The all-new Ford Kuga is Ford of Europe's first entry into the highly competitive crossover sphere and promises a blend of rewarding on-road driving class and surprising off-road capability.
The genesis for Ford Kuga was first seen in the exciting iosis X Concept car which made its debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. John Fleming, the company's President and CEO confirmed that Ford of Europe would be developing a production car inspired by the iosis X Concept for release within two years.
At the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford demonstrated that this commitment was soon to become reality with a preview of the production model. Signalling its significance as a new direction for Ford of Europe, the new model was given its own name; the Ford Kuga was born and destined to join the Ford of Europe model portfolio during the first half of 2008.
With the new Ford Kuga we are keeping the promise we made at Paris in 2006, and delivering a highly capable, expressive and charismatic car which will extend the Ford model range further, explained John Fleming. I firmly believe Ford Kuga will appeal to many loyal Ford buyers looking for something a bit various, but will also be capable of repeating the success of S- MAX in bringing new buyers to the Ford make. A distinctive 'kinetic design' look, Ford's acclaimed on-road car dynamics and premium-like offering class are just some of the highlights Ford Kuga will bring to this fast-growing sphere segment.
All new for 2012, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V approaches a sophisticated and bold look-and-feel direction, provides multiple technology firsts for Honda and increases fuel efficiency on all models, American Honda Motor Co. , Inc. , announced. Long established as the benchmark car in its class in terms of class, refinement and popularity, the 2012 Honda CR-V is developed to continue to exceed buyer expectations for entry-level Suvs. Major improvements include enhanced car-like dashboard convenience, a smoother and quieter ride, and more high-tech features.
Significant reductions to the impact of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) throughout the body and chassis enhance dashboard quietness and ride class compared to the previous model. To achieve the improvement, the 2012 Honda CR-V has greater body rigidity, lighter suspension elements, add-on noise insulation and more aerodynamic features including underbody covers and a back spoiler.
The 2012 Honda CR-V rides on a 103. 1-inch wheelbase and measures 178. 3 inches in length, 0. 8-inches shorter than the previous-generation Honda CR-V. At 71. 6 inches, overall width is the same as the previous Honda CR-V, and at 61. 6 inches front/61. 6 inches back, the track is also the same. But the most significant departure is in height: at 65. 1 inches tall, the 2012 Honda CR-V is a noticeable 1. 0-inch lower on AWD models and 1. 4 inches lower on FWD models. Although the aggregate visual effect is of a lower, sleeker Honda CR-V, even with these look dimension adjustments the new model is still roomier inside.
The size and proportion of the previous-generation Honda CR-V contributed to its success as the best-selling SUV in each calendar year from 2007 via 2010, as did refined look-and-feel features such as the multi-reflector halogen headlights, long full-body taillights, and look detailing that conveyed both ruggedness and sophistication.