Ford has already released its compact Kea in the 2019 version, and many are eager to get their copy. After all, the news for this new line of the model promise to please the most inveterate car lovers, leveraging the sales of the vehicle, which were already good in 2018 (was the third best car cover for outdoor storage seller last year, behind only the Chevrolet Onyx and the Volkswagen Gold ). As an incentive, we will now list some curiosities about this popular Ford model, which has definitely conquered the Brazilian market.
One of the characteristics that most appeal to the owners of a Ford Ka is precisely its compact design and bold, something that comes from its first launch, occurred in Europe in 1996. But, did you know that the look of this car had Egyptian inspirations? Yeah. The design of the Ford Ka was based on the pyramids, and so the vehicle has such organic shapes. But not only. The name “Ka” itself is an Egyptian expression that literally means “soul” or “spirit.”
If you have one thing that everyone loves about cars, they are the limited series of models that are manufactured in a minimal amount, and that fall into the hands of who is a collector, or simply loves the world of cars. In the case of the Ford Ka, there were 4 limited series released over the years: KaTecno (from 2000), Ka XR (from 2001), Ka Black (from 2001) and Ka MP3 from 2008 to 2007. All with few units, some additions in engine power and other parts and a design a little more different than usual.
Fast arrival in Brazil
Just six months after arriving in Europe, the Ford Ka arrived in Brazil in 1997. It had the same 1.3 engine from there, and one that was our exclusive, 1 liter. It was even the first national car with complex surface headlights (like drawing on reflectors, not lenses). It also had hydraulic control on the clutch and engine immobilizer with code in the key. That is, it is no wonder that, quickly, the Ford Ka has become so popular in our country.
Target of “bullying”
Today, the Ford Ka may even be a respected car among us, but, in the past, its designer (especially the style in the rear) was a constant target of jokes. Many called him a “baby of shit” because of his bulky bumper. Perhaps that was why the national Ka was the first model to win bumpers in the same body color in 1999, and the only one to have new lanterns two years later, so that the model finally got a less designer, say “prone to malicious comments.”
Brazil was also a pioneer in the 1.6L engine. Launched in 2001, the 95-horsepower ZetecRocam left our Ford Ka fast and sporty as it left the exhaust more freely. The Europeans would have that engine later, more precisely, in their Sport Ka, with right up to the 16 wheels and central exhaust outlet.
Variations of concepts
One is deceived who thinks that only recently the Ka has changed of concept, in relation to its designer, or in dealing with new pieces in the market. The constant changes of concepts have been happening since the first models, like, for example, Turing Kea, of 1998, that more seemed a turkey, due to its extended back and 5 doors. The engine of 1.7 L, by the way, came from the Puma.
Gathering of generations
Only in the third generation of Ford Ka, in 2014, did the Brazilian and European markets meet again. At least in style, since in terms of mechanics, they have remained different. The Brazilian Ka, for example, had an engine of 1 L and 3 cylinders, and the European, of 1.2 L, and 4 cylinders.For the first time even, the Ford Ka had 5 doors and Sedan option. Already, the Trail version of 2017 had suspension and higher tires, serving “experience” for the new Freestyle, which will have production in several countries. Like the curiosities? We hope so, and that Ford continues to surprise us with his Ka, and the many possibilities he still has to offer.
5 Tips On Car Beat. Know what to do!
Suffering from a car crash is sure to cause inconvenience, even if the accident has only caused material damage. After the shock, many are kind of lost, and do not know exactly what to do after the event. Here are some useful tips to guide what actions should be taken after a car crash.
1) Removing (or not) the vehicle from the location
Taking the car from the crash site will depend on a few factors. For example, if there are no victims, the car will need to be removed, yes, otherwise the owner will be fined in accordance with the Brazilian Traffic Code. However, if victims, fatal or not, the obligation is for the vehicle to remain in the place, while the emergency units arrive. Another issue is that in case the car needs to stay at the crash site, it is preferable that it be in the right lane, using a signage that is suitable for other drivers who continue to travel there. These signs may be the warning flash or a triangle placed 30 meters from the accident site.
2) Identify the opposite party as fast as you can
Whether or not it is the cause of the accident, it is important to always identify the opposite party. Even because this attitude may serve to facilitate any form of reimbursement in the future. To make the correct identification, two methods are the most correct. The first is the presentation of the driver’s license, which must be with the driving part of the vehicle. Another document may be required, such as the RG, for example. The second form of identification is the vehicle’s license plate (in addition to other car data such as model, color, etc.). If the opposing party does not want to identify itself (which, in fact, is not obligatory), you can simply write down the car plate, which will already be of good size. In addition, if you only get this information, a judge will have to issue an order, by letter, for Ciretran to provide the cadastral data of the owner of the vehicle in question.
