Press Report : Land Rover’s new model blitz

Chas Hallett, Editor, Autocar, 8th July, 2010

Land Rover has “tremendous growth potential” Tata Motors’ boss Carl-Peter Forster told the SMMT’s Annual Conference in London last week.

Forster said the company needs to fill more market sectors and could possibly start building cars outside of the UK. He added that Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover’s parent, will also need to embark on a new-model blitz that would not only see more models joining the Evoque but existing ones being overhauled with smaller petrol and diesel engines and hybrid power.

The overhaul will likely increase the amount of component sharing between Tata, Jaguar and Land Rover. For example, the next Range Rover, due in 2013, is likely to be based on a similar aluminium structure to the current Jaguar XJ’s.

Forster revealed that, as part of JLR’s growth plans, the company would be recruiting 1700 engineers, 50 per cent more than the current number. He also admitted that he was undertaking a review of the company’s manufacturing structure that could lead to Land Rovers and Jaguars being built in India or China.

However, Forster remains convinced that JLR will not migrate its engineering base and that all Land Rovers and Jaguars will still be conceived in the UK. “We’re not going to be engineering the next XJ in India,” he said.

[Source: Autocar]

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Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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