Jaguar started as a British company, and it is now owned by the Indian company Tata Motors! Although the company has changed hands several times over the years, Jaguar models are still manufactured primarily in the United Kingdom, and the famous Jaguar logo can still be found across the lineup. Learn more about Jaguar history, ownership, and manufacturing at Jaguar Paramus near Englewood.
What Is Tata Motors?
Tata Motors is one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, headquartered in Mumbai. It is owned by the conglomerate Tata Group, which also does business in hospitality, steel, telecommunications, and more.
Here’s what you need to know about the history of Tata Motors and Jaguar:
- Jaguar Cars and Land Rover were both purchased in 2008 by Tata Motors and fully joined into Jaguar Land Rover Limited in 2013.
- Tata Motors owns several other automotive operations worldwide in the commercial vehicle segment and the passenger vehicle segment.
- Tata Motors belongs to Tata Group, originally started in 1868 as a trading company. In its early days, Tata Group was known for milestones like India’s first hotel with electricity in 1907, Western India’s first hydro powerplant, and the establishment of the Indian Institute of Science in 1911.
Who Owned Jaguar in the Past?
Jaguar didn’t always specialize in luxury sedans, SUVs, and sports cars– their origins reside in the Swallow Sidecar Company (making sidecars for motorcycles) in Blackpool, England. This company was founded in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley, but to meet the growing automobile market it soon refocused its manufacturing and was renamed S.S. Cars Limited. Below is a timeline of Jaguar history to show how it grew to the luxury performance-focused brand it is today.
- In 1935, the SS Jaguar sport saloon (aka sport sedan) model was released, along with the SS Jaguar 100 open-top two-passenger sports car.
- In 1945, the S.S. Cars was renamed Jaguar Cars Limited to distinguish themselves as a memorable brand.
- In 1951 and 1953 Jaguar made a mark in international motorsports by winning the Le Mans 24-Hour Race. They were solidified as a brand known for excellent sports cars like the Jaguar XK120 and Jaguar E-TYPE.
- In 1965, Jaguar Cars became part of British Motor Holdings Limited, which later merged with the Rover manufacturer Leyland Motor Corporation Limited, creating the British Leyland Motor Corporation.
- In 1975, the British Leyland Motor Corporation became nationalized due to financial difficulties, but in 1984 Jaguar became its own company again.
- Ford Motors purchased Jaguar in 1999 and purchased Land Rover in 2000, selling both to Tata Motors in 2008.
Where is Jaguar Made Now?
The Jaguar Land Rover headquarters are located in England, and more specifically in Coventry—north of London by about two hours. Across the UK, there are several design centers and manufacturing plants for both genuine Jaguar and Land Rover models. Although the company does operate several production centers in China and India, most Jaguar production facilities have remained in the U.K. The company has even opened new British facilities within the last few years! With this in mind, let’s take a look at where Jaguar models are made now:
- Most of the company’s research and development takes place at facilities in Gaydon, Warwickshire and Whitley, Coventry. Some research also takes place at the National Automotive Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick in Coventry.
- The primary Jaguar assembly plant is located in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. Models including the XE, the XF, the XJ, and the F-TYPE are produced right here.
- The main Jaguar engine manufacturing plant is located in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. A separate engine production plant is located in Changshu, China.
- If you visit Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, you’ll encounter the brand’s Special Vehicle Operations development center. This facility opened in 2016, and it works on the most powerful and luxurious Jaguar models.
- Jaguar also operates a plant in Pune, India which produces the Jaguar XF and the Jaguar XJ. Additional XE and XF models are produced in Changshu, China.
Experience the Legacy at Jaguar Paramus
Contact your local authorized Jaguar retailer to schedule a test drive and see what it feels like to drive a luxury car with such a legacy. You can also discover advanced technologies like InControl® Remote, InControl® Apps, and the Meridian™ audio systems to see what this luxury brand can do to improve your Ridgewood drives.