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ford mpv Q&A Review

Why is the Ford not successful in the Indian market?

Considering the history of Ford in India, it's a bit unfair to say that they have failed in our market. In my opinion, Ford has had a mixed bag in India. ,While on one hand, they've had some really successful product launches (Ikon, Ecosport, first-gen Figo) on the other hand, there has been some commercial failures as well (Fusion, Escort, Mondeo). From these, we can notice that Ford have not been able to deliver successful products on a consistent basis like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai etc. ,It is seen that successful products from the automaker have been path-breaking in one form or the other, by virtue of which customers come into Ford showrooms., At present, Ford are having struggles of their own in the Indian market. Recently, homegrown automaker Mahindra and Mahindra brought 51 percent stake in the Indian arm of Ford Motor Company. This would mean that future Ford models will likely be sharing their underpinnings with that of Mahindra. ,From this, we know that Ford are willing to take a gamble which may be a bit dangerous. Monthly sales of Ford here at present are around the 3,000 unit mark which is a bit sad considering the value their vehicles offer. Ford have always put their best foot forward here and it is evident in their cars today. ,Their cars offer good performance at a decent price tag. Consider the Aspire, which is the only such car in its segment preferred by enthusiasts. Same goes for the Ecosport, which was the car that invented the popular compact SUV segment here. ,Their cars offer good mileage, but largely get ignored due to their brand image in India. Ford also conducts programmes like she drives and Ford cartesy. She drives encourages women to get behind the wheel and experience Ford vehicles. It also involves a few driving tasks which may be useful in everyday driving. Ford Cartesy is a global program from the automaker by which they allow the contestants to test drive and make of the Ford models. In return, they also ask feedback from them and look further into improving their vehicles. Other than that, Ford also provide spare parts at a reasonable price. Servicing is on par with Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai and customers buying a Ford should be benefitting from this. Considering that Ford cars had prices of spare parts on the higher price range during its earlier days, it is a respectable recovery from the automaker. I'd like to wholeheartedly recommend pepole to try a Ford whenever they're looking for a budget vehicle. Despite all these, Ford products are not on the radar of potential buyers due to a variety of reasons which are, India is a market where most buyers buy their vehicles based on the mileage it gives. That's where Ford falls down the pecking order. ,Ford cars, despite not being rated as fuel efficient by some, offer decent mileage figures. ,But these figures are a bit inferior compared to the best in the business. Safety in their cars is one aspect that is not yet taken seriously. Ford cars have improved in safety over the years and have performed well in recent crash tests. ,The Figo and Aspire got 3 and 4 stars in the global ncap crash tests conducted a couple of years ago. ,Despite this, their cars are largely ignored. Indians also want value for money while buying a car. ,This also means features like a touchscreen infotainment system and sunroof are compulsory on the minds of most car buyers., Ford were a little bit late to react to this and this may have led to them being not active in the sales department. Performance is one aspect where Ford is having an edge over most of its competitors. ,Their cars offer performance at a reasonable price which I think most manufacturers here don't. ,Sadly, India has less performance enthusiastic buyers and more economy warriors. Ford also do not advertise their products much on television or print, which is a bit sad. ,Even so when they update their cars, we rarely hear of this in the newspaper or television. ,On the other hand, competitors do the exact opposite. Reliability is one thing that worries the customers here. ,Indians look at Japanese and Korean cars as reliable and they are among the most respected brands here. ,American brands are considered less reliable here due to their tendency to break down faster than their counterparts. Lastly, it may be due to their previous image. This can also be counted as a continuation for the previous point. ,Ikon’s and Figo’s have suffered a few reliablity issues in the past and service costs were not as low as they are today., Majority of Indians don't believe that Ford service costs are affordable. Just ask a potential car buyer about buying a Ford and he will mostly tell you that he heard that they are expensive to maintain. I think these are a few factors which do not work in the automaker's favour here. As per reports, Ford are planning to bring a few desirable products here which include a mid-size SUV and an MPV. Both the segments, especially the former, are seeing good demand and more automakers are set to enter here in the near future. Hope that Ford gets it right there and gets their Indian operations back on track,. Thank you.

I love the Mazdas for their style, handling and reliability. Why do people avoid this brand in general?

