The Ford Ka has had a rather interesting existence. The first-gen supermini launched to a rather lukewarm reception due to controversial styling and never enjoyed any substantial sales success, while the second-gen model — which is based on the Fiat 500 platform and made by Fiat for Ford — didn’t reach the sales or profit success Ford had originally hoped for. Given that state of affairs, it was widely believed that The Blue Oval is planning to discontinue the Ka following the second-gen model, which would call Opel’s recently-launched Adam, Fiat 500, and Mini Cooper as its main competitors. But that doesn’t appear to be so.
While details on Ford’s next-gen supermini are currently in short supply, these spy shots show what appears to be the replacement for the Ka, which may or may not actually wear the Ka name. While the first two generations of the supermini were solely available in two-door variants (plus a convertible StreetKa and a sportier-looking SportKa for the first-gen model), the mule seen here clearly has four doors, wears the now-familiar trapezoidal Ford grille, and features Fiesta-inspired taillights.
One major unknown, however, is the platform that Ford is planning on using to underpin this vehicle, and whether it will be Ford’s own, or sourced/licensed from a partner (read: Fiat). Another uncertainty revolves around the name for the vehicle: will The Blue Oval keep the Ka name for its next-gen supermini, or give it a fresh start with a new moniker?
Whatever platform and name are used, the vehicle is expected to be sold globally, with Ford allegedly planing on a 2015 launch. The new vehicle would be sold in certain global markets, including in Europe, Asia, and South America, with North American availability being rather unclear at this point.
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