Hundreds of workers at Ford’s Bridgend plant who make engines for Jaguar cars are being paid to stay at home for a week.

The five-day shutdown is happening because the company is stopping production at its assembly plants at Solihull for a fortnight.

The affected staff, on the AJ line, will get basic pay during the break.

Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones said he wanted assurances the move was only temporary.

News of the shutdown has caused fresh anxiety for those at the plant – one of the biggest employers in Wales.

A Welsh Government spokesman described the news as “obviously concerning for workers”.

He added: “Senior officials from the Welsh Government have spoken to Ford today and are meeting officials from Unite the Union tomorrow to discuss the shutdown and other matters regarding the future of the Bridgend plant.”

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The Jaguar I-PACE electric performance SUV has won the 2019 German Car of the Year Award

  • Jaguar’s first electric vehicle wins ‘German Car of the Year’ award against 58 competitors
  • Jury of 12 expert journalists chose the I-PACE electric performance SUV after a demanding series of tests
  • I-PACE and E-PACE both shortlisted for Women’s World Car of the Year Award

The British brand’s first fully electric vehicle (EV) earned the most votes from a panel of 12 expert journalists who drove 59 cars in a series of comparison tests. They loved the groundbreaking I-PACE’s blend of driving dynamics, performance and style.

The Jaguar I-PACE is not only the first premium electric vehicle from an established manufacturer, it also makes uncompromising use of the advantages of an electrified vehicle architecture. Its performance is impressive, and its design and practicality stand out, which is why the I-PACE ultimately was the winner against strong competition.


The British EV topped a shortlist of five to win the award. The jury evaluated the design, performance, ride, handling, future viability and general relevance of each model on the road and at the Bilster Berg circuit.

We are extremely proud to receive this honour from the German media for our first fully electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE. To get such an award in the homeland of premium brands is very precious.


The I-PACE has also been shortlisted for the Women’s World Car of the Year Award, along with its sister car the E-PACE compact performance SUV. The winner will be announced on 12 November.

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Since the reveal of the XK 120 in 1948, sports cars have been integral to Jaguar’s heritage, the culmination of this rich lineage being the F-TYPE- winner of more than 170 global awards. Now, in celebration of 70 years of Jaguar sports cars, the F-TYPE range has been enhanced by the addition of the Chequered Flag Limited Edition

Based on the  F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible, and available with powerful four- and six-cylinder engines, the Chequered Flag features a range of subtle visual enhancements to the exterior and to the driver-focussed “1+1” cabin.

Highlights include a Black Contrast roof on the Coupé and a luxurious Windsor Leather interior featuring Performance seats with embossed headrests, a Dark Brushed Aluminium centre console trim finisher and – in recognition of Jaguar’s motorsport successes – a steering wheel with discrete Chequered Flag logo and red leather band to mark the 12 o’clock position.

Perfect proportions, design purity and visual drama – every Jaguar must express these qualities, and none more so than F-TYPE. In creating the Chequered Flag we’ve focused on details which enhance F-TYPE’s presence and promise of performance – and in doing so, made a fitting celebration of 70 years of beautiful, fast, Jaguar sports cars.


The F-TYPE’s exquisite, perfectly-proportioned exterior is enhanced by the Exterior Black Design Pack, which benefits from SVO extended side sills to subtly increase visual width and give the car even greater presence and poise. The 20-inch Gloss Black wheels with Diamond Turned finish are exclusive to the Chequered Flag and perfectly complement the red finish of the brake calipers. The Chequered Flag’s superbly-crafted Ebony Windsor Leather interior is offered with contrast stitching in a choice of Red or Cirrus. The slimline Performance seats, with optional heated and cooling functionality, feature headrests embossed with Chequered Flag branding.

In place of the F-TYPE R-Dynamic’s Delta aluminium centre console trim, the Chequered Flag features a Dark Brushed Aluminium finisher. The texture and finish of this material perfectly complements the Ebony Windsor Leather.

The Touch Pro infotainment system features Meridian audio, a suite of connected services and, for the first time in F-TYPE, Apple CarPlay and Android auto to make it easier than ever to access tailored smartphone apps using the 10-inch touchscreen.

Power comes from the 300PS/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine or the 340PS/450Nm and 380PS/ 460Nm supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines. All offer an outstanding balance of responsiveness, power and efficiency – and all with a visceral soundtrack which reflects the F-TYPE’s truly driver-focused character.

All engines are matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions and send drive to the rear wheels, or – in the 380PS models – the choice of Jaguar’s all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.

Additional 20MY F-TYPE enhancements

Taking learning from the SVR derivative, the damper tune on the F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible models has been refined, giving an improved level of ride comfort at low speed. This has been achieved by reducing the damping by 24% at the lower damping velocities (up to 0.3m/s), whilst increasing overall capacity by up to 30%.

Additionally, the rear upper ball joint from the SVR has been incorporated into the F-TYPE R, with modifications to the rear knuckle and upper control arm, further enhancing capability and system robustness.

The rear camera and front park aid are now provided as standard across all F-TYPE derivatives.

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Series Elite, a “mature racing” series launched by Jaguar, is kicking off in the spring for drivers in their 50s and up. The new discipline will feature a full field of Jaguar XE SV Project 8 super saloons and take place across six rounds at top level U.K. and European race tracks.

Described by the organizers as “A one-make racing series exclusively for the mature driver, appealing to amateur and experienced racers alike,” Series Elite markets it as more of a lifestyle than just a race series. And while this might sound a little bit like the SCCA with a minimum age requirement, it’s more exclusive than that.

Another requirement to get into this organization: you’ve got to be pretty loaded because the price of admission supposedly covers the cost of a Project 8 and then some. The official website advertises that 20 Series Elite Jaguars, built to their specifications, will keep the playing field level amongst the drivers. Since it’s such a limited run, 20 of the 300 made is actually a significant stake in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 production cars.

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Rugby legends threw their support behind Invictus Games Sydney 2018 as they took to the court in the Jaguar Land Rover wheelchair rugby exhibition match to celebrate the healing power of sport.

Former Wallaby Rob Horne and legendary England winger Jason Robinson went head-to head as managers of the two sides, with Robinson’s Invictus Games Sydney 2018 team coming out on top 16-13.

The game also featured rugby union stars Phil Waugh, Dean Mumm, Adam Freier, Stephen Hoiles and Cam Shepherd, who took on a Rest of the World team selected from various nations competing at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

Rob Horne, whose professional rugby career was ended after suffering serious nerve damage to his right arm, said: “It’s a real honour to be here at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and meet so many inspirational men and women, who are showing how sport can aid their long-term recovery from illness or injury.

“As an Australian, I’m so proud to see how these Games have been embraced by the people of Sydney, and it’s brilliant to see the rugby community get behind them too with this Jaguar Land Rover exhibition match.”

Jason Robinson, a Land Rover ambassador, said: “I played alongside HRH The Duke of Sussex in the Jaguar Land Rover wheelchair rugby exhibition match at the very first Invictus Games in London in 2014, and it is fantastic to see how this event has gone from strength to strength since.

“I have brought all my family out to Sydney this week, as I wanted them to experience what the Invictus Games are about and be inspired by the men and women here and what they are achieving. It’s an honour to be part of it and witness the competitors’ determination.”

The exhibition match, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, took place during the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 wheelchair rugby competition at the Quaycentre in Sydney Olympic Park.

Australia took gold, beating the United Kingdom in the gold medal match and team USA earlier won the bronze medal match.

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