Wonderful question. I have had a number of Mazda vehicles including a 626, MPV, Protégé, and RX-8 so I know exactly what you are talking about. Here are a few thoughts as to why they haven’t been more successful. Mazda has always been one of the smallest Japanese manufactures. They have always lacked the marketing muscle and budget to properly promote their products. Mazda can’t sell based on reliability alone since Toyota has that market cornered. Instead they focus on fun to drive. Unfortunately, the market believes that fun to drive cars only come from Europe, so their target market naturally gravitates to European brands if they can afford them. As great as the RX-7 was, it was the poor man’s Porsche 924/944. And it was never the better choice and therefore never was aspirational. So this leaves for Mazda the smaller segment of the market that wants fun to drive cars but can’t afford the Europeans. Mazda has for a long time bet on the rotary engine. That engine, as great as it is for handling due to light weight, never made more power than the European competition and got worse fuel economy. To make things worse, the rotary was considerably more fragile and temperamental than piston engines. This definitely impacted their reputation as a reliable brand. Worse, this happened at the same time when Toyota and Honda cemented their reputations for reliability. Mazda’s product planners sometimes anticipate trends way ahead of the others. Sadly, that also means they are out of step with the industry and give up just when the trend gains momentum. The Mazda RX-8 was unveiled as a 4-door sports car in 2003. The Porsche Panamera followed in 2009. Mazda discontinued RX-8 in 2011. Mazda foresaw the need for a family 3 row SUV with the 1997 Mazda MPV All-Sport. Toyota released the Highlander in 2001 and Honda released the Pilot in 2002. Ironically, Mazda’s 2000 MPV moved to a small front wheel drive van complete with sliding doors just as rest the rest of the market was moving to family haulers with car like swing out doors and people traded in minivans for SUVs. Mazda’s control by Ford limited them from making truly disruptive moves. Although the Mazda 3, Ford Focus and Volvo S40 were all developed by Mazda and used Mazda based engines, Mazda wasn’t allowed to use turbo version of their own engine or make their interiors very high quality lest it compete with Volvo. Now ouside of Ford control, they are making their cars more premium. Even today, Mazda has no electric or hybrid cars. They have hit the sweet spot in small SUVs with CX-5 and in small cars with the Mazda 3. Unfortunately small sedans don’t sell well and aren’t very profitable. Given their meager resources, they can only do a few things well. Hopefully they choose wisely and hit the ball out of the park on one or two vehicles that people really desire and have high margins to keep the company going and fund future development.

I want to buy a car in the range of 12-15 lakhs in India. Which one should I consider?

These are my personal picks. Petrol, options for 1, ,SUV, (Compact) FORD Ecosport HYUNDAI Venue (1.0 Turbo Petrol) 2, ,Sedan HONDA, ,City SKODA Rapid HYUNDAI Verna 3, ,Hatchback Polo, GT TSI HYUNDAI i20 2020 4, ,MPV Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Petrol engine are good if your monthly travel is less than 1000 km. Diesel, Options for 1, ,SUV Ford Ecosport Mahindra XUV300 2,. ,Sedan HYUNDAI Verna CRDi 3, ,Hatchback FORD, Figo HYUNDAI ,i20 4, ,MPV MAHINDRA ,Marazzo Avoid these at any cost Tata Nexon Petrol (too much of turbo lag) and drivability is not so great. Honda City Diesel (unrefined Engine). W-RV Diesel (unrefined Engine). Toyota Yaris (too expensive for what it has to offer). Hope it Helped.

I understand there is a trade off between car design and engineering, but why do ugly cars, such as the Fiat Multipla, get created?

On the case of the Multipla, it was function-over-form. I'm no fan of the design, but as an engineer, I can appreciate functionality. The Multipla is quite a wide car, with a lot of space inside, and with the mutant-looking styling, it's aso quite tall. Yet it's a short car, making city parking easier. Everything is designed with interior space in mind - the manual shift versions has the gearshift in the dash like a transit van; there is no driveshaft tunnel so the floor was flat, which allows for three seats in the front, for a total of 6-seats. ​ ​By all accounts, it had an excellent interior and decent handling. It won ,Top Gear Car of the Year, 1999. And ,Top Gear Family Car of the Year, for four consecutive years 2001-2004. So it goes to show that for a lot of people, cars are functional machines, and that overrides any consideration for styling. It's a low-cost family car with a design that doesn't compromise on internal space. That's what some people want. As for drag coefficient, this is an MPV/people carrier, you're not really expecting any kind of fuel economy to begin with. Nevertheless, this car has a Cd of 0.32-0.34, which was typical for that era, and low compared with other MPVs of that era. So it's not reasonable to suggestion that it could (or should) be designed with better drag performance easily and without compromise. This is especially the case when you consider that the 1999 Ford Mustang, a car that you'd expect the makers would have considerable more leeway in enhancing aerodynamics, has a Cd of 0.36. Yes, the Multipla is more aerodynamic than the Mustang. But both groups of owners don't care about aerodynamics for the same reasons.

