An inauguration ceremony led by Carl-Peter Forster - Chief Executive Officer and MD of Tata Motors and Dr Ralf Speth - Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, has officially opened its first assembly plant in India, at Pune in the Maharashta region. The plant will be responsible for producing the Land Rover Freelander 2, supplied in Complete Knock Down form from Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing plant in Liverpool.
Mr Carl-Peter Forster, said: "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."
Dr Ralf Speth, said: "Jaguar Land Rover is delighted to have officially opened our first assembly facility in India. We are excited about the prospect of assembling cars in Pune for the Indian market where we have achieved significant growth since we opened our first showroom in 2009. It is a great time to be expanding our operation in India due to the increasing demand for luxury products and the strength of the Indian economy."
Experienced manufacturing and quality managers have moved to India from the UK to oversee the launch quality processes.
For the Indian market, the Land Rover Freelander 2 will be available in two variants, the TD4 SE Automatic and the SD4 HSE Automatic. These will join the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK as well as the Land Rover Discovery 4 Range Rover Sport and Range Rover.
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