Both the companies also agreed to co-develop a telematics control unit.
The home-grown carmaker, Mahindra & Mahindra and US auto giant Ford today penned two agreements for sharing engines and connected car solutions. Under this collaboration, Mahindra will produce and supply a low-displacement, BSVI ready petrol powertrain to Ford for its India-specific vehicles from 2020.
Both the companies also agreed to co-develop a telematics control unit. This connected vehicle solution will be used in Mahindra and Ford’s future vehicles. With the new petrol engine, the US-based carmaker also aims to strengthen its existing petrol product lineup. It will also help the company reduce manufacturing cost of its operating models.
Rumor has it that Mahindra’s new-generation 2.0L diesel engine might be used for Ford’s upcoming C-SUV. On the other hand, Ford might supply its new Dragon family petrol engine for M&M compact vehicles.
Commenting on the agreements, 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.” Read – Ford & Mahindra To Develop Creta Rival and 3 Sub-4 Meter SUVs
Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets, said “We are pleased with the progress our teams have made since we announced our strategic alliance with Mahindra Group a year ago. 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.”