Theres already a Land Rover plant in Pune, India. Will Chinas come next?

There's already a Land Rover plant in Pune, India. Will China's come next?

Chery Automobile and Tata Motors-owned Jaguar and Land Rover are seeking regulatory approval to set up a joint venture in China, the China Business News said on Monday.

The two companies have basically finished discussions for a manufacturing tie-up, the newspaper said, citing an unnamed source, Reuters reported.

A Jaguar Land Rover spokesman in the UK, however, said the company had nothing to add to previous comments on Chinese assembly.

"We have previously said we would like to manufacture vehicles in China for Chinese customers and this remains our ambition. There are many stages in discussions such as this and we have spoken to a number of parties. We continue to respect the official process and we have no news or official comment to give at this time," corporate and international affairs manager Jonathan Griffiths told just-auto.

A Chery spokesman told Reuters he had no information about it nor did a representative from Jaguar and Land Rover queried by the news agency.

Chery and Fuji Heavy Industries had planned to make Subaru vehicles jointly in China but had been unable to get regulatory approval due to potential conflicts with Beijing's industry policy which limits automakers to two JVs and Subaru's parent Toyota already has those in place.

The two firms last week were last week reported to have agreed a contract manufacturing deal instead.