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Active variant of 2018 Ford Ka+ comes with crossover-like features

At the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show next month, we won’t be seeing the all new Ford Focus. But there’s something else there that we’re sure you’ll want to see for yourself. The automaker’s entry level model in Europe, the Ka+, is currently going through some physical changes. Sources say that it will also come with an Active version, like that of the Fiesta Active that came out last year.

The pseudo crossover is more than just what’s apparent on the exterior. It has got a new plastic body cladding, and its suspension has been raised by about +23 millimeters / 0.9 inches. It now has a wider track as well as larger front anti roll bars.

The automaker also decided that they will tweak the electronic power steering as well, therefore making the Ford Ka+ Active feel more like a crossover when being taken out for a ride. Dampers had been retuned as well, enabling a smoother ride when driving on bumpy roads, while the new Active Rollover Prevention system has an updated security, for when you strap your luggage on the roof.

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Ford refuses to react to rumors of EcoSport, Ka production at Craiova, Romania plant

Ford Motor Company refused to comment on speculations that it will add production of the EcoSport SUV and the Ka minicar to its underused Craiova plant in Romania. Accordingly, the car maker is planning to build the EcoSport for Europe in the said factory.

Presently, Ford imports the EcoSport from India for European distributors. The Ka is also reportedly being considered for production at Craiova. Currently, Ford is in an industrial tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to create the Ka at the latter's factory in Tychy, Poland together with the Fiat 500, Ka's platform sibling.

The production of Ka in FCA's Tychy plant will end by April. Ford is offering a new Ka, which is inspired by Ford's global B platform underpinning the Fiesta subcompact, in India and Brazil. It is produced in Chennai, India together with the EcoSport. Ford Europe President Jim Farley declined to comment on the matter, saying that "nothing new" is to be revealed.

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Ford will introduce a new Ka minicar in Europe in 2015

As you may know already, Ford unveiled the Ka Concept back in November. Today, the carmaker announced that it will introduce a new Ka minicar in Europe in 2015 and that it will be based on the concept car that was unveiled in Brazil. This new five-door model will replace the three-door Ka that went on sale in Europe back in 2008.

Still, the Ka will not be the only model launched. Ford also announced that as part of its plans to use parent Ford Motor Co.’s global model portfolio to return to profit by 2015, will also launch the new Mustang, Edge large SUV as well as the EcoSport subcompact SUV. According to Ford, the new Ka will be smaller and less expensive than the current Fiesta.

The concept version is based on company’s global B platform that is used also by the Fiesta. “Despite the challenging market conditions, Ford continues to heavily invest in new products in Europe to position the company for success in the future,” Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell said.

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Ford plans to sell the new Ka in Europe

Ford has unveiled the Ka Concept in Brazil, saying that it will be the carmaker’s first global entrant in the sub-B small car segment. Ford executives want the Ka to help grow the carmaker’s market share in developing markets around the world. The carmaker aims for the five-passenger Ka small hatchback to tail after the EcoSport subcompact crossover that Ford introduced in 2012 and is already available in many developing markets.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, remarked that the Ka Concept is "one of the most important product programs in the company in the last few years." It is part of Ford’s goal to tap into emerging markets in South America and South Asia that are expected to boost the growth of the subcompact segment to 6.2 million vehicles globally by 2017.

The subcompact vehicle market is expected to increase by 35 percent between 2012 and 2017. It is expected that South America and South Asia will account for 44 percent of the global subcompact market.  Ford believes that the Ka Concept can help it increase its current 9.5 percent market share in Brazil, which is its third-largest market.

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Ford’s all-new Ka Concept is a sleek, compact hatchback that visualizes a new alternative for entry-level urban consumers not just in Brazil, but also in other key markets globally.

Boasting a bold design, quality engineering, as well as groundbreaking technologies, the Ford Ka Concept would allow Ford to expand its current compact car portfolio. After all, once put into production, it could well position the carmaker to further cater to the global demand for sub-B compact vehicles, a segment expected to grow to around 6.2 million vehicles by 2017. With an expected surge of 35 percent from 2012 to 2017, Ford Ka Concept would outgrow the auto industry by 12 percentage points, mainly thanks to heavy demand from urban consumers in a number of developing countries.

Considered as a concept that would eventually lead to an all-new global compact car from Ford, the American carmaker may introduce the production version of the Ford Ka Concept as soon as 2014. Ford designed and developed the Ford Ka Concept to offer a number of features typically found in more expensive vehicles. Aside from this, the Ford Ka Concept offers a spacious interior that could accommodate up to five people. It also offers class-leading air conditioning. Aside from leading its class in terms of fuel economy, the Ford Ka Concept offers an array of practical technologies like a central docking station for mobile devices and Ford SYNC. All of these features are expected to appeal to customers looking for a compact car with more robust package of features but with an attainable price.

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Although small city cars are popular it appears that the Ford Ka has an uncertain future, according to a Ford senior marketing executive. Despite the fact that Ford Ka sales continue to go down, the American manufacturer is not advertising the small car, which is considered a stand-alone vehicle. Back in 2012, Ford sold 59,112 units, while sales through April are down 27 percent to 18,824 units.

For those folks who don’t know, the Ford Ka was launched in 2008 as a replacement for the first-generation Ka, and it is based on the Fiat 500. Moreover, the Ford Ka is built at Fiat's factory in Tychy, Poland, which recently rolled off the 1 millionth Fiat 500. Ford of Europe design head Martin Smith told Autocar that the Ka produces absolutely no profit.

Moreover, the small car doesn’t fit into the company's global One Ford strategy due to the fact that it won’t pass a crash test in the United States as it was designed to suit European tastes. Despite this, no facelifts are planned. Elena Cortesi, Ford of Europe's director of social media, believes that Ka sales are still healthy.

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Ford will introduce the Ka Grand Prix limited edition on the Dutch market and will give this vehicle a touch of the motorsport world. The differences between the limited edition model and its regular production version may not be that obvious at a glance. The limited edition features a single offset racing stripe that runs the length of the car.

Buyers can choose to have the body painted in either Sunrise with Chrystal White accents or Chrystal White with Sunrise accents.

The racing Ka has also been fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels with wide 195/45 R16 tires, large rear spoiler, extra dark Privacy Glass and fog lamps, and contrasting grille and side mirrors. It has a more luxurious interior. Ford covered the steering wheel and the seats in leather and colored the handbrake grip and gear knob in Sunrise Grand Prix.

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Ford revealed today at the Paris Motor Show its new Ka custom model available in three different and original packages especially built for the new version of Ka. Three different kits inspired on different themes, with special designs for both interior and exterior are translated in the Ka Digital, Ka Grand Prix and Ka Tattoo. 

The Digital Ka has a fresh look featuring patterned body stripes and green grille surround at the exterior. At the interior the car gets seats featuring patterned inserts with green headrests, green door panels, door pulls, steering wheel ad rings around the air vents.

The Grand Prix kit features at the exterior the same patterned body stripes with solid color grille surround and door mirror cappings which can be combined with a rear spoiler and white alloy wheels.

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