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Ford’s smallest hatchback gets a comprehensive makeover

The third-generation Ford Ka was unveiled in November 2013 in Brazil. It was launched about a year later in the same country in both hatchback and sedan body styles. Unlike its predecessor, which shared underpinnings with the Fiat 500, the third-gen Ka is based on Ford’s global B platform, also used by the Fiesta. Available in various markets in South America and Africa since 2015, the supermini is being sold in Europe as well starting 2016.

In case you’re wondering why it took so long for the small hatch to cross the pond, it’s because Ford had to create a version that complies with European safety standards. For instance, the original model developed in Brazil didn’t have standard airbags and lacked many of the features European drivers are accustomed to. Thus Ford created the Ka+, which was introduced in Latin America in late 2015 and it is now being offered in certain markets across the Old Continent. The Ka+ is in many aspects identical to the standard Ka. What makes it stand out are the added convenience features, the two front airbags, and a retuned chassis for European roads.

“Choosing a compact car should not mean having to compromise,” said Darren Palmer, small car vehicle line director at Ford of Europe. “Our all-new Ka+ lives up to the high standards set by our Ford Fiesta, B-MAX and EcoSport compact cars by delivering the style, space, advanced technology and refinement that customers want.”

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Ford Reveals Updated Ka+; Adds Crossover Model and Diesel Engine

Ford Reveals Updated Ka+; Adds Crossover Model and Diesel Engine

Mid-cycle facelift enhances fuel economy, adds practicality

Launched back in 1996 as the company’s smallest vehicle, slotted under the popular Fiesta, the Ford Ka+ was redesigned in 2014. Four years later and the tiny hatchback is getting its mid-cycle refresh with new styling cues and updated technology. But unlike most facelifts, the Ka also gained a much-needed diesel engine and a crossover-inspired model. Design changes are pretty much what you’d expect from a mild facelift. The headlamps are slightly larger; the grille was revised and gained a new chrome frame, while the rear features chrome taillight detailing and C-shaped moldings at each corner of the bumper.

Inside, there’s a revised dashboard that looks clean and crisp, plus some new tech. Highlights include a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Sync3 infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rain-sensing wipers, and a heated windscreen. Automatic climate control and parking sensors are available as options. Under the hood, the Ka+ continues with the familiar 1.2-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine. The unit is rated at either 70 or 85 PS (69 or 84 horsepower), depending on trim. The big news is the addition of a diesel engine for the European market. But more about that and the new Active version below.

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2016 Ford Ka+

2016 Ford Ka+

Ford’s smallest hatchback gets a comprehensive makeover

The third-generation Ford Ka was unveiled in November 2013 in Brazil. It was launched about a year later in the same country in both hatchback and sedan body styles. Unlike its predecessor, which shared underpinnings with the Fiat 500, the third-gen Ka is based on Ford’s global B platform, also used by the Fiesta. Available in various markets in South America and Africa since 2015, the supermini is being sold in Europe as well starting 2016.

In case you’re wondering why it took so long for the small hatch to cross the pond, it’s because Ford had to create a version that complies with European safety standards. For instance, the original model developed in Brazil didn’t have standard airbags and lacked many of the features European drivers are accustomed to. Thus Ford created the Ka+, which was introduced in Latin America in late 2015 and it is now being offered in certain markets across the Old Continent. The Ka+ is in many aspects identical to the standard Ka. What makes it stand out are the added convenience features, the two front airbags, and a retuned chassis for European roads.

“Choosing a compact car should not mean having to compromise,” said Darren Palmer, small car vehicle line director at Ford of Europe. “Our all-new Ka+ lives up to the high standards set by our Ford Fiesta, B-MAX and EcoSport compact cars by delivering the style, space, advanced technology and refinement that customers want.”

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Ford Ka+.

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2011 Ford Ka Grand Prix

2011 Ford Ka Grand Prix

The Dutch may be a laid back and reserved bunch, but don’t mistake a general relaxed attitude with nonchalance. Even if these folks are perfectly happy sipping on coffee with friends during the dead of winter, they still know a thing or two about cars and what a special edition model entails.

Their idea is something like this limited run Ford Ka, called the ‘Grand Prix’, which Ford recently unveiled as an exclusive model for the fun-loving people of the Netherlands.

Coming in a choice of either Sunrise with Chrystal White accents or the other way around – Chrystal White with Sunrise accents – the Ford Ka Grand Prix has been aesthetically upgraded, making it unique from all other Ka models you’ll ever come across.

