By on February 26, 2010

Every good turn deserves another, and in response to America’s bailout of its most vulnerable automakers, the EU is investing in its least viable automakers. Having invested $547m in Saab, the European Investment Bank is announcing a $458m loan to Jaguar Land Rover, the troubled luxury divisions of Tata Motors. Automotive News [sub] reports that JLR will use the cash to develop micro- and full-hybrid drivetrains and generally improve fuel efficiency. Does this include a rumored Jaguar gas turbine hybrid? Officials won’t give details, but Tata’s Ravi Kant does go on the record to say

This will support the progress of turnaround in Jaguar Land Rover’s business in challenging market conditions, alongside cost cutting measures, increase of volumes and the improved margins strategy currently being implemented by Jaguar Land Rover

Which leads us to believe that this won’t do anything to prevent the planned shutdown of at least one of JLR’s UK plants.

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7 Comments on “Jaguar Land Rover Snags $458m EIB Loan...”

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    (sarcasm on) Who’s the dork standing next to the hot hood ornament? (sarcasm off)

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    Mr Carpenter

    Interestingly and ironically, Toyota was one of the last major automotive companies which actually proved that a gas turbine car would work on the real world roads (though they obviously didn’t produce it, and this one wasn’t a hybrid).

    Even more ironically, the first hybrid Toyota experimented with (at least, that they talked about publically) was in the early 1970’s. It was a Toyota Crown GAS TURBINE ELECTRIC HYBRID.

    That “dork” standing next to the model also happens to have one of the only road-worthy Chrysler turbine cars from 1963 in his “little” car collection.

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    Mr Carpenter

    If Tata (Jaguar) could develop a gas turbine hybrid, would that eventually give others the impetus to do the same? I potentially could relieve Britain’s reliance upon imported oil.

    Because Britain has coal and kerosene can be made from coal.

    Oh wait, the greenie fanatical imbeciles wouldn’t want the mines to be reopened (despite it providing British jobs) in order to supply coal to kerosene production plants (more British jobs) and NIMBY would come into play pertaining to kerosene production plants and ….. you get the idea. (sarcastic rant off)

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    I wouldn’t say JLR is one of Europe’s ‘least viable automakers’. In the last quarter they made a profit of 56 million pounds and that’s without subsidies. Now ask how much Peugeot Citroen, Renault, SAAB, Volvo etc are loosing and tell me is this really a manufacturer that isn’t viable. To make a profit in these market conditions is a jolly good result. JLR profits have recently shot up by almost 30%. This is not a sick car maker, but one that TATA seem to have bought cheap.

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    Comparing the EIB loans to the U.S. government bailouts is populist writing. The EU has fairly strict anti-subsidies laws and – at least in the case of the loans to Saab and J-LR – they are for the development of new technology, not for paying out dealers and offering cash discounts like in the U.S.

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    And while at it, the EIB has also loaned money from the same fund Saab and J-LR used to:

    – BMW
    – Daimler
    – Fiat
    – PSA Peugeot-Citroën
    – Renault
    – Volvo Cars
    – Scania
    – Volvo Trucks

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    …the EU is investing in its least viable automakers.

    That’s OK. The EU will also soon be investing in Greece, its least viable country. And Greece makes Jaguar look like a pretty good deal. At least you can drive a Jag.

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