Take a look at this Ford Ka+ prototype we spied on public roads near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
The Ka has not ever been offered in the US, but it has been a staple of Ford’s European lineup since its debut in 1996. What would this Ka+ be doing in Dearborn? We don’t know for sure, but perhaps Ford is considering to enter the A class segment of cars?
After recently killing off the old Ka, Ford released the Ka+ on the same platform as the Fiesta, but for a lot less money. The base model Ka+ (pictured above) starts at about £9,000 ($11,800 in freedom units) whereas the Fiesta costs almost $15,000.
Currently, the smallest vehicle offered by ford is the Fiesta which competes most directly with the Chevy Sonic, Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa Note, and the Toyota Yaris. Ford may try to bring the Ka+ over to compete with the Chevy Spark, Smart ForTwo, and the Fiat 500. Currently, the Fiesta is one of the pricier cars in its segment, so the Ka+ could be the cheaper offering Ford needs to better compete in the segment.
We should note once again that this is all speculation, however it is quite interesting to see one of Ford’s European market cars driving about in the heard of Detroit. Keep your ears open for more news regarding the Ford Ka+ and a potential move to the US marketplace.
Check out this fun TFLcar mashup between the Ford Focus ST and Ford Fiesta ST.