Ford’s popular contender in the city car segment, the Ka is very popular in Europe for its compact size, confident fuel economy and excellent handling. A benefit of the new Chrysler-Ford alliance is that Ford’s globally successful mini-car will come to the U.S. If the Ka ever does it will compete alongside cars like the Smart ForTwo, the smallest car sold in the U.S. today.
Due to the current Chrysler-FIAT conncetion, and the fact that the Ford Ka shares the same platform as the Italian automaker’s successful FIAT 500, the Ka has an even stronger case for U.S. sales. The Chrysler offering will be in dealerships wearing a price tag around $17,000 while the Ford could make sense at $10,000.
In a recent sit down with the Ford’s Executive Vice President, Mark Fields (who just so happens to be the President of all their business in The Americas) it did not seem like the Ka would be here anytime soon. Instead Ford will test the waters with the slightly larger Ford Fiesta, a model that has been spotted across America, to see if the domestic market can warm up to the idea of owning a smaller car. But he definitely didn’t rule out the Ka coming to the U.S.