Jaguar Land Rover named former Renault SA head Thierry Bollore its next chief executive officer to help steer the U.K. carmaker out of a prolonged sales slump that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Bollore, 57, will take charge of the manufacturer of luxury sports cars and SUVs when Ralf Speth steps down as CEO in September, JLR said in a statement Tuesday.
The Frenchman is taking the helm as auto demand remains under pressure after the initial easing of Covid-19 related shutdown measures weighed on economies around the world early this year. Unprofitable JLR was already grappling with a sales downturn, uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the European Union, stricter emissions rules impacting its sport utility vehicles, and a dip in exports to China — one of its biggest markets — before the health crisis hit.
A former No. 2 at Renault, Bollore rose to the top job after the arrest of Carlos Ghosn in 2018. He was ousted when tensions with partner Nissan Motor Co. came to a head last October. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said then that Bollore had to go to revive the relationship with its Japanese peer.
Like most of us, we hate COVID-19 which has delayed us on this edition too – but it is complete now.
We have uploaded it to Magzter for digital publishing, and it is at our printer now too.
We are happy with it.
Highlights include revealing the true fate of XK120 #1 for the first time ever, Phil Hill finding the grave of an old Jaguar mate in Reims, the amazing restoration of the genuine Ron Hodgson Mk2 racer which was third in two Australian Touring Car Championships and we tell about the XJ13’s visit to Adelaide in 1987 – from it’s Minder.
We road test the E-Pace Checkered Flag limited edition, and dig deep into the full life of ex-works C-Type XKC037 – the car which put Frank Gardner on the road to international fame.
There is much much more too! It is on Magzter right now.
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We enlisted the sage advice of friend Richard Hassan for the next edition of Jaguar Magazine. Richard’s father Walter was the main engineer in the creation and development of the XK Jaguar engine, and Richard did many things with his father as a child.
As a result of our time working with Richard he told us something absolutely mind-blowing when it comes to Jaguar’s accepted history and which flies in the face of all perceived acknowledge facts.
There is no doubt about his knowledge, and when we publish this story it will create a bombshell amongst all motoring historians.
It starts in #203, and is totally announced in #204.
One way or another we are all feeling the pinch of Covid-19, and in our case it has been delays with advertising particularly which has slowed us.
However, we also have some totally unique and very historical stories in this one involving the stillborn four cylinder XK Jaguar engine – and XK120 number one – the 1948 London Show car which went on to have a very active life.
Covid is still giving us problems still because we have had to find a new printer outside of Victoria which is in lockdown again. However, we are up and away now.
Highlights of the next edition are many and very significant.
THE GENUINE HODGSON RACING MK2 IS BACK AFTER 55 YEARS
Sydney car dealer Ron Hodgson was a colourful character, who in 1960 bought a brand new Mk2 in Sydney and turned it into his next Jaguar racer. He finished third in two Australian Touring Car Championships, but the car disappeared from sight 55 years ago.
Now it has been fantastically restored with original trim by the late Paul Cotter and the Bowden team on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The legendary ‘KB’ Kevin Bartlett worked on it when it was new, and has been part of the team which put it back together.
THE FIRST XK120 EVER – WHAT HAPPENED TO IT REALLY?
Many people have had different theories about the fate of the 1948 London Motor Show XK120 – chassis #1. We tell its true life story, and the fact that it existed for many more years than anyone thought.
THE STILL-BORN XK FOUR CYLINDER ENGINE – A STORY NEVER TOLD
Richard Hassan’s father Walter co-designed and developed the XK Jaguar engine – both six and four cylinder versions. He tells the true complex story and tells us more than has been known before.
E-PACE ROAD TESTED
SUVs are the way the world had gone when it comes to buying new cars. We put the smallest Jaguar SUV to the test and live with it in our everyday life
PHIL HILL FINDS AN OLD MATE AT REIMS
The great US racer was photographed with his wife Alma in a French cemetery. We wondered where it was and why they were there. After a lot investigation when even Bobby Rahal got involved, we know the answer. There is a deep Jaguar connection.
CLARK GABLE’S SECOND XK120 AND ITS SIGNIFICANT HARD TOP
Clark Gable loved his XK120s, but his third one had a removable hardtop. We found the car, and the story of its 1952 roof brings in the Munsters, Knight Rider and Batmobile!
XJ13 COMES TO AUSTRALIA FOR THE GRAND PRIX
The first time XJ13 ever left England was when it was flown to Australia in 1987 to partake in the Australian Grand Prix festivities. George Mason was its minder, but local Steve Weeks had the job of maintaining and even repairing the car. He gave it new door handles, and his full story is fascinating.
XKC037 C-TYPE – EX-WORKS WITH THE FULL STORY TOLD FOR THE FIRST TIME
This C-Type put Frank Gardner on the road to international success, and Ian Cummins performed his first major restoration on this car which he bought in 1969. But before that it was a 1953 works reserve car for Le Mans, had been rolled by Stirling Moss at Silverstone, owned by the Kenyan Coca Cola Bottler, raced at Dundrod and Reims before coming to Australia though Peter Whitehead.
Its story is amazing.
… and there is tons more! Don’t miss it or any more editions by subscribing at our website.