This article needs 2006 ford fusion repair manual pdf citations for verification. The Ford Ka is a small car manufactured by the American manufacturer, Ford Motor Company from 1996 to 2016, as a city car, and from 2014 onwards as a subcompact car.
The first two generations have a three-door hatchback body style, with the first generation also having a two-door convertible version that was marketed as the StreetKA, alongside a sporty hatch version, known as the SportKA. There is also the Ford Ka NOW. The third generation is produced as a five-door hatchback and as a four-door sedan. The name Ka has a number of possible pronunciations. For example, with a long or short “a”, or with the letters pronounced separately. Ford’s press office has used all three. The car was introduced on 11 September 1996 as a small and low-cost addition to the Ford range.
It was based on the Mark IV Ford Fiesta platform, but with a completely different exterior design. The design borrowed a lot from Ghia’s “Saetta” show car, a roadster designed by Filippo Sapino. When the Ka was first introduced to the public it provoked mixed reactions, due to its original and striking New Edge design, overseen by Jack Telnack and executed by Claude Lobo. Under Richard Parry-Jones’ supervision, the suspension and steering settings allowed for hard cornering and high levels of grip, providing strong handling characteristics. For the first three years of production, all models had black plastic bumpers to minimise parking damage to paintwork in city environments. These bumpers contained a stabiliser to prevent UV degradation which made them unsuitable for painting because the paint would not adhere properly.
The Ka has proved highly profitable for Ford despite its low selling price, largely due to low development costs. In 2006, Ford sold 17,000 examples of the Ka model per year in the United Kingdom. As with other Ford models, insufficient anti-corrosion treatment during manufacture and the use of non-galvanised steel results in premature surface and structural corrosion becoming established on cars used in more northern, damp climates. In Australia, the Ka was introduced in October 1999 and was on the market there until 2002. This was partly due to the lack of an automatic transmission, which is preferred by a large proportion of Australian car buyers. The Ka has been the best-selling car in its class in the United Kingdom for a number of years and commands around a fifth of the city car market.
Power steering was added to the specification of the basic Ka after the first year. The Luxury version came with a Quickclear heated windscreen, leather seats and interior trim as well as standard air conditioning. A “Ka Blue” special edition was also launched in the UK with dark blue bumpers and a silvery-blue dashboard insert, rather than the standard models’ silver. The Ka Sun Collection with a full-length fabric folding roof was also added to the range during the summer months.
Unique to the UK was the Ford Ka Van variant, produced exclusively for BT Group and featuring a bespoke flat plywood floor with rubber over-mat and white ply covers instead of rear windows. A further line-up revision gave Ka the following trim levels in the United Kingdom: Studio, Style, Style Climate and Zetec Climate. In 2005, the Sublime model was introduced. This was only produced in very small numbers and is now one of the most sought after Ka’s. Both models came with slightly widened bumpers front and rear with integral fog lamps.
Basic had cloth seats and air conditioning was an option. A pink version was produced to promote the new Thunderbirds film, and supplied by Ford to the movie producer. The Thunderbird movie cars were unveiled at the Birmingham Motor Show. A Ford KA rally championship was created in 1998. In 2008, the European Ka was replaced with a model developed and produced for Ford by Fiat S.
A in conjunction with Fiat’s own 500 vehicle. Despite the wholly different architecture underneath, the new Ka maintains the curved styling features of the original, while bringing the look in line with Ford’s Kinetic Design philosophy. It retains the wheel-at-each-corner stance of the previous model. Ford promises a cabin featuring ‘expressive colours’. The new Ka comes with a choice of two engines, a 1. Both engines are supplied from Fiat. The main mechanical differentiator between the new Ka and its Fiat sibling is that the Ford has better shock absorption than the Fiat 500.
Fitting a rear anti-roll bar enabled 30 percent softer springs and accordingly retuned dampers to improve ride performance over uneven road surfaces. Some of these improvements were subsequently adopted on Fiat 500 Abarth and Fiat 500C models. The new Ka made its debut in the 22nd James Bond film Quantum of Solace and was unveiled in October 2008’s Paris Motor Show. In 2008, there was some speculation that the Ka might be introduced to the North American market.
It has since been confirmed however that Ford consider the Ka too small for American tastes and will not be introducing the vehicle to this market. Tattoo was replaced in 2011 by Metal. All Individual models are based on the Zetec. Developed by Ford Brazil, the Ford Ka Concept was unveiled in Brazil in November 2013. The new model is based on Ford’s global B platform, sharing its underpinnings with the Fiesta supermini, and embodies Ford’s Kinetic 2. In Brazil, it is offered with a choice of two petrol engines: a 1. ABS with EBD was tested by Latin NCAP and was awarded four stars out of five.
It was subsequently launched in Mexico in September 2015, and in South Africa one month later. In March 2016, it was also introduced in Argentina. Over the years the Latin American Ka has become progressively different from the European Ka. The first divergence was in 2003, when the rear of the Latin American made Ka was significantly re-designed. This was followed by a more complete divergence from the European Ka in 2007, when the Latin American made Ka was relaunched with a completely new body over the original platform.