It isn't easy, replacing an icon, but Ford has managed it with some flair. So, it's a case of the Ka is dead, long live the Ka.
When it was first launched in 1996, the Ford Ka was something different. This small car with its unusual styling was the epitome of city-car chic and, although some of the interior materials were not exactly luxurious, the Ford Ka was fun to drive and soon became a big hit, selling well over 500,000 in the UK alone.
Whether the new Ford Ka will give rise to the delightful StreetKa and SportKa as the original did remains to be seen but for now we have a new, cute-looking Ford Ka with a happy air to it and the promise of all the things that made the old one so popular.
First glance shows that the Ford Ka has changed quite dramatically and the reason is that it is built as a joint venture with Fiat and is produced alongside the Fiat 500 in Poland. However, the Ka is far from being a re-badged clone, as Ford designers have made their own mark in the form of so-called, Kinetic Design Language and were responsible for the tuning.
The Kinetic design ethos, which runs throughout the Ford ranges, takes the form of distinctive, strong features, design lines and a trapezoidal front grille. The end result is more of a chunky, 'mini-me' Fiesta than Fiat 500.
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