• Oct 6, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Ford Ka

Ford has said in the past that it wasn't looking to bring its lovable little Ka subcompact to the United States, but increased demand for fuel efficient transportation has the Dearborn-based automaker rethinking its plans. The Ka is very popular in Europe, where fuel-sipping cars have long been accepted, but the tiny Ka has never been sold here in the States. The new Ka, which was shown off in Paris last week, carries Ford's European Kinetic Design theme that is shared with the larger Fiesta and Focus, but in a much smaller package.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally told a local Detroit radio station this morning that many within Ford Motor Company would like to bring the Ka across the pond, and that executives are reassessing the situation. The new Ka hits European showrooms in early 2009, and even if the Ka does come here, we likely won't see the sub-compact until 2011 at the earliest. With fuel prices in constant flux, we're guessing MPG-conscious customers will make the Ka a safe bet for Ford in the U.S.


[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't bring it. It's awful. Some may say it's the best city car, but that's not saying much. It'll do nothing to help Ford's image and almost nothing to help sales.

      I had previously liked the car (seeing it only in pics), but now that I've seen it up close, I know better.

      Bring the old Puma we never got (the one with the Steve McQueen commercial) instead.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure every one of you who is marking me down has seen one first hand, right?

        These low-end cars are competing here against Tatas and 2-gen old VW Polos (the one with the outline-style name on the back). It beats those but they're still awful cars. Few who could afford more would buy it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's to consider,ship the damn thing over here, you might just sell some.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To define this in 3 words.... Small , cute and sexy :)


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Go ahead and bring it, but make sure that you price below the Honda Fit's MSRP. If you think because it has some Euro-cutness in it, we will gladly pay extra dollars for it, just check the sales volume of the Saturn Astra.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So...........Ka or Yaris? I like Ka but too late Ford, by the time you bring this over, ToyoMo will have their new little ones out, GM is going to have the Volt out, Honda will have their new Insight out, God knows what design other companies will bring out.......maybe Chinese cars will show up too. Word of advice Ford, think ahead, don't play catch up or me too! One little subcompact will not save your big ass, you need change your design direction, instead of designing ugly cars, maybe you should think about designing beautiful cars for a change. Don't underestimate your home market buyers!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn, this just made my decision for a new car in the 2010-2011 timeframe much harder. It WAS gonna be the Euro Focus hatch, then the Fiesta stole it's spotlight.. Now I'd really consider this Ka too! All I can say is that I'm happy Ford has all my attention for once. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      please give us Ka and dont forget the focus too!....and the kuga....and all the other great european cars we dont get
      • 6 Years Ago
      Geez, how come a small car that might get 38-40mpg in combined use is always compared to Gas-Electric Hybrid and its DIRTY secret of how to dispose of the BATTERIES.

      The Ka is highly popular in Europe I saw them everywhere. They raced Ka's, you RACED Ka's in Rally Cross for the Playstation....

      Why its automatic that people BUY Toyota or Honda? I haven't owned either and while I like the Scion Xd as a secondary car, I don't like enough to buy one currently.

      Ka would be a fun to drive secondary car/commuter and AFFORDABLE



        • 6 Years Ago
        The "dirty" secret is the batteries are recycled. The chemicals in them are valuable for use in new batteries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would Ford think they are still going to be in business in 2011?
      • 6 Years Ago
      yes bring that thing over.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take two Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am sorry this is ugly i hope that ford dose not make the new focus like this . I don't even think this would sell well here in europe let alone the USA .
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