Ford’s reign in India is still unable countering the competition, minus the heavy success of EcoSport. Proving worsen results for the company once again, Ford Fiesta classic diesel is recalled in India.
Over 3000 units are recalled of the lot produced between October 2010 and December 2011 in the manufacturing unit of Maraimalai Nagar, near Chennai. As per the official report, Ford’s sedan was said to be planted with the faulty glow plugs.
The recall has been uttered in the issue of customer’s safety and satisfaction. This issue was highlighted after a problem came to the limelight with that part. In the recall, company has said to replace it with the waterproof version of Glow Plug Control Module that will be free of cost.
Ford India these days is busy writing letters to the owners of those cars from the lot requesting them for a visit to the nearest Ford dealership to get the replacement done.
Since, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers commenced voluntary recall for safety-related lacking in July 2012, more than seven lakh vehicles have been called-back of various manufacturers, with names sprucing in the list like Honda, Toyota, Maruti Suzuki, General Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and Ford.
One of America’s largest car manufacturer, Ford Motors were also present at the 2011 Surat Auto Expo. The Detroit based manufacturer had their best selling Ford Figo on display in a paprika red color and believe me, this is the color that most of the Ford Figo buyers should go for. It looks sensuous to say the least. The interiors again are spacious for a small car as also the quality of materials used is appreciable. The new alloy wheels also lend an air of class and now the looks of this car are more European. The head lamps are outlined by black lining. Inside, the instrument cluster has also undergone a change. The steering wheel however is still devoid of audio controls. The feel of the indicator stalks and other switches is crisp. The huge depression just above the glove box can be used for storing daily nip knacks. The music system as also the AC controls fall easily to hand. Boot space however is at a premium here. Rear seat space is also comfortable however Ford still persists with manual window down option instead of power windows at the rear.
The Fiesta Classic was displayed with the main aim of showing visitors that none of the features which were present in the Fiesta have been axed. Except for the blacked out head lamps and a slightly reworked bumper, there was nothing much of a differentiation except for the badges. The older Fiesta was also displayed. Expect the 2011 Ford Fiesta soon.
The biggest brute in the Ford lineup as of now in India, the Ford Endeavour, was also at display and this was the car which caught my attention. This was the automatic variant and build quality is something in the leagues of Volkswagen and group. This version however lacked the button controls on the steering wheel. The feeling of space is more than that of the Toyota Fortuner and also the quality of materials used seems to be a notch above that of the Fortuner. The big touchscreen navigation system is a must have for those buying the Endeavour. The Endeavour also has immense road presence. This is the dream car of my Chief Financial Officer and he is of the opinion that after seeing the car in flesh, he has made up his mind that he would buy this car by the end of 2011. Good thought and how about giving me the keys of this car for the weekend, eh?