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Our European spy photographers CarPix snapped this mysterious camo-ed compact car that was being escorted by a Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta was wearing a number plate from Cologne, which is where the Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Centre is.

This leads us to believe it’s most likely some kind of Ford, but we’re not really sure what it is. It looks like a Mitsubishi Mirage/Nissan March type of car – slotting into the A-segment beneath the Fiesta.

In fact it seriously looks so much like a Mitsubishi Mirage that we thought this must be some European version of the Mirage, but then we looked closely and saw that the door handles sit on the side character line on this car while on the Mirage the door handles are positioned under the character line.

Ford’s current compact car line-up is rather split up – Europe gets the Ford Ka, a badge engineering project built by Fiat that is not selling and is due to be scrapped soon. For emerging markets, there’s the Ford Figo. In line with the new One Ford strategy, Ford’s Ka/Figo A-segment line-up might be merged into a single global car and this car might just be it.

There are a lot of cues on this car that look like it could be a production evolution of the Ford Start Concept which was showcased at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, especially the front end and the side window profile.

So, is this Ford’s new global A-segment car? We don’t really know, and most of this story attempting to make an educated guess at best.