January 28, 2017
The rising popularity of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) models led to an impressive 15.8% increase in the UK’s car exports to India in 2016, according to the latest UK automotive industry figures. India is now the eighth largest Asian market for UK car exports with JLR’s Land Rover Discovery Sport, Ranger Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XE and Jaguar F-Pace among the top five most popular models.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) said the Indian demand formed part of a wider 17-year high for British car manufacturing last year. “India is now the eighth biggest Asian market for UK car exports, with demand rising at a rapid rate as an increasing number of affluent buyers take advantage of a range of all new premium and luxury British-built cars. UK car exports to the country grew 15.8% to 3,372 in 2016,” SMMT said in a statement. It also found that Indian-built car models accounted for 31,535 new car registrations in the UK, an uplift of more than 12.6% on 2015.
“India and the UK have a great history of collaboration in the automotive sector and it is essential we secure mutually beneficial trade relationships in the future. India is a growing market, for the moment largely for luxury vehicles. But we face high import tariffs which makes it more difficult to sell into India,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. “It remains to be seen the kind of trade deal the UK may look to agree with India post-Brexit. But meanwhile, it is very much about producing the right product for the market, which is in the premium category,” he noted.


January 28, 2017

In episode 12 of the Grand Tour we see Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May drive the Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover Autobiography and the Jaguar F-Pace. But which of these cars is the best?
The trio are known to petulantly bicker about who has picked the best car for one of their epic roadtrips but we have decided to look at on paper which car is the best.
It would seem like an unfair comparison pitting the luxury Bentley and Range Rover against the F-Pace, but actually the Jaguar is the one that stands out for us here.
Range Rover haven’t really done enough to the exterior on the Autobiography to get us excited about it. The Bentyaga is also a troubling car for us, like the bling is covering something up.
Jaguar has nailed the styling of the F-Pace. It is bold and sporty, proving that you don’t have to chose between style and practicality.
Winner: Jaguar F-Pace


January 28, 2017
Felipe Massa is set to undergo a test with the Jaguar Formula E squad.
The Brazilian previously indicated wishes to experience the electric single seater series shortly after announcing his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of last season.
In an unexpected twist Massa has since been lured back to F1 by signing a one-year deal to replace Valtteri Bottas at Williams following his move to Mercedes.
Still keen to evaluate his options for a future career outside of F1, the Panasonic Jaguar team has now confirmed it has received a request from Massa to test one of its cars.
The British marque entered the category this year with Kiwi Mitch Evans and Northern Irishman Adam Carroll.
“Panasonic Jaguar Racing received a request from Formula E to give Felipe Massa the chance to experience a Formula E car,” read a statement from the team.
“We are happy to provide this opportunity.”
British publication Autosport has reported the test will take place this week at an unknown location.


January 27, 2017
Just for a bit of fun while we finish the coming edition and things are quiet on the other Jaguar scenes – it’s one from our archives.
Who knows what this is and the story behind it?
The clues are in there if you look closely, but the truth is extraordinary. The car is pretty special too, but what happened really surprised me.
Who can get this mind-bender started?


January 26, 2017
There are a couple little bugs to sort in the morning (it is late at night here) but our site is finally up and working.
Subscriptions can be obtained there – at last!
Thanks to my computer buddy Mike Shaw for weaving his magic and being so persistent – not to mention patient.
If you need a computer sorted or musical equipment too – ask me for his details!
It takes a team effort.


January 7, 2017
Jaguar Land Rover said on Friday it was buying a minority stake in connected car technology firm CloudCar, as automakers seek out new partnerships and investments to build high-tech models.
Car manufacturers are developing connected cars, which use the internet to improve customers’ driving experiences and allow vehicles to communicate with each other, in a race with tech giants such as Google.
In October, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), parent company Tata MotorsBSE -0.83 % and U.S. carmaker Ford tested connected cars using technology designed to speed up journeys and cut accidents, the first such trials in Britain.
CloudCar, which has developed technology including to improve voice activation, has been a supplier to JLR for several years, with plans to use the next generation of its technology in Jaguar’s first fully electric model.
On Friday, the carmaker said it would invest $15 million (12 million pounds) and acquire an unspecified stake in the firm.
“This investment is integral to Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicle technology programme,” said Executive Director of Corporate Strategy Hanno Kirner, adding he wanted to work with other carmakers.
“The eventual need to integrate into the car hundreds of driver-focused global cloud services and content means this platform is an excellent example where cooperation … can improve outcomes for customers, as well as reducing costs.”


January 5, 2017

Jaguar Formula E Filming Day Thursday 1st September 2016 Mallory Park, England World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Jaguar _FER3592.jpg

Panasonic Jaguar is in Las Vegas this week to tto take part in Formula E’s virtual Vegas eRace. The event takes place during the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show and is the biggest eSports event of its kind in history, with a $1m prize pot.
Taking place on 07 January, the event sees all 20 Formula E drivers plus 10 professional gamers go head to head in a series of qualifying rounds, in the same style as conventional Formula E events. Following that, the eRace itself will see the Formula E drivers and gamers compete for the million-dollar prize pool.
The gamers have been chosen by a series of Road to Vegas online elimination rounds. The Formula E teams have now ‘adopted’ a gamer each. Whilst not formally attached to the team, the gamers will be wearing team kit and colours. 
The Vegas event will also feature a Formula E development car demo run down the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Formula E has asked DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird to drive the car during the run.
The regular races recommence in 18 February in Buenos Aires.

IT'S THE E-PACE – Car & Driver

January 5, 2017


What It Is: Having trouble keeping pace with the flood of Jaguar crossovers both real and conceptual using the very similar -Pace naming scheme? Allow us to explain: The camouflaged SUV pictured here is the E-Pace, which will join the larger F-Pace (and the all-electric I-Pace) in Jaguar showrooms next year. As unimaginative as Jaguar’s emerging crossover nomenclature might seem, there is logic behind it. The F-Pace is to the mid-size XF sedan as the E-Pace will be to the smaller XE four-door. (This despite the fact that the F-Pace is nearly nine inches shorter than the XF.)

Why It Matters: Jaguar has made huge strides in expanding its U.S. sales in the past two years, but its volumes are still tiny compared with those of luxury giants such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Part of Jaguar’s sales success is attributable to the presence of all-wheel drive throughout its range, which has attracted more buyers in four-season states. The F-Pace crossover has sold like wildfire, proving how critical crossover sales are becoming to any automaker’s bottom line, and the more affordable E-Pace should only continue the momentum.

Platform: You might expect that the architecture that underpins the XE sedan will be reconfigured to support a taller body for E-Pace duty, but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. Look closely at this E-Pace prototype’s dash-to-axle ratio (how far forward the front wheels are), and you will see that the hood is too stubby to hide a longitudinally mounted engine. Instead, the E-Pace likely will ride on a variation of the front-drive-based platform that sits beneath Jaguar Land Rover’s Land Rover Discovery Sport (itself derived from the Range Rover Evoque). This should pay dividends for the E-Pace’s interior packaging, which is a weak point in both the larger F-Pace and the XE sedan.

We don’t expect the chassis layout will deter buyers. Most people shopping for compact luxury crossovers aren’t looking for all-out sportiness as much as they are seeking practicality, style, and an elevated seating position. The E-Pace would appear to have style for days, as it’s clear this prototype’s thin layer of camouflage hides some curvaceous sheetmetal. Slender headlights flank a large, squarish grille opening and sit above aggressive air intakes, while the tail features the same jaunty kickup beneath a raked rear window as the F-Pace. Given the aggressive roofline, don’t count on a third-row seat being offered here.

Powertrain: Like the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, the E-Pace will use a turbocharged inline-four, likely plucked from JLR’s new Ingenium engine family. A ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission will be standard and help extract the most from whatever engine Jaguar chooses; all-wheel drive, naturally, will be included.

Competition: Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30, Lexus NX.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Jaguar will reveal the production E-Pace sometime early in 2017 before putting it on sale by year’s end. If the E-Pace’s competition is any indication, its pricing will begin in the low-to-mid-$30,000 range.


