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The Ka was also sold in New Zealand between 1999-2004, and was replaced by the newer Fiesta.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 large, one piece, moulded bumpers and wheel arches made the vehicle more durable and easier to repair.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.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.It entered its second generation in 2008, being produced by Fiat in Tychy, Poland. 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 Street KA, alongside a sporty hatch version, known as the Sport KA. The third generation is produced as a five-door hatchback and as a four-door sedan.In 2002, the Endura-E was replaced by the overhead cam Duratec engine, with claims of improved fuel efficiency and increased refinement, mostly caused by taller gearing on the non-air conditioned models.
For the first three years of production, all models had black plastic bumpers to minimise parking damage to paintwork in city environments.
It was initially only available in Brazil, later being introduced in India, Mexico, South Africa (where it is marketed as the Ford Figo), Argentina and Europe.
The design borrowed a lot from Ghia's "Saetta" show car, a roadster designed by Filippo Sapino.
These bumpers contained a stabiliser to prevent UV degradation which made them unsuitable for painting because the paint would not adhere properly.
However, it became clear that many owners wanted body-coloured bumpers, so they were introduced in 1999 using different bumper mouldings (without the stabiliser).
The Ka has proved highly profitable for Ford despite its low selling price, largely due to low development costs.