Mahindra India will be supplying petrol engines to ford in the near future with the two brands signing a memorandum of understanding under which Mahindra will be specifically supplying BS-VI petrol engines to Ford India.
Apart from this, the two brands will also collectively work on connected vehicle solutions which will be shared by both the brands. They have also announced joint development of telematics. The alliance was first announced in September 2017, followed up with five Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in March 2018. Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. said, “Today’s announcement further builds on commitments made so far, leading to a fruition of exciting new opportunities. We are confident to meet customer expectations by working together on a number of joint development areas. Going forward we will continue to identify the synergies that exist between the two companies.” As per the alliance, Mahindra will supply low capacity BS-VI petrol motors for Ford, starting by 2020. The BS-VI compliant powertrain will help Ford extend and strengthen its existing offering of petrol engines, that currently includes the all-new 3-cylinder Dragon family.
“We are pleased with the progress our teams have made since we announced our strategic alliance with Mahindra Group a year ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets. “Today we go further in delivering even greater value. With our collaboration in powertrain and connected car solutions, we will deliver an affordable portfolio and enable our Indian consumers to get behind the wheel, feeling more confident and connected.”
Ford's current engines include a 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre petrol, and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol EcoBoost engine. Ford will also update the Dragon engine lineup to make it BS-VI complaint. Ford will be launching three new SUVs and an electric version of the Aspire sedan. The alliance will be turn out to be fruitful as Ford’s global expertise and technological upper hand along with Mahindra’s insight of India is very likely to create path for a successful partnership.