Tata owned Jaguar-Land Rover has officially opened its first assembly plant in India.
The factory will initially build Land Rover Freelanders from parts imported from Britain, but will later source components from India.
Production of Jaguars to be sold in Indian is expected to begin at the plant at a future date.
Jaguar and Land Rover – which Tata bought from Ford in 2008 – saw sales growth of over 25 percent last year with strong demand in China; the company is talking with Bejing about building an assembly plant in China.
Chief executive Carl-Peter Forster has said that India is a “huge market with immense potential” and sees it with China as a key target for growth.
Tata – which is India’s largest bus and truck maker – has just announced bumper profits of 1.43 billion euros of which the vast majority – 1.2 billion euros – came from Jaguar and Land Rover.