Ford India has registered a significant sales growth in May 2017 as compared to the same month last year. The company retailed 26,188 vehicles from 23,503 vehicles in May 2017. Domestic wholesales in May reached 9,069 vehicles, up from 6,742 units, while exports grew to 17,119 vehicles compared to 16,761 units in May 2017. The American automaker expanded the EcoSport vehicle line-up in May, with the introduction of EcoSport S & ‘Signature’ editions. Bolstering its efforts to build a strong pool of technicians, the company inaugurated its technical training facility in Chennai last month.
“Our continued focus on executing our strategic pillars of Strong Brand, Right Products, Competitive Cost and Effective Scale have ensured our growth which continues to be better than the industry. At a macroeconomic level, the outlook is positive thanks to good monsoon forecast. However, the industry needs to be exercise caution given the rising commodity and fuel prices that are expected to result in higher inflation,” said Anurag Mehrotra, president and managing director, Ford India. Ford EcoSport S & ‘Signature’ editions come equipped with power slide sun-roof, rechristened as the fun roof. Strengthening its petrol & fun-to-drive credentials, EcoSport S has been paired with Ford’s award-winning 1.0L EcoBoost engine, paired with a new six-speed manual gearbox.
“As promised, Ford remains committed to meeting diverse needs of our customers and act on their feedback. The addition of sunroof, a feature that customers have been demanding, is an example of our commitment,” Mehrotra added. The technical training facility in Chennai is spread over 18,000-sq-ft and it will be the fourth such facility run by Ford and will additionally equip 500 technicians with future technologies and skills, - taking the total number to 2500 trained technicians per year across facilities. Ford is all set to launch the 2018 Figo and Aspire facelift versions in the Indian market in the coming few months.