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.
Introducing New E-PACE: Enhanced interior and exterior with advanced connectivity, new vehicle architecture and an efficient Mild-hybrid electric vehicle powertrain (P300)
Enhanced exterior: Aerodynamically optimised bumper, revised lower apertures and state-of-the-art LED headlights combine with new grille design for an assertive presence
Crafted interior: Upgraded interior features intuitive new Pivi Pro infotainment, exquisite details and contemporary design to create a tranquil cabin
Mild-hybrid technology: Next-generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder 221kW P300 Ingenium petrol engine features MHEV technology
Always connected: Jaguar’s sophisticated Pivi Pro dual-sim set-up is accessed through an all-new 11.4-inch HD curved-glass touchscreen
Always up-to-date: Software-Over-The-Air capability ensures latest vehicle systems and infotainment are installed and updated seamlessly and remotely
Occupant wellbeing: Optional Cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filtration captures ultrafine particles and allergens for improved air quality inside
New Premium Transverse Architecture: New vehicle architecture delivers enhanced refinement and improved ride comfort while maximising the compact performance SUV’s agility
Intelligent all-wheel drive: Mated to smooth shifting automatic transmissions – Jaguar’s all-wheel drive system features Intelligent Driveline Dynamics**, and now has driveline disconnect as standard for improved efficiency
300 SPORT: The range topping E-PACE 300 SPORT features Active Driveline AWD and Adaptive Dynamics as standard, and can reach 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds
More safety features: E-PACEs now feature 3D surround camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Assist, Rear Collision Monitor, Rear Traffic Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed limiter as standard
Our most important magazine ever is now published.
For decades there have been rumours the first XK120 ever, the 1948 London Show car, exists, but like all other devotees we know, we have insisted it was used over and over by Jaguar and eventually cut up in 1958.
That is not correct – it does live and is pristine!!!!! The owner does not even know this groundbreaking revelation yet.
We outline the full story, and tell you where it is today.
Edition #204 is available in digital form now at our website (www.jaguarmagazine.com), and can be ordered there in as single hard copy magazine. It will be shops in Australia on October 25.