Ford has now unveiled it's Start Concept, which would probably be the third-generation Ford Ka. The good-thing is, it's going to be larger than the current 2008 model. Ford announced that the future Ford Ka will be sold in the U.S. for the first time and it will be size for North-American tastes. The car was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. The car will have a 1.6 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine. Ford syas that the future Ford Ka will be made of recycled materials and will be a global car. Currently, outside Europe and Latin America, the Fiesta (except in Japan) is the entry model, but by 2014 or 2015, the Ka would be the entry model in all Ford markets.
Rumours in the U.S.
In c.2010, Mullaly of Ford Europe said that the current Ford Ka might come to the U.S. but then he noticed, that it was too small for American tastes and he cancelled the North American release. But, the future 2015 model will be sold in the U.S. as a competitor to the Smart and the Chevy Spark, which will be released overthere in 2012. The 2007 remake of the Fiat 500 is also sold in the U.S. . In the U.S. this would surpass the Fiesta as an entry model in North America.
Rumours in Japan
Ford announced ages ago that was going to sell the Ka in Japan, as a rival to the Japanese-built Kei cars (e.g. Nissan Moco) but it wasn't available in automatic transmissions. But for Japan, the future Ford Ka may have only automatic transmission.
Rumours in Australia
Ford sold the Ka in Australia from 1999 to 2001, where it replaced the Ford Festiva (known as the Ford Aspire in North America and Kia Pride in Europe/South Korea). However, they maybe a return of this car to that market.
In Latin America
Ford sold the Ka in Latin America since 1997, with a major facelift (modifications) in 2005 and redesigned in 2007. The current 2007 Latin American market Ford Ka slighty differs from the European model.
Ford sold the Ka in Europe since 1996 and continued in its original form until 2008, which saw the arrival of the current model. This was thanks to its success in that market. It has also been a best-seller in the UK.
What about the rest of the world
50% or 60% of the world's population live in urban areas, meaning that they may prefer to buy a city car. Others want to buy city cars, becuase they're cheaper and they don't waist fuel. The Ford Ka costs €10,000 in Spain, £7,000 in the UK and €9,000 in Portugal.
There is also probably a lot people in poor nations, that might want to buy a city car, due to its good price. By 2050, the urban population would increase to 70%. Farmers may have rumoured an off-road city car.
Well these questions mean that the Ford Ka will be sold globally with minimum changes for each country. In this post we have chosen the information they may need to buy this future model and putting rumours if they'll be selling the future Ford Ka into their markets, rather than just Europe and Latin America.
Digital compatibility and equipment
Ford announced that they will be digital equipment on the dashboard.
The car has been designed in the U.S. It looks quite futuristic in style. It is acceptable for North America.
Yes. The car is made of recycled materials.
Any diesel version?
To be confirmed.
2014 or 2015.