The Indian auto major Tata Motors-owned British premium brand Jaguar Land Rover aims at building an engine manufacturing plant in India to meet demand in the country.
The company is already investing 355 million pounds in a high-tech engine plant in the UK, but the investments on the planned Indian facility could be lesser.
“The step two would be to go to India and then in India set up another facility with similar advanced technology in terms of inner equipment at the plant, and then deliver lower specification engines for the Indian market,” declared Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer Ralf Speth.
He didn’t offer any information on the timeframe or on the size of the investments. It is known that at present JLR builds sports utility vehicle Freelander at Tata Motors’ Pune plant, but the company plans to have a premium range, produced in the UK, and a lower range, which will be produced in India.
“No we will not supply to other manufacturers. It can be for both Tata and JLR. There we are open. At the moment, there is no plan and Tata has to make sure that our engines fit in their products,” he added.