Tata, Jaguar Land Rover could share platforms

Indian automaker Tata — yes, the same Tata behind the world’s cheapest car and the parent company of Jaguar Land Rover — is looking to share platforms with the British automaker.

Speaking with Drive, Fusion Automotive head Darren Bowler, Tata’s official Australian distributor, says “there is sharing in place” between engineering, technology and design portfolios, as well as planning in both India and the U.K.

“You’re going to see in the future a lot of sharing of technologies and platform over time,” Bowler said. “But you won’t see a JLR with a Tata badge on it or a Tata with a Jaguar badge on it or a Land Rover badge on it.”

This latest news coincides with Tata’s previous wishes of expanding upmarket with vehicles to sell under its nameplate across the globe, similar to the relationship between Volkswagen and Audi. Bowler says among the first models we could see this happen is with the Tata Nexon compact crossover unveiled earlier this year at the Delhi Auto Expo.

“Nexon was the development of a new platform that has been developed to be shared amongst the group to be utilized for different products and different brands,” he said. “That platform could be used as an Evoque, it could be used as a Tata, it could be used as a Jaguar.”

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