Jaguar Land Rover, Made In India
By Ammar Alvi
03rd February 2013 12:00 AM
After tasting success with its models in India, Tata Group owned Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its operations in India by locally assembling its models to meet the local demand and also take tax benefits. The company has recently introduced its Made-in-India assembled XF saloon which will now be built at its facility in Pune. Ammar Alvi has more.
The initial Pune-built Jaguar XF models will feature the company’s 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is coming to the Indian market for the first time. The Jaguars will be built alongside Land Rover Freelander 2 vehicles which have been produced in Pune since May 2011.
According to Rohit Suri, Vice President, Jaguar Land Rover India “Our best-selling models in India are the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Jaguar XF and this has driven the move to build these products locally. The Jaguar XF has become very popular with our customers due to its sports car performance, outstanding luxury saloon elegance and contemporary individual styling. Its inspired engineering and technological innovation have helped it to win more than 100 awards internationally. So we are now delighted to offer this car as a locally built product with a new engine for this market.”
The locally built Rs 44.5-lakh ex-showroom Jaguar XF 2.2-litre diesel car comes with an array of standard features such as: rear view camera, TV tuner, navigation system, front passenger seat away, touch screen, gear shifting paddles, full size spare wheel, electric sunroof, rear screen electric blind and eight-speed automatic transmission. The highly regarded 2.2 i4 Td offers a smooth, refined and muscular power delivery ideally suited to Jaguar’s sporting saloon. This variant offers 190PS with a torque measure of 450Nm. This version also benefits from engine management refinements that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.
Jaguar Land Rover India recently announced a 32 per cent growth in wholesales in 2012 at 2,393 cars compared with 1,813 cars in the previous year.
According to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, “The technical improvements introduced to the 2013 Model Year XF demonstrate Jaguar’s determination both to exceed the demanding expectations of our customers around the world, and our ambitious plans for growth in emerging markets.”
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