DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. will not sell the Ka minicar in the United States, CEO Alan Mulally says.
Mulally previously had said the Ka and the global Ranger pickup were under consideration for sale in North America. But the Ka, a minicar developed with Fiat S.p.A., has been deemed too small for American tastes. The Ka is smaller than the subcompact Ford Fiesta, which will go on sale in the United States early next year.
"Our view is that Fiesta is about the smallest vehicle that we think will be a real success in the United States," Mulally told Automotive News.
The Ka is shorter than the Fiesta but slightly longer than its sister vehicle, the Fiat 500, which Chrysler Group plans to sell in the United States in 2011.
The global Ranger is a new compact pickup, different from the aging Ranger currently sold the U.S. It was developed in Australia for worldwide markets.
Production of the U.S. Ranger is scheduled to end in 2011. Ford has been looking for options to fill the compact pickup segment.
Last year, Ford shelved a lightweight version of the F-150. It is unclear what product, if any, will fill the current U.S. Ranger's spot.
Luca Ciferri contributed to this report