February 15, 2018

The AutoBest award ceremony was held in Salzburg for the first time. The judging panel consisted of 31 journalists from 31 countries. Jaguar Land Rover was awarded as the company of the year by AutoBest, the biggest automotive expert jury in Europe.

 AutoBest’s international panel of experts honoured the two brands’ impressive level of growth and solid financial results despite challenging economic conditions, as well as the introduction of innovative and appealing products. Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, accepted the CompanyBest-Award in the festival theatre with great pleasure.
Currently, Jaguar Land Rover has more than 43,000 employees globally and provides circa 240,000 more jobs within their network of dealers, suppliers and the local economy. Apart from production sides in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover has plants in China, Brazil, India and Slovakia, as well as commissioned production at Magna Steyr in Austria.
In 2017, Jaguar Land Rover sold 621,109 cars in 130 countries. Hereby, over 80% of all produced cars were exported.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified giving customers more choice. Jaguar Land Rover will roll out a portfolio of fully electric, plug-in and mild-hybrid models, in order to provide their customers additional options. The first fully battery-electric powered model, the Jaguar I-PACE, will be on the market in summer 2018.

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February 14, 2018


The Australian boss of British-based prestige car maker Jaguar Land Rover says the Federal Government needs to provide much better leadership and outline a “clear road map” for a transition to electric vehicles otherwise the country will squander billions of dollars of potential economic benefits.

Matthew Wiesner, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Australia, said it was frustrating watching the uncertainty and there were eerie similarities already to the policy-making angst which had hampered the renewable energy sector in Australia for years.

With no car manufacturing industry left in Australia, the future direction of vehicle development was in the hands of global car makers in Europe, North America and Asia where the electric car industry and take-up rates was more advanced. Those models would come to Australia regardless, and the right regulatory framework and infrastructure needed to be in place to maximise the economic benefits, he said.

“It’s not Canberra’s decision as to whether or not Australia is going to have electrification,” he said.

“It’s coming no matter what.

“Are we ready to take it on?”

Car makers offshore including Jaguar Land Rover wanted to see a stable, over-arching regulatory framework which delivered certainty and stability and would lead to increased investment in electric vehicle-related sectors and the provision of infrastructure such as charging stations.

“It requires long-term investment. The last thing they want to hear is doubt and inconsistency as to where a country like Australia is going in this space”.

Mr Weisner said if the right investment climate was created by regulators and policy-makers then private operators and infrastructure firms would move into the sector to provide the charging network infrastructure to support a much bigger roll-out.

“I suppose it’s the poles and wires of charging infrastructure,” he said, referring to the electricity companies and distributors whose role it was to investment in and maintain the electricity distribution systems operating in Australia.

He said it wasn’t the role of car manufacturers to provide charging station infrastructure around Australia. Car companies didn’t operate petrol stations for traditional combustion engine vehicles, he said. He acknowledged that prestige buyers were at the forefront of electric car buying so far, with Tesla, led by Elon Musk, at the forefront of the electric car push on a global scale.

“People in that market obviously have the means,” he said.

Jaguar Land Rover is preparing to put its first electric vehicle on the market in Australia in September, with its British parent having pledged that by 2020 every Jaguar and Land Rover model will have an electric version available to buyers.

Mr Wiesner said the pricing in Australia for the Jaguar I-PACE, an electric SUV, was still being determined as the company assessed a range of factors including whether to package up home-charging costs as part of the selling offer. “We’re still working on several aspects,” Mr Weisner said. He said it be be somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000.

Federal Minister of Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg outlined early in 2018 his views on the electric car industry and cited Norway as a pioneer, but there was angst among some backbenchers.

Mr Wiesner said higher penetration rates of electric cars would likely only occur when mass-maker car makers expanded their ranges.


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February 13, 2018

A 50th anniversary version of the Jaguar XJ will appear this year, ahead of the new model arriving next year. Design director Ian Callum said the special edition would have “detail work”, adding that the XJ is close to his heart. “1968 was when I decided this is the company I want to work for,” he said. “I will make sure the XJ holds true to its values as we work on the next one.”

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February 12, 2018

In July 2016 we drove an XF-R, powered by a petrol fuelled engine, all the way to outback Priscilla Queen of the Desert country in Broken Hill, via Brisbane and Albury on a 5027 kilometre marathon.

We encountered (by accident) brutal dirt roads, rudely officially titled ‘Highway’, on the journey from Griffith to Broken Hill – but the car performed brilliantly – thankfully because we were out of phone contact!

Now Jaguar Australia has loaned us a new sister model – XF-R – but a diesel version.

It will be fascinating to compare the diesel engined model with the petrol one – but already it is bringing back many fond memories.

It will all be in edition #192.

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February 8, 2018

If you are looking for something special to start, or add, to your Jaguar collection – consider this former US XJ-S, sold new in 1989 and a one owner vehicle until it was brought to the UK where it is now on its second owner (in total).

This machine is a star in our new edition(4 page story), and is totally as new – except for the fact that after just 1100 miles the owner replaced the V12 with a Corvette V8 engine!  It now has been driven for a total of less than 2700 miles!

