With Teacher’s Day celebrated on September 5, Ford India has announced special offers for teachers and educationists across India. Ford Figo hatchback and Ford Classic Sedan will be a part of this offer available across all of Ford India’s 304 sales and service facilities across 164 cities here.
India bound Ford Figo hatchback was officially launched in Brazil at a starting price of 35,390 BRL, which as per today’s currency conversion rates, is about Rs 9.5 lakhs. Called Ford Ka in Brazil, the hatchback is launched with only one engine option, which can run on both petrol and ethanol.
Ford Figo was first put on show in Delhi in 2009 and launched in Indian market in March 2010. Manufactured in Ford’s Chennai plant based on Fiesta’s platform, Figo got its own front and rear fascia and made a stunning sales record. Later in October 2012, it received standard facelift treatments like redesigned grille, head and tail lamps, and then launched in South African market in 2013.
Auto makers in India are dissatisfied with survey undertaken and findings revealed by Global NCAP, a UK based charity. Indian car companies feel that they (Global NCAP) did not take the Indian scenario and Indian driving conditions into account while performing the crash tests.
Ford’s new Figo concept has been revealed while the car will go on display at the Auto Expo 2014 to be held from February 5-11, 2014. The new concept offers a glimpse of a new global compact technology to be disclosed for India and other emerging markets along with outstanding levels of connectivity and safety.
In the 64km/h NCAP test, Ford Figo achieved a zero-star rating for adult occupant protection. One big respite is the vehicle structure was rated as stable. However, without safety equipment such as airbags, too much of the crash energy was absorbed directly by occupants.
Yesterday’s Global NCAP UN’s basic crash test results are based on entry-level versions of Suzuki-Maruti Alto 800, Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Polo, and as a result none were fitted with airbags as standard.
Just a few days back it was revealed that the Government of India was going to start crash test of all made in India cars. But, before that, a UK based charity, Global NCAP, has managed to crash test some of the best selling cars in India. The results are shocking, as all the five cars tested – Maruti Suzuki Alto, Hyundai i10, Tata Nano, Volkswagen Polo and Ford Figo, have all returned with the worst possible score, a Zero.