2009 Ford Ka Tattoo, Digital Art, and Grand Prix Editions

2009 Ford Ka Tattoo, Digital Art, and Grand Prix Editions

Although the 'world debut' of the all-new 2009 Ford Ka was technically at the 2008 London show, that's not stopping Ford from celebrating the new subcompact at the Paris motor show. In fact, it managed to unveil three special-edition models, hoping to attract design-oriented shoppers.

If they're into technical details, perhaps they'll most enjoy the Ka Tattoo. Finished in a pearlescent white paint, designers have applied an unusual swirling design - supposedly reminiscent of body art - throughout the vehicle's exterior. It also manages to appear within, where it's embossed into the Ka's leather seating.

According to Ford, the Ka Digital Art brings a "vibrant street fashion" to the new subcompact. By that, we assume it means "neon green accents" - the color is liberally applied to the Ka's grille, and also with side and roof stripes. The hue continues inside, where it's found on both seat inserts and dashboard trim panels.

Our favorite of the three is perhaps the Ka Grand Prix (pictured), which gives the little Ka some racing flair. Externally, the Grand Prix is nearly identical to the Ka Digital, but uses white accents on a bright red body. Look closely; you may even see a checked flag motif on the hood stripe. Inside, the Grand Prix has red seats with white inserts, while the dashboard is given contrasting white accents.

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