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NEW DESIGN AND ENGINEER HQ ANNOUNCED FOR JAGUAR LAND ROVER …

March 10, 2017

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Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc, the UK’s largest car manufacturer, today announced it is beginning construction work on a £200 million redevelopment of its design and engineering centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

The expansion represents the first major construction project at one of the company’s non-manufacturing sites in over a decade. The development is intended to become one of the world’s foremost automotive product, engineering and design sites – fitting for a company with ambitious plans for continued global growth.

Chris Elliott, Property Programmes Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The new design and engineering centre is a testament both to Jaguar Land Rover’s British heritage of innovation and its compelling vision for future vehicle technology. The new space will centralise our design, product engineering and purchasing functions in an original and modern environment, as well as creating additional capacity for the future.”

Jaguar Land Rover worked with leading architectural practice Bennetts Associates to design the scheme and has engaged Laing O’Rourke as its construction partner. Laing O’Rourke will develop the site to create a unique landscaped campus comprising new offices and Jaguar and Land Rover design centres.

In recent years Jaguar Land Rover has invested heavily in its UK vehicle manufacturing facilities at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull to support the introduction of all-new vehicles such as the Jaguar XE, XF and F-PACE, Range Rover Evoque Convertible and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It has also made significant progress in building its international manufacturing presence over the last year, with a new manufacturing facility under construction in Slovakia and the opening of its plant in Brazil.

Over the past five years Jaguar Land Rover has employed more than 20,000 people, taking its workforce to more than 40,000. The company has invested more than £11 billion in new product creation and capital expenditure.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER SOURCES ITS TOTAL ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES

March 9, 2017

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Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc, the UK’s largest car manufacturer, has sealed an agreement with EDF Energy to buy all its electricity from renewable sources up to March 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover’s electricity supply is backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO), meaning a proportion of EDF Energy’s renewable energy is ring-fenced specifically for the company. The REGO scheme certifies the proportion of supply that comes from renewable generation – 100 per cent in Jaguar Land Rover’s case.

Ian Harnett, Executive Director of Human Resources and Global Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover, said:

“Our future is low-carbon, clean and efficient. Our programme to reduce our burden on the National Grid doesn’t end here: we seek continual improvements, both in how we can reduce energy consumption further and how to minimise our carbon emissions.

“Our aim is to give our customers an assurance that the company’s electricity will come from renewable sources: those being in addition to the solar array at our Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe.”

Béatrice Bigois, Managing Director of Customers, EDF Energy, said:

“EDF Energy is pleased to announce that we will continue to supply Jaguar Land Rover with 100 per cent renewable electricity for the next three years.

“Jaguar Land Rover is a valued partner of EDF Energy – we share a strong focus on sustainability and are very proud to support Britain’s biggest car maker in achieving their low-carbon ambitions.”

Jaguar Land Rover’s renewables purchasing programme operates within a wider context of sustainability. The business’s latest annual Sustainability report, published today, shows the business achieved:

  • 32% reduction in European fleet average tailpipe CO2 emissions (2015 compared to 2007)
  • More than 38% reduction in energy per vehicle produced, compared to 2007 (UK manufacturing)
  • Building on our research and development in electric, hybrid and conventional powertrains, we invested over £3billion in technology, design, engineering and manufacturing
  • In one year alone (to April 2016) we reclaimed more than 50,000 tonnes of press shop aluminium waste – enough to make around 200,000 Jaguar XE bodyshells. Giving all that aluminium another life has also prevented more than half a million tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
  • New buildings designed to achieve the highest standards such as the Building Research Establishment’s BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard. BREEAM encourages designers and others to think about low carbon and act accordingly, minimising the energy demands created by a building  even before considering energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies.

VERY EARLY SURVIVING XJ-S CARS

March 9, 2017
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John Bleasdale in the UK has been asking about very early surviving XJ-Ss, and mentioned on his brilliant Facebook page some very interesting examples.
 
They were RHD chassis #1, 2 and 31 and he asked for photos of #2.
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So for John, here is another angle of #1 (the Lavender car), two which is the ex-John McCormack 1979 racer, owned and raced ever since by Mark Trenoweth in Brisbane – and also #12 which was the main Jaguar press and media car. It featured on the cover of Autocar in the world’s first press report on the XJ-S.
 
