As we reported yesterday, Ford's sale of Jaguar and Land Rover to India's Tata Motors is far from a done deal. In light of today's confirmation that the transaction will not go through this week as predicted, it looks like Tata's reach may exceed its grasp. Reuters questions the role the British brands would play amongst Tata's lineup of commercial-duty trucks and compact to sub-compact cars. Another issue: Tata's credit rating. It turns out that Moody's and Standard and Poor's placed Tata on review for a credit rating downgrade when the Indian firm emerged as the frontrunner for Jag/Landie. Not coincidentally, Tata's stock slid ten percent during its six month courtship of Ford's cast-offs, while the rest of the Indian stock index grew by nine percent. Speaking in Geneva, Rattan Tata was quoted as saying he remains "reasonably confident" that the deal will go through. Reasonably? Uh-oh.
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