Ford plans Ka Econetic
* Low-CO2 emitting Ka * Could be petrol or diesel * Fiat working on small petrol engines...
Ford is planning a high-economy, low-CO2 Econetic version of the new Ka - but hasn't yet decided whether it will be petrol- or diesel-powered.
The new Ka is based on the Fiat 500 and uses Fiat engines, which means it is available with a small diesel for the first time a 74bhp 1.3-litre unit.
With standard exconomy of more than 67mpg and CO2 emissions of just 112g/km, this would be ideal for turning into an Econetic.
Buyers could expect well over 70mpg and sub-100g/km emissions, making the car exempt from road tax.
However, it would almost certainly be an expensive economy car, and Fiat is working on a new range of small petrol engines which might be better-suited.
These will be turbocharged units of around 900cc and have air-operated valves, dispensing with conventional camshafts, so they would be light and small.
Ford might well decide that one of these is a better bet for the Ka Econetic.
The company is equally non-committal about the prospects for a new Sportka and convertible Streetka.