The modern Ford India Private Limited began production in 1996, although the roots trace back to 1907 when the Model A was launched. Its manufacturing facilities are in Maraimalai Nagar near Chennai. Ford India Private Limited began production in 1926, but was shut down in 1954. Production began again with the joint venture Mahindra Ford India Limited (MFIL) in October 1995, a 50-50 venture with Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. Ford Motor Company increased its interest to 72% in March 1998 and renamed the company Ford India Private Limited.
The management team of Ford India comprises of Michael Boneham (President & Managing Director), Sandip Sanyal (Executive Director - Operations), Nigel E. Wark (Executive Director, Marketing, Sales and Service), Kuljit Rana (Vice President, Finance & Whole time Director) Vairamani Pandiyan (Vice President, HR).
FIPL's main manufacturing plant has a capacity of 100,000 vehicles annually and is located in Maraimalai Nagar, 45 km from Chennai. As its new hatchback Figo was launched in March 2010,Ford Motor Company has invested $500 million to double capacity of the plant to 200,000 vehicles annually and setting up a facility to make 250,000 engines annually.
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