Ford says Fiat 500-based Ka's future uncertain
by Ronan Glon
Monday, Dec 24th, 2012
Ford has revealed that the pint-sized Ka is unlikely to be replaced once the second-generation model reaches the end of its life in a couple of years.
Developed jointly with Fiat and built on the same Polish assembly line as the 500, the second-gen Ka is mostly sold in Europe so it doesn't fit into the American automaker's "One Ford" philosophy. To make matters worse, Martin Smith, Ford of Europe's design head, admitted that the company makes "absolutely no profit" on the city car.
It would be extremely unwise for Ford's European arm to completely give up on city cars and the Ka will likely leave its spot to a slightly bigger model that will have more global appeal.
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