FORD has extended its range of natural gas cars to the Ka.
A Ka using the alternative fuel was exhibited at the International Congress and Exhibition for Natural Gas Powered Vehicles in Cologne last month.
Other Ford natural gas vehicles are the Fiesta, Fiesta Courier, Escort, Mondeo and Transit.
The modified Ford engines can burn either gasoline or natural gas. Ford spokesman Christoph Sieder said this is necessary because there is not a large infrastructure for natural gas stations in most countries.
Ford offers the car with the modified engine at no extra charge, but the user must install a gas tank, which occupies about one third of the trunk space.
The natural gas Ka has a range of 240km and uses an 80-liter tank.
In Germany, Ford has sold 3,500 natural gas vehicles since 1995, when the first cars came on the market.
Most customers are public and commercial fleets.