New baby for Ford’s Christmas

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GOING on sale this side of Christmas, Ford’s new baby Ka is available in two series, Style and Titanium. Both come in a choice of 1.2 duratec petrol and 1.3 Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, delivering 69PS and 75 PS respectively. All Ka models fall within the lowest tax bank A, meaning road tax is a delightful 104euro per year.

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Rather than taking the retro route, Ford designers have used the company’s latest kinetic design language to create a fresh, modern look inside and outside the new Ka. Ford dynamics engineers have ensured that the new vehicle still drives like a Ka too, with the same go-kart feel which makes it such fun.

“Like all small Fords, the Ka is also comfortable, safe, practical and cheap to run. Combine these qualities with that unique Ka spirit and we’re confident that the new Ford Ka will become a firm favourite with the next generation of small car buyers,” says John Fleming, president and CEO, Ford of Europe

 The new Ford Ka is designed to be both affordable to run and gentle on the environment. The 1.2-litre petrol model, which is expected to be the largest seller in the new range, has reduced fuel consumption by 21 per cent compared to the previous 1.3-litre Ka, with a combined consumption of 55.4 mpg.

For the first time the Ka is now available with a frugal 1.3-litre diesel, which improves fuel economy still further, achieving combined fuel consumption of 67.3 mpg.

Low fuel consumption means reduced CO2 emissions and both petrol and diesel versions of Ka boast sub-120g/km emissions. For the petrol derivative, this represents a 21 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the outgoing car, which makes it eligible for the financial incentives that have been introduced in many European markets for sub-120g/km vehicles.

The reduction in CO2 output is complemented by low overall levels of exhaust emissions. Both petrol and diesel engines meet Euro Stage IV standards.

Test drive the new Kas at main dealers Lyons of Limerick, Ballysimon Road; Sheils on the Ennis Road; Cavanagh’s of Charleville and Dan Dooley, Tipperary and Knocklong are agents.