October 5, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC today reported September 2017 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 3,296 units, a 24 percent increase from 2,662 units in September 2016; Land Rover sales increased 14 percent to 6,407 units from 5,637 in September 2016; Jaguar Land Rover September U.S. sales for both brands hit 9,703 units, a 17 percent increase from 8,299 units in September 2016. Year to date, Jaguar Land Rover is up 13% percent in the United States, building on 2016’s record year sales pace.

“September was a strong month for Jaguar Land Rover in the U.S. with both brands powered by demand for our newest SUV models, the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “We look forward to a strong final two months of the year with our strongest lineups ever.”

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October 4, 2017

The new Range Rover Sport is transformed by technology, with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain delivering efficiency, capability and performance like never before.

Today’s reveal follows the news that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification marking the next step on the Great British company’s electrification journey.

In addition to the new petrol-electric hybrid options, every Range Rover Sport now has an enhanced design and new consumer technology. The flagship SVR now delivers 575hp, making it the fastest Range Rover to date with a 0-60mph time of 4.3s. The latest enhancements deliver an SUV on another level of dynamic capability, with breadth of appeal and desirability like no other.

Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern said: “When we started the design process with this new Range Rover Sport, it was important that we maintained its sporting prowess while evolving the exterior design. The addition of design-enabled technologies, such as our new infotainment system and the LED headlights demonstrate our drive towards ever greater desirability for the customer.”

The British-designed, engineered and Solihull-built Range Rover Sport has sold more than 732,000 since it went on sale in 2005. Its unrivalled mix of refinement and exhilarating performance has starred on TV and in movies around the world.

Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: “The current Range Rover Sport has performed exceptionally well in the UK market since it was introduced in 2013 selling just shy of 50,000 vehicles to date. Its perfect blend of performance, comfort, utility and off-road prowess make it the perfect all-round luxury vehicle.

“These 2018 updates make the Range Rover Sport an even more attractive proposition with CO2 emissions down to 64g/km and a 101mpg on the combined cycle coupled with new infotainment technology making life simpler. Our efficient diesel and petrol engines are our cleanest ever and remain utterly relevant today on our journey to electrification.”

The latest Range Rover Sport is Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Drivers can select from two driving modes to best suit their needs:

  1. Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:
    • SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below the level which has been selected.
    • Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system utilises GPS altitude data to intelligently optimize the switch between electric motor and petrol engine maximising fuel economy over gradients along the route.
  2. EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – EV mode enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quieter zero emission journeys


Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the Range Rover Sport will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility and with deliveries from early 2018.


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October 3, 2017

Former British Olympic Skier Graham Bell has set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the ‘fastest towed speed on skis’, pulled by the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

After only a couple of practice attempts it was clear that Graham and the XF Sportbrake were more than up to the challenge and he went on to smash the target set by GUINESS WORLD RECORDS by over 47mph, achieving an average top speed of 117mph at Jaguar Land Rover’s Arctic Revi Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden.

With temperatures of -28C, it was set to be a real challenge for both Graham’s physical limits and the premium estate’s performance. The existing record stood at a fraction under 70mph, but with the XF Sportbrake’s all-wheel drive technology, Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) and All Surface Progress Control, it comfortably hit the high speeds Graham required to set the record.

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October 3, 2017

In our next edition we are running a special feature on the XJ220 at 25 years old – at least in production form.

We were very fortunate though to exclusively see the very unusual aluminium sandwich internal structure being hand glued before being covered with the beautiful XJ220 bodies at Abbey Panels – and then the cars being assembled at JagaurSport’s HQ in Bloxham – later to be used to assemble the Aston Martin DB7.

In edition #189 we publish images of the cars being built which you will not see anywhere else.

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October 2, 2017
Companies haven’t wasted any time courting the 9 million potential customers unlocked when Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women drivers. The decision has lit up social media, with both cheers and jeers for the ruling, which takes effect in June.

