Tata Motors group global wholesales figure has declined by 8% in July 2015, which includes Jaguar Land Rover sales also. As per the reports, the sales figure is 73535 units in last July, while the cumulative wholesales for this fiscal has also been flat with 307017 units.
Global wholesales for Tata commercial vehicles as well as Tata Daewoo in 2015 July were 30278 units, which is 3% lower than previous year. Cumulative wholesales for Tata commercial vehicles were 117040, which is also a declining number for the Indian origin auto manufacturer. All passenger vehicles segment is also hit with a sales decline as compare to 2014 July this segment has seen 12% lower sales with 43257 units. Cumulative wholesales figure was also flat with 189977 units. The only bright light for Tata Motors was Tata Motors passenger vehicles segment, as it saw 12% rise in sales with 10689 units and the cumulative wholesales figure for this fiscal is 42957 units, which is 23% higher than last fiscal.
Jaguar Land Rover globally sold 32568 vehicles, only Jaguar has sold 6882 vehicles in July, 2015, while the cumulative wholesales figure was 28084 units. On the other hand Land Rover sold 25686 units, and cumulative wholesales were 118936 units.
An year after the Discovery Sport went on sale globally, Land Rover is finally launching the SUV in India. The launch is expected to take place on the 2nd of September. This comes a month after the car was spotted testing on Indian roads. Dealers have also started takings bookings of the vehicle. Land Rover recently started assembling the car at its factory in Pune.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a new compact SUV from the British manufacturer that takes its design cues from the Range Rover Evoque. The car gets features like self parking, pedestrian airbag, ambient lighting, 8-inch touchscreen system, panoramic sunroof and dual zone climate control. The car can seat 7 people.
The new SUV will come with a choice of 2 engine options. The petrol is a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing 250 PS while the diesel is a 2.2 litre engine producing 180 PS. Both engines will be paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels.
The car will replace the Freelander 2 in the company’s line-up and will take on the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE. Expect the SUV to be priced around INR 50 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Tata Motors Group including Jaguar Land Rover released its global wholesale number, which stands at 76,602 in June 2015, with a cumulative wholesale for this fiscal is 233,487 which means the figure is almost flat and it has increased to 2% only than the same period last year.
In June 2015, the commercial vehicles sold under the brand name of Tata and Tata Daewoo brands stands at 31,083, which is not impressive compared to last year’s sales figure. The cumulative commercial vehicle wholesale figure is 86,766 which is only a marginal rise from the same period last fiscal. In June, 2015 global wholesale for all commercial vehicles, including the brand of Tata Motors and JLR stands at 45,519 units, which is only 3% growth than June 2014. Although the cumulative passenger vehicles sales figure shows in that sector there is a little brightness as the figure for this fiscal stands at 146,721 units, which means the sales has increased by a 4% margin than the last fiscal
Sale of the groups luxury brand JLR also took the hit, as the brand sold 34,908 units globally, which is a huge drop from the last year sales figure, as in June 2014 the sales figure was 39,594 units worldwide. Therefore the sales figure has dropped by 11.8%.
After Chevrolet, it is now Land Rover’s turn to recall cars. They are now globally recalling 65,844 cars for faulty door latches and sunroofs. The recall was issued after an order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which is a part of the U.S. government’s Department of Transportation.
The recall affects 65,352 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models manufactured from 2013. Due to the faulty door locks on these models, there is a risk of the door flying open when the vehicle is travelling at speed. The company said that no accidents or injuries have occurred due to this fault. The recall would affect cars sold in India as thee cars are imported from the UK.
The recall also affects 492 LR4s manufactured between 2012 and 2013. The Land Rover Discovery 4 is called the LR4 in the U.S. The Discovery suffers from a fault in the sunroof which could also fly open when the vehicle is travelling at speed. One owner reported that the sunroof detached completely. This could be a problem with parts taken from the supplier or due to the bonding agent used to attach it to the body.
Jaguar Land Rover the renowned British auto manufacturer owned by Tata Motors inaugurated their newest Manufacturing facility in Changshu, China. This is the British Auto Manufacturers joint venture with Chery automobile company who actually formed 50:50 joint ventures with Jaguar Land Rover in the year 2012.
