Ford like, its other American rival manufacturer GM, has a long and significant history within the Indian automotive industry. The company’s roots in the country date back as far as 1907 when Ford began assembling cars in India. In 1926 the company established Ford India, but again was shut down like all other foreign manufacturers in 1954 because of the socialist Indian government. However, once the Indian market opened up again, Ford created a joint venture with Indian car maker Mahindra in 1996.
Ford later increased its share in the venture to a majority stake and once again became Ford India. The company is now one of the top 5 manufacturers in India in terms of sales and production and holds a large market share mainly in the small car segments. Ford cars are known to be very reliable and they have a wonderful dealer network and sales and service centers around the country and offer a variety of products not only within the passenger segment but also the commercial segment.