DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is bringing global vehicles to North America for the Ford brand.
The redesigned models will begin arriving in 2010, when the Fiesta small car goes on sale. By the end of 2013, at least seven Ford brand nameplates will be on global platforms.
Except for tweaks made for market-specific regulations or customer tastes, Ford has said the vehicles on those platforms will be the same from country to country. Common parts save money.
Meanwhile, Ford has scrapped plans for large, rear-drive sedans for the Ford and Lincoln brands. The global platform had been assigned to Ford of Australia.
Here are highlights for the Ford brand for the 2010 through 2012 model years and in some cases beyond.
Ka: The Ka does not appear to be in the North American cycle plan, although the car has been talked about. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and other executives have mentioned possibly selling the Ka here.
The Ka, sold in Europe and other global markets, is smaller than the coming Ford Fiesta. The Ka was redesigned last year and shares a platform with the Fiat 500.
The conventional wisdom is that the car is too small for U.S. buyers' tastes. But as other automakers -- Toyota and General Motors, for example -- introduce similarly small cars in the coming years, Ford could choose to sell the Ka here.
Fiesta: The 2011 Fiesta is a subcompact front-wheel-drive car that is larger than the Ka but smaller than the Focus. Sources say production will start next March in Cuautitlan, Mexico.
The Fiesta is the first vehicle in Mulally's plan to build many of Ford's cars and crossovers around the world on global platforms. The Fiesta went on sale last year in Europe. Sedans and five-door hatchbacks are planned for the United States. The U.S. models will have a distinctive grille.
Ford says sales volume is difficult to predict. Marketing chief Jim Farley has said that with fluctuating gasoline prices, sales could range from 30,000 annually to 70,000.