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Ford India recalls diesel variants of EcoSport

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New Delhi: US auto major Ford is recalling diesel variants of its newly launched compact SUV EcoSport in India to rectify defects in the instrument used as an aid in starting the engine.

“As part of routine checks, we discovered a potential concern with EcoSport diesel variants related to the Glow Plug Module which requires relocating the module. We are contacting customers to take their vehicle to their Ford dealership to have the work carried out,” Ford India said in a statement on Thursday.

The company, however, did not share the number of vehicles it is recalling.

The company, which is present in the country through a wholly-owned subsidiary Ford India, added that no accidents or injuries have been reported related to the issue and this is a proactive, voluntary recall action to ensure customers’ safety and satisfaction.

Ford had launched the much-awaited SUV in India last month at a starting price of Rs. 5.59 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The EcoSport is available with three engine options- 1 litre petrol with Ecoboost technology, 1.5 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engine.

While the price of 1 litre Ecoboost petrol version starts at Rs. 7.90 lakh, the 1.5 litre petrol variant is priced at Rs. 5.59 lakh.

The EcoSport with 1.5 litre diesel has price starting at Rs. 6.69  lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The automatic transmission version in 1.5 litre petrol starts at Rs. 8.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Ford India has invested $142 million at its Chennai plant to manufacture the EcoSport. It is also investing $1 billion to set up its second production facility at Sanand that will be operational by 2014. The plant will have an installed output capacity of 2.4 lakh vehicles and 2.7 lakh engines annually.

With completion of the Sanand plant in Gujarat, Ford India will have a total installed capacity of rolling out 4.4 lakh vehicles and 6.1 lakh engines every year.

New 2013 Range Rover Sport review, test drive

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 The new 2013 Range Rover Sport is claimed to be the fastest, most agile and most responsive Land Rover ever. We investigate.
The interior of our test car was a flashy red-and-black leather-trimmed affair, with a little too much red, frankly. But don’t worry, you can opt for more subdued interior trims. Quality was, as always, faultless and top notch. Familiar stitched leather envelops you, the buttons and knobs all feel perfect, there is a smaller, sportier steering wheel at your fingertips, and the smart LCD dials are always easy to read. The only downside was the infotainment system, which is a little complicated to use.

The beautiful countryside around Cheltenham proved to be the perfect testing ground, with a good mix of narrow winding sections and straight-on highways.

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