Jaguar Land Rover plans to build cars from scratch in India
JLR is seriously mulling over local production of cars from scratch in India, reports ET. Jaguar XF and Land Rover Freelander production in India has already begun. JLR currently assembles these two models in India while engines make their way into the country from UK. Assembly of Range Rover Evoque is also scheduled to commence soon.
XF and Freelander 2 are JLR’s best-selling models in India, where it sold 2,288 cars in the year to March 2012, up 157% from the same period in the previous year. Local production will work to the company’s benefit. It will enable the company to avoid high import tax on completely built cars, which was raised from 75% to 100% in the current Union Budget 2013.