The first volume production model of the new Ford Ka minicar rolled off the production line at a ceremony in Tychy, Poland, Thursday.
Ford will produce 120,000 cars per year at the factory as part of a cooperation agreement between Ford and Fiat, which builds its Fiat 500 minicar at the plant.
The Ka will be revealed to the public at the Paris auto show next week and will go on sale early next year.
"It was three years ago that we reached an agreement with Fiat to produce the new Ka here in Tychy," said Ian Slater, vice-president communications and public affairs, Ford of Europe, in a statement.
"One of the strengths of this cooperation has been that both parties wanted to produce vehicles which would be very different in looks and character. I'm satisfied that in doing so, we've set up a 'win-win' opportunity for both companies."
The introduction of the Ka to Tychy has resulted in 1,000 extra jobs being created in the plant and many more among locally based suppliers.
Ford has invested 120 million euros in the project, including building a new environmentally friendly paint shop.
Ka production has exceeded 1.4 million vehicles since it was launched 12 years ago.
Ford said it has sold 35,700 Kas in its 19 main markets in western Europe in the first eight months of the year.
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