In 1987 Mark won Jaguar Car’s International Driver of the Year for his success in this car. It is seen here in two of its liveries – Unipart was the original. Mark has restored it perfect in Unipart colours and brings it out regularly. John McCormack is a good friend of his and assists with preparation and drives the car often too.
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Also in Australia is #27, while #31 (manual) was pristine too the last time I saw it – and even had the original Dymotape instructions still on the body showing how to lock the bonnet!
 
Chassis #1 and #2 were brought to Australia by the same fellow, and McCormack got #2 to build his GT racer with genuine Jaguar V12 power.
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For that he had to get FIA Homologation papers, which he did – and because the XJ-S now had them then, Tom Walkinshaw was able to qualify the XJ-S to race in Group A – even though the manual option had long gone out of production!
 
The rest is history.
 
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JAGUAR LAND ROVER PRESENTS ITS FEMALE ENGINEERS

March 8, 2017

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Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images have announced a partnership on International Women’s Day to highlight the need for a more realistic visual representation of female engineers.

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More people than ever are searching images of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers, yet results are often out-dated and don’t reflect today’s exciting and varied roles. This partnership aims to change that.

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Pictures released today by Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest car manufacturer, and Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, show women in a variety of STEM roles from aerodynamics to cyber and audio engineering. They are intended to encourage more women to apply for these jobs by accurately portraying the modern workplace.

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New data released today by Getty Images shows that web traffic for imagery showing women in engineering careers is significantly increasing.  The number of people searching “women + STEM” imagery has risen by 526 per cent in the past year alone.

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Fiona Pargeter, Jaguar Land Rover Global PR Communications Director, said: “We have always championed women in the car business and are committed to inspiring more girls and women to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing. Our female workforce has grown from nine to 11 per cent over the past four years due to our focused STEM initiatives. But this is still far too low – businesses being proactive about using realistic imagery is one of the many ways that we can attract the bright minds we need into STEM careers.”

The Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images collaboration sees a set of images available today for editorial use, as the partners work towards building a body of imagery, which authentically depicts female engineers at work.

Rebecca Swift, Director Creative Insight at Getty Images, said: “We are a passionate advocate for the realistic representation of women through imagery and are proud to be leading the visual industry in the creation and promotion of powerful, relevant imagery which celebrates diversity and authenticity in every area of life.

“Over the last year we have seen a dramatic spike in interest for imagery showing female engineers at work. Images have the power to make and break gender clichés so the demand for these images is both indicative and important. We have an opportunity to change the visual language around STEM for the better, so we are excited to be partnering with Jaguar Land Rover, who are also committed to expanding the availability of images representing the realities of a modern day engineering career for women.”

Michelle Mortiboys, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “Here at Jaguar Land Rover we need the diversity of skills that women bring to ensure we thrive and maintain our competitive edge for years to come. It is well known that gender diversification in business is not just healthy culturally but also propels progressiveness and innovation. Our partnership with Getty Images is not just about recruiting women into engineering, it’s a small part of the work that needs to be done to upscale female employees in the automotive sector as a whole.”

Jaguar Land Rover has called for other leading manufacturers to follow suit by reassessing and updating their visual portrayal of women in STEM careers, in a bid to increase the number of women applying for STEM jobs.

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F-PACE IN LINE-UP FOR TWO WORLD AWARDS

March 8, 2017

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The Jaguar F-PACE is among the finalists for the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year crowns at the 2017 World Car Awards.

Jaguar’s performance SUV is one of three cars on the shortlist announced at the Geneva Motor Show. The winner will be revealed at the New York International Auto Show on 13 April based on the votes of a 75-strong judging panel.

The World Car Awards’ jury of international automotive journalists will also determine the World Car Design of the Year winner, with Jaguar’s first ever SUV in contention for honours after making the final three.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “By remaining absolutely true to our design principles the F-PACE is immediately recognisable as a Jaguar. For it to be named among the three finalists for the World Car Design of the Year award and to be recognised by such an experienced and talented group of designers gives me great personal satisfaction.”

The initial shortlist for the World Car Design of the Year award was selected by a panel of six design experts including Patrick le Quément, Designer and President of the Strategy Committee, and Sam Livingstone of the Car Design Research consultancy and Royal College of Art.

Since going on sale in April 2016, the F-PACE has become the fastest-selling Jaguar ever.

Kevin Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-PACE, said: “The F-PACE is Jaguar’s first SUV but delivers the agility, responsiveness and refinement for which Jaguars are famous. Its combination of dynamic handling, desirable looks and everyday practicality have helped F-PACE become a huge success around the world.

The World Car Awards jury comprises influential motoring journalists from 24 countries. Mike Rutherford, Juror, Director and Vice-Chairman of the World Car Awards/World Car of the Year said: “Jaguar’s F-PACE is the only product on the planet that can win two prestigious trophies at the 2017 World Car Awards prize-giving ceremony in New York next month.

“By qualifying as a top three finalist in the World Car Design of the Year and overall World Car of the Year (WCOTY) categories, the company’s prestige SUV has a great chance of walking away with two of the six trophies up for grabs at the New York International Auto Show on April 13.”

AS IF THE I-PACE ISN'T ENOUGH TO GET EXCITED ABOUT – AUTOBLOG

March 7, 2017

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The new Jaguar F-Pace is only now hitting dealerships, but the British automaker is already testing a bigger, higher-end example. Allegedly named J-Pace – tying it to the flagship XJ sedan the same way the F-Pace is to the XF (so expect an E-Pace before too long) – Jaguar’s engineers stretched the wheelbase and cobbled together a big CUV from an F-Pace’s body parts.

The biggest giveaway is on the rear door’s cutline. A normal F-Pace’s shut line runs right into the middle of the rear wheel arch. But on this mule, the door closes well forward of the arch. Outside the axles, Jag has stretched the front overhang – it’s far more prominent with a completely different lower intake – and the super-short rear overhang reinforces the idea that we’re seeing a longer platform.

While we know the wheelbase is longer than the normal F-Pace, the platform underpinning this mule could go one of three ways. First, in what would probably be the most cost-effective route, Jaguar could simply stretch the chassis underpinning the F-Pace. Second, Jag could mine the Land Roverparts bin for a fullsize platform, perhaps from the Range Rover. It’s not a crazy idea, and would open the J-Pace to a more potent line of powertrains – hello 5.0-liter, supercharged V8. Finally, the J-Pace could borrow its platform from the XJ sedan.

One reason this mule could be riding on a Land Rover platform is because of its powertrain. According to the vehicle lookup on the British Ministry of Transport’s website – see the final slide in our gallery above – the mule’s number plates belong to a vehicle with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine and an electric motor, a diesel hybrid. The fullsize Range Rover is available in such a configuration outside the US, but it uses a 3.0-liter V6.

Clearly, the J-Pace is still very early in its development process. That means we shouldn’t count on seeing a production-ready vehicle for quite some time. Our spies point to a 2019 debut as a 2020 model. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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HERE IT IS – THE I-PACE AT GENEVA

March 7, 2017

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It is so well worth waiting for.

It seems Jaguar’s engineers and designers have pleased plenty with the all-electric I-Pace, which isn’t all that far from reaching the Jaguar Land Rover showrooms all around the world.

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For the first time the model has been unveiled in Europe, on March 7, at the Geneva Motor Show – a venue where many legendary Jaguars have been first seen on the Continent – including the E-Type in 1961.

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You are going to see plenty of them on the road, and you will read a lot about them too – so enjoy these images of the gorgeous red prototype/concept which is close to what you will be able to buy – we are told.

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I-PACE AND RANGE ROVER VELAR ARRIVE IN EUROPE

March 7, 2017

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Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled three ground breaking new vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show – the Range Rover Velar, Jaguar I-PACE Concept and ‘Project Hero’ a bespoke humanitarian version of the Land Rover Discovery.

The Range Rover Velar and, for the first time in Europe, the Jaguar I-PACE Concept represent major innovations in their segments, sharing a compelling combination of iconic British design and creative engineering.

‘Project Hero’ has been created by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations in partnership with the Austrian Red Cross features innovative drone technology and will be trialled by emergency response teams over the next year.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is a technology company, creating world-class premium cars. Today, we have unveiled two revolutionary new vehicles – the Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar I-PACE Concept. Both are true to our purpose: to create experiences our customers love for life.”

The fourth Range Rover

The launch of the new Range Rover Velar is another new chapter in the Jaguar Land Rover story. True to the company’s tradition of engineering integrity, it establishes the capability, quality and technology trends of tomorrow.

It will be built exclusively in the UK using Jaguar Land Rover’s leading lightweight aluminium intensive architecture and powered by the latest ultra-clean UK-built Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The new Velar is positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.

A cleaner future

Jaguar Land Rover is working towards a cleaner future, with ultra-clean diesels and petrol engines, BEVS, PHEVs, MHEVS all in its strategic plans. By 2020 the company will offer customers the option of electrification on all its new cars.

The Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first electric performance SUV Concept, has been engineered without compromise to deliver a brilliant package, long-distance range, fast charging times and exhilarating performance.

With plans in place to take Jaguar Land Rover’s three vehicle manufacturing plants in the UK close to their operating capacity, the I-PACE will be manufactured at Magna Steyr’s plant in Graz, Austria. With more than 100 years’ experience, Magna Steyr has extensive contract manufacturing expertise working with many car manufacturers globally.

LIVE IMAGES TO FOLLOW WHEN THEY ARRIVE

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BILL PITT D-TYPE CRASH IN 1956 – PRICELESS HISTORIC FOOTAGE

March 7, 2017

During Bill Pitt’s funeral yesterday his family showed remarkable footage of their father’s famed but mostly unseen D-Type crash at Albert Park in November 1956.  The car, co-purchased new by Bill, is XKD526.

As you will see, the car hit hay bales at ‘Jaguar Corner’, ploughed through them and instantly flipped onto its back.  In those days the circuit ran in the opposite direction, and the crash happened close to what is now turn four (near the grandstand of the old South Melbourne Football Ground)

Spectators and marshals all thought Bill was dead under the car which was in just its second race outing.  Bill explains the story best here.

The stunning footage was found by the Nine television network in Australia about 20 years ago, and they interviewed Bill about the crash as a result.

It is remarkable and historic unlike anything else, and the Pitt family kindly agreed to share the dramatic scene – including the interview with their father and grandfather.

We have put this up here not just to show it to Jaguar Magazine followers – but to ensure this classic period document is preserved for posterity.

Thanks to Bill’s children Rob, Peter and Kym plus grand daughter Claire for their generosity.

The car was quickly repaired and continued to be raced very successful by Bill until 1959 when he sold it.  It was replaced by a very rare and special factory-built ‘Mk1’ racer in which he won the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1961 and finished second twice.

I am sure you will agree it is a remarkable film.

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DREAM ORIGINAL XK120 SURFACES FOR SALE

March 7, 2017

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This 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster is an unrestored and complete example with 43,899 miles that spent its entire life with the same family in the California Bay Area. The selling dealer acquired the car from the original owner’s son, and it has been stored in a heated garage since 1978.

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Reported to be original down to its factory paint, panels, trim, straight-six, and transmission, this XK currently starts and runs with one cylinder showing low compression as detailed below. This XK120 is sold with its California black plates, a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, a letter covering the history of this car written by the son of the original owner, and a clean California title.

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This car was purchased in 1954 by M. Hutchins from the recently established British Motor Cars dealership located in Oakland, California. As per the two-page letter written by the original owner’s son, his father purchased this car for his wife but ended up driving it himself most of the time. After the original owner passed in 1972, the car was driven sparingly until it was eventually moved to Danville, California and stored in a garage. The original owner’s son had planned to restore the car in the early 1980s but that never came to fruition.

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The seller states that this XK is original and complete with all of its factory paint, body panels, glass, trim, wheels, and other components. Also included are the original tool kit, spare tire, soft top, side windows, interior cover, and the original key. The detailed photo gallery displays the current condition and all included parts. Black California license plates have been retained.

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The factory knock-off wire wheels are wrapped in whitewall tires that will need to be replaced if the next owner desires to drive the car. The trunk and soft top are highlighted in the photo gallery.

As with the rest of the car, the interior is said to remain original down to the factory upholstery, door panels, and carpeting.

Factory trim appears to be present, including the original gear shift, four-spoke steering wheel, dash-mounted rear view mirror, and instrumentation. The odometer shows 43,889 total miles and are corroborated by the original owner’s son.

Under the hood this Jaguar is said to retain its original twin cam straight-six, which is coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. Mechanicals have been left stock and the car is believed to still retain its original batteries as shown in the photo gallery.

Two weeks ago, the gas tank was cleaned and the motor was given a new fuel pump and spark plugs. The car reportedly fired right up and currently runs. A compression check was performed, showing low readings in one cylinder. All compression numbers are displayed in the photo gallery.

The factory data plate is shown above with the seller stating that the car retains the original engine, transmission, body, and chassis. The factory body stamping is shown in the photo gallery.

Several undercarriage pictures have been provided and can be seen below.

The included Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate was issued in November 2015 as shown above. The original California title will also be provided with the sale. The original owner’s son has written a two-page letter covering the history of the car from new that is attached in the gallery.

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