Jaguar Land Rover plans to start the assembly of its vehicles in China in the next two years, reports have said. The company, owned by the Tata Motors, is planning to assemble two of its models of Land Rover and Jaguar in China. The component parts are reported to be made in Britain and would be shipped to China for assembly.
The company has plans to hire about 1,000 workers in the UK to work on the new model Range Rover LRX. However, the company has made it clear that Chinese production is not a shift out of the UK. Jaguar Land Rover, with its increased global sales, is also expecting to increase the sales in Chinese markets to about 20,000 Land Rover models and 5,000 Jaguar models by 2010-11. Tata Motors purchased Land Rover from the Ford company in June 2008 for a price of US$2.3 billion.