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

Jaguar Land Rover's new assembly plant at Pune in 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.

The inauguration ceremony was led by Carl-Peter Forster, Chief Executive Officer and MD of Tata Motors and Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover.

Mr Carl-Peter Forster, said: ‘Today marks a significant step in our growth strategy for the Indian market. The opening of this plant demonstrates close co-operation between the parent company Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover and we are keen to develop this further.’

We are excited about the prospect of assembling cars in Pune for the Indian market where we have achieved significant growth since we opened our first showroom in 2009.  It is a great time to be expanding our operation in India due to the increasing demand for luxury products and the strength of the Indian economy.” Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover

Dr. Ralf Speth, commented: ‘Jaguar Land Rover is delighted to have officially opened our first assembly facility in India. We are excited about the prospect of assembling cars in Pune for the Indian market where we have achieved significant growth since we opened our first showroom in 2009.  It is a great time to be expanding our operation in India due to the increasing demand for luxury products and the strength of the Indian economy.’

The facility in Pune will be subject to Jaguar Land Rover’s mainstream launch quality processes and will be overseen by experienced manufacturing and quality managers who have moved to India from the UK.

The award-winning Freelander 2 is available in India in two variants, the TD4 SE Automatic and the SD4 HSE Automatic. The prices start at Rupees 33.89 Lacs (ex-showroom price in Mumbai, pre-octroi). Other Jaguar Land Rover models available on the Indian market include the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK, the Land Rover Discovery 4, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover.

[Source: Jaguar Land Rover]

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3 Comments on "India Watch : Jaguar Land Rover opens new plant in Pune, India"

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  1. Mikey C says:

    That’s a new page to add to the ‘Around the World’ section then! Actually, it’s not that different to those Jaguars which were assembled in South Africa a few years ago…

  2. Simon Woodward says:

    @Mikey C
    True, or the Land Rovers which were built in Spain.

  3. Colbanwari says:

    Congratulations! Tata Motors has a clear vision and great business ethics which should enable the company to achieve its corporate objectives. We hope to see Jaguar and Land Rover models in every part of India shortly.

    Best wishes,

    Colonel.

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