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Old 5th September 2011, 18:57   #31
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The news is that Ford today broke ground for the Gujarat facility.
But no official news on the models to be produced nor any word on firefight plans for Fiesta.

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- Ford India Breaks Ground on New Site in Gujarat

- Ford is investing approximately USD 1 billion to build new vehicle manufacturing and engine plants in Gujarat. The new manufacturing facility will create 5,000 jobs, and will be able to initially produce 240,000 vehicles and 270,000 engines per year. The first vehicles and engines are scheduled to come off the line in 2014.

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Maruti might just say Namaste too!

After Tata Motors, Ford & Peugeot, Narendra Modi set to drive Maruti into Gujarat - The Economic Times
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High Points

- Ford India Lays Foundation for US$ 1 Billion Plant at Sanand and Growth in India.

- Operational in 2014, the US $ 1 billion integrated manufacturing facility at Sanand will produce 2,40,000 cars and 2,70,000 engines

- Ford India on schedule with on-site construction of facility, commencing five months after 2011 Ground Breaking at Sanand.

- Ford India Sanand facility will deploy a state-of-the-art Paint Shop.

- Sanand facility attracts 19 world-class supplier manufacturers to date.

- The ceremony was held at the 460-acre plant site in Sanand where Michael Boneham, Ford India's president and managing director, was joined by Industry Secretary, Government of Gujarat, Maheswar Sahu.

- The new state-of-the-art assembly plant will be fully integrated to support stamping, body assembly, paint, trim and final assembly. The paint shop for which the foundation stone was placed today, will utilize Ford’s environmentally friendly rotational dip technology and 3-Wet technology paint processes, dramatically improving paint quality, depth and durability, as well as significantly reducing Volatile Organic Compounds, CO2 emissions and waste.
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The paint shop for which the foundation stone was placed today, will utilize Ford’s environmentally friendly rotational dip technology and 3-Wet technology paint processes, dramatically improving paint quality, depth and durability, as well as significantly reducing Volatile Organic Compounds, CO2 emissions and waste.
Kudos to Ford! Isn't it that the 3-wet technology already a first in India among all the manufacturers' paint shop? Adding to that is the rotational dip technology, wow! OT, but appreciate if someone could explain what's rotational dip technology on a separate thread. Ford is really keen on taking environment-friendly steps and paint shops are always state-of-the-art with leading technologies. Also heard somewhere that the ovens of the Paint shop at the Chennai's facility now run on propane instead of diesel, once again an enviroment-friendly step forward. Paint shops being the major consumers of power in every automobile industry, it is high time every manufacturer brings in such green initiatives.
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on a lighter note and off-topic ,the pic seems to be straight out of a comic strip.

The American in the center is enjoying himself while no.4 from the left seems quite uncomfortable.

I don't understand why ground breaking ceremony photos featuring suited-booted head honchos holding shovels are published ; looks quite odd.
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- Ford India Lays Foundation for US$ 1 Billion Plant at Sanand and Growth in India.

- Operational in 2014, the US $ 1 billion integrated manufacturing facility at Sanand will produce 2,40,000 cars and 2,70,000 engines
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This news, combined with the news that Ford plans to make India the hub for figo and would be exported to about 50 countries, makes perfect sense now. On its own, the new plant capacity seems too high vis-a-vis the demand. It also helps that China, the other low cost manufacturer of autos, mandates a JV, which companies are averse to. Foreign companies can have fully owned subsidiaries in India, and companies like Ford, Hyundai etc are using that route, making India a viable low cost auto manufacturing hub.
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This is great news for all car lovers in general and Ford loyalists in particular. Ford is certainly betting big on India!
Bring on that Ecosport pronto!
And yes - good going Gujarat & Mr.Modi! You are setting an example for the rest of the country on the investment front.

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the Industrial climate in Gujarat is generally good ; one does not see teething IR issues like in other states.

Good move by Auto majors.
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Hope they bring in the Mazda brand, including the MX-5
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- Ford India Lays Foundation for US$ 1 Billion Plant at Sanand and Growth in India.
Great update GTO.
Commendable job by the Gujarat government.

