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Ford commences production of new Fiesta at Maraimalai Nagar plant, Chennai Print E-mail
Written by Krishna Kumar   
Friday, 17 June 2011
Chennai: Ford commenced production of the new Fiesta at its Maraimalai Nagar plant, near Chennai, last week. This is the sixth Ford facility in the world to produce Fiesta after Nanjing, China; Cologne, Germany; Valencia, Spain; Cuautitlán, Mexico; and Rayong, Thailand.

The company recently made an additional USD 72 million investment to expand its powertrain facility at the Maraimalai Nagar plant to further support its sales and export growth plans in India. When the expansion programme is completed in mid-2012, powertrain production capacity will increase from 250,000 to 330,000 units per year.

The Maraimalai Nagar engine plant will produce the advanced 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol and Duratorq TDCi diesel engines for the All-New Fiesta. Known to be extremely agile and fuel-efficient, these engines helped Fiesta achieve class-leading fuel economy figures of 17 km/L and 23.5 km/L, for the petrol and diesel engines, respectively.

The Maraimalai Nagar passenger car plant utilises the latest auto manufacturing technologies, automated systems and processes. It also features a fully integrated stamping line, body shop, trim and final process area. Its paint shop has a first-in-India, Three-Step-Wet-Solids paint process that reduces volatile organic compounds by 20 percent.

"We are thrilled to see Ford’s latest world-class premium sedan rolling off the Chennai assembly line, continuing India’s emergence as a regional manufacturing hub for Ford," said Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India. "We are committed to growing our operations in Tamil Nadu and bringing new products to India in the coming years."

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