One of the most noticeable features of the Ka Grand Prix is the offsetting racing stripe that runs the length of the car. Typically, we’d expect these them to be in the middle of the car, but the stripes being on the driver side actually adds a little artistic panache. In addition to the racing stripe, the Ka Grand Prix also comes with a large rear spoiler, contrasting grilles and side mirrors, extra dark Privacy Glass and fog lamps, and a set of 16” alloy wheels. Inside the car, the same two-tone finish is visually evident as Ford dressed up the seats and the steering wheel in the same Sunrise-Chrystal White accent as the exterior. On top of the luxury dress-up, the Ka Grand Prix also has air conditioning, remote central locking, electric door windows, a CD player/audio system, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, and a height-adjustable wheel and driver’s seat.

Unfortunately, Ford will only be releasing 120 of the Ka Grand Prix and worse than that, the car will only be sold in the Netherlands. In case you are from the area, then you might want to reserve a piece for just €10,995, or about $15,600 based on current exchange rates.

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Ford Start Concept to Replace the Ka

Ford Start Concept to Replace the Ka

If the rumors that are going around are true, the Ford Ka might be in its final days. According to Inside Line, Ford has wanted to bring the new Start concept to market as a replacement for the Ka. The new three-door will get a EcoBoost three-cylinder engine with around 120 horsepower.

The price of this new mini car will be around $13,000 and it will hit markets in India, China and South America before it will come to the rest of the world. We probably won’t see the Start concept in the United States, but it would prove to be tough competition for the Mini Cooper, Scion iQ and the Fiat 500.

The Start won’t be hitting the production line until 2014, so these stories are just rumors at this point. We must also take into consideration that even if the Start does replace the Ka, there is still a chance that it will retain the Ka name.

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Ford Ka might come to USA

Ford Ka might come to USA

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.

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2009 Ford Ka

2009 Ford Ka

First unveiled in 1996, the Ford Ka has finally officially entered the second generation. The new generation Ka made its world debut at the 2008 Paris Auto Show and comes with new exterior design, new interior and engines.

Ford designers have given the new Ka a fashionable, modern appearance based around the company’s ’kinetic design’ form language. A number of visual cues provide a connection to the original Ka, but with its distinctive face and chunky proportions the new model has its own unique character.

The affordable new Ford Ka is designed to be both cheap to run and kind to the environment. It uses two economical, low emission engines: a 1.2-litre 69 PS Duratec petrol engine and, for the first time on Ka, a 1.3-litre 75 PS Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel.

Both petrol and diesel models are available with sub-120g/km CO2 emissions. The 1.2-litre petrol model, which is expected to be the largest seller in the new range, has cut fuel consumption by 21 per cent compared to the previous 1.3-litre Ka. The diesel model – available on the Ka for the first time – improves economy still further, achieving a combined fuel consumption of 4.2 litres/100km.

Press release after the jump.

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Ford thinking seriously about bringing Ka to U.S.

Ford thinking seriously about bringing Ka to U.S.

Ford is taking a page from Volkswagen and is going to "think small". We already know that Ford will bring the small Fiesta and European Focus to these shores by 2010, but it may go even smaller and bring in the diminutive Ka along for the ride as well.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally hinted to the Automotive News that the company is taking a serious look at making the Ka part of its small car strategy. There is no deadline for when/if a final decision will be made.

"It will be really interesting to see how far down we go in size," Mulally said. But the Ford CEO must find a way to achieve a decent profit margin on small cars, and one good way is to spread the development costs of the European cars such as the Ka, Fiesta and Focus (European) over as many markets as possible. Still, it will be tough to replace the $8,000 to $10,000-plus profit margins on big pickups and SUVs.

The redesigned Ka is reciving favorable reviews for both styling and performance, but that’s in Europe. The 1.2 and 1.4-liter gas engines that are planned for use in the current production models may have a tough uphill battle (pun intended) on these shores. But what will certainly help the Ka’s chances with the U.S. consumer is its use as the choice of Bond-girl hottie in the latest flick.

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Ford announces UK pricing for the 2009 Ka

Ford announces UK pricing for the 2009 Ka

Ford U.K. announced today pricing for the all-new 2009 Ka that will go on sale in January. Pricing starts at £7,995 for the Studio (basic) version, £8,495 for the Style, £8,995 for the Style+, and £9,495 for the Zetec model. This translates into a price range of about $10,000 to $12,000 at current exchange rates, but there is no word yet on the price range when/if the Ka makes it to the States.

