Ford India’s Chennai plant on Thursday, November 5 produced its 1 millionth vehicle. The Chennai Vehicle Assembly and Engine Plant (CVAEP) commenced its production in the year 1999. It currently produces the very popular Ford EcoSport, Fiesta and the mighty Endeavour. CVAEP’s 1 millionth vehicle was Ford India’s flagship, EcoSport. This production facility is valued at US$1 billion. The facility spread over 350 acres has an engine assembly plant that started in 2008 and houses company’s single flexible production line. It is capable of producing 2,00,000 cars and 3,40,000 engines yearly.
“Chennai is from where we started our make in India journey,” Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, executive director – manufacturing at Chennai Vehicle Assembly & Engine Plant, said. “Apart from being a global manufacturing hub for Ford, the facility has set new benchmarks in adopting processes that not only ensure global quality but significantly reduce our carbon footprint.”
The Chennai facility has played a key role in Ford’s Make in India vision, to make India a hub for producing small cars and low detachment vehicles. The cars and engines produced at CVAEP are also exported to 40 different markets including Middle East, ASEAN, Europe and Africa.
Radhakrishnan further said, “The millionth vehicle and engine production milestone stands as a testament to the passion and dedication of more than 6,000 hardworking men and women at Chennai.”
As we see back in the past, Ford has been in India since the early stages of market and produced some very good vehicles like the Josh Machine Ikon, the luxury sedan of the yesteryears. Endeavour or the ‘Hurricane’ as we know it, has been an all time favorite. The Figo is one of the very few hatchbacks in India eligible to be called ‘Hot Hatch’.Thautomaker has always been a Knight with shining armor for Indian enthusiasts with its powerful engines and equally responsive handling.