Though Ford is in the midst of transitioning its entire European passenger vehicle lineup to EVs by 2030 or sooner with seven new models set to launch by 2024, hybrids remain an important part of the automaker’s global portfoilio. In that sense, the Ford Kuga PHEV has been a smash hit in Europe, where it has remained that region’s best-selling plug-in hybrid or a runner-up across a number of months recently, including February, March, April, June, August, and September. That trend continued in October, as the Ford Kuga PHEV was once again the top-selling plug-in hybrid in the region, according to new data from JATO Dynamics.
Ford sold a grand total of 4,647 Kuga PHEVs last month, which represents a 23 percent year-over-year increase, though slightly less than the 5,049 units it moved in September. Regardless, that was good enough to help the Kuga PHEV maintain its position as Europe’s best selling plug-in hybrid, ranking ahead of the Hyundai Tucson (2,922 units), Lynk & Co 01 (2,847), Volvo XC60 (2,821), Volvo XC40 (2,747), Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2,719), BMW 3-Series (2,664), Kia Sportage (2,608), Mazda CX-60 (2,206), and Kia Niro (2,206).
The Kuga recently received a few updates that should help keep it fresh for some time, including the addition of a comfort seat option and the new ST-Line X Black Package, which adds a black-painted roof, black-finished mirror caps, front fascia vents, and rear spoiler, along with black ST-Line badges, black Kuga tailgate lettering, and black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels.
Meanwhile, Kuga production in general is set to expand in the coming years following Ford’s recent decision to cease production of the Fiesta, Galaxy, and S-Max. A Puma EV is also in development and will be produced at at the Cologne Assembly Plant in Germany – which is being converted into the Cologne Electrification Center, where the Fiesta is also currently built. However, The Blue Oval is also planning on simplifying the Kuga lineup as well, which aligns with its overall mission to pare down its current offerings.