After exclusive spy pictures of Ford Australia testing the upcoming Ford Ranger/Mazda BT-50, our spy guy has now snapped some interesting photos of Ford Australia testing a new small car based on the Ford Verve concept.
The new small car will be used throughout India as Ford’s new entry level model, and will also makes its debut in Brazil and Europe.
Fitted with petrol and diesel variants, the new small car will be built in both sedan and hatchback versions. Petrol variants of the new small car are likely to receive a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, while the diesel variants pictured will receive 1.5-litre diesel engines.
The new model is expected to be announced in mid-2010, but probably won’t be released for public consumption until a few months later.
With a global recession in full swing, the American car giant Ford is trying to downsize – in more ways than one – and renew its riches in the way of compact cars, which are bound to be popular in overseas destinations such as India and Brazil.
Ford will attempt to decrease production costs by localising the assembly and production of the car in the country where it is being built.
Keep checking back as we post more information about the new small car closer to its release.