Updates to the Ford Ka

The Ford Ka, launched in 1996, is a city mini with the original model being updated in 2008 when a new version made its debut at the Paris Motor show.

The new generation vehicle came with two engines - a 1.2-litre 69PS Duratec petrol and the first Ka diesel – a 1.3-litre 75 PS Duratorq TDCi.

Both petrol and diesel models were available with sub-120g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

The new Ka had an updated interior and exterior design. Production started in the autumn of 2008, with the vehicle going on sale in most major European markets in late 2008/early 2009.

The introduction of the new version saw Ford extend its kinetic design language to the smallest car range.

Designed for a young target audience the new Ka had the same compact proportions as its predecessor, but with a chunky and expressive style all of its own.

A number of visual cues from the outgoing car ensured that the new design was obviously a Ka, yet it had the qualities which marked it out as a member of the kinetic design family.

The interior of the Ka had the same kinetic design philosophy used to shape the body.

Bold contrasts and expressive colours were deliberately chosen and these were combined with some imaginative design details to give the interior a fashionable and fun personality.

The Ka was practical too, with a roomy interior and accommodation for four adults and their belongings.

The high seating position, carefully placed controls and good visibility made the Ka an option for drivers of all ages.

The original Ka - now used Ford Ka - was praised for its go-kart like handling, and the replacement was designed to be just as rewarding to drive.

Ford’s own chassis engineering experts tuned the suspension, steering, and chassis.

Final testing was conducted using a combination of public roads, proving grounds and race tracks – including the legendary Nürburgring in Germany.

During the engineering process, information was exchanged with the team developing the new Fiesta, and certain components, such as the tyres, were jointly developed for both models.

The new Ford Ka was designed to be both cheap to run and kind to the environment. It used two  engines - a 1.2-litre 69 PS Duratec petrol engine and, for the first time on Ka, a 1.3-litre 75 PS Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel. Both petrol and diesel models were available with sub-120g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

The 1.2-litre petrol model was expected to be the largest seller in the new range and cut fuel consumption by 21 per cent compared to the previous 1.3-litre Ka.

The diesel model improved economy still further - achieving a combined fuel consumption of 4.2 litres/100km. Both power units gave the updated Ka a significant amount of punch on the road.