• Dec 24th 2007 at 2:56PM
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And then there were two. Reports are beginning to surface confirming that Tata and One Equity are the remaining bidders for Jaguar and Land Rover, with Mahindra & Mahindra officially bowing out of the race. M&M have apparently decided that the complexity of the sale, particularly issues surrounding intellectual property rights and the technological ties that bind the two automakers to Ford, would be too difficult to deal with in the long run. Ford's cross-pollination between Jaguar and Land Rover will be something the front runners at Tata will be required to deal with once the sale goes through, likely sometime next year.
However, AutoObserver has already called the race. In an article earlier today, the site reported that the sale of Jag and L.R. went through and that Tata has paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 billion for both marques. Unfortunately, there's no other source for this news, so we're going to chock it up to rampant speculation brought on by too much eggnog. Regardless, we'll keep an eye out for more developments.

[Sources: Times of India, AutoObserver]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nick Kurczewski isn't exactly a newbie at this, so I'd believe his report unless something comes along to contradict it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, no one cares about Jaguar... Ford officially F'ed the pooch on that one when they refused to split it from LR to sell it to JCB... The ONE company that could have brought Jaguar back to its british roots.

      Now, both LR (which was actually MAKING money, and whose BMW influenced 2003 Range Rover is one of the finest SUVs ever produced) and Jaguar will become an afterthought in the automotive landscape, and smell like curry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      An no one still cares i see.....