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Jaguar Land Rover to build cars locally

Posted on Jan 21, 03:01PM | IBNS

Automobile giant Jaguar Land Rover said it is commencing production of the Jaguar XF saloon at its facility in Pune.

The initial Pune-built Jaguar XF models will feature the company's acclaimed 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is coming to the Indian market for the first time.

The Jaguars will be built alongside Land Rover Freelander 2 vehicles which have been produced in Pune since May 2011.

Rohit Suri, Vice President, Jaguar Land Rover India, said: "Our best-selling models in India are the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Jaguar XF and this has driven the move to build these products locally."

"The Jaguar XF has become very popular with our customers due to its sports car performance, outstanding luxury saloon elegance and contemporary individual styling. Its inspired engineering and technological innovation have helped it to win more than 100 awards internationally.

"So we are now delighted to offer this car as a locally built product with a new engine for this market, which will enable us to provide our customers with a wider choice of competitively priced models."

The locally built Jaguar XF 2.2-litre diesel car comes with an array of standard features such as: rear view camera, TV Tuner, navigation System, front passenger seat away, touch screen, gear shifting paddles, full size spare wheel, electric sunroof, rear screen electric blind and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Jaguar Land Rover India recently announced a 32pc growth in wholesales in 2012 at 2393 cars compared with 1813 cars in the previous year.