Ford India to start exporting Sanand-made Figo to Europe – Report

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The made-in-Chennai EcoSport is already exported to European markets.

According to a report on the Economic Times, Ford India will soon start exporting cars from its Sanand plant in Gujarat to Europe. Exports to Europe are expected to start in early-2016.

All-new Ford Figo front quarter at the DIMS 2015
The India-made Figo was launched in Middle Eastern markets at the Dubai Motorshow last month.

Kel Kearns, manager of Ford India’s Sanand plant, confirmed the development. He said that the plant already exports cars to markets in Mexico, South Africa and Middle East. The Sanand plant makes the new Figo hatchback, the Figo Aspire compact sedan, and a full-size sedan of the Figo which is purely for export markets.

Spread over 460 acres, the plant has a capacity of 240,000 vehicles and 270,000 engines per annum. Initially, the Sanand plant was making 250 units a day, and has now increased output to 400 units a day, however the plant is still working on a single shift operation.

New-for-2016 Ford Figo sedan and hatch have been stretched in every dimension except height, and all the panels are new.
The Sanand plant also makes a full-size Figo sedan exclusively for export markets.

For the European market, Ford India is likely to supply the Figo hatchback, which could be badged the ‘Ford Ka’. The hatchback will rival the likes of the Suzuki Swift, Nissan Micra and Hyundai i10 in Europe. Engine options could include the 1.5-liter Ti-VCT petrol or the 1.2-liter Ti-VCT which comes with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Also read: 2016 Ford Endeavour – First Drive Review

Ford India’s first manufacturing facility located in Chennai already exports the EcoSport to European markets.

2015 Ford Figo hatchback – Image Gallery

[Source – Economic Times]

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