All-new Ka is available with 1.2 69 hp gas and 1.3 75 hp diesel engines at its debut. There are future plans to expand range to include a convertible and a high performance ST model.

Press release after the jump.

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Olga Kurylenko - Ka's first driver

Olga Kurylenko - Ka’s first driver

Bond is all about the Aston Martin, and now that Ford has sold the British brand, it may be having a its own bit of regret for missing out on the promotional material. Possibly to get over its quantum of solace, the Ford Ka will be featured in the new James Bond flick, ‘Quantum of Solace’ (U.S. premiere November 14th).

Unfortunately for Ford, it isn’t Bond piloting its little car, but instead the ubiquitous feisty sidekick/sex toy. But Ford is still taking the time to do plenty of shameless promotion. The actress in the movie Olga Kurylenko is having a series of promotional programs highlighting he career so far, and Ford wants you to know because she will also be likely seen with her Ka. If you’re still interested hit the jump for the press release and more info.

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Ford Ka coming in USA

Ford Ka coming in USA

The small car flood begins. Ford was once very clear about keeping the miniature Ka in Europe, but that now has seemed to change. Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally says increased demand for small cars has led the automaker to revisit its decision not to bring the tiny Ka model to the United States.

The redesigned Ka made its world debut last week at the Paris Auto Show and will go on sale on the European market by late this year or early 2009. The smallest car current in Ford’s line up is the Focus, and those sales were 24 percent through September.

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2008 Ford Ka Digital, Tattoo, and Grand Prix

2008 Ford Ka Digital, Tattoo, and Grand Prix

Who said the Ford Ka is a boring car? It might have been in the past, but the new generation is quite impressive. And if this is not enough for you, Ford brings to Paris Auto Show three customized Ka, offering a combination of exciting interior and exterior designs based on very different themes. All three packs are available on the standard Zetec model only.

The Ka Digital is using a high-contrast green as the base colour. The exterior pack features patterned body stripes and solid green grille surround and door mirror cappings. The interior pack includes seats with patterned inserts and green headrests, green door panels, and a solid green finish to the centre console bezel, door pulls, instrument cluster shroud, steering wheel and the rings around the air vents.

Ka Grand prix comprises patterned body stripes with solid colour grille surround and door mirror cappings, and can be combined with a rear spoiler and white alloy wheels. The interior pack features red seats with an embossed white pattern and white headrests, red door panels and red leather trim on the steering wheel.

And the third one, the Ka Tattoo includes a large decal of the tattoo logo on the roof and a smaller decal on the fender. The interior pack features seats with silver-grey fabric inserts and the tattoo logo embossed on the backrest, silver-grey headrests and door panels, and anthracite leather trim on the steering wheel.

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Ford Ka production begins

Ford Ka production begins

Even if the 2009 Ka will make it world debut next week at the Paris Auto Show, the first small car rolled off the production line at a special ceremony today in Tychy, Poland. Sales will begin early next year and the company will build 120,000 units a year.

While it shares some components with the Fiat 500, which is also built in the Tychy plant, both vehicles look completely different and are true to the individual brands’ identities.

The new Ka is unmistakably a Ford. It captures the same youthful and cheeky spirit of the model it replaces and retains all of the qualities which made the Ka so popular – its compact size, great looks, lively dynamics and fun personality – but presents them in a fresh new package.

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Ford Ka CC rendering

Ford Ka CC rendering

After revealing details on the 2010 Ford Ka ST, AutoExpress also revealed details on a drop-top version of the Ka. Set to arrive in European showrooms in 12 months, the Ka CC will compete with the recently announced Fiat 500 cabriolet (a car with which it shares an assembly line.)

The Ka CC will be limited to a two-seater featuring a metal roof. Under the hood Ford will place either a 100bhp 1.4-liter gas or Fiat’s 1.3 Multijet diesel. Expect the Ka CC to carry a price premium over the standard car, starting at around £13,500 (under $24,000 if it were available in the U.S.)

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Ford Ka ST coming in 2010

Ford Ka ST coming in 2010

Why does Europe get to keep all the hot hatches? After we brought you a preview of the new Honda Civic hatchback last week, we now get a glimpse at the next Ford Ka ST. Based on the 2009 Ka, the ST version will be revealed in 2010. The ST should face some stiff competition from cars like Abarth 500 and Renaultsport Twingo 133.

The Ka ST will feature a bodykit with flared wheelarches and sporty front and rear bumpers. Its dynamic aspect will be accentuated by the by the racing stripes and the multi-spoke alloy wheels, side skirts and a venturi-style rear end, completed with twin exhausts.

