While the first generation of the Ford Ka was derived from the Fiesta platform in Europe, the Gen 2 model will be based off the new Fiat 500. The 500 was launched for sale at the Frankfurt Motor Show but the Ka will be running about six months behind. According to Fiat that's because Ford joined the program after it was already underway and tooling development will take some extra time.
The Ka and 500 will be built by Fiat on the same assembly line in Poland and use the same lineup of engines. The spy photos of the Ka show some visible body sculpting indicating that the Ka will also feature Ford's kinetic design. With that six month lag time we can probably expect the Ka to arrive in time for Geneva next March. Unfortunately, unlike the Verve/Fiesta, we won't be getting the Ka stateside.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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