March 9, 2017 / 2:11 PM / in 5 months

VW, Tata sign accord to explore cooperation - sources

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BERLIN, March 9 (Reuters) - Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Motors to explore cooperation in India, sources close to the matter said, as the German carmaker takes a fresh attempt at conquering low-cost markets.

The MoU will enable both carmakers to deepen exchanges about technology, components and platforms and analyze the synergies that may follow a possible cooperation, one of three company sources said.

VW is discussing with its brands and potential partners ways to expand the product portfolio "with tailor-made solutions" in India, a spokesman said, reciting a previous statement.

"We confirm that we are in talks with VW for a potential alliance but an announcement will be made at an appropriate time," a spokesman for Tata said. (Reporting by Andreas Cremer, Jan Schwartz and Aditi Sha; Editing by Arno Schuetze)

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