Friday, March 11, 2005

Meet Ford’s newest star… but don’t get too cozy

We’re so hungry (at least I know I am!) for a smart and trendy small car to compete with the likes of the Chevy Aveo and the Scion. The Ford Ka’s groundbreaking design, transformed into the even sleeker StreetKa, would have been a perfect competitor capable of blowing the others out of the water. But, of course, it was not to be, and we will continue to wait and wait, as Ford is pulling it from the market. The StreetKa, which is currently Euro-market only, is powered by a new 95bhp 1.6-litre 8v Duratec engine. Pininfarina handled both development and production and, thanks to Pininfarina, the StreetKa possesses a unique style and ‘Speedster’ image. "Streetka is an accomplishment on many levels. It further extends our line-up of exciting and stylish models, it demonstrates how derivatives can quickly and accurately tap into customer appeal and it’s the most tangible example yet of Ford’s commitment to produce fun, stylish and affordable cars," says Paul Thomas, managing director of the Ford Motor Company. Thanks for the tease, Mr. Thomas. Not nice!


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