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Jaguar Land Rover see sales rise, boosting Tata profits

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Tata bought Jaguar Land Rover from Ford in 2008

Jaguar Land Rover had seen its sales rise 23% in the second quarter after its new models were well-received.

Owner Tata Motors said new products such as the upgraded Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery 4 had had successful launches.

Although Jaguar Land Rover made a net loss of £60m in the July-September quarter, it was much less than the £240m loss it made a year earlier.

India's Tata Motors made a net profit of 217.8m rupees ($4.7m; £2.8m)

That compared with a loss of 9.4bn rupees a year earlier.

Tata said Jaguar Land Rover's performance was the highlight of the quarter.

Tata bought the British marques from Ford for £1.7bn in June 2008.

Sales volumes at Jaguar Land Rover rose to 44,300 vehicles from 35,900 in the previous quarter.

Aggressive cost reduction had also paid off, Tata said.

"The [Jaguar Land Rover] business is witnessing some stability in the external environment with certain key markets showing signs of recovery," Tata said in a statement.



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