Ford EcoSport Sales 200,000 Units in the India and Abroad

No doubt it’s a huge achievement. In just two years since its launch, the Ford EcoSport SUV has managed to sell 200,000 units in the Indian and International markets. This figure of 200,000 accounts for units sold both in the domestic Indian market and exports. In the domestic market, the EcoSport sold around 112,000 units and it is still going strong. Currently it is the highest selling compact SUV in the country.

The EcoSport has been extremely popular from day one. Within just a month of its launch, the car had registered a whopping 60,000 bookings. Superb performance, great value for money, excellent handling quality and extensive use of high technology are just some of the reasons that customers in India and around the world fell in love with the car.

The car received a very minor upgrade back in February this year with the introduction of SYNC with Ford App Link. It is just one of those cool tools that allows customers control their smartphone apps with voice commands.

The car has been exported to many other countries from India including South Africa, Australia and many EU nations.

Bookings for Ford Figo Aspire to open from July 27th

Ford lovers, here is some good news for you. Bookings for the Figo Aspire will begin from 27th of this month across the country with an initial payment of Rs.30,000. The car will be offered in 3 variants and four trim levels.

The three different variants of the car will be the 1.2 liter petrol with a peak output of 86.8bhp, the 1.5 liter diesel with a peak output of 98.6bhp and the 1.5 liter petrol with a peak output of 110.5bhp. Only the 1.5 liter petrol variant will come with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the other two will be fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+ are the four trim levels in which the car will be available. In first in this segment, all the four trim levels will be equipped with dual airbags. The Titanium+ will have certain premium features such as leather seats, SYNC Infotainment system of Ford and six airbags.

Bookings for Ford Figo Aspire to open from July 27th

The compact sedan, when launched, will be available in seven different paint schemes – Ruby Red, Sparkling Gold, Tuxedo Black, Deep Impact Blue, Oxford White, Smoke Grey, and Ingot Silver.

Ford Figo Aspire: Technical Specifications Out

American automaker Ford is set to introduce its much-awaited model Figo Aspire in India soon, and ahesd of its introduction, it has unveiled the technical details and engine specifications giving us a clear picture of Aspire. Let’s begin with the engine lineup – three powerplants will be available – 1.5 liter Ti-VCT, 1.5 liter TDCI and 1.2 liter Ti-VCT petrol and two transmission choices – dual clutch 6-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission.

Power for the entry level Ford Figo Aspire will come from a 1.2 liter Ti-VCT powerplant that’s good for producing 88PS of power with 112 newton meters of torque, whereas the 1.5 liter TDCi will generate 100PS of power with 215 newton meters. On the other hand, the 1.5 liter Ti-VCT is set to dish out 112PS of power with 136 newton meters.

The all-new Ford Figo Aspire measures 1525mm in height, 1695mm in width and 3995mm in length, and is seated on 2491mm wheelbase with ground clearance of 174mm. Offered in four different trim levels, the Aspire will come in Smoke Grey, Ingot Silver, Deep Impact Blue, Tuxedo Black, Oxford White, Sparkling Gold and Ruby Red.

Ford Figo Aspire: Technical Specifications Out

Standard features on Ford Figo Aspire include six airbags, rear fog lamps, antilock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual tone interiors, Ford MyKey, automatic door lock, guide me home lamps, keyless entry, driver and passenger airbags, electric outside rearview mirrors, steering mounted audio and phone controls and Ford SYNC with AppLink with Voice Commands.

When launched, the Figo Aspire will compete with the likes of Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, and is expected to be priced between Rs. 5.2 to 7 lakhs.

Ford Mustang Enters India For Testing Purpose

As we have informed about the Mustang to soon enter India, being on a troll Ford has reportedly roped the Mustang in the country for testing purpose. The carmaker was astound of raising the bar when the news came pouring, Ford intends to launch Mustang in right-hand drive markets as well, which India is a one.

A source on internet usually catering to this sort of news laid down the confirmation that American carmaker had landed the vehicle at Chennai and is a GT Premium Fastback version. For an obvious reason, the car is here for testing purpose, which after that will soon make to the launch without any delay.