Replacing it with an original 5.3 litre V12 is not a big problem, but finding a mint machine like this one is very very unusual.

Now the owner, Daryl Lovelock, is offering the car in the Barons Auction coming up on February 27.

You will probably never find an original XJ-S like this one (save for the engine, of course) and it looks like the seats have never even been sat in and the carpets don’t have a mark on them.

The sale will be conducted at Sandown race course at Esher in the UK and the car is expecting to sell for between 33,000 and 40,000 Pounds.

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February 8, 2018


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February 7, 2018

We have just uploaded our newest digital edition (#191) on Magzter and it should be available at any time.

Major stories include:

The world’s most original Long Nose D-Type – and it was second at Le Mans!

Owning a V12 XJ-C

Driving Jaguar’s first 4 cylinder sports car – the F-Type

Exploring the incredible but untold life of Alfred Momo – the engineer behind Briggs Cunningham – and New York Jaguar dealer

John Crawford – Jaguar’s US PR Vice President – the man who saved Jaguar

Driving a ‘MkIV’ to Royal Windsor and meeting Prince Edward

… and much more

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February 6, 2018

Jaguar Classic is re-starting production of the iconic D-type race car in Coventry, 62 years after the last example was built in 1956. The first Jaguar D-type to be assembled by Jaguar Classic, an engineering prototype, will make its world debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris this week.

Just 25 new examples of the D-type will be meticulously hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire. In 1955 Jaguar planned to build 100 D-types. With only 75 completed, Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by creating 25 all-new, period-correct sports cars.

The D-type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957, was powered by the six-cylinder XK engine. Every aspect of the D-types built for clients from 2018 will be created to authentic, original specification.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “The Jaguar D-type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today.

“The opportunity to continue the D-type’s success story, by completing its planned production run in Coventry, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our world-class experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.”

The D-type is the third continuation vehicle from Jaguar Classic, complementing the six missing Lightweight E-types completed in 2014-15 and nine XKSSs built in 2017-18.


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E-Type Zero named ‘Best Use of Electricity Since the Lightbulb’ …

February 5, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover has won two trophies at the GQ Car of the Year Awards. The luxurious and capable new Range Rover Velar won the ‘Climb Every Mountain in Luxury Award’, while Jaguar’s zero-emissions E-Type Zero was named as ‘Best Use of Electricity Since the Lightbulb.’

In March 2017, the Range Rover Velar became the first car to ever be launched and displayed at the London Design Museum. Created with balanced proportions and elegant lines, the Velar brings unprecedented glamour and modernity to the Range Rover family, but without losing the famous go-anywhere ability of every Land Rover.

GQ magazine said of the Range Rover Velar: That it can cruise effortlessly through any urban landscape is a given, but when called upon, it can also conquer where mountain goats fear to tread. We love the new Velar.”

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said:“Our continued evolution is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life. The Range Rover Velar brings a new dimension of modernity to the Range Rover family with an abundance of innovative technologies, all making this vehicle a joy to drive and be driven in. We’re honoured that the arbiters of style at GQ have recognised the tireless endeavours of our designers and engineers who have delivered a vehicle with compelling design, tailored technology and relevant innovation which come together to create a vehicle of instant desirability.”

The Jaguar E-Type Zero is a modern reinvention of Jaguar’s most iconic vehicle, fitted with a new zero emissions, all-electric powertrain. Built by Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the E-type Zero boasts an advanced lithium-ion battery pack with the same weight and dimensions as the original car’s XK six-cylinder engine. Weighing in at around 46kg less than a traditional E-type, the Zero can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds.

Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: E-Type Zero demonstrates Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s commitment to future-proofing classic car ownership. It combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation. We’re delighted that E-type Zero has the approval of the knowledgeable team at British GQ.”

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February 3, 2018

Jaguar Magazine flew the 24 hour haul to England in 2000 (at our expense) for Jaguar’s F1 launch at Lord Cricket Ground in  London, and next day we went to Silverstone for a shakedown of its new F1 cars.

Unfortunately, the weather was freezing and ice on the track prevented running.

However, we hung in for many hours hoping, and one of the images our editor took that day was of Jackie Stewart’s new Daimler sandwiched between the Jaguar F1 transporters – remembering Ford (Jaguar’s owner then) bought the Stewart F1 team months before.

Now the same Daimler is for sale, and the seller states:  “4.0 Super V8 SUPERCHARGED LWB 4dr Saloon. Presented in Mason’s Black Metallic with contrasting Cream/Beige Leather Interior. This car benefits from every available option due to the fact it was given to Jackie Stewart back in 2001.  It has the Crystal Decanter and two glasses. Heated Electric Memory (Front) and Rear Seats, Electric Sunroof, Climate Control, Satellite Navigation, 4x Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Steering Column Adjustment, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Alloy Wheels, Rear Parking Sensors, Tables in rear, Built in Jaguar/Motorola Mobile Phone x2, Cruise Control, 6 CD Changer, Remote Central Locking and more.”

They certainly got the date of first ownership wrong (we took this shot in very early January, 2000), but it is a very special car.

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