At the moment, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles are still using Ford-based engines. To help end the Ford reliance, Tata and Jaguar Land Rover are currently in talks to develop and produce their own engines in the UK and India.
Possibilities were announced yesterday when Tata boss Ratan Tata spoke about engine development details in the company’s annual financial report. Tata said,
“To optimise the synergistic 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 UK and India.”
This could mean Jaguar and Land Rover products might get brand new engines in the near future. Possible plants proposed for the engine developments include India’s Pune plant which currently manufactures some Land Rover Freelander vehicles, and, according to a report in the Birmingham Post, England’s Wolverhampton engine plant. The British plant has apparently already been earmarked as the upcoming development facility for new Jaguar and Land Rover engines in the future.
With the backing of one of the richest auto company’s in the world, it will be interesting to see what engine packages eventuate, if the plans go ahead.
So far Tata is leading the British brand to increased sales. Last year, under Tata ownership, Jaguar Land Rover reported overall international sales of 62,090 units, up nine per cent from the year before.