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Old 14th May 2019, 11:41   #196
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A very good news indeed. Hope we can have Ford Rangers and F-150 on Indian roads some day !
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This is great news if this is true . But at the moment , this is still speculation like the news of Ford exiting India. Our market will face serious problems , if the foreign players are to leave . More competition , better it is for us. With the potential Suzuki-Toyota alliance ,our market will be ruled by a few dominant players .

I take this news with a bit of doubt since I already have a bad experience with GM leaving India after promising something like this.
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Another update; As per a news article Top executives of ford met with CM of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) to discuss expansion plans

TOI Article: Ford delegation meets CM for expansion plan

Hope this speculation develops into something fruitful.

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Another update; As per a news article Top executives of ford met with CM of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) to discuss expansion plans

Ford delegation meets CM for expansion plan

Hope this speculation develops into something fruitful.

If you look closer, the article itself says this was a courtesy call. Nothing to do with expansion.


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A Ford India spokesperson said, “The meeting was a courtesy visit today as Jim is in town. We remain committed to growing in India and Gujarat. We don’t comment on future investments and product launch plans. We will announce things at an appropriate time"
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I am not sure if this is, in fact, a PR company writing an article to counter against the negative sales sentiment which happened post the Mahindra-Ford partnership news.

Secondly, like someone said it was the same case with GM.

GM went as far ahead as developing an India specific Beat based sub-4m sedan which was extensively tested in India while always maintaining that they have made the decision to invest more in India.

Unless we something in flesh and petrol, i don't think there is anything to be excited about.
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If you look closer, the article itself says this was a courtesy call. Nothing to do with expansion.
They'd be quite unwise to do anything other than a courtesy call before the election results are announced or else they have to stand the chance of paying a fresh set of courtesy calls.
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Old 14th May 2019, 18:55   #202
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Exactly what Chevrolet said an year before they wound up their operations in India. I really hope the Ford do invest and launch their Aspire EV and other global models in India soon.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...-put-hold.html (Chevrolet to invest US$ 1 billion in India. EDIT: Plans put on hold)
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Looks like they are exiting from Indian market. GM also announced billion dollar investment before exiting.
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Old 14th May 2019, 22:31   #204
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Mahindra testing waters with Ford platform. The first product to be co-developed by the recently announced Mahindra-Ford tie-up will be a Ford Aspire-based all-electric vehicle that could come to a charging socket near you by the end of next year.
Itís the 4.2m-long Aspire that Ford exports to markets like South Africa, with a real-world range of 150km. Mahindra is targeting a range of close to 200km and top speed will be 110kph.

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I am not an expert on the auto sector but I've often wondered why Ford, which has two such successful and loved SUVs (Ecosport and Endeavour) in their respective categories never tried to expand in the SUV space. Seems to me to be yet another example of a global auto major coming late to the party.

https://gaadiwaadi.com/ford-to-launc...a-and-compass/

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After XUV500 based SUV next year, Ford India will launch Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta rivals in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Ford will spend upwards of USD 500 million to develop 2 new SUVs for the Indian market. This is apart from the new SUV that the company plans to develop in partnership with Mahindra and Mahindra.
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Reality sets in!

- Mahindra wants to use Ford’s B-platform that underpins the EcoSport

- Mahindra is also interested to use the Aspire platform for the next electric vehicle.

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It was expected this area of mutual interest will include Ford borrowing the SsangYong Tivoli's platform from Mahindra for its B-SUV, either the EcoSport successor or its first-ever Hyundai Creta rival in India. However, it has come to light that Mahindra is instead considering borrowing Ford's B-platform
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Reality sets in!

- Mahindra wants to use Fordís B-platform that underpins the EcoSport

- Mahindra is also interested to use the Aspire platform for the next electric vehicle.
And Ford wants Mahindra BS6 diesel mills I guess.
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And Ford wants Mahindra BS6 diesel mills I guess.
They already sale present Ka/Ka+/EcoSport with EcoBlue TDCi in Europe / other export market with much higher & strick emissions rules.

I wonder why would they want to use Mahindra diesel when they already have an existing line up already on sale?

Secondly, Mahindra had Logan platform. I wonder how just platform change may help them gain better performance in EV segment? None of these cars & their respective platforms are designed for EV requirements. Both of them would be a makeshift transformation.

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Ford's 1.0 EcoBoost to be replaced by Mahindra's 1.2 TGDI in 2020

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EcoBoost’s low sales makes upgrading it to BS6 unviable; Mahindra’s new 1.2-litre, which will also power the XUV300, is a more cost-effective alternative for EcoSport.
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Ford will also continue using the 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre ‘Dragon’ family of engines, which will all get upgraded to BS6 and be the mainstay of Ford’s petrol engine range
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Old 5th June 2019, 20:35   #210
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Ford 1.0 EcoBoost to be replaced by Mahindra's 1.2 TGDI in 2020
They wanted an engine to succeed with just one single car. Ford never tried to experiment by using it with Figo Sports or such.

How on earth their volume model would work with just one platform?
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