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Ford to phase out Figo in India;EDIT: New Ford Figo and compact sedan spied in India

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Ford to discontinue Figo from India for an all-new car in 2015, based on Ford KA global platform, which has to underpin Figo Compact sedan also, to be launched end 2015.

Swinging sales & older gen-version has been the probable reason for this move, while EcoSport has overtaken it in popularity terms.

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An excerpt from ET says,

'NEW DELHI: Ford has decided to phase out its best-seller Figo hatchback from India and will replace the model with a new-generation car — also to be badged as Figo — by late next year.

The company will also phase out Classic' entry sedan to make way for the new mid-size car that was showcased at the Delhi Motor Show in February this year.

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However, it is time that it makes way for the new 3-generation model which is currently under development to tune it for Indian conditions. This should be out by next year," sources told TOI.

The new sedan will hit the market by the middle of 2015 and will also carry 'Figo' family name apart from its own individual identity. "It will be a case similar to Maruti's Swift hatchback and its mid-size version, the Swift Dzire," sources said.

The new-generation car will be based on the 'Ka' compact vehicle, which Ford has recently started manufacturing in Brazil. Ford decided to continue with Figo badge in India considering the high recall value that the brand carries among buyers. hile Figo clocked the highest volumes for Ford in India, it has now been overtaken by the Eco Sport SUV. However, lack of a strong model in the big-number compact car segment has been impacting Ford's overall volume growth in the car market.

Sources said the new models will come in as Ford begins production from its second plant at Sanand in Gujarat (in the first quarter of next year). The company's first plant is located in Chennai and the addition of a new plant will provide Ford the numbers to freely launch newer models'.

(Information source: Economic times.com, Pic source: autocarindia.com)

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The car looks good and proportionate as well. With 1.5 TDCi diesel engine it will be better buy in compact sedan segment.

I am expecting that Ford will detune the engines in Figo twins to extract more FE.

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The taillight of Compact sedan looks somewhat similar to Zest. All in all a good looking entry level sedan. For the hatchback, it will be interesting to see where they position it. anything above current Figo would take them into fierce competition zone.

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