Jaguar and Land Rover are reportedly in talks with top Chinese four-wheel drive vehicle maker Great Wall Motor Company about a possible China tie-up.
In May last year, Carl-Peter Forster, chief executive officer of Tata, told reporters the company is looking for partners to assemble Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in China. “We need to manufacture at least two models in China,” he said.
On February 14, Jaguar Land Rover executives really visited Great Wall Motor’s works, but it is still uncertain how both sides will join hands, said the executive of the Chinese automaker.
“The two companies are exploring opportunities for a cooperative effort. Senior executives of Jaguar and Land Rover came over and visited our plant earlier this month,” a Great Wall executive said.
A high level source at Great Wall had said that their company was currently in discussions with Jaguar Land Rover. He also confirmed the visit. Another source said that preliminary negotiations are completed, and everything is waiting for the signatures.
According to some media reports, Jaguar and Land Rover plan to build a new plant which can accommodate 5,000 employees and put out 50,000 vehicles annually. The project will be launched once they find a suitable partner in China.