Jaguar Land Rover has opened its first assembly plant in India since the Indian giant Tata Motors bought the beleaguered company from Ford in 2008.
The new facility is based in Pune in the Maharashtra region of India and will assemble Freelander 2 vehicles supplied in Complete Knock Down (CKD) form for sale in the Indian market.
This marks a significant step for Jaguar Land Rover since entering the Indian market in 2009. The company has experienced significant growth in the region and currently offers the Jaguar XJ, XF, and XK, the Land Rover Freelander 2, Discovery 4, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
“Today marks a significant step in our growth strategy for the Indian market. The opening of this plant demonstrates close co-operation between the parent company Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover and we are keen to develop this further”, said Carl-Peter Forster, chief executive and MD of Tata Motors, at the inauguration ceremony.
The facility in Pune will be subject to Jaguar Land Rover’s mainstream launch quality processes and will be overseen by manufacturing and quality managers who have moved to India from the UK.