• Mar 7, 2008
It's becoming increasingly apparent that India's largest automaker Tata cannot be stopped. On the verge of finalizing a deal to acquire Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford, Tata is now rumored to be interested in buying a stake in one of the most beloved performance marques of all time: Ferrari. We stress that this is a rumor, because it stems from a quote given by Tata's chief Ratan Tata to Italy's L'Espresso in which he reportedly said that he's always dreamt of being a fighter pilot (takeover of Bob Lutz?) and participating in the shareholding of Ferrari.

The reason this rumor has some legs is that Tata already has an established relationship with Ferrari's parent company Fiat. It's on the board of Fiat and has some engine supply deals with the Italian automaker. Fiat owns an 85. Could Tata, the maker of the world's least expensive auto, one day have a stake in the company that builds some of the world's most expensive and exotic autos? We wouldn't bet against Tata at this point.

[Source: L'Espresso via Motor Authority, Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks Ghandi!
      • 6 Years Ago
      if my memory don't betray me , Tata's chief Ratan Tata is actually a trained fighter pilot.

      one thing most people dont know is that tata is most respected india company , it is NOT just as a cheap company. aside from building the cheapest car , they have some pretty good other cars like Indica , indigo , safari , that compete well with other cars of its class.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Besides, being one of the top, if not the top supplier of steel pretty much ensures there's a little bit of Tata in every car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that is correct .. as i recall ..
        he flew an f-15 or f-22 at one of the air-force shows in India ..
        just for kicks .. i know its odd .. the jet being USAF .. but i think boeing let him flew the jet ..
          • 6 Years Ago
          F-15, 16, 17, 22 were build by LM not boeing.

          He flew F-16 last year when USAF was in India for war exercises with IAF.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually don't care who owns the exotics. The reason I cared about Tata taking over Jag and LR and for that reason any british business taken over by Indian business house is because that's a perfect sign of how far India has come as a country after freeing herself. Obviously country still has a long way to go but you can't ignore this milestone.

      On the other hand, I would be really proud if an Indian (and/or American as well) auto company implements the soultion that takes oil completely out of the equation.

      • 6 Years Ago
      i think the big 2.5 should learn a lesson from tata?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tata and the big 3 can't really be compared at this point in time. Tata isn't building a car for the western wold, simply buying into it. The company that the big 3 should learn from is Toyota. Toyota has a business model they should try to emulate. I know they make boring cars, but they make uber reliable cars (yes, I know, engine sludge etc etc, but that's small potatoes in the grand scheme) at a profit margin that makes the big 3 accountants seethe with envy. To further prove my point, Hyundai's been using the same business model and they've come leaps and bounds ahead of some already well established car companies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know how to flip burgers, I just took up a job making tacos....shouldnt I wait and watch to see how well I make tacos before I start looking for a job at Pizza hut..


      again i know nothing about Global economy.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ferrari + Tata. What'll happen to Ferarri? hahaaha
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ferrari's will be able to pass anything on the road except a motel or convenience store.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's just going to be a small stake in Ferrari if anything. Probably not much say on the board either.

      Either way, I applaud Tata for taking bold steps to diversify their auto holdings.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's the deal with the MS Paint jobs on Autoblog photos lately?
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats clearly Photoshop.. MS Paint leaves a pixelated look. :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tata is already doing a great job of showing up their British colonial fathers by taking Jag and Land Rover, and them taking a stake in Ferrari would be a terrific example of the colonized becoming colonizers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats way too deep for most people who visit this site but i agree with you 100%. funny how economics and the world turns.
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