has shown as much committment to the Indian market as has
Mahindra Ford India Ltd [ MFIL ] which, in meticulous fashion,
has put its first offering, the Escort, on Indian roads in record time. MFIL launched
the diesel and petrol versions of the Escort simultaneously.
The build quality of the Escort is again very solid. The car
feels extremely taut with no trace of any rattles or scuttle
shake. The bodyshell has been particularly stiffened for Indian
conditions. In fact, few companies have developed their products
for the Indian market as thoroughly as Ford has. The finish
of the car - the panel gaps, paint job and some of the rubber
parts - however is questionable and indicates that the car
is made in India. The interiors of the car are the best in
the segment. The funky oval theme gives the cabin a friendly
ambience. The Escort's interiors are not only the best designed,
but made from first-class material. The swooping facia with
very legible instruments looks great.