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Ford recalls diesel variants of EcoSport in India

Ford India said 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

US auto major Ford on Thursday said it is recalling the 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.

 

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 with price starting at Rs5.59 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

 

EcoSport is available with three engine options of 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 Rs7.90 lakh, the 1.5 litre petrol variant is priced at Rs5.59 lakh.

 

The EcoSport with 1.5 litre diesel has a starting price of Rs6.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The automatic transmission version in 1.5 litre petrol starts at Rs8.45 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.

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Domestic car sales decline 9% in June

Total sales of vehicles across categories registered a decline of 5.10% to 14,07,767 units in June 2013 as against 14,83,443 units in the same month of 2012

Car sales fell an annual 9% in June as demand continued to suffer due to rising ownership costs and sluggish economic growth.

 

Domestic passenger car sales were 1,39,632 units in June this year from 1,53,450 units in the same month of 2012, with demand dropping for the eighth straight month.

 

According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), motorcycle sales in last month declined by 9.16% to 7,99,139 units from 8,79,721 units in the same month previous year.

 

Total two-wheeler sales in June 2013 declined by 4.56% to 11,16,424 units from 11,69,741 units in the same period of previous year.

 

Total sales of commercial vehicles declined by 13.45% to 56,197 units from 64,928 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said.

 

Total sales of vehicles across categories registered a decline of 5.10% to 14,07,767 units in June 2013 as against 14,83,443 units in the same month of 2012, the industry body added.

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A person in jail cannot fight polls for legislative bodies, rules SC
In another path breaking verdict, the apex court ruled that only an ‘elector’ can contest the polls and he/she ceases the right to cast vote due to confinement in prison or being in custody of police
 
A person, who is in jail or in police custody, cannot contest election to legislative bodies, the Supreme Court has held, bringing to an end an era of undertrial politicians fighting polls from behind bars. 
 
In another path breaking verdict to prevent criminal elements from entering Parliament and state assemblies, the apex court ruled that only an ‘elector’ can contest the polls and he/she ceases the right to cast vote due to confinement in prison or being in custody of police. 
 
The court, however, made it clear that disqualification would not be applicable to person subjected to preventive detention under any law. 
 
Referring to the Representation of Peoples’ Act, a bench of justices AK Patnaik and SJ Mukhopadhayay said that the Act (Section 4 & 5) lays down the qualifications for membership of the House of the People and Legislative Assembly and one of the qualifications laid down is that he must be an elector. 
 
The bench said Section 62(5) of the Act says that no person shall vote at any election if he is confined in a prison, whether under a sentence of imprisonment or transportation or otherwise, or is in the lawful custody of the police. 
 
Reading Sections 4, 5 and 62(5) together, the apex court came to the conclusion that a person in jail or police custody cannot contest election. 
 
The court passed the order on an appeal filed by the Chief Election Commissioner and others challenging a Patna High Court order barring people in police custody to contest polls. 
 
“We do not find any infirmity in the findings of the high court in the impugned common order that a person who has no right to vote by virtue of the provisions of sub-section (5) of Section 62 of the 1951 Act is not an elector and is therefore not qualified to contest the election to the House of the People or the Legislative Assembly of a state,” the apex court said. 
 
The bench had also made it clear that MPs, MLAs and MLCs would stand disqualified on the date of conviction. 
 
Legal experts said the two verdicts will force political parties to make sure that candidates facing criminal charges are not fielded. 
 
The court had in its Thursday’s judgement held that Parliament exceeded its powers by enacting the provision (Section 8(4) of the Representation of Peoples Act) that gives a convicted lawmaker the power to remain in office on the ground that appeals have been filed and pending. 
 
The sub-section 8(4), which was struck down, said a lawmaker cannot be disqualified for three months from the conviction and if in that period he or she files an appeal against till its disposal by a higher court.
 

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