July 16, 2012 / 4:03 AM / in 5 years

Jaguar Land Rover eyes Brazil expansion - FT

LONDON (Reuters) - Tata Motors(TAMO.NS) is in talks with Brazilian authorities about setting up a plant to assemble Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) Freelander four-by-fours, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Jaguar Land Rover Freelander 2 vehicles are displayed on the production line for the media at their production plant in Pune, 190km (118 miles) south of Mumbai, May 27, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Once assured that it can produce cars in sufficient volume, Jaguar Land Rover will then look at setting up a plant in Brazil, which is on track to become the world’s third-biggest car market, the FT said.

“We thought about setting up a plant or assembly line, but you need a critical mass of volume. Therefore, we are talking to government about how this kind of step can be made for a small company like us,” the FT quoted JLR chief executive, Ralf Speth, as saying.

The British luxury brand, which Tata bought for $2.3 billion in 2008, produces the bulk of its cars at three plants in England.

JLR’s growth in overseas markets has helped insulate Tata from a sluggish domestic car market which grew just 2.2 percent in the last financial year. (Reporting by Stephen Mangan; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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