Ford mulls Lincoln compact

LOMMEL, Belgium — Ford Motor Co. is considering a compact vehicle for its Lincoln luxury brand, says product development chief Derrick Kuzak."We do think that there is room for a smaller car in the Lincoln brand," Kuzak, group vice president for global product development, told Automotive News last week at a press event here. He would not discuss specifics.

Early next decade, Ford is expected to bring out a Lincoln companion when the company replaces the Escape crossover. Suppliers and analysts expect the Ford Kuga compact crossover sold in Europe to be the basis for those vehicles. Kuzak also said Ford has no plans to bring the European Ka microcar to the United States.

You can reach Jamie LaReau at jlareau@crain.com

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