History of Ford in India:
1907 India begins selling the Model A
1926 Ford India is established by Ford of Canada
1935 Indian government officials ask Henry Ford to consider building a car manufacturing plant in Bombay 1941 Mahatma Gandhi sends spinning wheel, the symbol of India's economic independence, to Henry Ford. 1954 Ford India operations cease.
1969 Ford re-enters India in a joint venture with Escorts Ltd. to produce tractors. 1991 Ford ceases tractor operations.
Ford establishes Climate Systems India, a joint venture with Maruti and Sumitomo Corporation. 1993 Production starts at the Climate Systems India Plant in Bhiwandi. 1995 (Feb) Ford demonstrates its commitment to the Indian market by completing an equity purchase of 5.8% in M&M. 1995 (Sept) Ford and M&M file for government approval to establish a joint venture company to manufacture and distribute vehicles. 1995 (Nov) Ford and M&M receive government approval on joint venture called Mahindra Ford India Ltd. (MFIL.) 1996 (Jan) Mahindra Ford India Ltd. announces the choice of Maraimalai Nagar as the site for the new manufacturing facility to begin with the production of the Fiesta. 1996 (Aug) The first Indian-built Ford Escort rolls off the line in the Nashik Assembly Plant. 1996 (Sept) Ford Escort receives more than 70,000 sales bookings. 1996 (Oct) Mahindra Ford makes history in India by simultaneously handing over the first cars in seven cities just one month after close of bookings. 1997 (June) MFIL launches Ford Escort Freedom to mark India's 50th year of independence. 1997 (Sept) MFIL launches Ford Escort Anniversary to mark the first anniversary of Ford Escort in India. 1997 (Oct) The Ford-sponsored photo exhibition, India: A Celebration of Independence, opens in New Delhi. 1997 (Nov) Ford Escort chosen best quality car in JD Power's India Initial Quality Survey. 1997 (Dec) MFIL tops JD Power's Customer Satisfaction Index. 1998 (Mar) Ford establishes the Henry Ford Chair at the Indian...
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