En­gines on the go

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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

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