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Tata Motors, JLR team up for new cars

New Delhi, July 4: Tata Motors is working with its British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to develop engine for its cars as it seeks to lift sales in the country.

The company, which is also undergoing a brand makeover, is working with JLR at the latter’s European R&D facility at Warwick, UK.

The first product of the two companies will be a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will power the soon to be launched Zest compact sedan and Bolt hatchback. However, other players were also involved in the development of the engine.

“The Revotron 1.2l has been developed by us with inputs from renowned global players such as AVL, Bosch, Honeywell, Mahle, INA in the area of combustion, boosting, friction and calibration, to deliver class-leading performance,” Tata Motors president (passenger vehicles) Ranjit Yadav said.

The company is also developing an 800cc diesel engine, which might possibly be fitted into a small car.

Tata Motors senior vice-president (programme planning and project management), Girish Wagh, said JLR did help in the development of the Revotron engines. “We did take some help from JLR in developing the engine. We worked with best engine technicians in India and abroad in our Warwick R&D center to develop the new engine. Revotron is first in line of the slew of new engines we have planned to introduce,” he said.

Though the launch date of the Zest and the Bolt has been kept under wraps, industry insiders believe that the new cars might be up for sale by August. The Revotron engine will be manufactured in the company’s Pune plant.

Tata Motors is looking at launching a couple of models each year till 2020 as the company plans to ramp up its portfolio in the competitive Indian market.

“We are working on a product strategy that started last year. The plan is to bring a couple of new vehicles every year,” Wagh said.