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Tata Motors seeks partners for Jaguar Land Rover, rules out sale

Tata Motors Ltd. is open to searching for partners for its luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC but is not planning to sell the business, Bloomberg News reported Oct. 15, citing an interview with Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Motors and the Tata Group's holding entity, Tata Sons Pvt. Ltd.

"We're not going to sell. ... Auto is a core business for us. From revenue terms, auto is our largest company," Chandrasekaran told Bloomberg Television. The executive added that the group does not want deals where "we just sell a stake and we have no say."

Jaguar Land Rover's sales have been steadily declining over the past months and the high cash burn at the company has been weighing down the Indian car group, which also produces its own brands of cars and commercial vehicles.

Tata Motors acquired the British car brand from Ford in 2008 for US$2.3 billion.

According to Bloomberg, Chandrasekaran also expressed concerns about the U.K.'s impending exit from the European Union, saying negotiations have taken too long. Jaguar Land Rover is expected to close its U.K. plants for a week in November to cope with potential supply chain disruptions from a possible no-deal Brexit, the report said.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has previously said the carmaker had no choice but to stop production lines at four facilities, The Guardian reported.

In January, Jaguar Land Rover announced that it is cutting 4,500 jobs to support a cost-cutting transformation program following weak demand in China.