The unique Ford Ka went on sale to large essential acclaim within the autumn of 1996. The primary instance of an entire new design technology referred to as New Edge, it was really a pioneering automobile for Ford of Europe.
Beneath the pores and skin it was a removed from complicated piece of equipment, however for more often than not it was greater than ok, even when the engine felt fairly lengthy within the tooth from day one. Regardless of this, it was enjoyable to drive and rewarding to personal. It spawned a ‘heat’ Sportka model and the soft-top Ford Streetka, too.
The primary-generation Ford Ka achieved many issues in many various nations in the course of the 12 years it remained on sale, together with quite a few design and greatest automobile awards all through Europe. However certainly its best feat was reaching over 1.4 million houses, over half one million of which had been within the UK.
We Europeans cherished that unique New Edge Ka, proper up till the final one rolled off the manufacturing line in 2008. So you might say that its successor is underneath unprecedented strain to succeed.
Ford’s resolution to the near-impossible-to-solve equation of methods to earn a living out of a high-quality, fascinating metropolis automobile was to hitch up with Fiat and break up the event prices. Which is why beneath its pores and skin the brand new Ka shares 80 p.c of its parts with the Fiat 500.