Tata Motors, which purchased Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008, still gets its engines for the brand from the Dearborn automaker. To further gain independence from Ford, Tata is now considering a joint engine-development program with Jaguar Land Rover.
“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.
Tata sold 62,090 Jaguar and Land Rover units for the fiscal year globally, up 9 percent from a year earlier.
Jaguar and Land Rover sold 23,702 vehicles in the United States in the first six months of 2011, up 13.9 percent.
Jaguar and Land Rover have plans to launch 40 new models over the next 5 years.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Automotive News