Regular readers know that I rarely comment on the business side of the auto industry. It’s just not my thing. Over the past few weeks though, the Carnival of Wheels has received an increasing number of submissions from Indian bloggers since the Tata company announced their $2,500 Nano.
Who would have thought that the manufacturer of throw away cars would also take on two of the worlds’ top luxury brands? That’s right, Tata Motors is about to buy Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford, lock stock & barrel.
The auto media, both new and traditional, have been full of news & speculation about Tata in the past months. With the impending purchase of two significant brands, how long will it be before we see Indian cars on our continent?
Reuters article after the break
MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s Tata Motors Ltd (TAMO.BO) is preparing for “an outright purchase” of Ford Motor Co’s (F.N) Jaguar and Land Rover luxury brands, against an earlier plan for a majority stake, the Economic Times said on Wednesday.
“Ford has decided not to retain a minority stake, as it is convinced about the future development of these two brands in the hands of the Tatas,”, the newspaper said, citing sources close to the development.
Ford earlier this month picked Tata Motors as the front-runner to the purchase of the two brands and said it would proceed with “focused negotiations at a more detailed level”.
The deal, which is expected to be completed early this year, has been pegged at $1.5-$2.0 billion by analysts, and media reports had indicated Ford would hold a small stake in the two brands to ensure that supply contracts and jobs are protected.
“We are still in detailed and focused discussions with Tata Motors, and these discussions are confidential,” a spokesman for Ford Motor told the paper. A spokesman for Tata Motors declined comment.
Ford has shown Tata Motors officials new model lines and planned products, the paper said. Ford officials and union members were expected to visit Tata Motors’ plant in western India in a fortnight, the paper said.