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The sale of Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata means that the two British marques will have to look elsewhere for the parts normally supplied by Ford. Following the news that Daimler could be a supplier to both automakers comes word from Dr. Z himself that a deal is a distinct possibility.

Daimler holds a seven-percent stake in Tata Motors, which could make an easy case for Mercedes to supply Jag and L.R. with the necessary components to wean them off of Ford. Dieter Zetsche told Auto Motor und Sport that, "If Ratan Tata approaches us regarding the supply of components, we would be open to talks." AMG-powered XF, anyone?

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      So, let me get this straight...

      the Range Rover was designed by BMW for a BMW engine, got sold to ford, and re-fitted with the AJ V8 derivative, which Ford helped Jaguar develop.

      Now it got sold again, and perhaps again might be getting a german engine, but this time a MB?

      And Daimler Jags might actually have links to Daimler Benzes?

      Fun, fun, fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Note to Tata's executives,

      Do not, I repeat, do not let Mercedes management anywhere near you or any of your subsidiaries. Did you see what these people did to Chrysler? Have you seen the problems they've caused their own operations? Do you really want them running anything more complicated than the cafeteria?

      I'd sooner see Tata leaning on Ford. At least Ford wouldn't see Tata as a competitor, what with having nothing to sell in that market.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed...truer words have never been spoken.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Merc bits, no thank you, never, german crap in Jags - hopefully I'll never have to experience this. I am a happy XK8 + XJ6 driver - after devastating experiences with BMW's and my brother with constantly breaking down Merc's. Jags unreliable, rubbish
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmhhh mercedes bluetec diesel tech for US market Land Rovers please.

      That is the last stumbling block for Diesel rovers in the US according to my sources. They just can't get the emissions clean enough to meet 50 state requirements yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW designed the Range Rover - just shows how little people know. It's british designed and the best 4x4 by far !
      • 7 Years Ago
      daimler owns 10% stake in Tata motors if nobody new that.... tht explains why it would be better for tata motors
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now you're talking. The current Jaguar/Land Rover powertrains are mediocre at best. Of course, with the new 5.0 380+ HP V8s coming out later this year might change this.

      But if the engines were supplied by Mercedes, I would be more inclined to purchase a Land Rover.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "AMG-powered XF, anyone?"

      How about an AMG-powered Nano? Now we're talking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny, Jag acquired Daimler in 1960... Now another Daimler may be supplying parts to Jag...

      • 7 Years Ago
      I am all for it.

      Jags have always been stunning looking but ultimately gutless and unreliable. Perhaps with some Mercedes hardware and Siemens electronics, they might finally get those two issues fixed. High end Mercedes switch gear for the interior bits would also help.

      As to Land Rover; the company needs to go on a reliability Jihad. For decades now, Land Rovers have had this big disconnect; somehow they are the "go anywhere" "best 4x4 by far," but they have lived on the bottom of reliability ratings. My '01 Discovery II suffered 2 massive failures under warranty (a new set of differentials, exhaust headers, half shafts and eventually a new crank). One of my neighbors came home with a brand new Range Rover - such a stunning vehicle, until he had to take it right back to Land Rover Portland where it spent 4 weeks getting a new electrical system.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's to switch gear and HVAC controls in Jaguars that cannot also be seen on your average sales rep. variety Taurus.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Have you seen the switch gear in the mid level and under Mercs lately? It looks straight out of the Chrysler parts bin. Jag/LR would be better off with their current bits.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I had not.

        I forgot about the Chrysler/ Daimler dalliance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now Dr. Z can screww over 3 companies instead of just one.
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