• May 11, 2009
The 2009 Ford Ka - Click above for a high-res gallery

It's a long shot, but according to The Detroit Free Press, Chrysler's deal with Fiat could result in Ford offering the cutesy Ka for sale in North America. As you may recall, Ford co-developed the Ka's platform with Fiat (it shares its chassis with the 500), and the Italian automaker builds both cars in Poland. If and when Chrysler and Fiat finish dancing and commit, the Freep reasons that models built on the 500's platform might be built in Chrysler's Toluca, Mexico plant. If so, that could offer Ford the kind of economies-of-scale necessary to sell the thousands of thin-margin Kas to make the venture worthwhile.

If the Ford Fiesta takes off and Ford can keep the Ka's price down – it starts at £7,995 ($12,150 US) in the UK – the case might make itself. Sure, there are a fair number of ifs, mights, and maybes in there, but as a cheap city car for when gas prices doubtlessly skyrocket again, it's certainly worth a thought or two.



[Source: The Detroit Free Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if they end up building them in Mexico, it doesn't necessarily mean they'd sell the Ka in the US. They might just make them for Central and South America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They would probably market them in Canada as well, since small cars are big sellers here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At this time there isn't a large enough market for the Ka in North America to bring it here. Maybe if gas prices go above $4 again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The pictures are pre-production prototypes with personalised UK plates registered to Ford. They were used for publicity purposes. In the UK you can register any LHD car as long as it meets EU type approval.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am pretty sure there is already aFord Ka in North America since I've seen them driving around with Mexican license plates. Ford is simply convinced that those of us north of the Rio Grande are uninterested in this.
      blue3874
      • 5 Years Ago
      How would the sales of the Ka affect Fiesta sales? Won't the Ka need all sorts of American-spec safety tests?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @blue3874
        If Ford doesn't offer the Fiesta as a 3-door here, than I could see where they could make a case for this as a super value, entry-level model. I was counting on a 3-door Fiesta myself, but if they only offer the 5-door and sedan, than I'd consider something like this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @blue3874
        Well, if you pitch one A-segment car with a 1.0 or 1.2 litre engine against a B-segment hatch with a far more powerful 1.6 or 1.8, and wonder why a) there's a good deal less power, b) there's less leg room, c) there's noticeably less width and d) there's less boot space, you'll soon realise that these cars were designed originally NOT to compete with one another ... whether you lump all cars together which are smaller than the state of Rhode Island or not.

        The B-segment has gradually become more defined from the C-segment in the States, with GM, Toyota, Honda, and soon Ford offering examples of both there. Start throwing A-segments into the mix and you'll soon notice the difference.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @blue3874
        Yes, the Ka is considerably smaller than the Fiesta. In Europe, that makes a difference. Here, the average buyer isn't going to make the distinction though. To American eyes both the Fiesta and Ka are going to look like tiny little cars. They'll both be competing against each other for the relatively small number of small car buyers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @blue3874
        The Ka is considerably smaller than the B-segment Fiesta and uses smaller engines; it's an A-segment hatch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those guys at the Detroit Free Press are writing what I've been thinking all along! If (when) Fiat brings the 500 stateside, it's a no-brainer to also manufacture the Ka on the same assembly line.

      Here in Europe, I see quite a number of new Fiestas and Ka's and I have to admit - eventhough I am a Fiat driver myself - that they look very good and mature. It's like shrunken down Focuses (which in turn are shrunken down Mondeos).
      • 5 Years Ago
      FIAT is actually sending 4 versions of the 500 to The States- great news, the US market sure could use the variety- I drove one of these things in Greece… nice car, and a lot of fun!

      Viva FIAT!

      http://fiat2america.blogspot.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      The pictures seem kind of odd, as the cars appear to by wearing UK number plates, yet they're left-hand-drive. What's up with that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The blue one has a D on it... for Deutschland.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The pictures are pre-production prototypes with personalised UK plates registered to Ford. They were used for publicity purposes. In the UK you can register any LHD car as long as it meets EU type approval.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know... thats why I said it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ian - the light blue car is wearing regular German plates.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ian - so why not make the distinction from the UK plates then? Why didn't you mention the blue EU slash is not mandatory in all markets?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What would make me buy this over a much larger 12K Nissan Versa? The Ka does not have the cheeky feel of the Fiat 500. The Ka would have to have a low price point and super high mpg before i even looked at it. In my mind the looks and appointments in the Fiat 500 make it worth the higher price.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe the fact that the Nissan Versa is without question the ugliest, blandest car on the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        $12K is the price if you take your USD, convert them, and buy one in the UK. That's the forex rate. It's not the purchasing power rate to people in Britain.

        In the US it would likely retail for less than $10K.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you had to parallel park every day as a way of life then you'd definitely prefer one of these over a Versa, which isn't so small.

        If you never have to parallel park, then get a Hummer for all that matters.

        I am of the former. The smaller the better!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good. The "smart" fortwo needs competition badly, and the city car and subcompact car segments need more differentiation in the US (just like the subcompact and compact segments have started getting recently).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was wondering about this myself. Guess we'll just get more annoying bad engineering out of the deal.
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