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2014 Ford Ka near-production concept revealed

Looks as expected

The first images with the Ford Ka concept have been published online, following the car's reveal in Brazil.

There were rumors about the Ka's demise but last month we saw some spy photos with a small Ford prototype and we assumed it was the Ka. It turns out we were right as the Blue Oval company won't kill the Ka after all since they just unveiled a near-production concept in Brazil which previews the next generation set to go on sale next year.

It looks exactly as you would expect, like a shrunken Fiesta with the now familiar Aston Martin-like front grille and other typical Ford cues. The car appears to be pretty much production-ready, except maybe for the headlights which resemble the ones seen on the Escort concept.

Full specifications were not released but Brazilian media is reporting the car will have a naturally-aspirated 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 80 HP (59 kW), along with a 1.5-liter rated at 111 HP (82 kW) when running on ethanol and 107 HP (79 kW) when using gasoline.

It is scheduled to go on sale at first in Brazil and after that in other emerging markets. Ford could decide to bring it to Europe as well.

Source: Ford

FORD UNVEILS ALL-NEW GLOBAL SMALL CAR CONCEPT IN BRAZIL

  • Ford Ka Concept envisions a robust, cleverly designed and fuel-efficient new choice for urban consumers
  • Strengthens Ford’s portfolio of offerings to seize the opportunities generated by fast-growing global demand for compact cars
  • Extends Ford Brazil’s track record in developing attainable vehicles built on global platforms that are within reach of the emerging class of consumers in fast-growing markets around the world

The all-new Ford Ka Concept – a sleek, compact hatchback that features bold design, quality engineering and innovative technologies – envisions a new choice for entry-level urban consumers in Brazil and other key markets around the world.

Introduced here today, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford opened the ceremony at Ford’s Northeast Industrial Complex in Camaçari before an audience of consumers, media and employees. In addition to visiting Ford’s Brazil operations, Bill Ford was in South America to celebrate the company’s 100-year anniversary in Argentina later in the week.

“Ford has a long history in Brazil, bringing development, jobs and growth to the region,” said Bill Ford. “As an integral part of our global growth strategy, we are committed to bringing world-class products to Brazil and to helping the region create global vehicles for the rest of the world.”

Ka Concept expands Ford’s portfolio of compact car offerings. The vehicle strategically positions the company to address global demand for sub-B compact vehicles, a segment that is projected to increase to approximately 6.2 million vehicles by 2017. Anticipated to grow by 35 percent from 2012 to 2017, this compact vehicle segment would far outpace the industry growth rate by 12 percentage points largely on the back of surging demand from urban consumers in developing countries.

A strong precursor to an all-new global compact car from Ford, a vehicle such as the Ka Concept could launch in 2014. Designed with many features normally reserved for more expensive vehicles, it offers class-leading fuel economy, a roomy interior with comfortable seating for five, best-in-class air conditioning, and a host of useful technologies such as a central docking station for mobile devices and Ford SYNC®. These are amenities that are important for compact car buyers who are demanding an ever more robust package of features at an attainable price.

“The Ford Ka Concept is aimed at customers in growth markets who want and expect more,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas for Ford Motor Company, who was on hand to unveil the new concept vehicle. “It will delight consumers with its sleek design, clever technology, attention-to-detail quality and superb craftsmanship. It also shows the continued importance of our South American design and engineering capabilities to serve markets around the world. It’s truly another global design and engineering milestone for Ford.”

The Ka Concept is the second vehicle developed by Ford Brazil following the highly successful EcoSport compact utility. It represents a critical entry in emerging markets such as South America and South Asia, which will jointly make up 44 percent of the global sub-B compact vehicle segment by 2017. The Ka Concept positions Ford as a strong option and exemplifies the company’s One Ford pledge to serve customers in all markets with a full family of vehicles.

From a design standpoint, the Ka Concept offers many global Ford design cues including the trapezoidal front grille and detailed surface lines, which reflect the design DNA of Ford’s next generation of global vehicles. The raked hood communicates efficiency and precision, while bold, elongated headlamps add to the long, lean look of the body. Sweeping, curved lines moving from the front of the vehicle to the rear create a sense of movement. The roofline rises from the rear to the trunk lid, where a spoiler, pronounced lines and large taillamps add a strong visual element.

