Less than nine months after acquiring Jaguar Land Rover from Ford Motor Co. for $2.3 billion, India’s Tata Motors Ltd. is asking the British government for financial backing. The move has caught the U.K. by surprise, as Tata’s takeover of the luxury marques in March was in itself considered a bailout. Critics say Tata should have been aware of the significant investment that would be required to rebuild the subsidiary’s reputation in order to bring earnings up to sustainable levels. ...

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