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2010 Ford Ka - Click above for high-res image gallery

Look what we spotted at the weekly Cars & Coffee gathering today in Irvine. Right there amidst the Cobras, Ferraris, Ariel Atoms and Toyota 2000GTs sat a perfectly ordinary looking 2009 Ford Ka. Well, it was an ordinary 2009 Ford Ka, but its presence in California was rather surprising. After all, Ford hasn't said that they are going to be bringing this European COTY nominee to these shores any time soon.

Does this add credence to the notion that this little Fiat 500 platform-mate might be headed Stateside or is it just a typical example of models from other markets getting passed around to U.S. operations for a little looky-loo? Ford reps on hand were tight-lipped, but we did hear one mention the "Mazda1" in passing. Since Mazda shares the parking lot with Ford at this site, it's possible Mazda was taking a closer look at it as well.

Whatever the official line, we noticed quite a few show-goers giving it appreciative glances. While some were lamenting the time when these tiny European shuttles might be mandated as replacements for their high horsepower sports cars, others seemed to admire the lines and packaging, especially when price and gas mileage came up. If the special editions are part of the deal, we say bring 'em over! Whatever Ford decides to do with this little Ka, we'll try to keep you posted. Until then, check out our gallery below.

Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind [cough] (REALLY WANT) [/cough] seeing it here soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, there was an F50 too.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol this was the first F50 at the Dallas CnC though.....
        and those 100 mph flybys are ridiculously entertaining!
        • 5 Years Ago
        there's always an f50 @ cnc, and 100mph fly byes are normal on socal freeways :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since the Ka is based on the Fiat 500, won't Fiat's merger with Chysler cause problems for Ford trying to sell the Ka in the US?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Although it is not exactly related, yesterday I saw a Ford Transit, and it looked really dirty and scratched up, as if the owner had it for a while.

      Then again, I was in Hazleton, PA cleaning out my dead great uncle's house, and everything in that town is dirty and in crap condition. Maybe he just wanted to fit in...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Matt really can't help himself. Anytime there is a Ford post he feels like posting a negative comment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My mom has a friend over in Britain who lives outside of London in a suburb. She bought a Ka last year and has never thought twice. She says it's the best car she's ever had.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My God is that thing ugly. The Fiesta is bad with it's terrible "large mouth bass" opening...but this one is worse.

      Ford only has 4 automobiles world wide that are not hideous or boring...the Mondeo, Euro Focus, Kuga, and Falcon. Everything else looks like it was desig...err...shaped by a blind man.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh goody...another cheerleader that is stalking me!

        I always thought the Fiesta was ugly. Nothing has changed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought Tommy Boy said he posted some drivel...?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeez P, I remember way back in the day when you LIKED the Fiesta and KA. What changed? The car sure didn't. Oh, it's because its on US soil now right? As long as it was still Europe only it was the end all, be all of automotive greatness. Nevermind that it didn't change at all. So P dawg, why the change of heart? Same car, but a year ago you praised it. IIRC, your main gripe was that the US engineers were going to mess it up, yet these are still the Euro spec versions. What gives?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm a cheerleader now? I guess I am. I was one of the few cheerleaders of the G8 i the Ford boards. Im also the only one that likes the CTS Coupe on there, and I also think the new Lucerne is a rather good looking car. Oh, I also like the Malibu, (rented many) and plenty of other non Fords.

        I have a preference to drive Fords and buy them. I would hardly say im a cheerleader though.

        So you were saying?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love this car. Ford is going in the right direction.

      Financial Samurai
      • 5 Years Ago
      The fakt that Fiat merged with Chrysler should be a help for the KA to get on the US. market. Fiat and Ford could share a plant to build them both just like they do in Europe.
      Thats what I hope at least.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They can't just "drop" the 1.3 TDCi into the Fiesta, as the two cars are based on different architectures, and even in Europe they use two entirely unrelated diesel engines. The 1.3 TDCi unit, like everything else in the Ka's mechanical make up, has been borrowed from Fiat, while the Fiesta's 1.4 TDCi unit is more or less a PSA Peugeot-Citroen unit with some minor changes unique to its Ford application. Oddly, the Ka's diesel, despite being smaller, is some 7bhp more powerful than the Fiesta's, with 74bhp in the Ka playing 67bhp in the Fiesta.

      On a side note, I see this Ka has "keep-fit" manual windows, black door handles and door mirror casings, so its obviously a trim level we're not offered in the UK. Ford doesn't pitch the Ka as a value city car over here, but more of a semi-premium offering, with the 1.3 TDCi costing a minimum of £10,145, which is actually more than some cars from the next segment up.

      Such a strategy probably wouldn't fly for them in the US, where value for money is markedly more important than it seems to be in European markets, particularly the UK.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota 2000GTs.............sweet.

      Who cares about this I wanna see one of those. This Ford is just goin to fill up rental parkign lots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        You mean like how Camrys are replacing the old Tauruses? SNAP!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen Ford Ka's hidden in the secure parking garage a couple of times. Never figured it to be anything out of the ordinary because we are at the PAG/Mazda buildings.
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