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Ford Ceases All Car Production In India

According to a corporate statement, Ford will stop producing vehicles in India and close both of its factories in the country.

Ford said that its facilities in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu will close in the second quarter of 2022, but that it would continue to produce vehicle engines for export.

The company is the most recent major automobile manufacturer to depart India in recent years.

General Motors (GM) discontinued producing vehicles for the Indian market in 2017.

Last year, Harley-Davidson ceased production and drastically reduced its sales activities in the world’s largest motorbike market.

These departures have dealt a setback to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to entice or keep international manufacturers in the country.

Ford claimed it had lost more than $2 billion (£1.5 billion) in India over the last decade and that demand for new vehicles had decreased.

The carmaker, which produced five models for the local market, stated that current customers will continue to get maintenance, parts, and warranty assistance.

The announcement also stated that Ford will “transition to iconic global cars and electric SUVs in the future,” however it was unclear whether these would be produced in India.

Ford has been producing automobiles in India for 25 years, but it has failed to keep up with the competition.

According to estimates, the company has a market share of less than 2% of the passenger vehicle industry and is rated ninth among the country’s largest automakers.

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