Tata Motors to enter the UK market with new generation products

New Delhi: Re-entering the UK market is on the cards for Tata Motors.

For some time MG Rover, Tata''s partner in the UK, sold the Indica under an assembly pact that had the car re-badged as the "City Rover". The association came to an end with MG Rover''s bankruptcy in 2005, even though Tata Motors continued to export pick-up trucks and its Safaris to the UK. Changing gears, its now has plans for a greater role the UK market.

According to Rajeev Dube, executive director, passenger cars, Tata Motors, the company has decided to sell some of its products in the UK market. Tata is also one of the leading bidders for local UK auto brands Land Rover, and Jaguar, which were put up for sale by current owner and US auto major, Ford.

While the time line for the UK market remains confidential, according to Dube the new-generation products would span the existing portfolio, of which some could be based on new platforms and be fitted with new engines. Keenly awaited amongst the new-gen products is the new Indica, which is likely to be pitched in above the current version of the car, in the higher end segment of compact cars. Most likely, it will co-exist with the current Indica, with some trims and design changes.

Tata Motors launched the new Safari Dicor 2.2 VTT range, powered by a new 2.2 litre direct injection engine, earlier last week.