• Oct 20, 2010
Ford Start Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

If the rumors circling the internets concerning the Ford Ka are to be believed, the tiny three-door may be looking at the end of the line... eventually. Inside Line is reporting that Ford is making bigger waves about bringing a production version of its Start concept to market as a replacement for the Ka, and the new car is likely to come packing a tiny EcoBoost three-cylinder engine under the hood. Word has it that the direct-injection, turbo 1.0-liter could be good for as much as 120 horsepower all while going easy on the gasoline.

The production version of the 2010 Beijing Motor Show starlet is expected to carry a price tag of $13,000 and bow in markets like India, South America and China before spreading to the rest of the globe. As of right now, there's no indication as to whether or not the Start will show up in the U.S., but it could prove to be a viable competitor to the likes of the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper. Of course, the rumors say that the Start isn't slated for production until 2014, so this could all be smoke and mirrors. Besides, there's no clear indication that even if the production car is Start-based, that it won't be called the Ka when it arrives.




Live photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      At least produce the interior. I love the red trim on those light seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love this concept, would be a great competitor to MINI, FIAT...etc
      • 4 Years Ago
      "but it could prove to be a viable competitor to the likes of the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper."

      In most of the world with competitive small car markets, there's a very clear distinction between the A-segment (Ka/500) and the B-segment (Mini). If you start comparing the Ka with a Mini expecting the two to be close rivals, you're going to be disappointed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And don't forget, the present Ka is based on the Fiat 500. You would think they would stick around for the new 500 platform that's going to launch in the future, and continue on with business as usual.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the Ka is kind of in between the 500 and the Mini, size wise...it's a fairly big A-seg, whereas the Mini is a fairly small B-seg. So it's not all that far fetched.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IS there a god!? I'm definitely going to buy one!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as I hate the Ka. And love the Start's interior. The exterior looks like someone over inflated a goldfish. It will still need some work in that department.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is so cute. I'll take two. Bring it on Ford!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope. This was a fantastic little concept.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a DAMN GOOD idea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Beautifully awesome concept!

        @FORD: Bring it to the USA!!! And make sure the production version looks exactly like that great concept, details, proportions and all!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saw it at Cars and Coffee in Irvine a few months back and it looks even better in person. It had a crowd around it pretty much the whole morning.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1...I fell in love with it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Absolutely gorgeous concept.

        Compare this with a Chevy Aveo and it's like comparing a Bugatti with a Daewoo.

        Oh wait... LOL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would make a great city car and commuter car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do it, it looks great.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doubtful that this would survive as-is because of the expensive rear glass. The rest looks doable with today's CAD tooling. Unusual concept: you can actually see out 360 degrees.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those are cool. I like em better than Smart cars. Altho its funny Start is only one letter away from Smart...clever naming Ford...clever naming
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford: If you build this and bring it to the United States, I will buy it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My favorite Concept this year. Adsolutely love the design. Can they keep the rear design (non-Hatch)? That's the question. Rumors are Ford is also working on an ecoboost 2 cylinder, would be nice competitior to the 2 cyl Fiat 500.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford is working on a three cylinder ecoboost, not two!
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