Land Rover was among the first automakers to forge a path in the highly profitable market for luxury sport utility vehicles, simplifying the technology for affluent but inexperienced off-road drivers.
But the foreign-made rivals in the British company’s rearview mirror have grown closer than they might appear.
On Thursday, Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc asked a U.S. trade agency to block imports of Volkswagen Group’s Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi and Volkswagen SUVs it says are using its patented Terrain Response system without permission.
Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd., said in a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission that the technology helps negotiate a “broad range of surfaces” and is a key feature in Jaguar’s F-Pace and Land Rover Discovery vehicles.
“JLR seeks to protect itself and its United States operations from companies that have injected infringing products into the U.S. market that incorporate, without any license from JLR, technology developed by JLR and protected by its patent,” Land Rover’s lawyer, Matthew Moore of Latham & Watkins, said in the filing.
A spokesman for Volkswagen declined to comment on ongoing litigation.
Today was one of those special ones because we had a memorable three hour lunch with the great Ron Gaudion and his Scottish-born wife May.
For those who don’t know, Aussie-born Ron was the first person employed by Jaguar to build D-Types (all were works 1955 Long Nose or production cars for the factory and teams such as Ecurie Ecosse and Ecurie Belge) and in fact Ron had a hand in building the first 10 D-Types post 1954. His first job was building the hallowed chassis frames.
He also crewed the winning 1955 Hawthorn/Bueb D-Type, then moved to Ecurie Ecosse where he prepared and crewed the Le Mans winning D-Types in 1956 and 1957 … Nobody else did that.
Ron brought along his official 1950s Jaguar, Ecurie Ecosse and BRDC ties – in preparation for an upcoming feature.
He is in great form, and in 2017 was a star at the Goodwood Revival thanks to XKD603 owner Clive Beecham. That is when the rest of the world learned about him and his achievements for the very first time.
We are very lucky to have Ron and May, and know our readers understand how special he is.
We don’t blame them, but many sceptics have wondered about which is the first ever XK120 and the 1948 London Motor Show exhibit we have exclusively revealed, with the first hand help of Richard Hassan, in our latest edition of Jaguar Magazine – and still exists against all odds.
Here are photographs of the car in all its guises – right down today in the US where it has been, unrestored, for decades.
The full ground-breaking revelation is told in digital or printed hard copy and can be read at www.jaguarmagazine.com
The car was believed lost since 1949 or soon after and is the most significant XK120 of all – including NUB120.