Introducing the Brand New Ka 5 Door - Auto Express Story..
Ford Ka+ revealed; not much smaller than current Fiesta; starts at under £9k
"Ford is aiming for budget-conscious small car customers who would normally choose second-hand vehicles with its new value offering, the Ka+, which aims to serve up supermini space for city car money. Despite its name, the model you see here bears no relation to the diminutive Ka city car, which will be killed off as part of realignment of Ford's small car strategy. The new vehicle is almost as large as a Ford Fiesta, in fact, and uses many of that car's components, including Ford's global small car chassis technology. Ford believes it can attract buyers with the combination of space, big car safety and lower running costs, all at a starting price of just under £9,000. While the car has already gone on sale in South America, and is being built and sold in India, Ford says it has improved quality and handling to meet the higher expectations of European buyers. The Ka+ is a little shorter that the existing Fiesta, but it's 21mm taller. The 270-litre boor - including 13 litres of under floor storage - is only 10 litres shy of the Fiesta's load space. There's a significant lip to lift items over although the space itself looks usefully square, and can be extended using 60:40 split-fold rear seats."
"Brand Believes the new car's main rivals will be the Dacia Sandero and Kia Rio"
"The Ka+ will be available in three specifications, although all of them feature the same engine - a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. The most basic spec and trim level will be called Studio, with a 69bhp version of the engine. With 105Nm if torque, the entry-level car will do 0-62 in 15.3 seconds. Ford's official fuel tests give this spec average economy of 56.5mpg, with 114g/km CO2 emissions. The higher-specced Zetec will get the same motor, but also an 84bph engine with 112km of torque. The 84bph Zetec will do 0-62 in 13.3 seconds, with emissions of 114g/km, while an ECO versions boasts different gearing and low-rolling-resistance tyres to slash CO2 to just 110g/km . Inside, there are give seats, but room for four adults to travel in comfort, with plenty of legroom and headroom even for six-footers. The dashboard mixes hard plastics with reassuringly familiar and solid Ford switchgear, plus some clever touches such as foam padding in the floor panel where your elbow would normally rest. The Studio trim wont get air-conditioning as standard, although it is available to order as an option pack. Standard kit includes remote central locking, electric front windows and electrically adjustable door mirrors. It also features MyFord Dock - a storage bin on the top of the dash that can be used to charge and mount smart phones so their navigation systems can be used while on the move. The more expensive Zetec editions get manual air-con, along with the first generation of Ford's SYNC infotainment system, accessed via a small colour display that will be familiar to current Fiesta owners. Buyers can also choose from a wider ranger of options, including 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel with cruise control, folding side mirrors, DAB radio, climate control, electric rear windows and heated seats. All Ka+ models will get six airbags and electronic stability control. Ford hasn't crash-tested the car yet, but Darren Palmer, director of B-Platform vehicles, said he expect the Ka+ to "perform at least as well as the current Fiesta". Under the latest regulations, this should equate to a four-star Euro NCAP rating. Ford believes the new car's main rivals will be the Dacia Sandero and Kia Rio, but Palmer added: "In reality we benchmarked the existing Fiesta." The Ka+ goes on sale this month in Zetec form, which starts at £9,995 for a 69bhp edition. Deliveries start in October - and by then, the Studio model will be available from £8,995."
"Ford believes it can attract buyers with a supermini space, big car safety and lower running costs"
Revolutionary 'baby Fiesta' brings big car technology for city car money.
"Ford gets sporty with ST-Line Fiesta, Focus"
"Along with the KA+, Ford has also launched a new ST-Line trim for its Fiesta and Focus models. The sporty family cars get returned suspension, bespoke interior trim, fresh alloy wheels and a bodykit - bur use conventional engines like the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol and 1.5 TDCi diesels. The cars are designed to echo the full-fat ST models, while offering better economy, and easier everyday driving experience and reduced running costs. The exterior styling tweaks include a rear diffuser and lip spoiler, dark surrounds for the front foglights and a honeycomb design for the grille. Ford expects up to 10 percent of Fiesta buyers to pick an ST Line - and is already lining up additional models, believed to include the Kuga and S-Max. One source has also confirmed to Auto Express that the EcoSport baby SUV is likely to get the ST-Line treatment, paired with Ford's 138bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine."
Sporty diffuser and roof spoiler add a racy look to the new cars' rear ends.