Mustang being imported as completely built unit is bound to attract hefty import duties, which will turn it into a strong rival against the heavyweights of German and Italian carmakers. For the given reason, the task of selling may turn quite challenging in the country, but as per se Ford it is brought here to remain as the halo product. Though, one can say, the car is for selected buyers, and being belonged to the American muscle family it will enjoy only niche presence due to the assorted taste of buyers.

Ford Mustang Enters India For Testing Purpose

In the engine bay, Ford is bound to deliver a 5.0L V8 for the GT Premium Fastback that packs power of 430 horses and 542Nm of torque using a six-speed manual. Buyers can also opt for the six-speed automatic who wished for a more comfortable drive, but enthusiasts like will surely like to draw the former option.

Hence, cut away all the clutter, source further recommended, Mustang of Ford will get priced at somewhere double to Rs 35,75,484, because this was the value quoted at the terminal.

Farhan Akhtar Is The Brand Ambassador Of Ford Figo Aspire

Figo Aspire of Ford has way to go for the launch, where it emerged amidst the fanfare that Bollywood actor and director Farhan Akhtar is appointed as brand ambassador of the model.

Farhan Akhtar’s youth and aspiring attitude must have bagged him this endorsement. His last big hit, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, remained a huge crowd puller especially the youths due to the said reason. Aspire, sharing almost the similar brand attitude couldn’t find anyone perfect than Farhan, which is by any means we would love to see this magnificent actor soon in the commercials of Aspire.

However, the production of Figo-based sedan is already commenced at Sanand facility in Gujarat, which by any means states launch could happen in June or July 2015.

Farhan Akhtar Is The Brand Ambassador Of Ford Figo Aspire

Buyers of Figo Aspire are designated to get three options of engine to choose from – a 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol, alongside the 1.5-litre diesel. All of them will get manual transmission as standard, but as far as the speculations are concerned the 6-speed dual-clutch auto may find its way on the top-end trim of 1.5L petrol as optional.

Hence, in rivalry, the compact sedan of Ford will chase the likes of Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Swift Dzire and Tata Motors Zest on an immediate note.

Cars To Get Discontinued In India During 2015

If asked us which car should go off the production in India; we may point out a number of them for the reason, they don’t serve the purpose as per a perception of an enthusiast. The automakers on other side don’t think alike. Cars sold in India are solely based on the feedbacks of buyers. Yet, they may not comply with proper standards of a segment, but offered more in competitive price tags and packaging they sell well, like compact sedans and hatchback-based MPVs to name as of now.

Here, a source of the industry had pointed out feasibility of various models that will see the stoppage at production line during the year 2015.

Ford India with the unveiling of Aspire compact sedan has opened a can of worms for competitors. A promising product after the EcoSport will help it to attract more footfalls to showrooms. Thus, this new launch will also bring to an end the legacy of Ford Classic sedan.

Additionally, the next-gen Figo hatchback meant to launch soon will lead to the discontinuation of current-gen model. So, anyone out there aspiring to own a drivers’ car like Ford Classic with the 1.6-litre ‘petrol’ engine (and not diesel), shall plan a visit to the showrooms before the last unit escapes the gate.

Cars To Get Discontinued In India During 2015

Attaching the tag of ‘Ritz’ may bring fortune to a car, was misinterpreted Maruti, which as a result has brought the model to discontinuation due to lack of demand and its incompatibility in the lineup. Instead, a more premium hatchback will join Maruti’s baton in the replacement, tagged as YRA. Some credits to Ritz’s failure can also be directed towards firm impression of Swift, slotted at a shade above it.

Vista, Manza and Sumo Grande (aka Movvus) – Tata Motors has a chunk to discontinue. Yes, the company already pacing through rough patches is in the urge to sort a better way out to a new paradigm. Yet, the maker has recently launched Bolt hatchback, and Zest compact sedan, but hadn’t wiped out those old disappointments since now. As per the sales results, Bolt has successfully taken over Vista, and Zest delivering impressive results than the Manza.

