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Curtis Jacobson
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Implications of the sale of Jaguar and Land Rover...
Posted by: Moderator
Date: March 26, 2008 11:54AM

Jaguar and Rover are being sold by Ford to the Indian company "Tata Motors".

Here's a link to the news story: [www.ananova.com]

Now... I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

What do you think are the chances Tata will put the classic Rover aluminum V8 back into production for Range Rover models?

Here's how I would lay out the case: Tata would probably prefer not to be dependent on Ford for engines. The tooling and supplier base is apparently still viable (and used for service parts). The engine can apparently still be made to meet emission standards. The aluminum V8 is still well-loved by Rover enthusiasts, and already particularly well supported (service and parts) in remote parts of the world. This decision could potentially help Tata increase the market (and potential profitability) of Range Rovers in India and SE Asia.


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Tony Andrews
Kent Island, Maryland
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Re: Implications of the sale of Jaguar and Land Rover...
Posted by: Mr. T
Date: March 26, 2008 09:08PM

I tink you make a verdi verdi good case Mr. Curtis!


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Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Re: Implications of the sale of Jaguar and Land Rover...
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 27, 2008 10:03AM

Ta-Ta Motors?


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Jim Blackwood
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Re: Implications of the sale of Jaguar and Land Rover...
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 27, 2008 11:23AM

Makes ya wonder, don't it?


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Phillip Leonard
Kansas City
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Re: Implications of the sale of Jaguar and Land Rover...
Posted by: Phillip G
Date: March 27, 2008 04:47PM

The British rule of their "sub-continent" India ended within the recent memory of millions of influential Indians and Englishmen still alive today.

Those same Indians and Englishmen revere the brand names of Rover and Jaguar. TATA has instantly captured the reputation of high quality auto manufacturing around the world. TATA is Rover and Jaguar now. India carries the torch for British quality and workmanship. Even the Nano - the world's most inexpensive car - will benefit from this take-over from the the former ruling class.


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Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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Re: Implications of the sale of Jaguar and Land Rover...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 28, 2008 11:50AM

I tend to agree. While I'm not a big fan of our (USA) economic policies & the new categories of jobs moving to places like India, China, Russia, etc., the reality TATA is likely to be in a position to afford way more R&D and remain strong/viable for way longer than Ford. So, the good stuff from Rover & Jag is likely to be updated & appear in lots of future products -- including the aluminum block technology. They're not likely to produce a lot of big Rovers or high end Jags for their local market -- I've been to India several times & can tell you there are very few people who could afford one and that's not likely to change in the near term. But, they're also not likely to make moves that alienate the Rover/Jag buyers in the US, Europe & other places -- that's their revenue stream & while US$1.6B is a steal compared to what Ford paid to acquire them, it's a lot of money if you dry up your income off the investment :)


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