Ford India’s Sanand plant has started export operations to Europe. According to data from a website which specializes in import – export log, the automaker has started shipping the Figo hatchback under the Ka+ nameplate to Germany, Belgium, and Spain.
The first consignment left the country towards the end of July. So far, 1,045 units have been shipped.
The export of Ka+ to Europe is a part of Ford India’s target to triple its export operations in the next five years. The Sanand plant which was set up at an investment of USD 1 billion will play a crucial role in achieving that target.
The Ka+ for Europe will be positioned as the third-gen model of the 20 year-old Ka nameplate which was born as a badge engineered product in association with Fiat. The sub-Fiesta hatchback is priced at 9,990 euros (around INR 7.49 lakhs) in Germany, Spain, and Belgium. In the UK, the Ka+ will retail for 8,990 pounds (around INR 8.03 lakhs).
The hatchback for the European markets will be featuring six airbags and SYNC 2.0 voice activated infotainment system, hill start assist, and speed limiter as standard fitments.
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The Ford Figo and Figo Aspire twins have been struggling to meet the company’s expectations in the domestic market. Commencement of exports to Europe would help Ford India to improve the plant’s capacity utilization factor.
Via – Zauba.com