Published on July 20th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Tata Motors may develop an engine with Jaguar. Land Rover
Tata Motors will consider a joint engine-development program with its Jaguar Land Rover unit, according to a company report released yesterday. “To optimize the synergistic strengths between JLR and Tata Motors in India, an examination is also under way on a joint engine development program which would have manufacturing facilities both in the U.K. and India,” Ratan Tata said in a statement release in the company’s annual report for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which ended on March 31. Currently, Tata, India’s leading automaker by sales, obtains engines for Jaguar and Land Rover models from the brands’ previous owner, Ford. Joint engine manufacturing would be another step closer to establishing the brands’ independence from Ford. Tata bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008. Tata Motors said its Pune, India, plant, which began manufacturing the Land Rover Freelander in late May, could assemble other products and variants from the brands. The Wolverhampton, England, plant has been chosen for Jaguar and Land Rover engine manufacturing. Globally, Tata Motors sold 62,090 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles for the fiscal year, up 9 percent from the previous year, the company said. Jaguar Land Rover N.A. sold 23,702 vehicles in the United States in the first six months of 2011, a 13.9 percent increase over the first six months of 2010.