Ford India to invest USD 500 m for capacity building

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Bangalore, Jun 25 (UNI) Auto major Ford India, will invest USD 500 million for product development and capacity building in the next two years, Company President and Managing Director Michael Boneham said today.

Speaking to reporters after unveiling the all new Fiesta here, he said the investment would see increase in production of cars to 200,000 per year by 2010 from the present 100,000 units.

The investment was also aimed at increasing engine manufacturing to 250,000 units at its Chennai plant, both for export and Indian market, he added.

''There is tremendous opportunity for automobile industry in India, and we want to encash on it by enhancing engine manufacturing from the present 60,000 to 2.5 lakh by 2010. This was also meant for export to countries in Africa as well as the Indian market,'' he said.

Ford would roll out Small Cars by 2010. The Research and Development wing with 20 Indian engineers were already at work, he said adding ''Multinational vision has been put into developing the small cars.'' Ford India Executive Director (Sales and Marketing) Nigel Wark said the company was concentrating on expanding dealership in tier II and III cities.


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