Tuesday, September 27, 2011
By Pranjal Gera
Range Rover Evoque coming to India
Jaguar and Land Rover are subsidiaries of Tata Motors, which bought these companies some time ago. Now, Land Rover's new sports utility vehicle (SUV) Range Rover Evoque, will be brought to Indian automobile market through completely built unit (CBU) route. However, this will be just the initial mode for import of the SUV, in the Indian market. Later on, the company will assemble the SUV in India itself. The Range Rover Evoque will be imported as a Completely Built Unit from Jaguar Land Rover factory at Halewood in the United Kingdom.
Land Rover, which is now Tata Motors undertaking, has a plant in India at Chikhli which is situated near Pune. The company will begin assembling the Freelander 2 SUV by December this year. The company has plans of importing the Freelander 2 through Completely Knocked-Down Units (CKD) route. The company's plant at Chikhli has a capacity of assembling 2,000 units of the SUV per year. The Chikhli plant is the same plant where Land Rover had a co-production capacity with Mercedes-Benz last year. The initial months of Range Rover Evoque's introduction in Indian market are not expected to see the assembling operations in India.
Land Rover is famous for its SUVs. It has a big fanbase worldwide. The sources have informed that the Range Rover Evoque was seen testing near the Automobile Research Association of India's office, which is located in Pune. This has further fueled the Indian market with news of near future launch of Range Rover Evoque in the country.