In June 2015,
Ford did not produce a single unit of the Ford Classic sedan or the Fiesta
sedan in India.
Head, Marketing, Ford India Pvt. Ltd. told Motown India that Ford has ceased the
production of the Classic but the car is still on sale. Sarkar said that the
car is still available to customers as the remaining stocks are being sold. The
Fiesta was also not produced in the month of June as it is made in batches and
the month of June was a non-production month for the car.
In 2005, Ford
launched a sedan version of the fifth generation of the Ford Fiesta in India.
The sedan was based on the Fiesta hatch back sold in the American and European
markets. The Fiesta was available with a 98bhp 1.6 litre Duratec petrol Engine
and a 68bhp 1.4 TDCi diesel engine. Ford also made a 1.6 ‘S’ version of the car
but only managed to sell around a 100 units of the variant. In 2011, Ford
launched a new Fiesta sedan based on the sixth generation Fiesta hatchback and
restyled again in July 2014. During the period of 2011 despite the new Fiesta
being produced, Ford continued to make the older model renamed the “Ford Fiesta
Classic”. The “Classic” name is an iconic name from Ford’s history and was
revived after 50 years since 1962 when it was last used with the Consul
finally announced the demise of the Classic as they have stopped the production
and put the name to rest. Sarkar said that the Classic will be replaced by
their latest creation, the Figo Aspire, a sub 4 metre sedan which is to be
Aspire is likely to be priced around Rs. 5.03 lakh mark as the outgoing Classic
is priced in that range.
Ford has also
said that in the next 9 months (April, 2016), the company will launch three
cars, the Figo Aspire, the new Figo Hatchback and the Endeavour SUV. Recently the iconic Ford Mustang has been
spotted on Indian soil for homologation in Pune. This suggests that the Mustang
is most likely on its way to India soon. But Ford has refrained from talking
anything about the Mustang as of now. Ford had announced last year that they
will offer the Mustang in Right hand drive and will be offered to right hand
drive countries but with Ford clearly marking out their plan for the next nine
months, we suspect that, if at all the Mustang does go on sale in India, it could
be showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo – The Motor Show to be held in Greater Noida
in February 2016.
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