology to support Kuga production at Saarlouis. Sales of the Kuga will progressively begin across all European markets a little later this year.

    ?A distinctive 'kinetic design' exterior, Ford's acclaimed on-road vehicle dynamics and premium-like quality are just some of the highlights Kuga will bring to the fast-growing crossover market segment,? remarked John Fleming, President and CEO Ford of Europe.

    The Kuga is the fourth model to be launched at Saarlouis in the past 12 months. It follows the new Ford C-MAX in March 2007, the new Ford Focus in December 2007 and the new Ford Focus ST earlier this month.

    And with the introduction of the Kuga, Saarlouis now manufactures for the first time three different model series at the same time ? Focus, C-MAX and Kuga.

    The Ford Kuga is being built exclusively in Saarlouis and around 84 per cent of production will be exported to a total of 32 different countries. The five largest sales markets are Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France and Spain.

    With 6,600 employees, the Ford plant in Saarlouis is the largest employer in the Saarland. A further 2,000 people are employed at the neighboring supplier park which supports the plant.

    More than eleven million vehicles have been produced by Ford in Saarlouis since the start of manufacturing there on January 16, 1970. The Ford Escort (more than 6.5 million), Ford Capri, Ford Fiesta and Ford Orion have all been built there in the past. And the Ford Focus since 1998.

    In 2007 a total of 392,413 vehicles rolled off the production line in Saarland. This is expected to increase to 425,000 vehicles in 2008.


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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Is that really worse than the VW Tuareg? It sounds like "twat-rag"...

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Is that really worse than the VW Tuareg? It sounds like "twat-rag"...
    "Taureg" is at least a real word (I think it means desert nomad or some such) albeit an inscrutable one...

    But Kluga?

    It sounds like a mentally deficient person attempting to say "Cougar."

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Is that really worse than the VW Tuareg? It sounds like "twat-rag"...
    "Taureg" is at least a real word (I think it means desert nomad or some such) albeit an inscrutable one...

    But Kluga?

    It sounds like a mentally deficient person attempting to say "Cougar."
    The Tuareg are the highest of the desert nomads, a proud and noble race whose history goes back into ancient times.

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    It sounds like a mentally deficient person attempting to say "Cougar."
    Isn't that why they called it Kuga? A sort of phonetic spelling of Cougar which will be pronounced more or less the same world-wide, whatever the speaker's native language.

    As for the Touareg, round here they tend to be called toerags:

    http://www.allwords.com/word-toerag.html

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    It sounds like a mentally deficient person attempting to say "Cougar."
    Isn't that why they called it Kuga? A sort of phonetic spelling of Cougar which will be pronounced more or less the same world-wide, whatever the speaker's native language.

    As for the Touareg, round here they tend to be called toerags:

    http://www.allwords.com/word-toerag.html
    Nothing to do with the Kuga but how's the earthquake business?

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Quote Originally Posted by jdm

    Nothing to do with the Kuga but how's the earthquake business?

    Not too bad. We are about twenty miles from the epicentre. As far as we can see at the moment, apart from a hairline crack in Diane's bedroom wall we have not suffered. It felt quite dramatic, blinds swinging out into the room, pictures and mirrors rattling, ornaments and china clattering around - Paddy The Cat just looked up and snuggled closer to me, I expected him to be really scared but it hardly seemed to bother him. Calico our other puss was far more spooked. We've had a few roads closed because of dangerous chimneys, a few chimneys have already come down and there was one fire. From the news it looks as though a lot of people have cracks in their exterior walls and the Fire Service is inspecting all houses where owners are concerned about visible damage. This was the worst quake I have felt in this country and was only slightly beaten by one I was in in Egypt. Richter 5.4 vs Richter 6.0, although the Egyptian one lasted a lot longer. By the time the aftershock arrived last night I was fast asleep and didn't even notice it. Not many people know that we have more earthquakes in the UK, per year, than most places in the world. Luckily most of them are only very minor.

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Ford Ka was a pretty lousy name too.

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Ford Ka was a pretty lousy name too.
    Unless you are an ancient Egyptian!

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    I kind of like the name in a retarded kind of way.

    Its better than ka.

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    Re: Worst new car name ever? Meet the Ford Kuga....

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Ford Ka was a pretty lousy name too.
    A pretty lazy name. In industry terms, it's a 'K' car; in German, K is pronounced 'ka'.

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