On this day in auto history - September 11th

Sat 11th Sep 2021

It was on this day in 1996 that the UK’s most popular city car, the Ford Ka, was first introduced, initially to mixed reactions.

The low-cost model evolved from a concept vehicle to full production with only minor changes. It was particularly noted for its single-piece moulded bumpers and wheel arches which made it more durable and easier to repair than many rivals.

In its first year the Ka exceeded Ford’s expectations by selling 17,000 units in the UK alone and it quickly became one of Ford’s most profitable vehicles owing to its low development costs. 

A better-received, second generation Ford Ka featuring body-coloured bumper mouldings and higher-spec equipment helped broaden the Ka’s appeal when released in 2008.

From that position it has become Britain’s best-selling city car, whilst a further facelift in 2015 has only served to consolidate its popularity.

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