The Jaguar Land Rover facility in Changshu is actually spread upon 4, 00,000 sq. mt. and took 2 years to complete. This factory which is a part of RMB 10.9 billion joint venture investment plan will first manufacture the Range Rover Evoque SUV which is the most popular model in China while the rest of the models will be introduced later by the year 2016. If everything goes according to the plan the facility will be manufacturing a total of three Jaguar Land Rover models with a total production capacity of 130,000 units a year. JLR is already constructing a new aluminium body shop in the same facility which will even support the new XE sedan manufacturing process.
The Chagshu facility already houses highly-automated press shops with cutting-edge aluminium and steel technologies; there is also a steel body shop which is run by 306 robots. Beside all these the Changshu facility also has an energy efficient paint shop and an ergonomically-friendly final assembly line. The new facility recruited 2000 people and they have been trained in the fields of health and safety standards, process systems and problem-solving.
Now this is perhaps the biggest news of the day for all the adventure enthusiasts of the World because believe it or not Bear Grylls who is the renowned British adventurer has joined the Land Rover as their long term global ambassador.
We all know this person for his courage and ability to survive in any extreme condition and challenges that is thrown towards him by nature. From climbing Mount Everest to leading almost impossible expeditions from Antarctica to the Arctic this person has done it all. And who else could have been the person to support Land Rover’s activity at a global level and play an integral part in the global launch of the upcoming Discover Sport which will be unveiled infront of the World on 3rd September than this person.
Bear Grylls on being selected as the brand ambassador of Land Rover said that he has used Land Rover vehicle during his entire military career and on filming various expeditions and also during driving through the deserts and jungles. He said that alnd Rover’s are the most rugged, reliable and the most trusted vehicle which can take one out of any situation and environment. He also included that land Rover vehicles are meant for adventure and adventure has always been in his DNA. For the toughest challenge the Land Rover has always been his vehicles of choice and he is really very proud for being chosen as the new Brand Ambassador of this particular Brand.
According to the latest figures published by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the market has seen a slight slowdown compared to the last fiscal. Car sales have dropped by around 5 percent. Tata Motors Group global wholesales in March 2014 reached 95,668 units with cumulative wholesales crossing the 10, 00,000 units mark. Cumulative wholesales were 10, 09,776 units.
Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles business including the Daewoo range registered an overall wholesales of 39,248 units. The cumulative commercial vehicles wholesales for the fiscal registered 434,621 units. Similarly, for passenger vehicles, cumulative wholesales for this fiscal were 145,294 units as opposed to the month of March 2014 were 13,109 units.
jaguar Landrover] has become a part of the wider Tata Motors Group after the Indian company bought majority stake in the British brand. Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover for the month were 43,311 units which include 8,179 units of Jaguar models and cumulative wholesales of 79,307 vehicles. Land Rover’s sales figures for the month were 35,132 units and cumulative wholesales were 350,554 units
Since the acquisition of Jaguar-Land Rover by the Tata Group, the British marque has established a strong foothold in the Indian market. With renewed investments, Jaguar-Land Rover now assembles their products locally from CKD kits. This has helped bring the prices of their cars down to more competitive level.
Meanwhile the luxury segment in India is growing with a steady pace, despite the global downturns. To capitalize on the favorable market situation, JLR is constantly looking for more products that could suit the Indian buyer. Now, the firm plans to introduce a new SUV priced under the Freelander 2.
The upcoming premium SUV, codenamed Q5 will be priced in the range of INR 20-25 lakh and will be pitted against the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Hyundai Santa Fe. It will be based on the current Freelander 2 platform with a few modifications to suit Indian road and environmental conditions. This project was initiated under the leadership of Carl Peter Forster, former CEO of Tata Motors. The upcoming SUV could also benefit from the technologies developed at JLR. It could also borrow diesel engines from the Freelander 2.
Now, Tata Motors had earlier tried their luck at a high-priced SUV in the form of the Aria, which didn’t go well. Now, with JLR onboard, Tata Motors might be more successful with their plans this time around. I mean, an SUV with a Land Rover badge and DNA seems like the right choice to beat the Fortuner on its own turf.
Jaguar Land Rover is all set to increase its production in the country to 7, 00,000 units by the year 2017; presently the manufacturer is facing lack of supply of their SUV Discovery. This inability of delivering their products to the customers is taking its toll on the sales figures.
At present, Jaguar and Land Rover holds the capacity of producing a total of 4, 50,000 units among which around 85,000 is Jaguar’s own capacity, while the rest of the 3, 50,000 — 3, 70,000 units are of Land Rover’s. On the other hand, JRL’s Solihull plant situated at UK alone produces around 2, 00,000 units of Discovery, Defender, Range Rover Sports and Range Rover.
