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Ford to Start Importing Indian-Made SUV to U.S.

Discussion in 'World Economy' started by vigour, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. vigour

    vigour FULL MEMBER

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    Ford to Start Importing Indian-Made SUV to U.S.
    Auto maker will export its EcoSport SUV from India to the U.S., starting in late 2017

    NEW DELHI— Ford Motor Co., already under scrutiny for moving small-car production to Mexico, will start exporting small sport-utility vehicles to the U.S. from India starting late next year.

    The auto maker will export the EcoSport—the smallest SUV in Ford’s global lineup—from its plant near the southern Indian city of Chennai. It will start sending them from India in late 2017 and they will be available at dealerships in early 2018, said a Ford spokesman.

    It will be the first time Ford sells vehicles in the U.S. from its Indian factories, which have been making cars for more than 20 years.

    “Commencement of exports to the U.S. marks a significant milestone in Ford’s Make-in-India journey and boosts India’s credentials as a world-class manufacturing hub,” said Kapil Sharma, a spokesman for Ford in India.

    Ford’s move comes as American auto makers struggle to justify making certain vehicles in the U.S. General Motors Co. is cutting thousands of jobs at car plants for instance. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV quit making small cars in the States altogether and is now relying on imports for part of their lineup.

    Since its introduction in 2013, the India-made EcoSport has been a success story in India and elsewhere. The auto maker has exported more than 200,000 of them to more than 50 counties from its Chennai factory since 2013.

    The EcoSport is also manufactured in five other countries including Brazil.

    The Detroit auto maker’s export plans follow those of Suzuki Motor Corp. which in March began selling its Indian-made Baleno hatchback in its home market of Japan.
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