I doubt Tata can be a worse owner than Ford or GM. Talking about miss managed business,,,,,,,Ford lost billions on the Land Rover deal,,,,,I hope that the tax payers, share holders, and the suppliers dont have to bail out yet another failure like the airlines
when i worked for land rover (well before ford bought them) they had a promo for a free trek mountain bike and rack if you bought a new discovery. you can only imagine the jokes we made about that being the customers alternate transportation, loan car, way to a pay phone when it leaves them in nowhere land etc.....
what worries me about the deal is warranty labor times and structures are already squeezed out as tight as possible for a flat rate pay scale tech and i am 1000% sure that the penny pinchers at tata will expect that we can live on a bowl of rice and a cobra spleen a day and cut those numbers even lower, hence the paycheck we make for the same amount of work. unfortunately this will get passed on to the customer in door rates at dealers for cp work and parts markup for counter sales and many other creative ways. but ultimately once again the car buisness is going to squeeze the techs the most.
I could be wrong i mean proton sends all the door lock sleeves for lotus from sri lanka with the funniest newspaper personal ads youve ever read wrapped around them. i think they do it on purpose, it sure helps overcome what little that job pays under warranty anyway..... did you know a deaf woman with a computer engineering degree and normal brothers and sisters, can be had with no dowry!
Is this any really worse than Lotus being owned by a failing partially state-owned Malaysian company? It's a sad commentary on the state of the British auto industry. Well, at least Bentley and Rolls are in strong hands.