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News : The Leyland name makes a return

News : The Leyland name makes a return

The Leyland roundel is back – and not just on a commercial vehicle! Thanks to a deal brokered between GM and Nissan, the US company will launch a badge-engineered NV200 as the 2015 Chevrolet City Express. An extension of this deal for the Indian market means that the Japanese van will also be the basis of […]

India Watch : Jaguar Land Rover opens new plant in Pune, India

India Watch : Jaguar Land Rover opens new plant in Pune, India

Jaguar Land Rover has today officially opened its first assembly plant in India. The facility, which has been built at Pune in the Maharashtra region of India, will assemble Land Rover Freelander 2 vehicles supplied in Complete Knock Down (CKD) form from Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool, UK.

India Watch : Leyland lives! Ashok’s new pick-up

India Watch : Leyland lives! Ashok’s new pick-up

The Flying Plughole lives! Ashok Leyland and Nissan have this week announced the first product of their Joint Venture, a small 1.25-tonne pick-up truck named the Dost. The commercial launch of the Dost is expected in June with prices to be revealed nearer the time. The vehicle is powered by a 55bhp, three-cylinder, turbocharged common rail diesel engine […]

India Watch : Tata Motors’ profit triples as Jaguar sales climb in China

India Watch : Tata Motors’ profit triples as Jaguar sales climb in China

Automotive News Europe/Bloomberg, 11th February, 2011 MUMBAI (Bloomberg) – Tata Motors Limited, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover, said third-quarter profit more than tripled as a global economic recovery and rising wealth in emerging markets boosted demand for luxury vehicles. Net income rose to 24.2 billion rupees ($529 million) in the three months ended the […]

India Watch : Tata Nano sales bounce back

India Watch : Tata Nano sales bounce back

Keith Adams  Following a disappointing couple of months’ sales, the Tata Nano has bounced back with a strong performance in December. From a low point of 589 units sold in November, a more promising 5784 Nanos were sold in December – still some way short of July’s high of 9000.  However, Tata Motors has been […]

India Watch : Tata’s gold-encrusted Nano

India Watch : Tata’s gold-encrusted Nano

Keith Adams It’s time to jazz up the Tata Nano – and this is Titan’s take on the old idea of automotive alchemy. Literally. The Tata Nano remains the world’s cheapest car you can buy new and starts from around £1500 in its home market of India. It’s an exercise in minimalism, with standard models […]

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India Watch : Jaguar Land Rover’s global sales up 22% in November

India Watch : Jaguar Land Rover’s global sales up 22% in November

Automotive News Europe/Reuters, 15th December, 2010 MUMBAI (Reuters) – Jaguar Land Rover’s global sales rose 22 percent to 22,957 units in November, parent Tata Motors Limited said in a statement Wednesday. Jaguar’s sales for the month rose 30 percent to 5,621 cars while Land Rover’s volume increased 20 percent to 17,336 SUVs. Helped by strong […]

India Watch : UK launch for Tata Indica Vista EV in Summer 2011

The Tata Indica Vista EV, the electric car developed by Engineers at Tata Motors Limited’s UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc (TMETC), is being readied for production at an assembly facility in the West Midlands, UK. A limited number of Tata Vista EV vehicles will start to roll out of the UK assembly […]

India Watch : November’s Tata Nano sales down 85% year-on-year

India Watch : November’s Tata Nano sales down 85% year-on-year

The Economic Times, 1st December, 2010           NEW DELHI: Automaker Tata Motors Limited’s much hyped ‘world’s cheapest’ car, the Nano, has failed to meet expectations as it witnessed a massive decline to 509 units in November this year compared to 3,065 units sold in the previous month. The decline came during the month when the company had […]

India Watch : Tata Motors to tap luxury demand with ten JLR Dealers

India Watch : Tata Motors to tap luxury demand with ten JLR Dealers

Automotive News Europe/Bloomberg, 29th November, 2010 NEW DELHI (Bloomberg) – Tata Motors Limited will set up ten dealerships for its Jaguar and Land Rover luxury car brands in India this fiscal year to tap rising disposable incomes in Asia’s second-fastest-growing major economy. The Mumbai-based company will establish dealerships in large Indian cities such as Mumbai, New […]

