Jaguar Land Rover Pune India

Jaguar Land Rover has officially opened its first assembly plant in India. The facility is located at Pune in the Maharashtra region and will assemble the Freelander 2 for the Indian market, which are supplied as “complete knock-down” (CKD) kits from the Halewood plant in Liverpool, UK. The assembly of CKD kits, which include all parts needed to assemble the vehicle, is a relatively common practice in the automotive industry. Manufacturing and quality managers have moved to India from the UK to oversee the launch quality process.

The inauguration ceremony was led by Carl-Peter Forster, Chief Executive Officer and MD of Tata Motors and Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover.

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.”

The Freelander 2 in India

The Freelander 2 is available in two trims for the Indian market; the TD4 SE Automatic and the SD4 HSE Automatic. The pricing for the Freelander 2 starts at Rupees 33.89 Lakh (approximately $76,200.00 USD). The Freelander 2 is available alongside the Discovery 4, Range Rover Sport, and the Range Rover. The Range Rover Evoque will be added to the lineup soon.

UPDATE 10/17/2011: It was announced today that Jaguar Land Rover will also be assembling the Range Rover Evoque in India for the regional market.

Jaguar Land Rover Plan in Pune, India

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