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PRINCE CHARLES SHOWS OFF GREEN I-PACE TO INDIAN PM …

April 19, 2018

It is no secret that the Prince of Wales has a love for cars as well as a passion for saving the environment.

And today the green king-in-waiting combined the two when he stepped into his brand new zero-emissions electric motor.

Eco campaigner Charles is the first dignitary to be seen in the Jaguar I-Pace — and he used it to transport himself for an engagement with Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, at the Science Museum.

As part of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting events, Charles and Mr Modi, leader of the most populous Commonwealth nation, visited the Illuminating India exhibition, and met members of the British Indian communities.

Charles’s new car was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last month, and deliveries will start in August in the UK. It is the first zero-emissions electric SUV from a major premium car brand, and incorporates state-of-the-art design and technology.

 The Prince has been a global pioneer for sustainable green living initiatives for many years, prompting JLR to offer him this early opportunity to try the first electric Jaguar.

He expressed considerable interest in the transition to electric vehicles, the development of vehicle battery technology and battery life cycles.

Car lover Charles famously converted the classic Aston Martin 1969 DB6 that the Queen gave him for his 21st birthday to run on 100 per cent bioethanol fuel distilled from surplus English wine.

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NEWEST JAGUAR MAGAZINE EDITION IS HERE – BY SUBSCRIPTION OR DIGITAL AT MAGZTER.COM …

April 16, 2018

In our 35th year things are more exciting than they have ever been and that is reflected in our brand new edition.

 

What about Jaguar Classic building up an outstanding and ‘modernised’ METALLIC PURPLE XJ6 Series 3 for Nicko McBrain, the heavy metal Iron Maiden drummer?  We have the full story covering Nicko and his Jaguar passion.

We drive the new E-Pace (and love it) – but publish a full report with an interview with Jaguar boss in Australian Matthew Wiesner.

We also present the full story on a very special V12 E-Type – which is a promise to the writer’s now late Dad.

Learning to drive a Jaguar at full tilt – on the snow in Sweden at Jaguar’s official site!  Brisbane devotee Peter Lehrke is way out of his depth – at first.

Carl Lindner – a full hearted tribute to the quite but determined late-Barossa King of wine, hospitality – and Jaguar.

… and loads and loads more of Jaguar reading – subscribe to become a member of our family and get your Jaguar Magazine in your post box without any more effort than going to www.jaguarmagazine.com

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I-PACE WILL BE STRONG WITH BUSINESS BUYERS

April 13, 2018

The Jaguar I-Pace – Jaguar’s new electric SUV – looks set to get half its sales from business buyers looking for a cheap to run premium SUV says Jaguar’s Fleet boss.

It’s only just over a month since the Jaguar I-Pace was revealed as Jaguar’s first electric car, and the first real challenge from a Premium car maker to Tesla’s dominance of the high price electric car market, offering innovative styling, impressive performance and a range of 300 miles from a single charge.

The I-Pace was arguably the star of the Geneva Motor Show, and the degree to which it rattled the competition was clearly evidenced by Audi’s unusual tactic of running their yet to arrive e-tron round Geneva, and Mercedes acting much the same with their also yet to arrive EQ C electric SUV ‘coincidentally’ revealed in ‘official’ spy shots.

So it’s clear that the I-Pace is already shaking things up in the premium market, and it looks like its arrival will see a big change in who buys a Jaguar too.

Jaguar Fleet sales and B2B sales have been increasing quite dramatically in recent years with the arrival of the XE and F-Pace, but, according to Simon Dransfield, Jaguar’s European Fleet boss, in conversation with Fleet Europe, the new I-Pace will be a big B2B hit.

Dransfield reckons that half of all I-Pace sold will go to business users (that number is probably helped by the deal with Waymo for autonomous I-Paces) thanks to the big cost benefits.

This includes low SMR (service, maintenance and repair) costs, but the fact that the I-Pace will attract a BIK rate of just 13 per cent in the UK(by comparison, an entry-level F-Pace will be charged at 30 per cent) is a big incentive for business buyers.

Although over half of all Jaguar sales are in the UK, Dransfield reckons that Norway (Europe’s biggest EV market), The Netherlands and France will be big markets too.

The question is, will Jaguar be able to build enough I-Paces quickly enough to satisfy impatient business buyers?

 

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THE WAY WE WERE – WHILE MAKING INTERNATIONAL HISTORY. What we find and bring to you.

April 4, 2018

With current news a little light on, I thought we should turn to our exclusive archives and look back to the famous post-War years when Jaguar was established and the incredibly beautiful XK120 blew the socks off the automotive world internationally.

