June 19, 2013

Ford EcoSport shipments begin in India

Ford EcoSports are rolling-off the production line in Chennai and being shipped to Ford dealers throughout India.

"The EcoSport looks fantastic," said Ford President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally. "The Chennai team, together with our supplier partners, have done an
outstanding job in delivering our customers a great looking, fuel efficient, safe, compact utility vehicle with impressive functionality and connectivity, at a very affordable price."

Ford India's Chennai facility is the third of five plants globally where the Ford EcoSport will be produced. Currently it is being produced in Camacari, Brazil and Chongqing, China (Changan Ford JV) and with production starting subsequently at Rayong, Thailand; and Tatarstan, Russia (Ford Sollers JV).

"The EcoSport is a great example of Ford's leadership in the global shift to fuel-efficient and functional utility vehicles," said Dave Schoch, President of Ford Asia Pacific. "Utilities are helping drive our expansion throughout the region, particularly in emerging markets, where gowth in the utility segments is exploding."

"The excitement and anticipation around the EcoSport is unprecedented. We are extremely gratified with the response from Indian consumers for this vehicle. The dedicated men and women of Ford India are working very hard to exceed customer expectations, and our dealers have begun accepting EcoSport bookings," added Joginder Singh, President and Managing Director of Ford India.

"These advanced manufacturing technologies and methods show how we're bringing our best global practices to India, building vehicles to the highest global standards and at the same time, we are making a positive impact on the community here in Chennai," said Singh. "This reflects our deep commitment to India as a key part of our regional and global manufacturing network. We are delighted that Chennai-built EcoSports will be satisfying consumers not only in India, but also in several export markets, as part of our global growth strategy."


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