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Tata, JLR joint engine development program underway: 66th Annual Report Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Mumbai: In order to optimize the synergetic strengths between JLR and Tata Motors in India, an examination is also underway on a joint engine development program which would have manufacturing facilities both in the U.K. and India, said Ratan N. Tata, chairman, Tata Motors, in the company's 66th annual report, 2010-11.

The company has already commenced assembly operations in India for the Land Rover Freelander. Now assembly of other Land Rover products are also under consideration.

The Company is also considering various options for assembly and localization of selected products in China, which has become an important market for the Company.

Both Tata Motors in India and Jaguar Land Rover in the U.K. have extensive product development plans for cars, off-road vehicles and commercial vehicles, powered by regular and alternative fuels, as also electric and hybrid vehicles, to meet future fuel efficiency and low emission requirements.

Total wholesale sales of Jaguar cars during the year were about 53,000, registering a growth of 11.8% over the previous year. Land Rover/Range Rover achieved wholesale sales of 1,90,628, registering a growth of 30.1% over the previous year. The new Evoque is proposed to be launched in the current year and has attracted a very positive reaction from the market.

"While 2010-11 has been a year of high economic growth in Asia, the quarterly growth figures in China and India have been declining. Inflation rates have risen and the central banks in both countries have initiated measures to slow down their economies to curb inflation. The resulting high interest rates, tighter credit regimes and higher fuel costs will dampen consumer demand for a range of consumer products including automobiles," Ratan N. Tata said in the company's 66th annual report.

"The quarterly growth figures in Asia have been declining during the year and it is expected that both China and India will register lower growth rates in 2011-12. There is therefore a likelihood of a general slowdown in industrial activity in Asia compared to the growth rates achieved over the past few years and possibly a noticeable drop in consumer demand for goods and services. Automobile sales have already started to decline in India. There has also been a decline in automobile sales in China for the first time in two years," he said.

"The extent of an economic slowdown in Asia will depend on the severity of the antiinflationary measures adopted. Japan, which has been an industrial powerhouse for several decades, will be unbelievably burdened in the rebuilding of the country following the terrible devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. While Japan will undoubtedly succeed in its enormous reconstruction task solely because of the national pride, dedication and discipline of its people, it is expected that Japan will register low figures of industrial growth," he added.

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