Also joining the chorus are automakers looking to capitalise on the move, racing each other to get their first words out to woo prospective female drivers in the Middle East’s biggest economy. In a Twitter post titled “Welcome to the driver’s seat,” Ford Motor attached an image of a pair of woman’s eyes appearing in a rear-view mirror against a black background.

In another tweet under the hashtag #SaudiWomenCanDrive, it offered a “dream car” to a women’s rights campaigner by putting up a picture of a bright yellow Mustang racing in a tunnel.

Jaguar and Land Rover posted an image of a handbag spilling out a car key, lipstick and a bottle of perfume among other items, with titles that say “Adventure awaits you” and “The road is yours”.

The move by King Salman bin Abdulaziz to issue driver’s licenses to women is part of a larger effort to modernise and diversify the kingdom’s economy and reduce its reliance on oil.

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September 29, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will stop sourcing it’s petrol engines built at Ford’s (F.N) plant in Bridgend, Wales, after ending its current contract earlier than expected in 2020, creating uncertainty over around 750 jobs.

“Given our long-established and successful relationship in the delivery of world-class engines, this is disappointing news for the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant.”

 JLR is ending the long-standing relationship in September 2020, three months earlier than planned, a source close to the arrangements said.

Around 750 workers, about half of the plant’s total, are dedicated to JLR production, the source said.

Ford said it would “continue to look at other high technology opportunities for Bridgend in the future.”

JLR opened a new engine plant in England’s West Midlands in 2014, and in 2015 announced a plan to double its size, taking total investment to about 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion).

“Ford has been, and remains, an important strategic supplier to Jaguar Land Rover under an agreement which was negotiated to support our business until the end of the decade,” it said.

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September 28, 2017

Jaguar is set to announce a huge investment locally in a move which could bring a major jobs boost to the region, the Limerick Leader has learned.

Executives from the British company have been viewing locations in the city and the Shannon area with a view to opening a design centre in the region.

While the IDA and Jaguar were staying tight lipped this Wednesday, it’s understood company bosses have settled on a new 50,000 square feet office development in the Shannon Free Zone.

This followed meetings with IDA Ireland executives and leading business people.

It is understood that the initial jobs could be in the order of 30, rising to a figure in the hundreds, according to an industry source.

The facility will provide back office support services to Jaguar, which is headquartered near Coventry in Britain’s West Midlands.

Staff will, it is understood, also assist in the continuing development of Jaguar’s new self-driving cars.

“We’re very excited by this – it will be a great brand to get into the area,” a well-placed source told this newspaper.

It’s understood Ireland’s beneficial corporate tax regime was a major attractor to Jaguar, now owned by Indian firm Tata.

On top of this, the firm is also seeking a European base following Britain’s decision last year to quit the European Union. Ireland is set to be the only English speaking country in the European Union post Brexit.

Fianna Fail’s spokesperson on enterprise and jobs Niall Collins said: “It’s great news. It’s great to see a blue-chip employer showing interest in the region. These will no doubt be high-end, well-paid jobs.”

He said that although Jaguar may be based in the Shannon Free Zone, Limerick will feel a strong benefit – with the business park already providing employment to many families across the county already.

Jaguar is developing new self-driving cars, with tests currently under way.

The firm has said it will create a fleet of more than 100 of these vehicles over the next four years to test autonomous and connected technology, with the first hitting the streets later this year.

Jaguar has said these prototypes allows driving in complex environments without any driver involvement.

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September 27, 2017

All Jaguar Land Rover cars are to get new model designations to more easily identify their fuel types and power outputs. The changes will be rolled out with 2018 model year cars in the next few months, although the new Range Rover Velar has already adopted the new format.

Eagle-eyed Auto Express reader Don Etchells spotted an F-Typeon test that was revealing its new P380 AWD badging. The P stands for petrol, while the 380 refers to the power output in horsepower. Similarly, the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder model will be badged P300.

The Range Rover Velar range kicks off with a D180 diesel model, with the range topping model badged P380 using the same supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine as the F-Type.

With the Jaguar I-Pace launching next year and plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport announced at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, it means a further designation will be used for these models. So expect the initial 395bhp I-Pace to be badged E400.

