In terms of de­sign­ing ve­hi­cles, does Tata give you carte blanche?

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - TECHNICAL -

I think we’re very for­tu­nate to have been bought by Tata. I was ac­tively in­volved in the due dili­gence process and pre­sent­ing to the var­i­ous po­ten­tial buy­ers. When Tata bought Land Rover, I re­mem­ber hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with sev­eral peo­ple. There was a sense of trep­i­da­tion, where many thought that a prospec­tive new owner wanted to change the way we work and op­er­ate. But from the start, they said, “We are not ex­perts on cre­at­ing pre­mium, lux­ury SUVs or sports cars, but we are ex­perts at buy­ing and in­vest­ing in com­pa­nies, nur­tur­ing them and let­ting the ex­perts get on with the job.” And they’ve been good to their word. Mr Tata and his team were al­ways in­cred­i­bly re­spect­ful. They of­fer up their views, but ul­ti­mately, they’ve said, “Look, you’re the ex­perts, keep do­ing what you’re do­ing,” and that’s in­cred­i­bly lib­er­at­ing. Fi­nan­cially, they’ve been very sup­port­ive too. That phi­los­o­phy spilled over to the rest of our busi­ness struc­tures and other ar­eas of op­er­a­tion.

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