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Old 1st July 2010, 08:49   #1
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Default Land Rover Freelander Will Be Assembled In India

This news is there in Times of India today .

Tata Motors will commence assembly of Land Rover's Freelander
in India by end of 2010. The company has planned to launch these locally assembled cars from the mid of 2011 in the country. Pimpri facility near Pune will be equipped with machinaries for this Land Rover car's assembly. Earlier, Mercedes was using this facility to assemble its cars. But, they have shifted to Chakan plant in Pune, and its now set for Freelander assembly.


Full story here :
Tata Motors | Land Rover | Assembly Plant - Oneindia Living

Economic Times story here :
Land Rover set to get 'Made in India' tag-Automobiles-Auto-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times

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wow! thats a great news! this segment is going to see some good options and competition it seems.
Any idea on specs / prices for India?
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The specs etc remain the same as they are available in India now. Only thing is now instead of 110% import duty, it will about 50% import duty. Now how much of this is passed to the customer is the question of the day and can be answered by folks from Tata.
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Will be a good alternative to X-trail, but is it the current LR2 version or the previous models which is not in production...?
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Tata needs to broaden its dealer/service base for JLR first. Although local assembly will mean price reduction, it is doubtful as to how many customers are willing to travel to Mumbai of Delhi to pick up a Freelander.

But this is good news, largely because the Range Rover LRX is just around the corner and this gorgeous SUV is based on the Freelander as well, which hopefully means it can be assembled alongside.

The LRX uses similar powertrain but is more lightweight. I think it will have huge appeal in India.
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Tata needs to broaden its dealer/service base for JLR first. Although local assembly will mean price reduction, it is doubtful as to how many customers are willing to travel to Mumbai of Delhi to pick up a Freelander.
They are working on that.The Hyderabad dealership is already up and running I think,and they are in the process of appointing dealers in other metros.But only after a firm nation wide dealer network is in place,should the CKD Freelander 2 local assembly go ahead.

Yes,the LRX has huge potential in India as a niche vehicle, somewhat on the lines of the X6.
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It seems if they are able to assemble it here the cost of the vehicle will come down to around 24 lakhs. This will have a huge potential if people are talking about considering the Aria and the new Mahindra SUV at 15-16 lakhs and the endy, fortuner, captiva at 20 lakhs I think they will queue up for a freelander at 24 lakhs, this certainly can be a game changer for TATA'a and JLR.
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Thumbs up Land Rover to launch production in India

Tata Motors CEO Carl-Peter Forster has announced Land Rover production would begin in India in 2011 and Jaguar is looking for a partner to produce cars within China. Although Forster didn't announce which model would be built in the sub-continent, the T5 platform used for the current LR4 and Range Rover Sport seems a likely candidate. That same platform is expected to be used for a replacement model for the classic Defender which is expected to debut in 2012.

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I hope this means we get luxury now at an affordable price finally. These cars have to be excluded from taxes in India.
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ACI has also has it up on its site. these guys are always first when a new scoop related to Indian auto market comes out. Their site gets updated multiple times a day...

Made-in-India Freelander from 2011 | Autocar India
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Really doubt local manufacturing will see a drop in prices.Usually most of the luxury manufacturers are loath to pass on the benefits to the customer and take home the profits.
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TATA/LR please make defender 90/110 and sell it to the indian army, so that we can buy them in disposal!

im not sure if the manufacturing will bring down the cost by a good margin.

but anyway, bring that plant in india and generate some employment!
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but anyway, bring that plant in india and generate some employment!
Very important point, perhaps even more than actually being able to buy the cars. Our country needs more manufacturing based industries, the automobile industry might just be a shining beacon for this.
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The problem with the Defender is it is very expensive to make, primarily due to a highly laborious manufacturing process. Carl Foster has already come out saying the next generation one must be a lot cheaper and is an ideal candidate to be made outside the UK. This should be the ideal recipe for us who are stuck between archaic indegenous SUVs that are value for money, or modern ones that are a rip off.
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I look forward to LR being assembled over here. Hope TM not only brings it SKD but also develops its supplier base here for the components for overall reduction in price
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A Freelander assembled in India and priced in the range of CRV, X-trail and Outlander will be a real cat among the pigeons. It comes with nice Diesel engine mated to good AT box and its really capable off the road unlike most softroaders in the segment.
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