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Jaguar and Land Rover news - For two weeks only: Jag and Land Rover on sale - 2008

Fancy grabbing yourself a nice British car company in the
summer sales? Then you’d better get rummaging down the back of the sofa for
loose change quick-sharp.

According to Ford insiders, the American giant has given
prospective buyers until July 19 to submit bids for Jaguar and Land Rover.

In public at least, Ford is still staying quiet about the
sale of its two British marques, with PAG - the company responsible for
managing Ford’s luxury brands - maintaining that it is exploring ‘all the

But sources close to PAG yesterday confirmed that Ford has
set a deadline for potential bidders to put their cash on the table.

The list of likely candidates doesn’t make good reading for
those hoping for a Jag/Landie rebirth: most of the interested parties are
believed to be private equity funds, a breed of bidder well known for the
chop-em-up-and-sell-em-off style of buy-out. 

However, it’s still early stages: financial analysts say
that there are reams of paperwork yet to sift through. And while Ford seems
keen to sell off both the brands together, investors may be keen to separate
profit-making Land Rover from loss-making Jag. 

Whatever the truth, we’ll know more in a fortnight’s time.

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