Atulya Misra, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust and Joginder Singh, president and managing director, Ford India, today jointly inaugurate Ford India’s first dedicated car parking yard at the Chennai Port premises. The dedicated facility at the Chennai Port is a significant step to provide access and further accelerate exports of Chennai made Ford vehicles, including the new EcoSport.
The Ford EcoSport has surely taken the Indian car market by storm and such has been the response to the EcoSport that makes of rival cars, both in India and abroad, are busy devising strategies to counter the onslaught from the EcoSport.
Ford India also plans to make India an export hub for the EcoSport. It may be noted that Ford India commenced its exports business with the Figo hatchback and the EcoSport too will be exported by Ford India to many RHD markets. Ford India plans to export the EcoSport Compact SUV to as many as 38 countries. The EcoSport might also better the export numbers posted by the Figo hatchback.
The India spec Ford EcoSport comes to us with as many as three engine options.
- The first of these is the 1.5 litres normally aspirated petrol engine that also does duty in the Fiesta sedan.
- The second petrol engine option is that of the much publicized 1.0 litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine. The EcoBoost has won several accolades for being high on power and low on fuel consumption.
- The diesel variant of the EcoSport is powered by the same 1.5 litres turbocharged direct injection diesel engine that powers the Fiesta sedan.
It will be interesting to see if the export volumes of the EcoSport would repeat the success story of the Figo.