start with a James Bond adventure
new James Bond adventure, ‘Quantum
of Solace’, will feature the all-new
Ford Ka next month.
new small car will make its screen
debut alongside the film's beautiful
leading lady, Olga Kurylenko, who
plays Camille, a woman with her own
personal mission and who quickly
becomes an unlikely ally for Bond.
'Quantum of Solace' Ka features
metallic gold paint with an exclusive
exterior graphics and interior trim
new Ka is the perfect match for the
character of Camille – adventurous,
individual and thoroughly modern,”
said Ingvar Sviggum, Vice President
for Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford
of Europe. “We are delighted
that the launch of the film coincides
with the launch of such a significant
new model for Ford of Europe.”
Ka’s cameo continues Ford of
Europe's relationship with the James
Bond films, following the debut
appearance of the latest Ford Mondeo,
in the 2006 blockbuster, ‘Casino
of Solace’ is produced for EON
Productions by Michael G. Wilson and
Barbara Broccoli and distributed by
Sony Pictures Entertainment.
by Marc Forster, the film stars Daniel
Craig as the legendary secret agent,
James Bond and opens in the UK and
France on October 31st, then across
the rest of Europe during November
23 September 2008.
The all-new Ford Ka makes its
global debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show (public days
4-19 October 2008), a few days before making its
screen debut in the new James Bond film, ‘Quantum of
Solace’, which opens in the UK and France on October
31st, then across the rest of Europe during November
Replacing the iconic original Ka
which was based on an earlier Fiesta generation and
launched in 1996, the all-new Ka retains its small
size (B-segment, sub-compact in U.S. classification
terms), cute looks and fun personality, but with a
fresh all-new package. Production starts this autumn
and the vehicle will go on sale in most major European
markets in late 2008/early 2009.
New Ka combines Ford’s latest
design with some of the spirit which made the original
Designed for a young target
audience, the all-new Ka has the same compact
proportions as its predecessor. A number of visual
cues from the outgoing car ensure that the new design
is recognisably a Ka, with the new kinetic design
Bold contrasts and expressive
colours have been selected to reflect the tastes of
the typical Ka customer. On the practical side,
interior space welcomes four adults with their
belongings. The driver gets a high seating position
for better visibility.
The all-new Ford Ka has been
developed as part of a common project with Fiat. The
vehicle is produced at the modern Fiat manufacturing
plant in Tychy, Poland, sharing the platform and
production line with the new Fiat
Panda and Fiat
However, Ford’s own chassis
engineering experts have tuned the suspension,
steering, and chassis. Final testing was conducted
using a combination of public roads, proving grounds
and race tracks – including the Nürburgring in
contrasts and expressive colours.
During the engineering process,
information was exchanged with the team developing the
Fiesta (which shares its platform with the new Mazda2),
and certain components, such as the tyres, were
jointly developed for both models.
Ford says the all-new Ka is
designed to be cheap to run and environmentally
friendly, with two economical, low emission engines: a
1.2-litre 69 PS Duratec petrol engine and, for the
first time on Ka, a 1.3-litre 75 PS Duratorq TDCi
turbodiesel. Both petrol and diesel models are
available with under 120g/km CO2 emissions.
stylish and... quite tempting!
Ford expects the 1.2-litre petrol
model to be the largest seller in the all-new range.
It has cut fuel consumption by 21 per cent compared to
the previous 1.3-litre Ka.
The diesel model – available on
the Ka for the first time achieves a combined fuel
consumption of 67.2mpg (imperial mpg, 4.2 litres/100
The body shell has been developed
to provide a strong, stable crash structure to protect
passengers. It is combined with what Ford calls
"Intelligent Protection System" (IPS), which
integrates airbags, restraint systems and seating
technologies to provide a highly effective occupant
Versions - In general,
the new Ford Ka is available in Ambiente or Titanium
series, complemented with a number of option packs for
additional choice. In the UK, there will be four
series –Studio, Style, Style + and Zetec, also with
additional option packs to choose from.
generation Ford Ka (top) and Street
With the optional Bluetooth-enabled
Connectivity Kit, the Ka comes with Bluetooth mobile
phone connectivity, a USB port to play music files
through the sound system and steering wheel controls.
A six-speaker CD sound system is
also optionnally available, as well as a heated
windscreen and heated seats for cold winter
The original Ka was launched at the
1996 Paris Motor Show, and was immediately acclaimed
for its “all-new Edge” styling at the time.
Sales soon took off across Europe,
and the Ka gained popularity quickly, with a total of
over 1,460,000 vehicles produced. In the UK alone, the
Ka has found 500,000 customers, and has been segment
leader since 2000.
Derivatives, such as the StreetKa
and SportKa models (opposite) expanded the Ka family,
and helped to broaden the model’s appeal. Based on
Ford research, Ka customers have the highest customer
brand loyalty of any Ford model.