• Aug 1, 2008
Click above to view high-res gallery of the 2009 Ford Ka

Sure, you've these pics before (though not in high-res), but Ford has now officially revealed its all-new Ka that will be the automaker's big debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in October this year. Unfortunately, they neglected to release any details about the car, instead throwing out a bunch adjectives like "fresh, funky and fun" and "fashionable, modern" and "youthful and cheeky". None of those confirm what engines will be offered or what kind of fuel economy the car achieves. We do know the Ka will share its underpinnings with the Fiat 500 and be built in the same factory in Poland, so it would be safe to assume that Ford's "cheeky" hatch will use similarly high quality materials and be built tight as a drum, as well. Engine choices are presumed to be 1.4L and 1.6L petrol powerplants and a 1.6L diesel, and a hot ST version using the 500's turbo 1.4L is rumored to be arriving later.

Thanks to the high-res images in the gallery below, we can now inspect the Ka's design inside and out. Its cockpit is very unique, with a number of different textures and contrasting colors to keep it "fresh, funky and fun." Our one worry is how far up the center console the radio has been placed. With those eency-weency buttons, it could be difficult to operate on the move. The exterior is defined by Ford of Europe's now familiar 'Kinetic Design' language, and suits the tiny three-door well. Its proportioned so that the tiny wheels aren't totally overcome by the car's visual mass, and the big headlights that dominate the front fenders in conjunction with the blacked out grille give the Ka an expressive face. Would you say the Ka's a winner, or more importantly, would you consider purchasing it if Ford chose to sell it in the U.S. one day?


[Source: Ford]

PRESS RELEASE

FRESH, FUNKY AND FUN – INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW FORD KA

  • Paris Show debut for all-new Ford Ka
  • Bold, fashionable and stylish design
  • Full of youthful and cheeky Ka spirit
  • Exciting successor to the iconic original
Brentwood, August 1, 2008 – The exciting new Ka, Ford's fresh, fun and funky small car, will take centre-stage at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in October.

The all-new Ford Ka brings new levels of style and enjoyment to affordable city cars.

Twelve years after the original Ka was launched to great acclaim, its successor captures the same youthful and cheeky spirit. The new model 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.

Stylish Inside and Out
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 interior of the new Ka also has a stylish, dynamic design, combining bold contrasts and expressive colours which reflect the more adventurous tastes of the typical Ka buyer.

Rebirth of a Design Icon
The new model is destined to continue the considerable success of the original Ford Ka, which is widely considered to be an automotive design icon. Launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1996, the Ka was immediately praised for its exciting "New Edge" styling and class-leading driving dynamics.

Throughout its 12-year life the Ka has remained tremendously popular among small-car buyers, inspiring fierce loyalty from its owners. In total, Ka production has exceeded 1.4 million vehicles.

"We are very excited about the launch of the new Ka", said Roelant de Waard, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of Britain. "The original has been a huge hit in the UK with a sales record of over 480,000 – 80 per cent of which have been to retail customers, and many of those first-time buyers. I'm confident that the latest design will prove just as big a hit", he added.

Further information on the new Ford Ka range will be released in time for the Paris Motor Show in early October 2008.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like the Vauxhall Corsa- but I have to admit it is cute. Not mad keen on the interior though..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice. Inoffensive. Headlights are very Amy Winehouse (dare say, the booty is definitely not).

      BUT it's lost all the visual individuality the former Ka had. This could be a Peugeot, Seat, Hyundai, Opel easily if you switched the badges. Oddly, Ford's kinetic design language is looking a bit common.

      Does this design language have only a small vocabulary?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL

        When I read you comment I was like, "They look Amy Winehouse? How?"

        ... I totally see what you're talking about.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amy Winehouse.... PERFECT TERM!!

        Now only if tuners smoke the headlights black, will it be the true look.

        Not really feelin the back, or the no-grill-look.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i dont quite understand in a time when we need small fuel efficient cars. they cant put one on the market fast enough. obviously regulation.

      ka is cute. would be excellent if they put some heat in it. but i feel myself lusting for a fiat 500 abarth in the worst way. heh (and yes. ive had mini lust for decades)
      • 6 Years Ago
      We wait patiently fingers crossed for these vehicles to come to America, meanwhile south of the border they have many cars we'd love to have, the Original Ford Ka, Fiesta, European Focus and Focus ST, and the full size Transit Cargo Van, GM sells the Opel Corsa as a Chevy plus they have many other Opels too, VW has even more cars and Suv's for sale in Mexico, also The Caddy Golf cargo van with two other VW cargo vans, and there are small basic pick ups from Ford, VW and Nissan, the simple older type that people on this forum want to buy, I have no clue why Mexico can get all these vehicles but we in America cant, Id like to know why, they also have Toyota Hi-ace vans, Nissans Urvan and many cars and vans sold by Fiat, Seat, Alfa Romeo and Peugeot, the list goes on, Google it or look on the respective web sites.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What? This thing is basically a 500? Give us the 500! Why can't we have QUALITY SMALL CARS?!?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like the car but the steering wheel looks cheap and unfinished/unpolishedd (same complaint with the Fusion/Milan).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet. We need more small, fun to drive cars. And less SUVs and hybrids.

      Think CRX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I'd opt for a Fiesta, but let me ask everybody this. Any chance that Ford left out the 3 door Fiesta in the U.S. to make room for the Ka to slot in beneath should the need arise?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually Ford is bringing the 3 door fiesta here...we getting a sedan and 3 door and a 5 door. Who knows if we'd get a Ka, all depends on how the fiesta does in the market and if the demand for small cars keep going up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know about that. If you check out Ford's transformation plan, it states

        "New European Ford Fiesta, in both four- and five-door versions, in early 2010"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way to completely kill all the style and quirkiness the original Ka had.

      Nice to see Ford of Europe screw up just like Ford USA does.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I couldn't have said it better myself. The original Ford Ka looked so much sportier than this Fiestaficated version.

        Yes, Ford is effing up its European cars too it seems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, I'd purchase one...in fact I'd purchase one right now...the Toyota Yaris...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems that the design looks very much the same with all their new model lineups. Its better if they design summore to make it a litle different than the others. But nonetheless, its a nice car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Americans have no idea how small this car is. You'd never buy one. Forget it. You think you like tiny cars, but the truth is you need to drive fifty miles to work each day, and pull a boat at weekends. Forget it. Sorry. I am pissed as I write this, but I don't believe American driving conditions yet embrace such tiny cars. Dream on...and its a Fiat rip off!
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