Tata is rumoured to be taking an interest in troubled British car maker
18 July 2007

Indian car maker Tata Motors is rumoured to be considering a bid for Jaguar.The firm is said to have signed a confidentiality agreement with Ford, and is looking into Jaguar's accounts.Tata Motors – part of the massive business empire founded run by businessman Ratan Tata – is best known in the UK for producing the ill-fated CityRover supermini.It is India's largest car maker. It was established in 1945, but did not start producing its own cars until 1954. There are currently around four million Tatas on India's roads.Along with passenger cars, Tata produces many commercial vehicles. In 2004 it acquired Daewoo Commercial Vehicles, and in 2005 it bought a stake in Spanish coach maker Hispano Carrocera. Tata also produces vehicles and engines in conjunction with Fiat, including a Fiat-badged Tata pick-up made under licence in Argentina.While Jaguar might not seem to fit with Tata's current cart making line-up (the Indian firm is currently working on a £1500 car, expected to be launched in the next 12 months), Tata Group is known for big takeovers. Earlier in 2007 Tata Steel bought the British steel maker Corus for almost £7 billion.Ford has said that tomorrow (19 July) is the deadline for offers for both Jaguar and Land Rover.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Mustang
    First Drive
    24 March 2018
    Sixth-generation Mustang gets a leaner face, revised suspension, improved safety equipment and a more power V8. We see how it fares on southern French roads
  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim