MUMBAI -- Strong demand for Jaguar Land Rover vehicles helped offset weak sales at parent Tata Motors' commercial vehicles unit, resulting in flat April sales for the Indian automaker.
Tata Motors, part of the salt-to-steel Tata Group conglomerate, sold 87,377 vehicles in April. Overall passenger-cars sales grew 7 percent to 49,369 compared with a year ago. Commercial vehicle sales slipped 8 percent to 38,008.
Sales of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles rose 29 percent to 25,143 last month. Jaguar sales increased 17 percent to 3,603, while sales at Land Rover climbed 32 percent to 21,540. Land Rover's sales increase was led by strong demand for the Range Rover Evoque premium compact SUV.
JLR has sold more than 60,000 Evoques worldwide since the SUV's launch in September 2011.
Tata, which bought the two British brands from Ford in 2008 for $2.5 billion, plans to invest $12 billion in JLR over five years to win a bigger share of a premium car market dominated BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
Sources: Reuters and David Jolley