Ford Bets Big On India

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
ford bets big on india

Ford is betting real money on India. Not wanting to be as late to the party as Ford has been in China, Ford “plans to invest $1 billion to build a factory in western India to gain a greater share of one of the fastest-growing car markets,” reports Reuters from Bangalore.

Ford wants to build on its success of its India-built Figo model. The factory in Gujarat is expected to be running by 2014, at an annual capacity of 240,000 units. An official announcement is expected today.

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  • Robert.Walter Robert.Walter on Jul 28, 2011

    Old news! ;o) Here's the link to the NYT article on the same topic: What is interesting is that the billion investment also involves a new engine plant, in that same new location, with a capacity of 270k engines/yr ... I wonder if that is just additional capacity, or if these engines are destined for export, or use in Ford's other indian assy plant.

  • TonyJZX TonyJZX on Jul 28, 2011

    yes, quite true there are a number of Japanese and Korean cars that are now made in India we somehow won't accept chinese made cars of any brand yet but cheap budget indian cars badged as asians seems to be ok

  • MikeAR MikeAR on Jul 28, 2011

    Not really suprising, China is viewed with a lot of suspicion in the rest of Asia because they have delusions of empire. India isn't a threat to anyone, except maybe Pakistan, so it would be much easier for many countries in that part of the world to allow more Indian imports.

  • Eldard Eldard on Jul 28, 2011

    I feel sorry for India.