Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR), a part of India's Tata Motors, is all set to produce Range Rover Evoque locally. According to a report from Autocar, JLR is ramping up their operations in the country with more investments in its dealer network and local production.
Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO Jaguar-Land Rover confirmed on the opening day of the Auto Expo that the XJ would be the third model to be produced in India. However, sources within the JLR have confirmed that the next model in line to be locally built in India will be the 2014 Evoque with the nine-speed ZF gearbox, which made its India debut at the Auto Expo. Currently, the Evoque comes to India via the CBU route.
Building cars in India, which has developed into an emerging market export hub for many global carmakers, would allow JLR to skirt high import taxes on luxury cars. However, the major sales of the JLR sales group comes from the locally produced Land Rover 'Freelander' and the base models of the Jaguar 'XF'.
The aluminium bodied XJ is more complicated to locally produce but this has not deterred JLR. “ Yes it is a bit complicated because the XJ is one of our most complex vehicles in our line up, but by doing this you can see the commitment and investment by us in India” says Speth.
Bought by Tata for 2.3 billion USD from Ford Corp. in 2008, JLR has defied those sceptical of its future under Indian ownership to get back into profit over the past time as the main growth driver for its now-struggling parent.
Source: Autocar India