Ford India Production Ends, Last Ecosport Production In Chennai Factory
As the final Ecosport built in India leaves the factory in Chennai, Ford has stopped manufacturing there. This Ecosport in particular was an all-wheel-drive model in Diamond White SE with a 2-liter petrol engine. Built for export, the United States is most likely the final destination of this left-hand drive vehicle. Ford will no longer produce automobiles in India for both domestic and international markets as a result.
Ford India previously declared that it would discontinue selling automobiles in the Indian market on September 9, 2021. The American automaker claimed, however, that it will keep using its production facilities to create automobiles for foreign markets. Speaking about production facilities, Ford India has two, one in Gujarat’s Sanand and the other in Tamil Nadu’s Maraimalai Nagar. The Ecopsort and Endeavour were produced in Ford India’s earliest and oldest factory in Tamil Nadu for both domestic and foreign markets, including the American market. The more recent Gujarat factory built vehicles like the Figo and Aspire for both the domestic and international markets. Additionally, it was the first site to close following Ford India’s departure. Tata will now use this facility to make automobiles and forthcoming electric vehicles.
Ford shut down its operations in India for a variety of reasons. The fact that there were far too many losses over the years was one of the main causes. Aside from this, low sales prevented Ford India from using both of its production sites to their maximum potential. Another significant factor was the failure of Ford’s Mahindra cooperation, which was announced in 2019. After the termination of this JV on December 31, 2020, Ford had no other intentions for the Indian market. Ford said after announcing its departure that it would export EVs and specialty vehicles to India, including the Mustang and Bronco. There hasn’t been any update on this story, though. Ford is the third automaker to leave India, and fans will undoubtedly miss it.