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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

 

F-PACE WINS WORLD DESIGN OF THE YEAR

April 12, 2017

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The F-Pace was declared the 2017 World Car Design of the Year at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and Autoneum.

This is a second design award for Jaguar. The Jaguar F-Type previously won the World Car Design of the Year award in 2013.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “The F-PACE is our first ever SUV but it is clearly recognisable as a Jaguar and for it to win the 2017 World Car Design of the Year trophy vindicates our decision to bring our unique design principles and dynamic qualities to a new sector of the market.”

The World Car Design of the Year category, and the corresponding award, are meant to highlight new vehicles with innovation and style that push established boundaries.

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IT'S F-TYPE WITH FOUR CYLINDERS – NEW MODEL

April 12, 2017

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Jaguar has revealed a four-cylinder version of the F-type sports car, which joins the existing V6-engined coupé and convertible versions in its line-up.

The newcomer, which will also be offered in closed-roof and soft-top forms, is powered by a 1,997cc turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine developing 296bhp at 5,500rpm, with 295lb ft of torque from 1,500-4,500rpm.

 

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IT'S F-TYPE WITH FOUR CYLINDERS – NEW MODEL

April 12, 2017

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Jaguar has revealed a four-cylinder version of the F-type sports car, which joins the existing V6-engined coupé and convertible versions in its line-up.

The newcomer, which will also be offered in closed-roof and soft-top forms, is powered by a 1,997cc turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine developing 296bhp at 5,500rpm, with 295lb ft of torque from 1,500-4,500rpm.

A SPECIAL JAGUAR REUNION IN BRISBANE

April 12, 2017

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Today a very special Jaguar thing happened.

Derek Sager, who drove the first E-Type in Africa, and whose father was the Rhodesian Jaguar distributor, met Southern Rhodesia-born long time owner of a former Southern Rhodesia E-Type and rode in the car too – all in north Brisbane, Australia!

It was the first time Derek had been in an E-Type since 1962 – and Roy has owned the car for many years.

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Lots of stories were exchanged.  It is all coming up in detail.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER WINS GOVERNMENT FUNDING

April 11, 2017

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Britain’s Business Secretary Greg Clark has awarded over £100m of Government funding to projects, including one by Jaguar Land Rover, that will help develop the next generation of driverless and low-carbon vehicles, as part of the Government’s Plan for Britain.

Jaguar Land Rover, which has its engine manufacturing base at i54 near Coven, Penso Consulting and Westfield Sportscars are leading three projects that will receive £19.2 m worth of grants from the latest round of funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the joint industry-Government programme to put the UK at the forefront of low carbon vehicle technology.

The cutting edge projects cover a wide range of new innovations which will help the UK to become a global leader in low-emissions technology.

Projects include a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, technology companies and universities to develop new lightweight vehicle technology.

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GENUINE EX-RON HODGSON RACING MK2 FOR SALE

April 11, 2017

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The first Mk2 in Australia to take on the might of the factory-built ‘Mk1’s was the red car owned and raced by colourful Sydney car dealer Ron Hodgson.

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Hodgson sold his first works Mk1 to race the Mk2 and twice he finished third in the Australian Touring Car Championship driving it (1960/61).

He won at Warwick Farm and had podium placings at Bathurst and other circuits of the time.

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The car has been missing (but known of) for many years, and was in the midst of being restored by is long time owner, and original mechanic, when he died.

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The family is now offering it for sale with work still needed to finish this truly historic racing Jaguar.  It is totally complete though with original trim and electrics yet to go back.

This one is not to be confused with another car Hodgson built up as a replica shortly before he died.

If you would like to enquire about it, please drop me a note here or at les@www.jaguarmagazine.com

 

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THE 60S JAGUAR YOU HAVE PROBABLY NO HEARD OF – Classic Driver

April 11, 2017
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The first works of any creative force are always fascinating, whether it be a musician’s first song or a painter’s first piece. For Marcello Gandini, this 1966 Jaguar FT was one of his first designs at Bertone, and it’s a rare chance to see the makings of an automotive design visionary…

While the 1960s may be remembered by many as the glory days of car design, we often forget it was also an incredible time to be a car dealer. Manufacturers worked on a personal level with dealerships and importers and, in a practice completely alien in today’s automotive retail landscape, would even build cars on a dealer’s request. The most notable example would have to be the Porsche 356 Speedster, built on the request of a US importer Max Hoffman who believed there was a market for such a vehicle, but there were countless other commissions from dealers worldwide, resulting in some weird and wonderful cars.

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Commercial commission

 

 

This 1966 Jaguar FT is the outcome of such a commissioning by Italian Jaguar importers Tarchini. Choosing Carrozzeria Bertone as coachbuilder, the brief was to drop a gorgeous four-seater coupé body on a Jaguar saloon, retaining Jaguar’s trademark luxury while also injecting some Italian style to the restrained and dignified British barge, which would then be sold as a limited edition. Thanks to the recent departure of a well-known designer, the Tarchinis would see their vision put to paper by a new member of the Bertone team, a 28-year-old by the name of Marcello Gandini…

Two’s company

 

 

After Giorgetto Giugiaro made his move to Carrozzeria Ghia, Gandini began one of his first designs for Bertone, the Tarchini commission.  The chosen underpinnings were that of the new 420 saloon, and a freshly clothed example — christened the FT, in honour of Tarchini Founder Ferruccio Tarchini — was displayed on the Bertone stand at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. From here, however, things did not quite go to plan. Despite aspirations of the FT being a limited edition with a decent production run, just two FTs ended up seeing production, the Geneva show car and this example.

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Curious curves

 

 

Looking at the design in 2017, on the sun-soaked tarmac around Marseille, it’s easy to see the Jaguar design cues in the FT — a bit harder to see the pen strokes of Gandini in the boxy body. For a designer that went on to create such automotive iconography as the Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Miura, the FT may seem somewhat subdued, which was perhaps part of the brief, yet it’s still undeniably quirky, as with most of Gandini’s work. The Mark X-esque grille and quad headlight arrangement up front may help those guessing what on earth is in their rearview mirror, but from the back, it’s even harder to identify this Anglo-Italian oddity.

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Best of both worlds

 

 

The interior is a harmonious mix of English decadence and Italian flair, with plush seating and delicate toggle switches holding court with the wooden dash and steering wheel, which, coupled with the expansive windows, no doubt made this a special place to watch the world go by for the chosen few. With an XK-derived 4.2 six-cylinder engine and manual gearbox with overdrive under the bonnet, the FT’s driving characteristics were even less divisive than it’s looks.

Forgotten FT

 

 

Supplied to Italy in ‘CKD’ form — which was short for ‘Completely Knocked Down’, a common practice where cars were shipped in pieces and assembled upon arrival — this example was fitted with Gandini’s body in 1966, before heading to its wealthy owner in Madrid. The car was then forgotten, a recurring theme for the FT, and discovered in a corner of an old garage by its second owner. Having since been repainted in its original Emerald Green, the interior has been left untouched and goes some way to show the incredible life this car has led.

Whether you take issue with the looks or hold a soft spot for this strange survivor, the Jaguar FT is undeniably a memorable motorcar and serves as a marker for the start of the Gandini story. What’s more, with this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featuring a ‘Jaguar Custom Coachwork’ category, this FT is destined to divide opinion for years to come…

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