Ford is to extend the life of the Ka city car to up to 13 years, after delaying a decision on a replacement.
A new Ka still isn’t fixed in Ford’s future model plan after replacement designs were panned in customer clinics.
The next-generation Ka was built on Ford’s new Fiesta platform – code BE256 – styled to reflect the corporate look of the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo.
But when the new design was shown to customers – most of whom were female – it was criticised for not being in the cheeky spirit of today’s Ka, launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1996.
‘Many owners are quite conservative and didn’t want to see any changes to the car they love,’ said an insider, ‘so we’re not in any rush to replace it.’
Instead of a new model, Ford is expected to launch an engineering revamp in 2008.
This is reputed to feature the new 67bhp 1.4-litre diesel from the Fiesta and a 16v Zetec, probably the 74bhp 1.25-litre.