You need to imagine the world mostly was unaware of ‘Jaguar’, but there was this tiny English upstart manufacturer, even sharing an industrial estate in the suburb of Foleshill in war-torn Coventry.  The estate was owned by Dunlop who leased bits if its territory, having moved almost all of its mighty operations to another suburb named Castle Bromwich on the edge of nearby Birmingham.

As life does, Jaguar’s main plant is now in Castle Bromwich adjoining the former Dunlop base!

Jaguar raced the only three XK120s it had at Silverstone in 1949 in what was a production car race.  Again it made headlines because sceptics hadn’t believed the car could perform as well as it looked.

The cars raced included the repainted HKV 455, the same prototype, chassis #1 XK120, the car it exhibited at the 1948 London Motor Show and which was slightly different too then at the front and rear.

William Lyons can be seen here with the trophy from that historic Silverstone win, and his chassis #1 (which didn’t win), standing with who appears to be one of his main engineers, Phil Weaver, outside Lyons’ then tiny main office.

The prototype was often repainted and used for a myriad of publicity events.

Here two models pose withe the first XK120 built, and in London, but nobody realised how few XK120s Jaguar had been made then!

Way off in what the British referred to often then as the ‘colonies’, Perth Australia, Jaguar (and Willys) distributor MS Brooking operated out of this former shop in Perth.

Good news though.  As Jaguar sales succeeded in Perth so the business grew.  In fact, Brookings were so important to Lyons’ dreams that they got XK120 RHD chassis #4 – that car remains in Perth owned for decades by dedicated Jaguar lover Neville Martin.  His car was sold new to Spiro ‘Spike’ Michaledis who hill climbed it, and unknown to him, he became the first person in the world to drive an XK120 in any form of competition!

Those are the fascinating stories we publish in Jaguar Magazine – and we include Jaguar across the entire planet!

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NEXT EDITION #192 – A TEASER …

April 3, 2018

I love finding significant images which haven’t been seen before, and here is one of those which will appear in our next edition which is ready to go to press.

It’s owner then, Colin Hyams who owned Luna Park in Melbourne, was in touch a few years ago, and still loves his fine cars.  Few were finer than this outstanding XK-SS which has quite a tale to tell.  I did see it in the UK many years ago after it returned, and like here, it remained, and remains, in original concours condition.

Only 16 XK-SS were officially made, and two more were converted by Jaguar following the fire which destroyed the area where D-Types were turned into XK-SSs.  However, just two more were converted by Jaguar Cars post the fire.

You might be intrigued to find out which one this is …  I can tell you both Sir Jackie Stewart and his Scottish counterpart, the late and very great Jim Clark, have sat in it in Melbourne!

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TWO DAYS DRIVING THE E-PACE – A NEXT EDITION HIGHLIGHT

March 28, 2018

I have just arrived back in the office following two days when I was one of 14 fortunate journalists able to learn about, and drive, most variations of the exciting new E-Pace.  I covered around around 500 kilometres in a massive variety of conditions, some very demanding.

I believe E-Pace is destined to be the most sought after model in the Jaguar line-up – for very good reason.

Jaguar has quickly moved from being a regular four-door saloon manufacturer with a sports car range, into being a manufacturer which thrives on the most popular type of car in the world – the SUV.

You will get the full story in our coming magazine because we have held edition #192 back to include E-Pace.

Let me tell quickly though that the model is, in my opinion, a very clever mixture of F-Type and XE – meaning it handles like a sports car, performs like a sports car – that its even better when you engage different settings – and is fabulously balanced like an XE saloon.

It is luxurious, about the right size for most people, looks very handsome and extremely well priced!

There.  I have probably given too much away here, but the main story off the two days, and driving impressions will fill all of pages we have set aside for this feature.

Oh, yes, the photos show it off to advantage too!

You are going to see many of E-Paces on the road in a short time.

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ALL NEW – SVO PUTS ITS MAGIC TOUCH INTO A V8 SUPERCHARGED F-PACE …

March 28, 2018

The Jaguar F-PACE, 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, gets the SVR treatment to make it the fastest and most powerful F-PACE yet, with an enhanced chassis and aerodynamics for maximum driver reward in all conditions.

Engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), with a 44% uplift in power, the F-PACE SVR’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine produces 550PS and 680Nm, enabling it to reach 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds) with a top speed of 176mph (283km/h).

