MADRID - Ford may sell the Ka in the US and Japan.
Ford is currently studying both markets, said Mathew Taylor, the new CEO of Ford Spain. The Aspire is Ford's smallest car in the US now, at 3830mm long. The Ka is 3620mm. The Aspire is a rebadged Mazda 121/Kia Pride.
The Ka is now made only in Valencia, Spain, at a rate of 200,000 a year, but a factory in Brazil is being prepared to build the car.
Ford Spain reported sales were up 3.9 percent last year but profits were down 5.4 percent to Pta6,134 million ($42.7 million). Ford Spain built 296,928 cars in 1996, 15,311 fewer than in 1995 due to the production shift between the Fiesta and Ka.