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2009 Ford Ka - What Kind Of Ka Is That?  
User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

The European Ford Ka is finally being updated, after being sold in its previous version for 12 years and having sold well over one million units. The new Ka is a joint engineering partnership with Fiat, and is mechanically identical to the new Fiat 500. Ford will offer gasoline and diesel engines ranging from 1.2 to 1.4 liters. The 1.2 liter Fiat engine, will produce 69 horsepower. The 100hp Fiat 1.4-liter will be optional, and a 1.3-liter diesel will be first diesel Ka ever manufactured. Ford is also considering a turbocharged 900cc inline-2 that will be the emissions and fuel economy winner of the line-up.

2009 Ford Ka


The interior will appeal to the younger buyers that the car is primarily marketed to, and includes iPod and other MP3 player connections with the option of Bluetooth wireless connections for phones and other devices. The gear shift will be placed on the dashboard and a sharp focus will be placed on improving interior ergonomics.

2009 Ford Ka


A performance oriented Ka ST is thought to be in the works, and a top of the line RS model is still considered a possibility. Ford has not said whether the Ka will be offered for sale in North America, although it is reported to be a strong possibility since Mercedes-Benz executives recently confirmed that Mercedes will offer both A-class and B-class vehicles in North America beginning in 2011 and both GM and Chrysler have stated they will offer A-class sized vehicles in the U.S. in the next few years.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-ka.html

Personally, I'd take this Ford over a Smart car or a Chevy Aveo in a second! Your thoughts, fellow micro-car motorheads?  crazy 

[Edited 2008-08-01 16:05:58]


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User currently offlineDavehammer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

That 1.4 version will go like stink, make you feel like you're in a Go-Kart and be hilarious to drive. The current model itself is great to drive for such a small car.

User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2480 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Thread starter):
2009 Ford Ka - What Kind Of Ka Is That?  

God help someone if they get nailed by a truck in that thing...



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2470 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

It sure shouldnt look worse than the old one, particularly those awful huge plastic bumpers.


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

I think I just scraped one of those out of my wheelwell the other day...


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2470 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 2):
God help someone if they get nailed by a truck in that thing...

Hehe true, but only if the owner of the truck can afford to put enough gas in it to get it on the road in the first place 

I really hope Ford brings its Euro line to North America. Maybe the Ka might be a little small right now. But as the trend in North America parallel's Europe more and more, perhaps in a few years we'll be ready for a car like the Ka.


Kris

[Edited 2008-08-01 16:21:12]


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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13743 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2469 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Thread starter):
he interior will appeal to the younger buyers that the car is primarily marketed to

Urgh - what has Ford done?!

And so who's the exterior targeted at?!



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2452 times:



Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 5):
really hope Ford brings its Euro line to North America. Maybe the Ka might be a little small right now. But as the trend in North America parallel's Europe more and more, perhaps in a few years we'll be ready for a car like the Ka.

Ford is going to produce the new European Fiesta in Mexico for the North American auto markets, and the European Focus will replace the homely American Focus model by 2011. They are considering replacing the Escape with the Kuga as well.

Now if we could only get Ford to send us the Aussie Falcon to replace the Crown Vic/Marquis....



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12172 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2439 times:
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The new Ka looks like the new Focus at the front, but with a very short bonnet

Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 7):
Now if we could only get Ford to send us the Aussie Falcon to replace the Crown Vic/Marquis....

But the USA won't be able to enjoy their love of V8 engines as the Ford Falcon won't be produced with a V8 engine shortly


User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 8):
But the USA won't be able to enjoy their love of V8 engines as the Ford Falcon won't be produced with a V8 engine shortly

I'd be quite happy with the Falcon XR6 Turbo with 362 horsepower and 393 lbs/ft torque   

[Edited 2008-08-01 16:57:54]


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User currently offlineIFlyTWA From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

It makes a nice Easter egg.


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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2384 times:



Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 5):
Hehe true, but only if the owner of the truck can afford to put enough gas in it to get it on the road in the first place

Especially since the new Ka will get slightly better fuel mileage - the current 1.3 liter gasoline version of Ka gets 44 mpg in mixed driving, and as high as 50 mpg on the "motorway" according to Ka owners. http://www.carsurvey.org/model_Ford_Ka.html



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12576 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

Where's the name "Ka" coming from?

Is that what it's now marketed under?

Not so brilliant a name if you ask me.

But it'd work ok in Boston, where most people do pronounce 'car' as 'ka'...

But two of them together would be Ford Ka Ka!

Here, that's a word used for human waste, not a famous soccer player.



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User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2367 times:

You may mock but I can bet this would sell extremely well with correct marketing. The price of petrol at the moment is ridiculous and an economical vehicle such as the Ka could be a small bit of genius for the US...

That's my opinion...



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2367 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 12):
Where's the name "Ka" coming from?

Is that what it's now marketed under?


In Latin, 'ka" means "to serve"

Ford introduced the original Ka in 1996 and has marketed it in Europe, South America, and Mexico - the original version has sold 1.4 million units over the past 12 years.

