Done Deal: Ford sells Jaguar, Land Rover

June 2, 2008 5:17:00 AM PDT
Ford Motor Co. has completed the sale of its storied Jaguar and Land Rover businesses to India's Tata Motors Ltd.

Tata said Monday it has closed on the deal first announced on March 26. Tata is paying about $2.3 billion for the British brands, but Ford is paying about $600 million into the Jaguar-Land Rover pension fund.

The sale nets the Dearborn-based automaker $1.7 billion - roughly a third of the price it paid for the two luxury brands.

Ford bought Jaguar for $2.5 billion in 1989 and Land Rover for $2.7 billion in 2000.

The sale had been in the works for months as cash-strapped Ford sought money to fund its turnaround plan.


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