Assembly of some Land Rover models will move to India in 2011; Chinese assembly also considered
10 August 2010

Land Rover assembly in India will commence next year, according to Tata Motors' CEO Carl-Peter Forster.

Forster told Reuters that the firm was also in talks with a joint-venture partner in China over assembling certain Jaguar and Land Rover models there.

The Land Rover models will be assembled in Pune; knockdown kits will be exported from the UK to India for assembly. No details on what Land Rovers will be assembled in India have been revealed at this stage.

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Elsewhere, Tata Motors' share price rose earlier to its highest level in 19 years after it posted a profit for the first fiscal year quarter to the end of June. The profit was 5.9 per cent up year-on-year, causing an increase in Tata’s share price to a high last seen in January 1991.

Profits were boosted by strong demand for Jaguar and Land Rover products. JLR sales were up in the quarter to 57,153 units compared with 35,947 a year earlier. New car sales in India reached a record high last month.

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10 August 2010

Rearrange this well known phrase or saying:

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10 August 2010

The headline 'Land Rover production shifts to India' is guaranteed to generate brown trouser syndrome in UK LR plants. A bit cruel maybe.

10 August 2010

Anyone who thought this wouldn't happen, and still thinks that the entire JLR operation will not be moved there is sadly mistaken!

10 August 2010

Perhaps the headline should have read "Ta Ta Land Rover?" I'll get my coat.

10 August 2010

Agree with Vidge. We all knew it would happen. JLR simply won't be a British company in the near future - in any way, shape or form. Owned by an Indian company and all made there, you'll see. Well, that's Capitalism! The only good thing about this (the only one!) is that the model prices should fall from their ridiculous heights - with labour so cheap there.

We'd better look around for something to do here, since financial services have/are no saviour. We can't manufacture anymore (though bizarrely Germany can) and we don't have the weather for tourism. How can we raise the income needed to look after an ageing and growing population? We should pull out of the EU, encourage people to leave, scrap Trident, and invest heavily in biotechnology. All that and Marmite prices keep going up (we've just bought Vegemite for the first time to that we can poke out tongue out at Marmite-makers).

10 August 2010

Would the transfer of the Nano production line to the UK be the next logical step? Being as how we appear to be swopping markets with India.

10 August 2010

Goodbye, Land Rover and Jaguar. I'll never buy one again.

I suspect that, as the Chinese and Indian hyper-rich get fat off of our protection-money wrapped up as aid, the demand in England and America will decline radically.

Sales will be replaced in burgeoning markets packed full of criminal Chinese, Russian and Asian oligarchs, but the prestige, such as it was, is gone forever.

The Touareg now looks like the right alternative, and BMW and Mercedes make everything you could possibly need from the XF-sized segment.

Since we'll soon be paying tax directly to the EU in order to facilitate the entry of Poland and - God save us - Turkey, it's best we keep our money vaguely washing around near to our shores, for sentimental reasons at least.

With Indian build-quality being similar to the output we achieved in the 1970s and 80s, it'll be quite nostalgic seeing JLR vehicles in the same state as those manufactured by Leyland.

10 August 2010

Sounds like a positive move to me. JLR future is building a truly international company which is likely to have more jobs in the UK. The alternative is JLR goes bust in the medium term by not really taking advantage of the emerging markets. Where the UK and it's standard of living end up in the medium to long term is another matter.

10 August 2010

Where does it say production will move to India away from the UK? It just says JLR will make cars in India.

10 August 2010

I don't see the problem. All of the German brands have been buliding cars in Africa, South America, China and India for years and we still view them as German and good quality. Lets face it, many Mercs sold here are made in South Africa and Brazil but we haven't a clue as a consumer.

You must also consider that joint ventures are needed in China and India to avoid local taxes on imported goods and companies are forbidden from being wholly foreign owned so this is the only way. These profits will help JLR survive, develop new and exciting product and keep engineering excellence and production here for longer than they would heve been otherwise. Don't knock it!


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