[Edited 2008-08-01 18:37:59]


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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2336 times:

Wait 'til you see the Michael Palin "K-K-K-Ken" edition.

"the Ka, the Kaaaa"

[Edited 2008-08-01 20:49:31]

[Edited 2008-08-01 20:50:26]


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User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2313 times:

From what I understand Ford was set to introduce its European compacts in the US next year.

User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2307 times:



Quoting Luisca (Reply 16):
From what I understand Ford was set to introduce its European compacts in the US next year.

 checkmark  Beginning with the Fiesta model that will be produced at a former Ford F-series truck plant in Mexico.

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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2254 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 2):
God help someone if they get nailed by a truck in that thing...

That actually had to come from our fellow American Anetters.

I actually reckon your survival chances if you get hit by a truck are always pretty low.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12576 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2235 times:



Quoting Jush (Reply 18):
That actually had to come from our fellow American Anetters.

I see your point, but it is a real issue in the US: most people feel the smaller the car, the less safe it is. Most people will only downsize when it becomes financially impracticle to run a larger car.

The petroleum suppliers are enjoying record incomes, but they are also setting a lot of forces in motion based on the high price of petroleum.

Quoting Jush (Reply 18):
I actually reckon your survival chances if you get hit by a truck are always pretty low.

 checkmark 



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User currently offlineAircraftGeek From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2229 times:



Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 3):
It sure shouldnt look worse than the old one, particularly those awful huge plastic bumpers.

 thumbsup 

Anything will be better than the older version:
http://bandc-motors.co.uk/Ford_Ka_42.jpg

 yuck   crazy 


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

I wouldn’t mind getting one of those with the Diesel in a few years here on Autobahnland.  Smile

User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2214 times:



Quoting Jush (Reply 18):
That actually had to come from our fellow American Anetters

Yep  sarcastic 

Quoting Jush (Reply 18):
I actually reckon your survival chances if you get hit by a truck are always pretty low.

Id rather something with a bit more metal surrounding me. Get hit in one of those, they probably pick you up with a sponge.... On that note, You would be surprised the truck-car accidents where there are survivors. Oddly, not as many in small cars...



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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2211 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 22):
Id rather something with a bit more metal surrounding me. Get hit in one of those, they probably pick you up with a sponge.... On that note, You would be surprised the truck-car accidents where there are survivors. Oddly, not as many in small cars...

Well yeah that is statistically true. When I wrote this I had a side accident in mind. There your chance of survival is limited in every car.

You might have a bit of a better chance to survive a tail hit in a light pickup than a small car. That, however, still depends a lot on velocity.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2182 times:



Quoting Singapore_Air (Reply 6):
And so who's the exterior targeted at?!

Women. I don't recall at any point having seen anyone other than women driving the current model.


25 RayChuang : Will Ford offer the Ka here in the USA? I think based on what Ford said recently about its revamped product line, I think the answer is a loud and emp
26 777ER : Oh yes the XR6 Turbo. The XR6 Turbo is fast becoming the XR8 type power car of choice here in New Zealand and Australia due to its more economical en
27 RayChuang : It's actually a design style Ford calls Kinetic, which has been around since the current European Ford Focus arrived. You see this type of styling es
28 LTU932 : It could be worse. You could be sitting in one of those Chinese copycat cars, which will collapse in any kind of accident. I currently have no VPN fr
29 N1120A : Congratulations on not knowing much about how car safety works.
30 Cadet57 : Haha yeah. Those things are worse then pintos doused in kerosene... So you mean to tell me if one of these "cars" got hit by, say, a suburban the occ
31 KaiGywer : He's a lawyer...
32 N1120A : Well, the Taurus has similar ratings to those of the MINI Cooper, which is just a bit bigger than the Ka. Meanwhile, the MINI Cooper scores significa
33 Cadet57 :
34 N1120A : And? The car did its job. Like they said, it wouldn't matter what you were driving if you decelerated that quickly, because of what would happen to y
35 Dougloid : I've only found two meanings for the term "ka" one of which means "an unknown god" and the other is an ancient Egyptian term for "soul" or "spirit".
36 Cadet57 : Correct, but you'd also be dead. So how is that a safe car? Hell, looking at that video, looks like if you hit something in a smart, there go your le
37 VonRichtofen : Here you go: Now compare these results to the IIHS test of a few SUV's. Notice that side impact airbags are standard on the SMART and not so on many
38 VonRichtofen : In the first video I posted, the IIHS guy totally contradicts what he says at the beginning, and their own test results of SUV's in the second video.
39 Cadet57 : Interesting videos, that said. Quoting from the first video "Smaller lighter vehicles do not protect as well as larger heavier vehicles" Even after wa
40 Cadet57 : Heh, just notcied that too
41 StasisLAX : Head curtain and side impact airbags help protect the driver and passenger alot in smaller vehicles - as do electronic safety systems such as four wh
42 N1120A : No car/truck/SUV is safe in that test.
43 JJJ : It seems the new Ka will be made in Poland in Fiat's plant rather than in Spain in Ford's own plant (makes sense, as platform and engines will all be
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