Mahin­dra, Ford to share pow­er­train

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Mahin­dra Group and Ford have signed 2 de­fin­i­tive agree­ments on pow­er­train shar­ing and con­nected car so­lu­tions. The strate­gic al­liance be­tween the 2 com­pa­nies was first an­nounced in Septem­ber 2017 and fol­lowed up with 5 Mem­o­randa of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) in March 2018.

Mahin­dra Group will de­velop and sup­ply a low-dis­place­ment petrol en­gine to Ford In­dia for use in its present and fu­ture ve­hi­cles, start­ing in 2020. The BS-VI com­pli­ant pow­er­train will help Ford ex­tend and strengthen its ex­ist­ing of­fer­ing of petrol en­gines, that cur­rently in­cludes the all-new 3-cylin­der TiVCT fam­ily.

Build­ing on their in­tent to co-de­velop a suite of con­nected car so­lu­tions, Mahin­dra and Ford also an­nounced joint devel­op­ment of a telem­at­ics con­trol unit. Once de­vel­oped, the con­nected ve­hi­cle so­lu­tion will be de­ployed across Mahin­dra and Ford ve­hi­cles. Dr Pawan Goenka, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra said, “The agree­ments fur­ther builds on com­mit­ments made so far, lead­ing to a fruition of ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties. We are con­fi­dent to meet cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions by work­ing to­gether on a num­ber of joint devel­op­ment ar­eas. Go­ing for­ward we will con­tinue to iden­tify the syn­er­gies that ex­ist be­tween the two com­pa­nies.”

“We are pleased with the progress our teams have made since we an­nounced our strate­gic al­liance with Mahin­dra Group a year ago. To­day we go fur­ther in de­liv­er­ing even greater value. With our col­lab­o­ra­tion in pow­er­train and con­nected car so­lu­tions, we will de­liver an af­ford­able port­fo­lio and en­able our In­dian con­sumers to get be­hind the wheel, feel­ing more con­fi­dent and con­nected,” Jim Far­ley, Ford Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent of Global Mar­kets, said.

Both the com­pa­nies con­tinue to make progress on the re­main­ing el­e­ments of the MoU signed ear­lier this year. These in­clude ap­ply­ing their re­spec­tive strengths on prod­uct devel­op­ment for In­dia and emerg­ing mar­kets, and co-devel­op­ment of com­pact SUVs and elec­tric ve­hi­cles. The strate­gic al­liance be­tween the 2 com­pa­nies fo­cuses on lev­er­ag­ing the ben­e­fits of Ford’s global reach and ex­per­tise and Mahin­dra’s scale in In­dia and its suc­cess­ful op­er­at­ing model, a joint state­ment said.

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