Ford Fiesta Classic 1.6 Gives Buyers A Last Chance To Buy

The debate of compact sedans and proper sedans from an enthusiasts’ perception will always lead to appreciation of the latter. Here, the Ford Fiesta Classic, which was once called as Fiesta, will soon follow a disappointment with its discontinuation to allow the Ford Aspire compact sedan to take over the rein.

Though, the Ford India has already unveiled the said compact sedan, and the launch can take place anytime soon. Here, the gist is, for enthusiasts it is the last chance to buy Classic which is a proper driver’s car. The talk is not about its underpowered diesel engine of 1.4-litre Duratorq that sends 68PS and 160NM of torque. Instead, we stress the 1.6-litre Duratec petrol engine sending 101PS and 146Nm of torque as a proper option for the self-driven.

However, the same engine has gone through the number of detuning process in the recent to turn up as 1.5-litre for the new Fiesta with Aston Martin like grille, but the newbie wasn’t a match for the legacy of Classic.

Ford Fiesta Classic 1.6 Gives Buyers A Last Chance To Buy

Hence, the price of Fiesta Classic starts at Rs 5.06 lakh and ends at Rs 7.68 lakh, which really makes it a worth to buy. The upcoming Figo Aspire sedan will see a new 1.2-litre TiVCT engine straightly lifted from the Figo hatchback, which is something a one can called as a weakest machine of the segment.

Ford Fiesta Classic 1.6 Gives Buyers A Last Chance To Buy

On the last count, Ford sold approximately the same number of Classic, specifically 5,849 units, last year which the Honda Amaze sells in a month. All thanks to the outdated quality and features that relates to the trend five years back. Still, the drive quality is something one can vouch for.

Ford EcoSport And Figo Gets Extended Warranty Of Five Years

Sometimes the ad doesn’t sells, but an extended warranty does. Automotive industry has turned responsive to such add-ons, where the marketing perception connects audience with a mode of saving ownership cost. The warranty period is an important tool which these automakers keep hammering the nail with to penetrate deeper. And the max period of five years sounds like a delight in India when it is offered with the star product of Ford, EcoSport.

Ford officially announced its two cars, Figo and EcoSport, will now remain available on sales floor with 100,000kms or five years of extended warranty. Earlier, the deal was of 100,000kms or four years whichever is earlier.

Ford covers mechanical, electrical and labour loss under the warranty, whereas the regular service, worn and torn and accidental damages aren’t paid under this.

Ford EcoSport And Figo Gets Extended Warranty Of Five Years

As standard, customers of a Ford are offered two-years or 100,000kms warranty, which they should extend before it runs out for further two years. The extended warranty is also transferrable, which will benefit the other party if the vehicle is sold.

Ford EcoSport And Figo Gets Extended Warranty Of Five Years

Other cars available at Ford showrooms across India are Classic, Fiesta and Endeavour that comes only four years of extended warranty or 100,000kms.

New 2015 Ford Figo Aspire Compact Sedan In India: Preview

Ford, in a despair need to continue momentum of the flow of footfalls at sales floor, will soon launch the Figo Aspire sedan. Again, this compact is for the mass segment, but isn’t the only example of its category. Aspire has a lot to counter, namely Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and others. For a striking chord against them, this product of the Blue Oval logoed automaker shall notch up to the mark. Though, there is still time for the launch. Mentioned here are some expectations about the talk, why this Figo Aspire of Ford will seek an attention. And will it be able to rock the sales floor just like EcoSport? Find with us in the posted blog below…

Design

If someone had witnessed the Ford’s stall at Delhi Auto Expo 2014, they must have noticed the new line of ford products wore an Aston Martin-ish front grille; the reason that British car making company was once owned by Ford Motor Company, where designers took the advantage of such notes of collaboration here. Aspire on the exteriors takes on the spectators with a similar front grill infused of chrome slats and a new rear with a flashy chrome strip on the boot connecting both tail lamps. Projector headlamps, daytime running LED lights and some more cues from the new Fiesta sedan too are carried over.

2015 Ford Figo Aspire Compact Sedan

Interior

Once stepped in, the cabin is not an exception to other models of Ford lineup. Ranging from central console with a spaceship-esque appearance to steering wheels, there found the same screen and features straightly lifted from EcoSport. Beige leather upholstery may take on the board for top-end trims, where a one down the line will stay dormant with the plain-jane black plastic.

