Jaguar and Land Rover have been coming back in a big way, with 61% growth in April when compared with the same time last year. Tata Motors, owner of the storied British car maker, has said that worldwide unit sales last month were 17,909, with Jaguar accounting for 3,559 units; the same as last year despite the X-Type having been dropped from the lineup. Tata said that Jaguar XF sales were up 23 percent.
Land Rover has been leading the luxury-segment comeback thanks in large-part to its new management. Carl Forster, former head of GM Europe has been named CEO of Tata and Ralf Speth of Ford and BMW is the new CEO of JLR. Land Rover sales increased by 89 percent to 14,350.
The company said last month that it still plans to close one of its 3 UK plants. An announcement on production rationalization will be made by mid 2010.
Jaguar is also counting on the new 2011 XJ sedan to increase sales to 75,000 units this year.
– By: Stephen Calogera
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