The Ikon - a stretched version of the Ford Fiesta - is the only car that Ford makes and sells in India. Ford has sought government permission to import other models and brands into the country. That would include the higher-end brands such as Jaguar, Volvo and Aston Martin. And Ford intends to move its product portfolio beyond cars to sport-utilities, vans, minivans and pickups, company sources say.
Ford's first step toward expansion will be to offer the Ford Mondeo to consumers. One of Ford's top sellers in Europe, the Mondeo will be launched in India late this year, says a Ford official. The Mondeo will be assembled in India, with Ford India importing most of the components.
Ford did not reveal anticipated production or sales figures for the Mondeo.
Ford sold 156,465 Mondeos in Europe from January through June.