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Tatas to go for aggressive expansion of Land Rover in India


August 25, 2008 19:22 IST

Tata Motors [Get Quote] said on Monday it is charting out an aggressive network expansion for Land Rover in India over the next one year, besides exploring possibilities for bringing Jaguar to the country.

"Land Rover is already present in India in Mumbai in a small way. What we understand from our colleagues in Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) that they are looking at expanding Land Rover's footprint in the Indian market in a fairly aggressive manner in the near future," Tata Motors President Passenger Cars Rajiv Dube told reporters.

Tata Motors had acquired Britain's premium auto brands Jaguar and Land Rover earlier this year for over $2 billion.

"Within the next one year, you could possibly see their footprint expanding," he added.

Recently, Land Rover had opened a dealership in Gurgaon also, but that is not a pan-India expansion, Dube said.

Asked by when the Jaguar brand would be brought to India, he said: "JLR has made a statement, they are looking at the Indian market..."

Recently, Tata Motors Managing Director Ravi Kant had told analysts that the company was exploring ways to bring the two brands into India.

He had said like Russia and China, JLR would explore the Indian market also and a team would be coming to the country to study the market.

Kant, however, had said the company was not expecting big numbers from the two brands in India considering that these were high-priced products.

The company on Monday launched the second generation compact car Indica Vista here, priced between Rs 3,49,000 and Rs 4,88,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).



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