“The F-PACE SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance. Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR names.”
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Land Rover

Aerodynamic enhancements include larger air intakes at the front and side fender vents that lower pressure in the wheelarches, reduce lift and provide additional cooling while also optimising high-speed stability. In addition, unique wheel arch extensions and lower body mouldings provide a low-slung muscularity that sets the SVR apart.

An exclusive SVR bonnet features vents to help extract hot air from the engine bay and provide visual evidence of the SVR’s dynamic intent.

At the rear, a unique spoiler is joined by a new bumper housing the quad tailpipes of the Active Exhaust system. The bumper incorporates side strakes that aid aerodynamic performance by smoothing airflow away from the rear of the vehicle.

 

Inside, the F-PACE SVR features slimline performance front seats that provide enhanced lateral support and have signature lozenge quilting and embossed SVR logo. In addition, unique rear seats echo the heavily sculpted designs up front and the SUV’s sports car character is underlined by the Sport Shift Selector. Finally, the SVR branded steering wheel features tactile aluminium paddle shifters.

 

Customers can register their interest at www.jaguar.co.uk and select ‘Keep me informed’ to find out more information or click the ‘I Want One’ button to be contacted by their nearest retailer.

The full details and images are in our coming edition which is set to be printed.

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WAYMO TO BUY UP TO 20,000 I-PACES

March 28, 2018
John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo, stands with the Jaguar I-Pace 

Self-driving car spinoff Waymo will buy up to 20,000 electric vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover to help realize its vision for a robotic ride-hailing service.

The commitment announced Tuesday marks another step in Waymo’s evolution from a secret project started in Google nine years ago to a spin-off that’s gearing up for an audacious attempt to reshape the transportation business.

The Jaguar deal will expand upon a fleet of self-driving cars that Waymo has been gradually building in partnership with Fiat Chrysler since 2015. Waymo initially equipped about 600 Pacifica minivans with its self-driving technology before negotiating to buy “thousands” more of the vehicles.

The minivans will be part of a ride-hailing service that Waymo plans to launch in Phoenix later this year. If all goes well, Waymo expects to expand the service to other states.

Jaguar will deliver its vehicles for Waymo’s ride-hailing from 2020 to 2022. The 20,000 “I-Pace” models will provide up to 1 million rides per day, according to Waymo.

Financial terms of Jaguar’s deal with Waymo weren’t disclosed. Jaguar lists the starting price for its I-Pace model at about $70,000, a figure that translates into $1.4 billion for 20,000 vehicles.

The alliance with Jaguar will give Waymo a way to appeal to passengers who want to ride in a more luxurious car or want to avoid the pollution caused by vehicles fueled by gasoline.

Waymo’s planned ride-hailing service poses a potential threat to Uber and Lyft, the early leaders in that still-developing field. Both Uber and Lyft are trying to ward off Waymo by developing their own self-driving cars, even though they got a late start in autonomous technology.

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JAGUAR AND LAND ROVERS TO USE BLACKBERRY SOFTWARE

March 23, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover will use BlackBerry Ltd’s infotainment and security software in its vehicles, the companies have said.

Under the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, BlackBerry will license its QNX software for cars and Certicom security technology to JLR.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company has sought to reinvent itself after the collapse of its smartphone business, focusing on a rapidly changing auto industry that is racing to add more autonomous features and ultimately build self-driving cars.

BlackBerry’s shares have risen more-than 80 percent in Toronto in the past year.

The QNX unit, which has long been used to run car infotainment consoles, is expected to start generating revenue in 2019.

“Connected and autonomous vehicles will react and drive based on rich data. Our platforms help process data efficiently and keep it secure and trusted,” said John Wall, general manager of BlackBerry QNX.

 JLR said last year that all its new cars would be available in electric or hybrid versions from 2020.

Britain’s biggest carmaker said in January it would open a software engineering center in Ireland to work on advanced automated driving and electrification technologies.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TESTING AUTONYMOUS CARS AT MILTON KEYNES

March 22, 2018

Land Rover (JLR) is showcasing self-driving valet technology on Britain’s streets which allows a car to find a space and park itself.

A Range Rover Sport will also travel on open public roads at up to 30 miles per hour, as carmakers compete with each other and burgeoning technology companies like Google to deliver the latest advancements to drivers.
“Reducing the everyday stresses of driving – like squeezing into a tight parking place – means that we can all focus on the more enjoyable aspects of our cars,” said Joerg Schlinkheider, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer, Automated Driving.

JLR will also showcase technology which alerts drivers when an emergency vehicle is approaching and notifies motorists when another connected car brakes, helping to potentially avoid accidents.

The tests will take place in the central English city Milton Keynes.

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