Audi also recently announced changes to its model designations, but using a nomenclature that is less clear than Jaguar Land Rover’s plans. Instead, Audi has chosen a range of non-related numbers to apply to a car’s power output, that will be added to the existing engine designations such as TFSI and TDI. Audi’s new naming system will be applied to the company’s growing range of plug-in hybrids and new electric vehicles as well as conventionally powered models. All new Audis will feature the new nomenclature from next summer.

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September 25, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover is scouting for acquisitions of international automakers amid rising competition in the industry, people with knowledge of the matter said.

For those who might start thinking sacrilege, remember in 1960 Sir William Lyons single handedly purchased Daimler, Lanchester, BSA, then Coventry Climax, GUY trucks, Hobbs Transmission, Daimler Hire, Daimler Air Hire, Hooper and Barker Coachbuilders, Carbides and Stratton-Instone.  In doing so Jaguar’s founder set the precedents Tata too can build on.

The company has been holding internal discussions on buying other brands to diversify the range of vehicles it sells, the people said. It will consider purchases of luxury marques that fit with its current portfolio, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. JLR is also weighing purchases of technology companies that would boost the company’s efforts to roll out electric vehicles and autonomous driving systems, another person said.
 Tata Motors had amassed 397.6 billion rupees ($6.1 billion) of cash and equivalents at the end of June, up 87 percent from a year ago, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s the second biggest among listed Indian companies, trailing Reliance Industries Ltd. The company plans to use that record hoard to add new products, technology and manufacturing capacity, Tata Motors Group Chief Financial Officer C Ramakrishnan said by email earlier this month.

Maserati, Alfa Romeo

Tata Motors gets about 78 percent of its revenue from the luxury brands, according to the Bloomberg-compiled data. No final decisions have been made, and there’s no certainty the deliberations will lead to a transaction, the people said. Representatives for Tata Group and JLR declined to comment.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is considering options including a plan to spin off the Maserati and Alfa Romeo sports-car brands in order to sharpen its focus on mass-market vehicles, people familiar with the discussions said in August. Volkswagen AG has been weighing the sale of non-core assets including Italian motorcycle brand Ducati, people with knowledge of the matter have said.

In June, JLR said it was working with Lyft Inc. on autonomous-driving technology and will offer vehicles for rent to the San Francisco-based startup’s drivers. The automaker also said it had invested $25 million in Lyft as part of a funding round that closed in April, valuing the business at $7.5 billion.

Jaguar will begin selling its I-PACE electric-powered sport utility vehicle next year, and already has 25,000 orders for it, company Chief Executive Officer Ralf Speth said this month.

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September 25, 2017

Jaguar plans a successor to the F-Type sports car, and it will have an electrified powertrain.

Jaguar design chief Ian Callum, in Detroit last week, told Automotive News reporters and editors that the brand will not abandon the segment.

“We are going to do another range of sports cars eventually,” said Callum, who has led Jaguar design since 1999. “[Sports cars] are not going to go away,” he said.

The F-Type two-seater, Jaguar’s first sports car since the E-Type ended production in 1975, debuted in 2013 and returned Jaguar to a segment that helped define the brand. But sales have been slow with only about 45,000 being sold globally since launch. Through August, Jaguar sold 2,787 F-Types in the U.S., 41 more cars than in the same period a year earlier.

“There are a number of people in the world who think sports cars are finished because SUVs can get around a corner as quick as a sports car can, technology being what it is,” said Callum. “But there is something very emotional about a sports car that conveys the ultimate in the sense of performance and design.”

For the 2018 model year, Jaguar has given the F-Type a freshening that includes a lower-priced four-cylinder version. The F-Type uses a modified platform inherited from the XK, which debuted in 2005. Callum gave no timing on when the F-Type will be replaced, but Jaguar Land Rover’s North America CEO, Joe Eberhardt, confirmed the car will have an electrified powertrain.

“Every new car launched after 2020 will have some form of electrification,” he said. “That is full electric, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrids.”

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