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Ford Ka

Broadcast dates : 8th January 2006
14th January 2006

Fordís Ka is essentially the same design that was launched a few years ago in Europe.

Its emergence in second-generation form on the South African market is timely with the likes of Daihatsuís, Kia's and other modern baby cars making a splash in a segment previously populated by dated Tazz's, CitiGolfs and Corsa Lites.

The Kaís interior carries over the modular exterior styling theme to good effect. With Ford South Africa marketing just one entry-level model, it comes in fairly no-frills spec, lacking such items as a rev counter and electric windows.

In fact the after-thought manual winders spoil an otherwise harmonious cabin.

The biggest job that the Ka has to do for Ford is captivate the all-important youth market. In this respect itís already a winner, and we can visualize queues of university students with their well-off fathers in tow, lining up at the blue oval dealerships.
As we have remarked in previous Ford tests, someone in the chassis department deserves a medal.

It has a straightforward suspension layout that offers poise, grip and maneuverability, extending the Kaís roll far beyond that of a mere commuter-mobile.

Although the Ford Ka is a fully imported model, patriotic South Africans will be pleased to know that its 1,3 litre Rocam engine is manufactured in Port Elizabeth. These are shipped to Spain, where the Ka is built.

Itís a bit old-fashioned and a bit short on lugging power, but Hendrik feels it suits the Kaís simplicity.

In the overseas markets the Ka is available with a 70 kiloWatt engine, and weíd love to try that, as the excellent chassis deserves more punch.

But the Ka has been described as Fordís Mini and thatís a perfect analogy. Fun, vibrant, and just the boost that Ford needed in the entry-level stakes.

Ford Ka
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol 1 297 cc
  • Power: 51 kW @ 5 500 rpm
  • Torque: 106 Nm @ 3 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 13,7 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 167 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 6,5 litres/100 km (claimed) 
  • Price: R87 750

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