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The Ford Ka has been a prime example that the Blue Oval can be successful at making little cars, even if they kind of look like basketball shoes. After 12 years of service, it's time to shake things up a bit. The next Ka shares mechanicals with the stylish Fiat 500, and after scoping the first unofficial pics from Auto Express, the Ford will be just as cute as its Italian sibling. Designers did manage to heavily differentiate the Ka from the 500, skipping the rounded lines in favor of edgier lines and details that reinforce Ford of Europe's styling language. Think micro-Fiesta, and you've got the picture.

Since it's for European consumption, it'll have no less than three powertrains from the get-go, with a 68 hp 1.2L, a 100 hp 1.4L, and a 1.3L, 50 mpg diesel. Rumor has it that a hotter Ka ST is on its way as well, with 150 hp coming from a turbocharged 1.4L engine. Interior refinement over the outgoing model comes courtesy of better materials and improved ergonomics.

We're still a few months away from the Ka's official unveiling at the Paris Auto Show in September, but we like what we see so far. Besides, if it's good enough for Bond, it'll be good enough for us. The Ka will be produced in Poland and it'll go on sale in Europe by the end of the year.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The front looks exactly like the Fiesta.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Ford guys need to get their heads out of their asses.....and get us some cool small cars......now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would say there heads are out of there arses, you will be getting the feista, & ford also did come to the party & you will also be getting it in hatchback design, so does ford look at all the posts on forums & blogs it looks like they do?

        So many on forums & blogs wanted ford to bring the hatchback, & also the 4 door design one verve concept.

        So keep bellyaching, because it works!
      • 6 Years Ago
      it looks like a cross breed between some small Peugeot in the fron and Opel Corsa at the back. Not that good looking like bigger Fiesta
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford seems to have their act together in Europe, but are falling apart as their SUVs and Pickups are left on dealer lots as buyers seek out the cars with superior gas mileage. I guess Ford doesn't have money to buy a clue of how to get profitable again. Here is a clue, bring the cars that sell in Europe here and keep them in stock.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ... and the rear 3/4 shot looks like an Opel Corsa.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My take on it is Ford and GM are trying to get rid of the higher paid union workers. They purposely tank the sales by not bringing over the good cars available in Europe. The union guys see the sales plummit month after month and nothing is done by the company. The company offers another buy out program and thinking the end is near the union employees take the buy out. Then the company "sees enough indications" that the smaller cars will sell and they decide to build them here in the states with lower paid workers. Now they can make money selling smaller cars and not just selling SUVs.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Nice alternative to the SMART and more practical too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Once again Ford does something good... IN EUROPE!!!
      You know what???? I don't care. You suck Ford. If you don't get it together here soon you will be out of business and I totally won't care! I am tired them treating the US like idiots. Go to hell Ford!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great alternative to the Smart. They ought to bring it. Besides, they could squeeze 'em between Fiestas on the ships and never notice the extra shipping. I mean, it's smaller than a SubZero, for cryin' out loud.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those are chops, especially the 3/4 rear shot. The spoiler shadow is cut off in its reflection, and there's a mysterious pillar between the B and C pillar when looking into the car fro the rear window.
      • 6 Years Ago
      seems to have an angry little face between the dash vents. other than that i like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring it here. If it gets more than 40 mpg, I'd buy one tomorrow.
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