As they say, ‘we never sleep’, and today, with our Road Test Editor, and former racer, Tristan Hughes at the wheel, we look our newest test Jaguar to a quiet part of the world in perfect and sunny conditions to impart the vision of the current Jaguar model, for a major feature in our next edition.
We took hundreds of shots, but here is just one to tease.
Remember, this is the same model we drove 5000 kilometres to outback Broken Hill, and back – but this one is a diesel engine, and not petrol as was the car we drove to BH.
It makes an interesting comparison!
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This sprawling site, which is already home to Jaguar Land Rover, is poised to grow even bigger delivering up to 2,700 more jobs and attracting £600m worth of investment.

The latest 100-acre extension to the i54 would cut into on green belt land surrounding the site to the north of Wolverhampton.

Plans for the development of the first 60 acres of land – owned by Wolverhampton council – between Wobaston Road, Pendeford Hall Lane and the current i54 site are expected to go before South Staffordshire District Council in the spring.

If passed the combined Wolverhampton and Staffordshire councils plan will deliver an estimated 1,500 jobs in high value manufacturing and a million sq ft of space.

The other 40 acres, owned by Severn Trent’s Midlands Land Portfolio, is to be part of a separate application at a later date.


Wolverhampton council’s cabinet member for city economy, councillor John Reynolds, said: “Demand is high for more accommodation from potential investors and the western extension will enable us to deliver that for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”

“i54 is one of the UK’s premier advanced manufacturing business parks. Our joint investment at i54 has secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and has brought thousands of jobs to the area with circa 40 per cent of employers living within a 10-mile radius.”

Councillor Philip Atkins, the leader of Staffordshire County Council, added: “i54 South Staffordshire will play a vital part in the Midlands Engine and in the growing productivity of Staffordshire and out neighbours.

“With the i54 built up so quickly it shows there is demand for sites like this in the area. This site will be important locally, regionally and nationally.

“We are looking to deliver high value better paid jobs through this project.”

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The AutoBest award ceremony was held in Salzburg for the first time. The judging panel consisted of 31 journalists from 31 countries. Jaguar Land Rover was awarded as the company of the year by AutoBest, the biggest automotive expert jury in Europe.

 AutoBest’s international panel of experts honoured the two brands’ impressive level of growth and solid financial results despite challenging economic conditions, as well as the introduction of innovative and appealing products. Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, accepted the CompanyBest-Award in the festival theatre with great pleasure.
Currently, Jaguar Land Rover has more than 43,000 employees globally and provides circa 240,000 more jobs within their network of dealers, suppliers and the local economy. Apart from production sides in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover has plants in China, Brazil, India and Slovakia, as well as commissioned production at Magna Steyr in Austria.
In 2017, Jaguar Land Rover sold 621,109 cars in 130 countries. Hereby, over 80% of all produced cars were exported.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified giving customers more choice. Jaguar Land Rover will roll out a portfolio of fully electric, plug-in and mild-hybrid models, in order to provide their customers additional options. The first fully battery-electric powered model, the Jaguar I-PACE, will be on the market in summer 2018.

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The Australian boss of British-based prestige car maker Jaguar Land Rover says the Federal Government needs to provide much better leadership and outline a “clear road map” for a transition to electric vehicles otherwise the country will squander billions of dollars of potential economic benefits.

Matthew Wiesner, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Australia, said it was frustrating watching the uncertainty and there were eerie similarities already to the policy-making angst which had hampered the renewable energy sector in Australia for years.

With no car manufacturing industry left in Australia, the future direction of vehicle development was in the hands of global car makers in Europe, North America and Asia where the electric car industry and take-up rates was more advanced. Those models would come to Australia regardless, and the right regulatory framework and infrastructure needed to be in place to maximise the economic benefits, he said.

“It’s not Canberra’s decision as to whether or not Australia is going to have electrification,” he said.

“It’s coming no matter what.

“Are we ready to take it on?”

Car makers offshore including Jaguar Land Rover wanted to see a stable, over-arching regulatory framework which delivered certainty and stability and would lead to increased investment in electric vehicle-related sectors and the provision of infrastructure such as charging stations.

“It requires long-term investment. The last thing they want to hear is doubt and inconsistency as to where a country like Australia is going in this space”.

Mr Weisner said if the right investment climate was created by regulators and policy-makers then private operators and infrastructure firms would move into the sector to provide the charging network infrastructure to support a much bigger roll-out.

“I suppose it’s the poles and wires of charging infrastructure,” he said, referring to the electricity companies and distributors whose role it was to investment in and maintain the electricity distribution systems operating in Australia.

He said it wasn’t the role of car manufacturers to provide charging station infrastructure around Australia. Car companies didn’t operate petrol stations for traditional combustion engine vehicles, he said. He acknowledged that prestige buyers were at the forefront of electric car buying so far, with Tesla, led by Elon Musk, at the forefront of the electric car push on a global scale.

“People in that market obviously have the means,” he said.

Jaguar Land Rover is preparing to put its first electric vehicle on the market in Australia in September, with its British parent having pledged that by 2020 every Jaguar and Land Rover model will have an electric version available to buyers.

Mr Wiesner said the pricing in Australia for the Jaguar I-PACE, an electric SUV, was still being determined as the company assessed a range of factors including whether to package up home-charging costs as part of the selling offer. “We’re still working on several aspects,” Mr Weisner said. He said it be be somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000.

Federal Minister of Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg outlined early in 2018 his views on the electric car industry and cited Norway as a pioneer, but there was angst among some backbenchers.

Mr Wiesner said higher penetration rates of electric cars would likely only occur when mass-maker car makers expanded their ranges.


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A 50th anniversary version of the Jaguar XJ will appear this year, ahead of the new model arriving next year. Design director Ian Callum said the special edition would have “detail work”, adding that the XJ is close to his heart. “1968 was when I decided this is the company I want to work for,” he said. “I will make sure the XJ holds true to its values as we work on the next one.”

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