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  • Thursday, February 8, 2001 4:19PM IST (10:49AM GMT)
3075 Ford IKONs sold in January
New Delhi, Delhi, India:  Ford India has begun the new year on a winning note. The company sold an impressive 3075 Ford IKONs in January 2001. The sales figure includes strong domestic sales of 1555 Ford IKONs, and export sales of 1520 Ford IKON CKDs during the month, reflecting an 18 per cent growth over sales in December 2000 and 182 per cent growth over sales in January 2000. Mr John Fink, Vice President - Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford India, said, "Last year was excellent for us. This year seems to hold greater promise for the Josh Machine. We are happy to see the Ford family expanding rapidly. Our capturing a 23 per cent market share in January clearly shows our dominant position in the IKON segment. With our innovative, customer focussed initiatives, we will consolidate our position as the undisputed leader in the IKON segment." The Ford IKON year 2001model has met with overwhelming success. The new model includes a host of new features, including rear high mount stop lamp; hi-jewel tail lamps, storage pouches, fog lamps (optional in the Ford IKON ZXi models), all-new interior trim and two new colours - Panther Black and Cayman. Ford India has launched a new advertising campaign that targets people with josh and reflects their active lifestyle. "We would like to showcase the Ford IKON customer who is a successful, young-at-heart and full of josh person - a role model and aspiration for many," added Mr Fink. This year Ford India is increasing its thrust on customer care and innovation - hallmarks of Ford's operations in the country - to retain the leadership position in the IKON segment. Towards this end, Ford India flagged off the year in style, with the innovative marketing programme 'Ford Gear' to offer the Ford brand experience to customers outside the dealership environment. Ford India recently launched an enhanced website, with the website address www.india.ford.com. It has unique features, including a 360-degree exterior and interior view of the Ford IKON. The Josh Club, India's first online community of car owners promoted by an auto company, will develop into the most preferred platform for Ford IKON owners to exchange views and enjoy privileges that comes with owning the Josh Machine. The technical and design expertise for the website has been provided by Satyam Infoway (Sify), and the site promises to be a delight for auto buffs, car owners and aspirants. Ford India will detail plans for the year after the announcement of the Union Government's automobile policy in March 2001. Ford India has been calling for excise duty reductions, which will spur domestic market growth. For more information, visit www.india.ford.com
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