Tata Motors plans car design in U.K.

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 29 November 2005, 08:00 Hrs
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MUMBAI: IndiaÂ’s second biggest carmaker Tata Motors is planning to set up a car-designing center in the U.K. This comes close on the heels of announcing a tie-up with Fiat of Italy.

The Business Standard newspaper, quoting sources said that other Tata group companies would also join them in the project, which will look after R&D, designing and software development for passenger cars.
Quoting a Tata Motors spokesman it said, “The company is considering setting up a technical center in the U.K. which, we hope, will attract some of the best expertise in Europe to support our passenger car development and engineering plans.”

Asked if other Tata group companies would join the project, the spokesperson said, "It is possible that in the course of time our group companies like Tata Technologies and TCS may join the center for their requirements."

Sources close to the development said TCS would employ at least 700 people to work in this project, the first of its kind by any Indian automobile company, the paper said.

Auto experts said the proposed move was in line with the company's plan to emerge as a collaborative automaker from the traditional hierarchical model.

"Tata Motors has adopted a policy of management of the development of new products and not trying to develop everything in-house. The proposed technical center in the U.K. is yet another instance of the company's collaborative approach," the paper said quoting a Tata Motors source.

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