Production version of Ford Start Concept coming

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 15, 2010

Ford Motor Co. is working on a production version of the Start, whose concept was introduced at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, according to an autocar report. The production version is believed to be priced at about $13,000 and to enter the market in 2014.

When the Ford Start concept was presented at the Beijing show, speculations arose that Ford was developing a revolutionary successor for the Ka supermini.

Ford actually unveiled two new products: the concept and its engine. Ford had presented the smallest version of an Ecoboost engine, the unit has a displacement of 1.0 liters and uses three cylinders.

It is likely that this vehicle, which is destined worldwide, will be introduced first in growing markets, including China and India. Ford designed the Start to be lightweight.

Its body panels are made from pre-colored composites, while the body features a combination of aluminum and high-strength steel. Its design, an evolution of Ford’s kinetic concept, was made by a global team of designers at Ford's Irvine, California Strategic Concepts Group Studios.

The engine uses Ford’s latest downsizing developments, including advanced turbocharging and a spark-ignited direct injection fuel management system.

Ford claims that this unit has an output similar to that of a naturally aspirated unit with a capacity of 1.4 liters, while its CO2 emissions are less than 100 grams per km. Ford asserted that the powerplant is set for production in the near future. The unit is expected to be fitted on numerous Ford models, including the Fiesta and the Focus.

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