India’s Tata confirms interest in Land Rover, Jaguar

NEW DELHI, Aug 24, 2007 (AFP) – The head of India’s Tata conglomerate confirmed Friday that his group was interested in bidding for luxury British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover, in an interview with an Indian news channel. Last month, Indian news reports said that two Indian automakers — Tata Motors and the Mahindra group — were considering separate bids to buy the British icons from struggling US carmaker Ford Motor Corp.

“We certainly have an interest in that segment but it is not the time to comment on it now,” Tata told business channel CNBC TV 18 according to a short excerpt of the interview on the company web site.

“It is to give ourselves scale and global reach, as we take ourselves away from subordination to a single economy.”

The full interview will be aired on Sunday and Monday.

Ford announced in June that it was considering selling off the two labels as it restructures its North American operations, in a deal that media reports have pegged at around 1.3 billion to 1.5 billion dollars.

Tata Motors, India’s biggest car company, has appointed advisors to evaluate a bid and signed a confidentiality agreement with Ford to access financial details of the two brands which have a combined Brit