As Ford transitions its entire European lineup to EVs in the coming years, the Ford Kuga and Puma are set to be the final two gas-powered vehicles the automaker sells in that particular region. In the meantime, the Ford Kuga PHEV has remained Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid or a runner-up for a number of months recently, including February, March, April, June, August, September, and October of 2022. That trend continued in November, 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 8,071 Kuga PHEV models in November, which represents a 152 percent year-over-year increase. It was also good enough to rank the electrified crossover ahead of all other plug-in models, including the Mercedes A-Class, BMW 3-Series, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Volvo XC40, Volkswagen Tiguan, Volvo XC60, Link & Co 01, and BMW 5-Series.
Following the discontinuation of the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus – which won’t be getting all-electric replacements – FoMoCo is moving forward with its plan to convert its entire European passenger vehicle lineup to EVs by 2030 or sooner. In the meantime, The Blue Oval is in the midst of launching seven new all-electric models by 2024.
Ford’s European Model e head Martin Sander recently stated that the Kuga and Puma would be Ford’s last two gas-powered vehicles sold in that region, though it’s unclear how much longer each will be sticking around. Sander stated that the automaker will “keep them running as long as our customers want them,” which could be all the way up to 2030, depending on how quickly customers in that region warm up to all-electric vehicles. In the meantime, the Kuga PHEV remains a popular choice for those that want to dabble in electrification without going all-in.