3) It is necessary to make a report of occurrence
Even if there have been no casualties, an incident report will need to be drawn up. What needs to be verified is how to do it. If there are victims, the bulletin must be drawn up at the scene of the accident. If not, it can be issued online. What should appear in this newsletter is as much information as possible. There are some models available on the Internet, which help fill in all the necessary data, from the mark of the vehicles involved in the accident, to the numbering of the documentation of the respective drivers of the cars.
4) The right time to trigger insurance
In this specific case, there are two hypothetical situations. The first is if the beat has only involved your car. In this case, you will first call your insurer to report what happened. If the damage is only material, it will not require any report of occurrence. If the repair is very cheap, it is not worth triggering the insurance deductible. In short, it does not pay. The second situation is when the beat involves another vehicle, that is, third parties. The rule is clear: whoever provoked the knock, ark with the expenses. For example: if it was the other driver who caused the accident, and he has insurance, it will be his to be fired. In case he does not have insurance, and does not commit himself to his expenses, call his insurer, who then will collect all costs of the person responsible for the crash. If you were responsible for the hit, the ideal is to assess the damage. If the damage is very large, it is best to file a claim with your insurer, which will cover the repair of your car and third parties.
5) Act in court only when necessary
Legal actions should be dealt with responsibly, and only when necessary. In the event of an accident involving cars, it should be triggered in some situations. For example, if you have the license plate number but not the driver identification, you must call for this type of action. Or even if you have identification, but the person is simply “incommunicado” or ignoring what happened. Even avoiding legal action, the ideal is to formalize an agreement of both parties, without the famous word of mouth. Formalization is an important documentary evidence that, perhaps, can be used in the future in case of problems.
7 Facts about Volkswagen Golf you need to know
This year, the Volkswagen Golf model is completing 45 years of existence. Originally launched in Europe, only a few years later, in 1995, it arrived in Brazil, shaking the national market, and became Volkswagen’s great flagship (parody!). And, to celebrate so much success on this model’s birthday, how about knowing some curiosities about the Golf?
The car that inspired the creation of Golf was precisely our so famous Beetle. This is because, since the 60s, Volkswagen was already thinking of a way to replace this model that, for many, was already becoming outdated and out of fashion. The idea was to replace with a model whose engine was air-cooled, but which was as economical as the Beetle itself. After several and several years of studies, Volkswagen finally came to the Golf, which, like its predecessor, was a more accessible, popularly speaking model.
The first of all
Since 1974, the Volkswagen Golf exists in Germany, and this first model had engines of 1.1 and 1.5 liters. Only, two years later, this characteristic has already been somewhat “dated”, with the emergence of the sporty GTI, with 1.6 liters and 110 hp of power. In addition, his suspension was lower, and the tires wider. It was this sport, which gave birth to the Sedan Jetta, as well as a convertible marketed in the USA under the name of Rabbit (“Coelho” in Portuguese).
In the USA
Golf only arrived in the Land of Uncle Sam in 1978, and the proposal was simple but bold: a car that was young and at the same time efficient. It worked so well that only a year later the Jetta would get there. Initially, the engines were 1.6 liters, but after the 1980s, these vehicles started using engines with 1.8 liters, and 112 horsepower.
Trace: a model beyond powerful
The year was 1985 when the Golf Symcro was launched, the main characteristic of which was to have full wheel drive developed by Steyr-Daimler-Puch (one of Austria’s largest industrial conglomerates of that period). In addition, the car was equipped with an ABS braking system (the first of a compact car, let’s say). It had a 1.8-liter 90-hp engine, and its inspiration came from the Audi Quattro model, whose engine was 2.1 liters, where the turbo version had no less than 520 hp.
Rallye: a car over there
In the 1980s, having a turbocharged vehicle was the privilege of only a few. Only the year of ’87, and with it the G60 Rallye. With an engine of 1.7 liters and 160 hp of power, this car had the capacity to reach the incredible mark of 220 km / h! In addition to these attributes, this car still had a lower suspension than most models out there, and a sporty look (as well as the GTI).
Controversy in the visual
In 2007, here in Brazil, the model received a new style that, say, was not well accepted by many people. The GTI now had 193 horsepower, but it lasted only 2 years. This model was produced by the year 2013 and has had some special editions, such as Black & Silver and Trip.
The Pope’s car
For those who do not know, Pope Benedict XVI (succeeded by Pope Francisco) had, in 1999, a Golf 2.0. It was purchased at a dealership located in Olpe, a city located in western Germany. The vehicle served the pontiff until 2005 when he was elected pope and had to leave Germany to reside in Rome. After someone decided to auction it for charity, the car was sold to a used-vehicle store. Even though Online Casino, the sale of it yielded no less than about R $ 535,000!