Report – Next gen Ford Figo’s production to launch on April 1, 2015

Nithyanandh

Nithyanandh K,

As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

Ford Motor Company’s newly appointed CEO Mr. Mark Fields who took over the proceedings from Mr. Allan Mullaly on July 1, was on a market review visit to India in the month of June. During his visit, Mr. Fields held a meeting with the Indian PM Mr. Narendra Modi and the former updated the latter on the progress of Ford’s upcoming plant in Sanand, Gujarat.

Economic Times reports that during the meeting, Mr. Modi urged the Ford CEO to put the Sanand plant in the global manufacturing map by adding more export markets. The USD 1 billion plant is expected to go on stream on the 1st of April 2015 and expand Ford India’s manufacturing capacity by more than two folds.

Ford Ka+ production version revealed
The Ford Figo sedan (called as the Ka+ in Brazil) would be built at the Sanand plant alongside its hatchback sibling.

Flat out, the plant would have an annual production capacity of 2.5 lakh units while the initial production capacity is expected to be around 1.4-1.5 lakh units (800-900 units per day) in 2015, ET has reported.

The Sanand plant was commissioned in 2012 when Mr. Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat. In the first year, the facility would roll out the next gen Ford Figo hatchback and the new Figo sub-4 metre sedan (unveiled as Ford Ka and Ka+ in Brazil) that is touted to replace the Ford Classic.

With the ‘One Ford’ global product strategy in place, Ford India is planning to expand its export markets from the current 50 to around 100 – 120 in due course. The Sanand plant is expected to contribute the lion’s share of Ford India’s export operations.

[Source: Economic Times]

Contribute to IAB
Submit Spyshots & get Bragging rights! Click Here
Custom Mods on your ride? Get it featured on IAB Submit

Ford Figo News & Updates

India-made Ford Ka+ Black edition launched in Serbia

India-made Ford Ka+ Black Edition launched in Serbia

Ford KA (Ford Figo) Latin NCAP crash test

Ford Ka awarded zero stars by Latin NCAP

Ford Figo Dual Tone spotted in Titanium trim

Ford Figo dual tone spotted in India

2018 Ford Fiesta ST front three quarter at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show Live

Ford, Nissan, Bajaj & Royal Enfield to skip Auto Expo 2018 – Report

Ford Figo Cross (Ford Figo Active) rendering by IAB

Ford Figo Cross – IAB Rendering

Ford Figo facelift spotted in India first time front three quarters

Ford Figo facelift spotted in India for the first time