Under the hood there will be a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 135bhp. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 8 seconds while top speed will be around 125mph.

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Ford Ka to be James Bond's newest sidekick

Ford Ka to be James Bond’s newest sidekick

Ka, Ford Ka. Inserting a car into a movie is nothing new. One of the best examples is if it wasn’t for Dustin Hoffman running around California in his Spider for the movie “The Graduate”, Alfa Romeo may have not existed very long in the U.S. at all. A lesser example is the new Mondeo’s warm reception it got in the last James Bond film “Casino Royale”. But the film gave Ford some great buzz about the new family sedan, so now it’s trying it again, this time with the budget-minded Ka. But Bond’s ego can’t fit in the little car so it will be given to his female friend.

So far there have been no announced plans to bring the Ka to the U.S. Possibly if the Ka gets real interest from American moviegoers, then it might become part of the other European models Ford will offer in the USA. For the new movie “The Quantum of Solace”, Ford has assembled a new Ka that is unique with metallic gold paint and an exclusive exterior graphics and interior trim combination. So much for machine gun headlights and grill mounted missiles.

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2009 Ford Ka - new official images

2009 Ford Ka - new official images

Ford officially released pictures of the 2009 Ka that will make its official debut in October at the Paris Auto Show. The new generation UK best seller comes twelve years after the original was introduced. The original design was one of the first production cars to use Ford’s "new edge" design philosophy. Now, the next generation will be brought up-to-date utilizing Ford’s "kinetic" design.

Roelant de Waard, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain, said, "The original has been a huge hit in the UK with a sales record of over 480,000 – 80% of which have been to retail customers, and many of those first-time buyers."

Stay tuned, more details should be revealed before the official debut.

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2009 Ford Ka - first official photo

2009 Ford Ka - first official photo

After 13 years, Ford is finally giving the world a new Ka. Although Ford does not sell the Ka in the U.S. (nor has it made any announcements to the contrary,) it is an an essential car for Ford in European and Latin American markets. The second generation Ford Ka will be in good company as it will not be built alongside the Fiat Panda and 500 at Fiat’s factory in Tychy, Poland. It will likely also share engines from the 500 and the Panda’s range.

The new Ka will make its world debut this October at the Paris Auto Show. But like in many other cases it couldn’t remain a secret until the official launch, and here’s the first official image.

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Shooters snap upcoming Ford Ka nude in Poland

Shooters snap upcoming Ford Ka nude in Poland

The Fiat 500’s underpinnings couldn’t have been used for making a cuter car but that is not necessarily good news for Fiat. Its dream run has the potential of turning into a fully-fledged nightmare by a car like the Ford Ka. The first-gen Ford Ka looked plain and simple but the second-gen that the spy shooters have captured looks a whole lot different.

Changes all round for this tiny hatchback. The new front fascia gives it an appealing stance while the lamps both front and rear fills it with life. The fog lamps have moved up closer to the hood, might be mistaken for indicator lamps. The two-tone paint doesn’t look all that nice in digital but might work in flesh, you never know. On the whole, it’s not looking good at all for Fiat.

On the inside, Ford can definitely do entirely away with the florescent and black color scheme, black and red/orange would be more like it. The gear lever has found itself a new home, now nesting alongside the A.C vents and CD player, which provides easier access to the driver so that he won’t use one hand to steer for far too long. The costs are reduced too, as the dashboard extension serves as a housing for the knob freeing up some space along the way.

Auto Express reported last month that three engine options will be available, a 63bhp 1.2-litre and 100bhp 1.4-litre petrols, plus a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel, same as the one the Italian uses at present.

From a distance, the new Ka looks like a tricked-out 500 with new headlamps and two-tone paint. But the point of making this car is to use Fiat’s platform to make a superior car. Ford has put the mules through a grueling test program and there are a lot of chances for them to come up on top. Little or nothing was wrong with the 500, and only a comprehensive test drive post-launch will give a clear idea on what really distinguishes these two cars.

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2009 Ford Ka renderings

2009 Ford Ka renderings

Ford will launch the second generation Ka in October at the Paris Motor Show. It will be powered by either a 1.2 gas engine or a 1.3 diesel engine and will be built in Poland, same as the Fiat 500.

The 2009 Ka will feature Ford’s new Kinetic design, same used in the newly launched 2009 Fiesta. The kinetic design includes full surfaces, bold graphics and dynamic lines.

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