Remember Ford’s funky little Ka.

Sold here between 1999 and 2002, a mate had one and reckoned it was fantastic for commuting, that is until it was written off.

They still make the Ka overseas, but it is no longer offered here.

Here’s a titbit that might make you laugh though.

In 2006, Ford got into trouble for producing two advertisements to support the release of the SportKa — Ka’s so-called evil twin.

The first commercial was shown briefly on UK television and showed a bird, presumably a pigeon being smacked for six after it lands on the bonnet of a car (sorry, make that Ka).

The second which never made it to TV but somehow found its way into the wild shows a cat poking its head in where it’s not wanted — and actually being decapitated by the sunroof for its trouble.

I kid you not . . .

Not surprisingly, the ads were binned and Ford was forced to issue an apology.

Viewers were assured no animals were harmed in the making of the ads which were created using computer-generated visual effects.

The advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, said it would investigate how the cat ad came to be released on to the internet.

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The Ka as we got back in 1999.

Anyway, back to the Ka itself.

Released in 1996 its now in its third generation with very different versions marketed in Europe and South America.

It’s a budget buy, based on the same platform as the larger Fiesta, with the Ka+ introduced in Europe as a spacious, well-equipped and value-for-money small car that offers excellent fuel-efficiency and fun-to-drive dynamics at an affordable price.

The new KA+ and soon to be SUV, the KA+ Active, offer a choice of petrol and diesel engines, including Ford’s new refined and fuel-efficient 1.2-litre, three-cylinder Ti-VCT (Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing) petrol engine offering outputs of 51kW or 62kW, plus a 70kW 1.5-litre TDCi diesel designed to meet the needs of high-mileage drivers.

The new KA+ Active is set to cash in on the styrong demand for high riding SUVs, enhancing the compact five-door model with rugged bodystyling, raised ride-height and unique chassis tuning, unique front grille designs, exclusive interior finishes and a high-level standard equipment specification.

The new Ka is produced at Camaçari, Brazil (from where it is exported to Argentina) and in Sanand, Gujarat, India (from where it is exported to Mexico, South Africa and Europe).

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.