January 4, 2017


Jaguar Land Rover today reported November 2016 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 3,381 units, a 217 percent increase from 1,065 units in November 2015; Land Rover sales reached 5,659 units, the 2nd highest November ever and down 13 percent from record sales of 6,539 units in November 2015; Jaguar Land Rover November U.S. sales for both brands hit 9,040 units, a 19 percent increase from 7,604 units in November 2015; making it the best ever Jaguar Land Rover November sales month.

“We are proud to report a 19 percent unit sales increase for Jaguar Land Rover for the month, and a 23 percent increase year-to-date. Our wide range of competitive product offerings is met with continued customer interest and demand,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, North America, LLC. “We are thrilled that Jaguar continues to track as the fastest growing brand in the U.S. and has achieved a 100 percent increase for the year on the strength of its expanded product line up.”


For the month of November, Jaguar sales were 3,381 units, a 217 percent increase from 1,065 units in November 2015; making it the best Jaguar November sales month since 2003.

The Jaguar XE hit 951 units sold and the F-PACE hit 1,525 units sold, making it the brand’s volume leader for the month.

In the U.S., year to date through November, Jaguar has doubled its volume with sales up 103 percent to 26,949 units sold versus 13,269 in 2015.


January 4, 2017
We now that at least three I-Paces have been ordered by readers on the Queensland Gold Coast, just as Ford announces it will have electric vehicles in 2020 including the Mustang.
JLR has stolen the march on most manufacturers, the new sporty SUV-like car being unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2016.
It’ll go like a Jag
The luxury vehicle company claim that the I-Pace will sprint from 0-62mph in around 4 seconds and the two electric motors together produce 396bhp.
Jaguar have also said that the I-Pace’s electric all-wheel drive will work effectively on all surfaces and in all weather, offering better grip and safety.
Jaguar say that the car will have a range of around 310 miles on one single charge.
The average daily commute is around 30 miles, meaning that motorists would only have to charge the I-Pace once a week.
Charging options for the I-Pace are from of the typical public 50KW DC charging points achieving 80% charge in 90 minutes and a full charge in around two hours.
A 7KW Jaguar home charging point is also an option for customers, but will set you back some more cash.
Jaguar’s new I Pace is a luxury SUV that will likely become the brand’s flagship vehicle after its release. It’s fully electric and can achieve over 300 miles on one single charge and has 400bhp.
Due to the fact there is no bulky combustion engine in the front, there is additional storage space and interior room.
Comparable to mid-sized coupe-like SUVs in its class, it’ll be more spacious inside, increasing its overall practicality.
The placement of the battery pack is under the cabin and the motors are attached to the front and rear-axles, which is why we’ll see increased depth inside.
This placement also helps with aerodynamics as it creates a longer wheelbase with shorter overhangs, giving it a more sporty look.
It’s typical Jaguar inside
The luxury British car brand have kept the interior typically flash, in keeping with the brand whilst adopting some more forward-thinking features.
Inside you’ll get slimline leather seats that are set lower than in a conventional SUV and more akin to a sports car, high-quality neutral-coloured materials (such as aluminium, Alcantara and dark, unvarnished open-pore walnut veneers), and a centre console framed by two metal struts that also eliminate the need for a traditional gear lever and allow the driver to select the correct gear using integrated buttons.
It’s futuristic
A 12-inch touchscreen replaces the traditional instrument panel and another 5.5-inch touchscreen paired with rotary dials for infotainment and climate control.
There’s minimal switchgear, as we currently know it, with just a few buttons to go with the dials and screens.
There’s also a wi-fi hotspot and the now-usual connectivity and ability to use onboard and smartphone apps.
It should still handle well
Engineers at Jaguar have focused on giving the car a low centre of gravity with the I-Pace sitting 120mm lower than the flagship F-Pace.
The battery placement and chassis design also help to distribute weight properly and keep the ride firm.
Jaguar I Pace 2018PH
The I-Pace achieves 0-62mph in around four seconds
Jaguar mean business with the I-Pace
Jaguar expect the I-Pace to become central to the brand and be more significant than the F-Pace, F-Type and XJ.
It’s quite easy to see why too. The SUV/crossover market is the fastest-growing in the UK and customers are likely to be allured by the all-electric car.
Additionally it’s sporty, good-looking and economical that doesn’t seem to compromise much.