Which vehicle has the best fuel mileage?

The U.S. Department of Energy has published a list of fuel consumption figures for 2011 Model Year vehicles. The list can be found here - http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/FEG2011.pdf 2-seaters: , Honda CRZ - ,37 Minicompact: , MINI Cooper - ,32 Subcompact: , Ford Fiesta SFE - ,33, Toyota Yaris - ,32 Compact & small wagon, Honda Civic Hybrid - ,41, Honda Insight - ,41, VW Golf diesel - ,34, VW Jetta diesel - ,34, Audi A3 diesel - ,34, VW Jetta SportWagen diesel - ,34 Midsize, Toyota Prius - ,50, Nissan Versa - ,29 Large, Hyundai Sonata - ,28, Honda Accord - ,27 For the U.K., MSN has published a list of most economical cars in each class. Full article here - http://cars.uk.msn.com/features/green-motoring/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=147863614 City,: Smart ForTwo - ,83.1, ,Supermini,: Ford Fiesta Econetic - ,76.3, ,Family hatch,: Honda Insight SE - ,64, ,Large family,: Toyota Prius - ,72.4, ,Junior executive,: BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition - ,68.9, ,Executive,: BMW 520d - ,56.5, ,Luxury,: Audi A8 - ,42.8, ,Coupe/Cabriolet,: Vauxhall Tigra 1.3 CDTi - ,61.4, ,MPV,: Ford C-Max 1.6 TDCi - ,60.1, ,4x4,: Lexus RX450h - ,44.1

Why many good cars manufactured by Ford in Europe are not sold in the USA like the Ford B Max MPV or the Ford Transit?

We don’t get all the same cars as Europe because buyers want different things. Surely Ford does not sell more F-150s in Europe than Fiestas. They sure do here. Transits are selling very well, in all sizes.

What makes a 1.5L I4 engine from a typical MPV more powerful than the 2.5 L I4 from 1915 Ford Model T?

What makes a 1.5L I4 engine from a typical MPV more powerful than the 2.5 L I4 from 1915 Ford Model T? The difference between a 1915 Model T engine power and a modern one hinges around the engine speed, compression ratio, materials/tolerances used and fuel control. The Model T had a compression ration of just 3.98:1, allowing it to run on variety of fuels available at the time such as kerosene and ethanol in addition to petrol. This low compression greatly reduced the amount of air/fuel mix that could be admitted into the combustion chambers, restricting the power to 20 hp from a displacement of 2.9 lt at a speed of 1500 rpm. The engine was capable of up to 1800 rpm, but the volumetric efficiency dropped off such that it could not rev any higher than that. This was a good aspect, since the three bearing main crankshaft would not be able to support high revs, but it did limit the power delivered since power is a function of torque multiplied by engine speed. The engine delivered an economy of around 13 - 21 mpg, which seems very low mileage today, but with a side valve, flat head combustion chamber design, it had a huge surface area and lost most of its heat energy to the cooling system rather than be used to drive the pistons down. The engine was quite advanced for the time, with the engine block being a single casting unlike its contemporaries, and this led to ease of manufacture that was rapidly adopted by the industry. Despite its forward thinking design, it was still limited by the materials and accuracy of the machine processes used 100 years ago. Now if you look at a modern design, the differences are quite apparent. A typical 1.5 lt 4 cylinder will easily rev to over 6,000 rpm allowing the torque developed by a combustion chamber running at something like 11:1 compression ration to be greatly multiplied. Instead of a single mechanical side draft carburettor mixing low octane fuels of various grades it will employ a high precision computer controlled injector for each cylinder, and this delivers a precise amount of high octane fuel at exactly the right ratio as calculated by the engine ECU using a MAF (mass air flow) sensor in the intake manifold. 4 valve heads, which are designed to minimise energy sapping surface area and maximise air flow allow high compression ratios, and the highly regulated fuel quality makes this all possible. Try running your modern engine on kerosene and see how far you get. In short, the change in conditions (driven by the feedback from improved design and use) have paved the way for such design and manufacturing advances that we take for granted these days. It did take 100 years to get to this point, and it will be very interesting to see what transport looks like in another 100 years time.

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