India: Tata Motors Ltd has said sales at its JLR subsidiary fell 4.3 percent in September, the first decline in 14 months, as a slowing global economy sapped demand for luxury vehicles. Deliveries of Jaguar cars and Land Rover sport-utility vehicles fell to 26,461 units last month from 27,639 a year earlier. It was the first drop since July 2011; deliveries of Jaguar cars fell 49 percent to 2808 units, the steepest monthly drop since Tata Motors started reporting data in December 2009 while Land Rover SUV sales increased 7 percent last month, according to the statement.
The company, based in Gaydon, England, accounted for 72 percent of Tata Motors’ revenue in the three months ended June. The automaker plans to invest 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) in the unit this year to develop new models and expand factories to cater to rising demand in China and Russia and reduce its dependence on Europe. The 17-country euro area economy will contract 0.4 percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.
'September is usually a good month for UK sales, so these numbers are below our expectations,' said Umesh Karne, an analyst at Brics Securities Ltd. in Mumbai. 'Going forward, sales will be under pressure until the new Range Rover deliveries begin.'
Tata will begin deliveries of the new Range Rover in early 2013.
UAE: Al Tayer Motors, one of the UAE's premier automobile dealerships, has become the first regional Land Rover importer-dealer to launch the all-new Range Rover in the Middle East following its international debut at the recent Paris Motor show. The UAE dealership, which won five awards from Jaguar Land Rover Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan including dealer of the year this year, launched the world's most refined and capable SUV at an elegant event held at Meydan Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai. The vehicle had earlier been revealed to a select audience by Premier Motors, the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain subsidiary of Al Tayer Motors, at an exclusive event in the capital city.
The evening commenced with an iconic Range Rover exhibit giving guests an insight into the vehicle's evolution throughout the years. Using a hand-crafted leather display area and digital interactive panel, the presentation also portrayed the next generation all-new Range Rover's design and luxurious features. An additional high-impact aluminium wall was used to convey the vehicle's structure and highlight its capability and performance; giving guests the perfect opportunity to engage with the fourth generation Range Rover. Throughout the sensorial experience, guests were able to browse the options available should they choose to create a bespoke interior for the all-new Range Rover. Speaking at the launch, Ashok Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, Al Tayer Motors, said, 'Our Land Rover showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai is certified as the world's highest selling Range Rover facility - a distinction achieved five times since 2006. Being one of the best-loved vehicles in the UAE, we are confident that the all-new Range Rover, which is unrivalled in its on-road presence, performance and capability, will further enhance this success.'
Romania: The new generation of the Range Rover has also been recently launched in Romania where the luxury SUV can be bought from 94,116 euros for the entry-level version with the TDV6 3.0 litre diesel engine.
USA: US consumers seem to have accepted the Range Rover Evoque but the number of sales does not match expectation so the comapny has reduced the price of the Evoque, add some extra refinements and market it as a new entry-level model. The Evoque that was the ‘Pure’ now becomes the Evoque Pure Plus. The Evoque Coupe was earlier priced at US$44,995 but now as per the new plans it will have a new price. The five-door fans can now shave $2,000 off the entry price to the Evoque range. The Evoque Pure loses the panoramic glass roof, replacing it with a solid aluminum roof, and some of the all-leather interior is substituted with Dinamica sythetic suede though some real leather is still used. This way the entry price of the Evoque is reduced to $42k.
Canada: Land Rover has released Canadian pricing for the new 2013 Range Rover Evoque and Canadians will pay close to US$10,000 more for new Dynamic model over a US model. For the 2013 Range Rover Evoque five-door Pure, which is the new entry model, Canadians will pay US$6,142 more than the same US model. If Canadian buyers choose the top-of-the-range Dynamic Premium Coupe, they will pay an extra US$9,570 more than the same vehicle in the U.S. That’s a 13 percent increase in price for the base model Pure and close to an 18 percent increase for the top model.