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FORD Ka 2008-2015

Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Small
Production years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Ford developed the Ka in a joint-project alongside the Italian car-maker Fiat. But the result was far from what was expected.

The Ka was built in Poland at Fiat's factory on the same assembly line with the 500, Panda, and the Lancia Ypsilon. In October 2008, at the Paris Motor Show, Ford introduced it while the world financial crisis was shaking the automotive industry. Ford needed a car that could sell in big numbers to compensate for other blue-oval brands' financial loss. It was kept on the market for almost eight years, but it was discontinued afterward on the European continent.

The design was a blend of curved lines combined in angles that made the car looks bigger. The hood was short, and the greenhouse was tall to make room for four adults. It was hard to hide that the vehicle had less than 12 ft (3.6 m) long. The three-door hatchback was fit for crowded cities, and the tall bumpers were designed to reduce the repair costs due to light parking scratches.

The Ford designers installed a two-tone dashboard to improve the car's appeal in front of the customers. With its friendly dashboard and high-mounted gear stick, Ford addressed the car to those who needed a car for the urban commute. In the back, there was hardly room for three adults. The rear bench seatback was folding to expand the, otherwise, small trunk.

While Fiat installed its 1.4-liter gasoline unit, Ford kept the 1.2-liter version and took the Italian company's 1.3-liter turbodiesel engine. The Ka was offered exclusively with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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FORD Ka 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.2L 5MT (69 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.3L TDCi 5MT (75 HP)
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FORD Ka 1.2L 5MT (69 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 5MT (69 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1242 cm3
Power
51 KW @ 5500 RPM
69 HP @ 5500 RPM
68 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
75 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
102 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.2 gallons (34.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
98.7 mph (159 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/50 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
142.5 in (3620 mm)
Width
65.2 in (1656 mm)
Height
59.2 in (1504 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.6/55.4 in (1,412/1,407 mm)
Wheelbase
90.5 in (2299 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.9 cuFT (224 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1851.8 lbs (840 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2910.1 lbs (1320 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Highway
53.4 mpg US (4.4 L/100Km)
Combined
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
119 g/km

FORD Ka 1.3L TDCi 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L TDCi 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1248 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 4000 RPM
75 HP @ 4000 RPM
74 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
107 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM
145 Nm @ 1500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
9.2 gallons (34.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100 mph (161 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/50 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
142.5 in (3620 mm)
Width
65.2 in (1656 mm)
Height
59.2 in (1504 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.6/55.4 in (1,412/1,407 mm)
Wheelbase
90.5 in (2299 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.9 cuFT (224 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2105.4 lbs (955 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3119.5 lbs (1415 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
Highway
63.5 mpg US (3.7 L/100Km)
Combined
56 mpg US (4.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
112 g/km
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