I was watching Mr Modi's speech at IIT Gandhinagar on Youtube. The topic of the discussion was Infrastructure Development. Shows the vision and the hard work put in by his team to make the difference. A must watch for everyone.
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The 1 billion dollar investment was announced by Ford sometime back. This was also highlighted during the unveiling of the b max platform. Given that the 1 litre eco boost engine needs to be ramped up fast this becomes even more critical. Also Ford has plans to roll out at least 2 to 3 small cars in another three years. Since Chennai plant is running close to full capacity this importance doubles up even more.
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Default Next-gen Ford Figo to roll out of all-new Sanand plant

Source and Link : Autocar professional http://www.autocarpro.in/contents/Ne...ssue+rolls+out

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The first model to roll off the production lines at Ford India's upcoming plant at Sanand will be the next-generation Figo (Codename: B562). We reveal the inside story, also the engines that will power it.


As part of Ford’s strategy to launch global platforms in India, its first model to roll off the production lines at its upcoming plant at Sanand in Gujarat will be the next-generation Figo (Codename: B562). The B562 will beef up competition in the B-plus segment and is expected to roll out in 2014. It is believed to have been designed and engineered at Ford’s design centre in Brazil and will be launched first in Brazil around end-2013.

The B562 model will be powered by the same EcoBoost powertrain technology that will power Ford’s all-new sub-4-metre EcoSport SUV (Codename: B515) that will be introduced in India in early 2013. The EcoSport will be Ford’s first vehicle with its smallest ever, high-tech three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine that will deliver improved fuel economy without compromising on performance. The image below shows Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia-Pacific and Africa, introducing the 1.0-litre, EcoBoost engine in the EcoSport to audiences at the Auto Expo in New Delhi in January this year. After the all-new Fiesta, which was launched in July 2011, the EcoSport is the latest ‘One Ford’ global product and the second of eight products Ford plans to bring to India by mid-decade.

Award-winning engine

On June 13, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine won the prestigious ‘International Engine of the Year 2012 award’ along with the ‘Best New Engine’ and ‘Best Engine Under 1.0 litres’ accolades. The 1.0-litre engine debuted earlier this year on the Ford Focus in Europe and is currently made at the carmaker’s plants in Craiova, Romania, and Cologne, Germany.

Sources say that EcoBoost powertrain technology will form the backbone of future Ford models and will become a standard fitment around 2014, leading to economies of scale due to high volumes. Ford plans to produce over 1.3 million low-CO2 EcoBoost engines for its European vehicles over the period 2012-2015: more than 800,000 of these are expected to be the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

Meanwhile, the diesel variant of the B562 model Figo is expected to be powered by the Duratorq TDCi (DV) 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine which already powers the Fiesta in India. The current Figo is equipped with a 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel. The engines for the next-gen Figo are likely to be produced at Ford’s upcoming engine plant at Sanand that has a production capacity of 270,000 units per annum and could later also cater to the requirements of Peugeot and target overseas markets as well, say sources.

Besides, Ford is also looking at bringing the B516 model to India believed to be a mini-MPV around 2015-16, say sources. This model will be fitted with carrier engines from the existing crop of vehicles.


Peugeot and Ford could share engines

Not many know that ford’s small-car diesel engine range in india is actually a joint development between Ford and PSA (Peugeot–Citroën).

The Duratorq engines that power the Figo and Fiesta belong to PSA’s HDI engine family. Ford and Peugeot share this family in Europe and there is no reason why this co-operation cannot extend to India, especially since Peugeot’s upcoming hatch and saloon (codes: M2 and M3), are likely to use the same HDI engines.

Peugeot can tap into the engine supplier base that Ford has built up, but joint manufacturing is also possible, especially since Ford is putting up a massive engine facility in Sanand, where Peugeot also plans to be based. However, with PSA’s India plans on slow-burn, Ford could be on its own in Gujarat for a while.

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