Why it will close operations

Why it will close operations

Ford Motor Co. announced early Thursday that it will dramatically change its strategy in India, shutting down manufacturing operations that have been bleeding the automaker while at the same time investing in software developers, data scientists, research and development engineers and finance professionals. 

The company will stop making vehicles for sale in India — which include the Figo, Aspire, Freestyle, EcoSport and Endeavour — right away. Once supplies of those vehicles are sold, there will be no more, said Ford spokesperson Sinead Phipps. Manufacturing of some of those vehicles will continue for export until the end of 2021 from the Sanand plant and into the middle of 2022 from the Chennai vehicle and engine plants.

Why it will close operations

“We will definitely continue to provide parts, warranty and service support for customers in India however,” Phipps said.

Meanwhile, Ford will maintain a presence in India, home of the company’s second largest salaried workforce after North America.

Ford currently has more than 11,000 employees in India whose work supports the global business, and the plan now is to “significantly expand” the Business Solutions unit in India in coming years that will focus on engineering and technology, Ford said in its news release. It did not provide specifics on job growth.

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