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Britain Urges Tata to Respond to Offer on Jaguar Land Rover

By Motortrend India Staff   |   21 July,2009

Tata Motors has got in to a tight spot after Britain's Business Secretary Lord Peter Mandelson urged Tata Motors to respond quickly to a revised offer of government funding for its luxury Jaguar Land Rover brands.

Tata Motors, advised by Citigroup and Standard Chartered, is seeking government's guarantee for a 340-million-pound and three-year European Investment Bank loan, plus guarantees for private bank loans worth nearly 500 million pounds.

Tata is reportedly unhappy with conditions the Ministers had set, including board representation at JLR and operational control. But the government has abandoned most of these terms.

Mr. Mandelson urged Tata to "quicken the pace" of negotiations after JLR announced last week that 300 jobs would be cut at its plant at Halewood in northwest England.

JLR has decided to end production of the luxury Jaguar X-Type following a slump in demand for new cars in Britain, amid growing accusations that the British government has been slow to respond to the needs of the car industry.

"I am waiting for the owners, Tata Motors, to come back and make their response to the offer of financial support the government has made to them," Mr. Mandelson said. "Having been told that there was great urgency in responding to the needs of Jaguar Land Rover, we have made our proposals, we have made our offers and now we are waiting for a response. I am simply saying that if this situation is so urgent, I think that Tata need to quicken the pace of their response," he added.

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