Engines on the go
engine plant that makes a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel.
A 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, to be used in the EcoSport, Fiesta and Focus, is being added to the production line.
Mr Johnson said Ford has the capacity in India to build 600,000 engines a year by 2015 and 450,000 small cars. Ford CEO Alan Mullaly told Carsguide in Delhi earlier this year that in Asia, India would be a centre for light to small cars while ‘‘ other Asian’’ centres would make small to mid-size cars (for example, Focus in Thailand). Ford has invested more than $2 billion in building factories in India. It is rated eighth in terms of sales in India, behind market leader Hyundai (which makes the i20 for Australia in India) and local partnerships Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra-Ssangyong.
Ford India exports 40 per cent of its engine production and 25 per cent of its car production. These products go to 35 countries, primarily in Asia and Africa.
Sawn-off cylinders: The Indian-built Ford EcoSport SUV and, inset, the compact soft-roader’s engine