In the past, those who liked the seats of Ford and are unable to find themselves comfortable in the hard-board benches of other cars. Figo Aspire with no exception to this trait of business is also expected to hold the most comfortable space in its segment. As per some of our media friends who had already witnessed this sedan and released the minute details, referred it to boast great leg and knee room at the rear due to sculpted front seats.

2015 Ford Figo Aspire Compact Sedan

Engine

There don’t happen the award-winning EcoBoost engine of Ford making its way to the list of engine options of Figo Aspire. Only two of them may majorly cater the segment’s buyers: a 1.2-litre (petrol) of 70PS and 102Nm alongside the 1.5-litre diesel of 90PS and 204NM. The conventional five-speed manual will see a marriage with those aforesaid engines, where no tint of an automatic gearbox erupted from anywhere in the rumours nearing the launch. However, a source even said of a more powerful trim tagged as S – apparently with the EcoBoost and an auto gearbox – may show up for a rich buying experience during the coming months.

2015 Ford Figo Aspire Compact Sedan

Overview

At the end, nothing sells massively in India with a high price tag. If built to take on the masses, this number game for Figo Aspire must remain well-studied by the officials at Ford India. Although, the image of the carmaker wasn’t in a good shape for past many years; the Ecosport has proven a boon to them. Once again vowed not to repeat the mistake of the past-gen Fiesta, the company must aim to go with the bands between Rs 5-7 lakh ex-showroom. Hence, it is just tough to claim the lead at the throne captured by Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze, but believing in oneself can at least take them to the halfway, which isn’t a bad option either.

Ford India To Launch Four Models This Year Including Mustang

Cheers to the fans of Mustang in India. It isn’t the first time company is affirming the launch of Mustang for this country. Earlier, months back, a report by a reputed source also abreacted us the same confirmation. Once again, at the opening ceremony of new manufacturing plant in Sanand, Gujarat, had burst this news from the stable of Ford India.

Including this rear-engined machine, the American carmaker too said of improvising on the lineup by launching three more models during the year: Figo Aspire compact sedan, new Figo hatchback and Endeavour SUV.

Taking the Mustang first, launch will happen by Diwali, and the price tag will attract only serious performance buyers in the country. Mostly, we all loved the coupe (hardtop) version, but in international market the Cabriolet (convertible) trim is also on sale, which we aren’t sure of coming to India. Mentioned below are the details of engine options the Mustang will hold:

Ford Mustang

5.0-litre V8 – 429bhp

3.7-litre V6 – 296bhp

2.3-litre (4-cyl) EcoBoost – 306bhp

Ford was very much underrated due to a lack of seller from this segment, the compact sedan. Soon, this complaint too will vanish like a smoke in the air. For India, the Blue Oval logoed carmaker has prepared Figo Aspire, which will scale under 4-metres to gain the tax benefits. The engine options of 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel may make to the list. There are strong speculations of 1.2-litre petrol to see the 6-speed double-clutch automatic transmission. Rivals like Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Swift Dzire, and Tata Zest are strongly bolted on its list.

Figo Aspire

The fresh face of Endeavour SUV will click the pace against old pals like Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero, SsangYong Rexton and others. Already the tests have commenced on Indian roads. New front grill, daytime running lights and fresh set of alloy wheels will ally this plush SUV for a longer course of time in the market. After all, engine options of 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre four-cylinder diesel with manual and automatic gearbox may remain the way they are as of now on the sales floor.

Endeavour SUV

Ford Figo hatchback will escape from the Ford’s closet by mid-2015 pacing against the likes of Swift, new Jazz, Chevrolet Sail, Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse. Engine options of petrol and diesel both will come along. The newness about the car is a big ticket which all of us may wait impatiently to see at the launch. The prominent front grille like Aston-Martin is a one such promises from Ford for the new Figo hatchback.

Hence, Ford India packs a lot of excitement on-board this year. The mix of refreshes and new ones assures increase of numbers in its market share this time.