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JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER TO INTRODUCE NEW MODEL NAMES

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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JAGUAR LAND ROVER PLANNING TO BUY MORE PRESTIGE MARQUES TO ADD TO THE FAMILY

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.

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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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F-TYPE SPORTS REPLACEMENT WILL BE ELECTRIC ENGINED

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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ECURIE ECOSSE AND WORKS DRIVER IAN STEWART’S SON DAVID GETS OUR TRIBUTE

September 25, 2017

It was never planned by us, but Letitia Mace, founder of Xclusively Jaguar, is a near neighbour in the Scottish borders of David Stewart, son of former Ecurie Ecosse and works racing driver Ian.

Ian died recently, so we paid tribute to him in our current edition – and this week Letitia presented David with a copy of the magazine highlighting his under-rated father who owned an XK120 and C-Type new to help form Ecurie Ecosse.

We will tell you all about it and David’s comments in edition #189. but we are delighted Letitia made it happen.

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NEXT EDITION

September 15, 2017

EDITION 188 AVAILABLE NOW

Jaguar Land Rover Classic is presenting an electric-powered Jaguar E-type at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, which opens to the public on 8 September in London. The car, known as E-type Zero, has been restored and converted at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, not far from where the E-type was born.

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TESTING THE NEWEST XJ-R AND 25 YEARS OF 'R'

April 19, 2017

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Meet the bold and in your face newest XJ-R.  We picked it up with less than 300 kilometres on the clock, and will bring you our extensive report in the coming edition after putting it through its paces.  It is exciting though I can already promise.

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More than that though, we fittingly also commemorate 25 years of Jaguar’s R models, and stack the new supercharged V8 X351 alongside the first ever supercharged Jaguar, the X300 six cylinder classic for a comparison.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER'S FIRST INGENIUM PETROL ENGINE

April 18, 2017

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Jaguar Land Rover’s £1bn Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) celebrated production of its first Ingenium petrol engine, which will debut in vehicles later in the summer. The inaugural petrol engines mark the completion of the first phase of the EMC; a fully flexible, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that now serves Jaguar Land Rover’s three UK vehicle plants.

Hailed as the most significant new automotive manufacturing facility in the UK in the last decade. Production of the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine, adds to its line-up, which also includes the ultra-low emission 2.0-litre 150PS, 163PS and 240PS four-cylinder diesel engines.

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HERE IS THE NEW XF SPORTBRAKE

April 18, 2017

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Jaguar has made no secret that it was coming, and this is barely a disguise but here is proof of the newest XF Sportbrake.

The second half the year is looking like a big one for Jaguar with lots of new models and update including this one and the E-Pace – a smaller F-Pace.

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GET READY FOR A RAFT OF NEW JAGUARS – Automobile

April 17, 2017

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The all-electric I-Pace SUV due for 2018 is pitched as a turnaround car.

It delivers 400 horsepower and battery life is 186,000 miles.  The I-Pace will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. Jaguar could launch a roomier, three-row version featuring a larger energy pack.

The E-Pace will make its debut in September at the Frankfurt show.

The next-generation XJ sedan, due in 2019, was planned to be an all-electric vehicle but there’s been a change of heart. “We thought long and hard about this,” admits an insider, “but the world may not yet be ready for a second EV from Jaguar.”

Under consideration now is a matrix architecture that packages internal combustion, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric powertrains. Design chief Ian Callum’s team initially pitched a sporty coupelike concept, but top management favors an elegant, long-wheelbase, three-box sedan aimed at China and the U.S. For the plug-in hybrid model, a 335-hp version of the new 2.0-litre Ingenium four-cylinder gasoline engine, supported by a 134-hp electric motor, is likely.

The next-generation F-Type, due for 2020, is the last of the new Jaguar cars on the immediate horizon. The coupe/roadster twins will grow in size to deliver more cabin space and will introduce new infotainment and connectivity features.

 

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F-PACE ALSO DELARED 'MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR IN THE WORLD'!

April 12, 2017

DOUBLE WIN FOR JAGUAR F-PACE

2017 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR

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2017 WORLD CAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR

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The Road to World Car journey ended with the declaration of a double win for Jaguar Land Rover Limited. The JAGUAR F-PACE won the 2017 World Car Design of the Year award as well as the overall 2017 World Car of the Year.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO Jaguar Land Rover said: “The F-PACE was designed and engineered as a performance SUV with exceptional dynamics, everyday usability and bold design. Winning these two awards endorses the talent and great work of our teams that have delivered the world’s most practical sports car and Jaguar’s fastest selling vehicle.”

The JAGUAR F-PACE was chosen from an initial entry list of 23 vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then three finalists as announced in Geneva last month: the Audi Q5, the Jaguar F-PACE and the Volkswagen Tiguan