With the Ford Ranger Raptor rumored to go on sale in India soon (along with a variety of other Blue Oval models), it would seem a bit odd that a variety of semi-finished Ford Ranger models have been spotted outside of Jayem Automotive’s factory in Ondipudur, Coimbatore. However, as Rush Lane reports, this could indicate that Ford has acquired a new manufacturing partner in the region.
Jayem has been in the automotive components business for some time now and has previously partnered with Tata Motors. These partially-assembled Ford Ranger models were first seen in Coimbatore, after which they were spotted on transport trucks being moved to Chennai before landing just outside of Jayem’s facility.
Currently, the Indian right-hand-drive Ranger is primarily produced at Auto Alliance Thailand Co., alongside the Ford Everest. That particular plant assembles the India-spec kits for those vehicles, which is a similar state of completion to these particular prototypes, which indicates that Jayem may soon complete the same work for Ford. Once the semi-assembled pickups are completed, they are shipped to the Ford Maraimalai Nagar Plant for final assembly.
Instead of replacing the production that takes place at Auto Alliance, Rush Lane believes that Jayem’s potential involvement could be aimed at making things easier on the former. These right-hand-drive variants could also be exported to other markets including South Africa and Sri Lanka.
It’s possible that these pickups could be sold in India as well, but Rush Lane believes that they’re primarily being built for export. To date, Ford India has remained one of the leading exporters in the country, and pickups aren’t quite as popular in that market as they are in other parts of the world like the U.S.