India Watch : Tata Motors boosts Q2 profit on Jaguar Land Rover sales

India Watch : Tata Motors boosts Q2 profit on Jaguar Land Rover sales

Automotive News Europe/Bloomberg, 10th November, 2010 MUMBAI (Bloomberg) – Tata Motors Limited, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover, posted a more than 100-fold gain in second-quarter profit as the global economic recovery and growing demand in China and the U.S. boosted sales of luxury vehicles. Group net income, including Jaguar Land Rover, reached 22.2 billion […]

India Watch : Tata Motors may use JLR’s expertise for new models

India Watch : Tata Motors may use JLR’s expertise for new models

Nandini Sen Gupta, The Economic Times, 30th August, 2010 NEW DELHI: Tata Motors Limited is looking to seek help from British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover’s engineers to build more refined passenger cars. According to a top Tata Motors official, the mother company will use expertise in design, noise and vibration and other aspects to build […]

India Watch : Tata Motors to raise up to $1 billion by selling securities?

India Watch : Tata Motors to raise up to $1 billion by selling securities?

Automotive News Europe/Bloomberg, 19th August, 2010 MUMBAI (Bloomberg) – Tata Motors Limited, the owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, has hired Credit Suisse Group AG and Citigroup Inc. to raise as much as $1 billion from selling securities, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The carmaker may tap capital markets in the next […]

India Watch : Jaguar Land Rover asks Ford for more engines

India Watch : Jaguar Land Rover asks Ford for more engines

Automotive News Europe/Bloomberg, 12th August, 2010 MUMBAI (Bloomberg)  – Jaguar Land Rover, the maker of the $80,000 Jaguar XF sedan, is working with Ford Motor Co. to increase supplies of engines after a larger-than-expected jump in sales left it facing a shortage. Tata Motors Limited, the owner of the UK-based luxury brands, has bought “considerably […]

India Watch : Made-in-India Freelander from 2011

Autocar India, 11th August, 2010 It’s been only little over a year since Land Rover’s India entry but the British brand has already decided to go Indian. Come 2011 and Land Rover will start local assembly in India. The first model to come through the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route will be the Freelander 2. With that […]

India Watch : Tata Motors’ shares hit 19-year high on profit report

India Watch : Tata Motors’ shares hit 19-year high on profit report

Automotive News Europe/Bloomberg, 10th August, 2010 MUMBAI (Bloomberg) – Shares in Tata Motors Limited, the Indian owner of Jaguar Land Rover, rose to their highest level in more than 19 years after the company posted a first-quarter profit on demand for luxury SUVs and sedans. The carmaker made a net income of 19.9 billion rupees […]

India Watch : Tata Motors to build Land Rovers in India next year

India Watch : Tata Motors to build Land Rovers in India next year

Automotive News Europe/Reuters, 10th August, 2010 MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s Tata Motors Limited plans to start assembling Land Rovers in India starting next year, its Chief Executive Officer said on Tuesday. Tata Motors already sells the the premium SUV in India. Tata Motors, which acquired luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Co. […]

India Watch : Tata Sons Limited starts search for Ratan’s replacement

India Watch : Tata Sons Limited starts search for Ratan’s replacement

Automotive News Europe/Bloomberg, 5th August, 2010 MUMBAI (Bloomberg) – Tata Sons Limited is searching for a successor to Chairman Ratan Tata, whose acquisitions of Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley Group Plc charted India’s emergence as a global economic power. The 72-year-old Ratan, who built Tata Group into India’s biggest with revenue of more than $70 billion, […]

India Watch : Tata Motors to raise $1B to trim JLR debt

India Watch : Tata Motors to raise $1B to trim JLR debt

Automotive News Europe/Bloomberg, 29th June, 2010 MUMBAI (Bloomberg) — Tata Motors Limited, the Indian owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, plans to raise as much as 47 billion rupees ($1 billion) to expand operations and pare debt accumulated for the purchase of the luxury brands. “The timing and structure of the issues will be decided […]

India Watch : Tata Motors’ Board to consider long-term funding options

India Watch : Tata Motors’ Board to consider long-term funding options

Nikhil Gulati, Dow Jones Newswires, 23rd June, 2010 Tata Motors Limited said Wednesday its Board will meet June 28 to consider options for raising long-term funds, which analysts expect will likely help reduce the company’s debt and provide capital for its expansion plans. In its statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the automaker didn’t elaborate […]