Sources confirmed that the problem of lack of products or the capacity of production will be solved by the mid 2015. Added to this, the production will also be increased to an extent of 30,000-40,000 units which will finally increase to 10,000 units by the end of the fiscal year 2015. This would be possible only when the Small Jaguar’s will be built with all-aluminium architecture. JLR will have to depend upon its joint ventures with China and Brazil as per speculations. So to accomplish their target of increasing the production capacity, JLR’s China JV and Chery Automobile shall start executing the operations by the year 2016.
Jaguar Land Rover sales Jaguar XJ, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XK and Jaguar F-TYPE and the Range Rover line-up including the Freelander 2, Range Rover Evoque, Discovery 4, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in the country and has a total of 19 retail outlets spread all across 17 cities in India.
In the year 2013, the company had scored a sales percentage of 22% and sold 2913 cars throughout the year. So with the increase in the production capacity, it can be hoped that the sales figure will also rise considerably.
Ever since, the government of India brought in the import policy reforms, international car makers have had a tough time of selling their products at reasonable prices. The high import taxes meant, the government wanted to promote local production. However, setting up a standalone factory to mass produce luxury cars isn’t as simple as it sounds.
It takes years, before a stage is reached where the rising demand and competition dictates the price of the products. Jaguar-Land Rover has now reached a phase where the demand for their products has skyrocketed. To keep up with the competition, mostly the Germans who already have a stable base here in India, JLR began assembling select models locally.
Next up for local production will be the Jaguar XJ limousine, as mentioned by Dr. Ralph Speth, CEO Jaguar-Land Rover. But, before we get a "made-in-India" XJ, the Range Rover Evoque will be brought in as CKD which will help JLR revise the price of the popular SUV.
Jaguar Land Rover has made huge investments to setup more volumes here in India. Their commitment towards the Indian market has paid off as the brand grew by 21 percent, making it the fastest growing luxury brand in the country. Having said that, there is still a long way to go for the British marques as it still lacks the sheer volumes of the German brands.
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Jaguar launched and showcased three of their new products which included the F-type Coupe which was already showcased last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show; the manufacturer displayed the Project 7 F-Type concept which has been inspired from the D-Type at the Auto expo developed by Jaguar design Chief Ian Callum and Chief Vehicle Engineer, Mike Cross.
Beside these Jaguar also showcased the C-X17 crossover concept, which is Jaguar’s first ever attempt at a five-door crossover. This concept vehicle also has a very highly advanced modular aluminum architecture which will be used by the company’s sedan which will be rolled out in the year 2015. Although nothing has been declared officially about which engine will power these new SUV but it can be expected that might have the newly developed four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines under its hood which will also power their upcoming sedan.
On the other hand Land Rover unveiled their long wheelbase version of the Range Rover which is their most expensive product. The LWB version of this Range Rover has an extended wheelbase of 186 mm and as a result of that the occupants get to enjoy more interior legroom (140 mm to be exact) and a boosted recline of almost 17 degrees which is 8 degress more than the standard reclined position. Beside all these the interior has been built and tailored with some of the finest quality leather and materials.
Land Rover also displayed some of their other India product lineups which included the latest Land Rover Discovery and the Range Rover Evoque with 9-speed transmission.
The long wheelbase Range Rover was unveiled by none other than leading Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra while the Jaguar F-Type Coupe was launched by India’s first racing driver Narain Karthikeyan.
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Land Rover would be launching a rival to the Skoda Yeti and their new SUV would form the entry level Land Rover in their portfolio. The Yeti rival will sit below the Freelander which is currently sold and assembled in India. It’s been known for a while now that Land Rover has been seriously considering bringing the DC100 concept into production as a‘leisure’ Land Rover. The DC100 was originally thought to be how the new Defender could evolve, but now Land Rover is considering using the DC100’s looks for a new entry-level road-going model.
Reports suggest that the DC100 will be based on theEvoque platform which will make it a rival to the Mini Countryman and the Skoda Yeti, both of which are sold in India. It is also possible for the Yeti rival to but based on the new-generation Defender architecture which is expected to be on a traditional ladder frame chassis.
Land Rover’s entry-level model would be a part of a wider scheme to launch close to 40 new cars over the next five years. A larger version of the highly successful Evoque is also planned. Land Rover plans to design its new range of models to add more desirability into the design and which are more utility-focused.