The Ford Ka Concept features a best-in-class interior design with quality craftsmanship not often found in such an attainable vehicle. Inventive features include a shoe console side stowage that complements a device-docking station that will serve as the driver’s connection point to the world of mobility.

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brsepultura
Hey guys, most of you are missing the point. This car is meant for the brazilian market. It will replace something hideous, not the european Ka. Check out the outgoing model: http://www.motorclube.com.br/images/wallpapers/2009/ford-ka-2010_1600.jpg
Nov 14, 2013 7:29 pm
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Sacto8780
Oh gawd--talk about a "plain Jane" three door hatchback! If the new Ka looks anything like the concept, it will be a hot seller anywhere it's sold.
Nov 14, 2013 8:35 pm
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saytamaner
You are right, but they should not use the name of a cult-car for an ordinary regional model anyway.
Nov 15, 2013 3:30 am
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brsepultura
Absolutely! But thats what we have to put up with in Brazil. Not to mention this new model will start at nearly US$ 13k...
Nov 15, 2013 5:20 pm
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TomasramonCorrea
I like the front, the rear looks like any of the Hyundai or Kia smaller cars.
Nov 14, 2013 10:06 am
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Madness
Its not a bad looking car, it looks like the love-grandchild of the Cygnet, Polo, i20 and new micra.
Nov 13, 2013 6:08 pm
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NickStewart
What a miserable looking little car.
Nov 13, 2013 3:31 pm
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automophile83
I'm from the U.S. so i don't know much about the Ka but is there really that much of a following for this car over there? i would have nothing to say about it if there weren't so much outrage about the design of a sub-compact people carrier. Not even the mustang has these kind of outrage in the states. Its just a Ka. It won't be drawing that many looks anyway.
Nov 13, 2013 2:24 pm
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peterjames7
The ka was like the real contemporary mini of the 90's reviving the city car market as superminis became so large. The fact you called it a sub mini people carrieralone as an independent validates it missed the mark.......but in the new financially broken world cheap rehashed vehicles are wat developing (and the money) are looking for, just like the similarly boring cheap new micra
Nov 13, 2013 4:59 pm
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automophile83
After googling the earlier ford ka,I now understand what the issue is. Totally different kind of car.
Nov 13, 2013 8:55 pm
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HermanCampbell
Way to ruin the Ka
Nov 13, 2013 12:59 pm
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peterjames7
Looks like new micra with slimmer headlights. ..this is terrible doesnt even look like a city car anymore
Nov 13, 2013 6:09 am
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f1fan2009
why does it look like an i20?
Nov 13, 2013 5:30 am
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alihijazi
overall looks like SKODA fabia, front is trying to imitate an Aston Martin; one way to ruin the Name KA
Nov 13, 2013 5:02 am
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saytamaner
Ford, if you really have to produce this, please pay some respect to the original design and do not use the Ka name.
Nov 13, 2013 4:48 am
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Mikeado
That already went out of the window with the second-gen, which is just a dressed-up and less interesting Fiat 500.
Nov 13, 2013 9:28 am
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saytamaner
You're right, but even that car had a little charm, it was even cool compared to this ugly creature.
Nov 13, 2013 9:39 am
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JekDude
I prefer the front end on this to the fiesta as the grill is better proportioned. But it's a shame that the KA is going 'mainstream'. I felt this could have been the DS3 to the MINI in the Ford KA - Fiat 500 relationship if they played their cards right. :/
Nov 13, 2013 3:31 am
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Prestige15
The old KA was way better and sold in big numbers. It had a funky love or hate looks which made it a cool car.
Nov 13, 2013 4:12 am
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Aygo
I whole-heartedly agree. It's a decent looking car but I wouldn't have used the KA moniker. Judging by the size, it doesn't look like a city-car anymore. My guess is this concept is slightly shorter than the Fiesta supermini. Perhaps Ford is aiming the new KA at the Mitsu. Mirage and Nissan Micra.
Nov 13, 2013 7:56 am
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tomi.ro
aston martin cygnet evolved into a 4 door small car :))
Nov 13, 2013 3:22 am
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9TNine
...think the 2014 Hyundai i10 looks more like a 4-door Cygnet, especially from the rear view (IMO).
Nov 13, 2013 4:08 am
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