5. Tata Motors (TTM) is engaged in the manufacture of commercial and passenger vehicles and providing customized financing solutions through its in-house financing arm for Tata vehicles.
On a year-to-date basis, the automobile company gained 69.6%, touching 52-week highs in November. In comparison, U.S. counterparts Ford (F) gained 67.3% and Toyota (TM) lost 7.0% on a year-to-date basis.
During the April-November period, cumulative sales were up by 30% to 678,598 vehicles, with Jaguar Land Rover sales increasing by 33%. In June, the company announced it is acquiring an 80% stake in the Italian design and engineering firm Trilix Srl, in a deal valued at Euro 1.85 million. Tata Motors is planning to integrate technologies with Jaguar and Land Rover in order to lower the cost of new engine development by sourcing auto parts from common vendors and thus reap the benefit of economies of scale.Looking ahead, the company will be raising the prices of most of its passenger vehicles by 1% to 1.5% in January 2011, aiming to offset the rising cost of raw materials. Besides, the company plans to launch two light commercial vehicles Venture and Iris, and start commercial production of its electric car during the first quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, Tata Motors foresees a 50% surge in its Ace family light commercial vehicles in 2010, as compared to 2009.
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