Ford Product Development Center
16 June 2002
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GHIA TURING KA CONCEPT
Yellow with saddle suede leather trimmed interior
Ford introduced the Ka (named for an ancient Egyptian animating spirit) as a concept in 1994. Using the Fiesta's engine and powertrain, Ka filled the gap left at the base of Ford's model range by the Fiesta's growth into a larger, more powerful and more luxurious position. Two years later, in 1996, the Ka entered production, the first production series using Ford's "New Edge" styling, and immediately held its own against established competition from Renault's Twingo and Fiat's Cinquecento. In designing Ka, Ford recognized that an important market segment considered their automobile's environmental impact in its selection process. Ka responded to that concern by being small and emissions-sensitive.
A further two years brought Ghia's elaboration on Ka's concept, the Turing Ka, its name cleverly typeset to emphasize Ghia's Turin heritage. Ghia Turing Ka concept's design recognized that environmental impact was only one factor to Ka buyers' environmental concerns. Another was the ability to enjoy the natural environment their activism was preserving. Ghia Turing Ka is loaded with natural textures and materials. The four bucket seats are upholstered in suede leather accented with grained leather trim which extends even to the luggage compartment. Even the headliner and sun visors are beige suede-like material. It is provided with matching blue cloth and suede soft luggage, boldly embroidered with Ghia's Turing Ka logo.
The Ghia Turing Ka concept is a unique 4-door hatchback wagon, which was constructed on a standard Ka chassis which was lengthened a number of inches to provide plenty of interior space for the impedimenta of outdoor activities plus a roof rack for overflow. Big one-piece OZ cast alloy wheels have low profile 215/40ZR-17 Pirelli P7000 tires. Typical of New Age designs, Ghia Turing Ka concept's nose and tail have matte silver accent panels that emphasize its brilliant yellow paint. The materials and textures employed by Ghia in creating and presenting Ghia Turing Ka concept's interior recall Taru Lahti's dramatic 1992 Ghia Focus concept. It features body color metal to accent its luxurious leather. The small steering wheel has a thick wooden rim. Interior metal trim on the instrument panel, dashboard and console is naturally finished. Even the roof rack was attended to and this has been finished with an engine turned style. This concept also comes equipped with a matching set of luggage.
Only the left side doors of the Ghia Turing Ka concept operate. The windshield and hatch window are glass; other glazing is plexiglass and does not operate. The mast of the windshield header-mounted radio antenna is missing. Instruments are dummies. Exterior paint is in excellent condition as is the interior, although the driver's seat shows some wear. The right side bodywork of the Ghia Turing Ka, including the doors, and the rear bodywork are constructed of fiberglass.
Ghia's Turing Ka concept artfully combines practicality and style in a functional package that employs the artful and creative use of organic materials and textures pioneered in the 1992 Ghia Focus concept to create a unique and practical concept that abounds in pleasing details.
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