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StreetKa to go into production

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Ford of Europe and Pininfarina has announced they are to work together on the production of a series of niche vehicles, beginning with a road version of the Ghia-designed Ford StreetKa concept.

Based on the Ka, the concept should be launched in 2003.

Ford of Europe president and chief executive officer David Thursfield said at the Geneva motor show: “Our new partnership is good business in the aftermath of our European restructuring. Using their specialised capabilities and expertise for niche products like the StreetKa makes more sense than it would to invest in low-volume production capacity.”

Exterior body panels of the StreetKa (pictured) are finished in mauve-tinted, silver metallic paint, together with an easy-fold, fully concealed canvas top. Six-spoke alloy wheels wheels surround 17-inch Pirelli racing tyres. Modified headlights, new fenders and bumpers add to the sports feel of this concept.

The interior features two, racing-style bucket seats trimmed in dark blue leather. The instrument panel is made of translucent plastic with anodised aluminium. Driving gauges include an analogue speedometer and radio/CD controls that can be rotated to reveal a chronograph timer and a rev counter.

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