MUMBAI (Bloomberg) -- Jaguar Land Rover output at the company's Chinese venture with Chery Automobile Co. will begin next year, later than initially expected, because of delays getting machinery and equipment, Ralf Speth, CEO of JLR, said today.
"[This year] was in principle when we expected to begin production but it was never meant to be big production," Speth said. "We may do some test building in 2014 to get the workers trained and ready; 2015 is when the production for sale will begin."
The plant is key to JLR's earnings growth in China, its largest single market, because local manufacturing allows companies to avoid the country's 25 percent import tariff. Last year, sales of Jaguars and Land Rovers in China rose 30 percent to 95,237.