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Ford Sanand Assembly Plant May Be Sold To Tata Motors

Last September, Ford announced that it would be ending its vehicle manufacturing operations in India after the automaker racked up operating losses of more than $2 billion over the last 10 years in that country. As a result, operations at the Ford Sanand Assembly Plant ended in Q4 of 2021 and are set to wind down at the Ford Chennai Assembly Plant in Q2 of this year. Ford will import and sell some of its more iconic models in India moving forward, but its decision to stop building vehicles there has had a number of rippling effects as the automaker seeks to find a buyer for at least one of those plants.

As Ford Authority reported back in December, Tata Motors and a handful of other automakers expressed early interest in the Ford Chennai Assembly Plant, and now, the former could be on the cusp of closing that deal, according to The Economic Times. Tata is reportedly in the advanced stages of negotiation with Ford to take over the Sanand plant, and is the leading contender among all the companies interesting in purchasing it, a group that also includes MG Motor and Ola.

Tata Motors is reportedly looking to expand its production capacity, which is currently operating at 85 percent. Both it and Ford have already approached government officials in Gujarat to discuss incentives. Meanwhile, The Blue Oval may reportedly keep its Chennai plant and convert it to produce EVs for export. “Ford is exploring the possibility of potentially using a plant in India as an export base for EV manufacturing,” a spokesperson said. “The project is in the exploration stage. With detailed assessment and discussions ongoing, we don’t have anything additional to share at this time.”

Ford’s decision to exit Indian manufacturing has caused quite the stir among workers there, who have protested the decision and sought government job protection, while dealers have also lobbied the government for help after potentially being exposed to liability issues.

We’ll have more on Ford’s decision to end its manufacturing operations in India soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Clifton sasser

    Is ford going to take orders for the maverick this summer or not. If not soon i am buying a truck.. somewhere.

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    1. Jeffrey D. Sproul

      Orders open on August 16 for the 2023 Maverick. Orders for 2022 are closed.

      Reply
  2. Don Schaumburg

    I guess after 60 years I will have to look elsewhere. Advertising something you don’t have is not a great business plan.

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