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Old 9th October 2021, 00:14   #466
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Last Fords rolling out of the Sanand Plant:
Hope they make a comeback at some point, may be when the EV market is ripe or at it's peak bloom. They can aspire for such endeavours and make an "eco"-sporty come back in freestyle and fig out to have some fiestas thereafter

Au revoir Ford till we meet again !

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Old 9th October 2021, 11:02   #467
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Another erstwhile Ford showroom, now displaying Tatas:

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Old 9th October 2021, 16:35   #468
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Tata Motors CEO met the CM and Industries Minister of TN yesterday, according to this Youtuber. Something may be cooking for the Ford Plant.

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Tata Motors CEO met the CM and Industries Minister of TN yesterday, according to this Youtuber. Something may be cooking for the Ford Plant.

https://Youtu.be/c_o-dPhYXAQ
Yes, they have already cooked the biriyani

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...nai-plant.html (Tata in the race to acquire Ford's Chennai plant)

https://www.team-bhp.com/news/tata-m...-sanand-plants

https://www.team-bhp.com/news/tata-r...-chennai-plant
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Last Fords rolling out of the Sanand Plant:

Yeah, this is where it's hitting me that FORD just left India.

Kind of sad thinking about the workers who have dedicated their lives working for a company that went south because of the management couldn't be dynamic with the times.
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Old 9th October 2021, 18:17   #471
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The entire top brass of Ford India were such stupids, they sat on the golden oppurtunity of Creta segment. A Ford Kuga or something similar would have changed the fate of Ford India. I canít still understand why Tata has given the incompetent MD a job in the first place. Hope he never makes it to their passenger car division, that would really be the end for Tata cars.
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Another news link showing the last car leaving the Sanand plant in Gujarat, where the made the Figo, Aspire and Freestyle.

https://www.rushlane.com/last-ford-c...-12414659.html

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Businesses who stop taking customers seriously, most often face this fate when customers stop taking them seriously. I am really not sad at watching Ford leave. They were irrelevant earlier, they'd simply be absent now; not really much of a difference.

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Very nostalgic for me indeed. I last walked past that assembly line in October 2017, when I was on notice period and I left Ford in November 2017. I distinctly remember that phone call with my boss as I was walking back to the gate, and that evening I had a flight back to Chennai. My boss asked me to turn around and have one last look at the plant as I might not be seeing it in future, at that very moment it hit me. I slowed down and paused, turned and look back at that plant, took a deep breath and continued again.

Never did I imagine that Ford would quit India like this, but yes here we are! I always wanted to post in this thread, but somehow never could compose the right words. This photo triggered me. I will miss you Ford, and I will take good care of my Fiesta for as long as I possibly can I owe you at least that respect.

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Stumbled upon this on Ford India's instagram page. (Picture attached)

Seems like they are quite serious about bringing in their "global portfolio".

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This is very touching indeed. For a moment, I imagined what the line employees would have felt, knowing well that the assembly lines will hum no more and with it, the question-mark their lives would face.
Workplaces are living, breathing eco-systems and it is only human to bond with them. It is a gripping feeling when one walks down a production line for the one last time. All the memories, the trials and tribulations, the endearing sounds of the machinery and of the friends and co-workers hit you in a rush. The walk back to the gate would have been a long and sad one.
A garland and prayer on the final car just adds to the empathy one feels for the workers, as much as the anger and contempt one harbors for the exceptionally inept and mediocre management that has led Ford to this sorry state.
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Very nostalgic for me indeed. I last walked past that assembly line in October 2017, when I was on notice period and I left Ford in November 2017. I distinctly remember that phone call with my boss as I was walking back to the gate, and that evening I had a flight back to Chennai. My boss asked me to turn around and have one last look at the plant as I might not be seeing it in future, at that very moment it hit me. I slowed down and paused, turned and look back at that plant, took a deep breath and continued again.

Never did I imagine that Ford would quit India like this, but yes here we are! I always wanted to post in this thread, but somehow never could compose the right words. This photo triggered me. I will miss you Ford, and I will take good care of my Fiesta for as long as I possibly can I owe you at least that respect.
Poignant.

Auto enthusiast? Yes.
Worked for Ford? Yes.
Own/Owned one of the best cars from Ford India? Yes.

That's a heady cocktail to trigger mixed feelings.
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Old 11th October 2021, 12:42   #478
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An erstwhile Ford showroom, now displaying Marutis:
Isn't this the one at Sibsagar? I saw it with Balenos and an Ecosport inside in August when speculation about their exit was rife. We know some of their technicians who service our out-of-warranty Polo; they set up their own garage a couple of months ago after management gave up on Ford a few months before Ford made their announcement.

Also, the long-running Maruti and Nexa dealership of Sibsagar and Jorhat has abruptly shut down, the rumoured reason is an inheritance dispute among the owners, I see Chakrapani filling into the gap now that Ford is gone.
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