Jaguar Land Rover parent firm Tata Motors saw an 18 per cent growth in sales of its commercial and passenger vehicles in July, helped by the commercial launch of the Nano.
The company said it sold 48,054 vehicles in the month, compared with 40,729 vehicles sold in July 2008.
Last month saw the launch of sales of the Jaguar and Land Rover range through the brands’ flagship store in Mumbai, which the firm said had done well.
“The response has been quite encouraging in the first month with the initial India stock and pipeline imports booked to a large extent,” the company said in a statement.
Tata Motors’s figures were also helped by the start of sales of the world’s smallest car, the Nano, which sold 2,475 during the month.
The firm’s passenger vehicle business reported a 32 per cent increase compared with July last year.
In the commercial vehicles arm, sales for the month in India were 28,408, up 27 per cent on the same month last year.
Earlier this week The Birmingham Post reported on a thawing in relations between Tata and the British Government as the improved credit rating of the Indian motor giant brought the prospect of a loan deal for JLR closer.
Sources close to the company said the Government had dropped its demands to have a seat on the JLR board and to be given the power to veto redundancies.
Commercial banks have also warmed to the company again thanks to its improved credit rating and are now expected to guarantee in full a £340 million investment in JLR by the European Investment Bank.