The spokesman clarified a comment made to reporters earlier in the day by Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne during a tour of the exhibits set up by the automaker’s various brands.
In response to a question about Fiat’s interest in Land Rover and Jaguar through a Tata bid, Marchionne had joked: “For completely different reasons, we are interested in both."
Last weekend, Fiat chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo had told reporters that the Italian automaker was not interested in the two British-based brands.
Tata, a major partner for Fiat in India where they both make cars and engines, would be one of several potential bidders for the two brands. A source familiar with the matter has said Mahindra & Mahindra and US buyout firms TPG and Ripplewood have expressed interest. Ford plans to have more details on the sale of Jaguar and Land Rover by the end of 2007 or early 2008. India Times