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JAGUAR RE-SIGNS TO SPONSOR MELBOURNE AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL CLUB

September 21, 2020

 

Jaguar Australia is pleased to announce that it will continue as Co-Principal Partner of the Melbourne Football Club for the 2021 season.

The re-signing will see the Jaguar brand remain on the back of the club’s guernsey, in what will be its third year of partnership with the Demons.

Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Australia, Mark Cameron, said he was excited to continue the support of the club, and building on the strong relationship between Jaguar and Melbourne fans.

“Jaguar is very proud to extend its partnership with Melbourne,” Cameron told Melbourne Media.

“2020 has been a challenging year for so many businesses and industries. However, our partnership with Melbourne has provided us a national platform to connect with current and potential customers.”

“We look forward to continuing to find ways to innovate and support each other, particularly as we work through these changing times.”

“We’re excited for next season and continuing to be part of the journey” said Mr Cameron.

Melbourne CEO Gary Pert was equally as thrilled to welcome back the premium automotive manufacturer for next year. 

“The Jaguar brand is one of the most iconic in the world and today’s re-signing is a show of great strength,” he told Melbourne Media.

Mr. Pert added “Jaguar has been a dynamic partner for us since joining at the start of the 2019 season, and to be building on our relationship with a prestige international brand is really exciting.”

“This year has thrown some unique challenges our way, but to have Jaguar’s ongoing support is a significant step forward for our footy club.”

Jaguar Australia has been working closely with agency, MKTG, on strategy, activation and evaluation of the partnership with the Melbourne Football Club.

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F-PACE BRILLIANT UPDATE – AND WITH THE CHOICE OF ELECTRIC POWER

September 15, 2020

With an assertive new exterior, beautifully crafted all-new interior, latest generation Pivi Pro infotainment and the choice of in-line four and six-cylinder engines including PHEV** and MHEV technology, the new Jaguar F-PACE is more luxurious, connected and efficient. The four-cylinder, 404PS PHEV has an all-electric range of up to 33 miles*.

The new exterior design gives the award-winning F-PACE performance SUV a cleaner, more assured presence, featuring a new sculpted bonnet with a wider power bulge and smoother, more precisely defined surfaces. The new bonnet also contributes to a more striking finish by reducing the number of shutlines on the front of the car.

An enlarged grille features Jaguar’s heritage logo-inspired ‘diamond’ detailing, while the side fender vents now feature the iconic Leaper emblem, demonstrating the exceptional attention to detail found right across the vehicle. A new front bumper with redesigned air intakes and dark mesh details visually widen the new F-PACE for a more assured dynamic presence.

New super slim all-LED quad headlights with ‘Double J’ Daytime Running Light (DRL) signatures, which are available with optional Pixel LED technology, deliver increased resolution and brightness. With Adaptive Driving Beam capability, which evaluates the road ahead and automatically adapts the high beam light to mask oncoming traffic or traffic signs, the system can create varying light beam patterns by selecting different LED segments to optimise visibility and minimise risk of distracting other drivers.  

Premium LED technology is fitted as standard across the range and is available with Auto High Beam Assist on SE and HSE models. The technology uses the forward-facing camera to automatically switch between high and low beam, reducing risk of dazzling oncoming drivers. 

Plug-in power and performance

The new F-PACE is available with the P400e PHEV** powertrain as well as the latest four-cylinder and new in-line six-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines. Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology is also available on selected engines for the first time. All 

F-PACE models feature intelligent all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmissions. 

Colin Kirkpatrick, Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar, said: “The new Jaguar F-PACE delivers a powertrain to suit all customers. Our next generation PHEV system delivers great fuel efficiency and low running costs, while the all-electric range of up to 33 miles is enough to cover the daily commute for most customers. The extensive powertrain choice includes our latest Ingenium petrol and diesel engines which feature advanced technologies and provide the perfect blend of performance, refinement and efficiency.”

FULL DETAILS WILL BE IN edition #204.

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: JAGUAR’S HOLY GRAIL LONDON MOTOR SHOW XK120 HAS BEEN FOUND!!!!!!!!

September 10, 2020

In our next magazine, against all the odds, and remarkably, the Jaguar-impossible is explained – THE London Motor Show first built XK120 has been found by our editor and Richard Hassan!!!!! Richard’s father co-created the XK engine and engineered the new XK120. Richard was in the Jaguar pits at Silverstone for the car’s first race, and his father drove him in the first day it was on the road.

Even better, it survives unrestored and in pristine condition!!!!

In edition #203 we concentrate on revealing, also for the first time anywhere, the fate of the most precious and historic of all Jaguar’s XK120s – the first RHD car #660001, known everywhere as the 1948 London Motor Show debut car. It stunned the motoring world and put Jaguar on the international map before being raced at Silverstone in 1949 driven by Prince Bira.

There have long been claims that 660001 survived, but nobody has turned up any proof it was kept by Jaguar after 1957/58 – or survived. No pieces of it have been found either.

Everything will be laid out in detail for our readers, sceptics and devotees in edition #204.

It is certainly our biggest and most important international story ever.

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JAGUAR HISTORY FLIPPED ON ITS HEAD … THE BIGGEST SENSATION EVER PUBLISHED

September 3, 2020

We are not stating that headline lightly!

In our current edition we found what happened to XK120 #660001 – the first RHD XK120 ever made.

BUT …

As a result of that important story we continued our research, and with the help of the best earliest XK120 authority in the world, we uncovered the most profound XK120 story of all time – and overturn 72 years of accepted documented Jaguar history.

It flies in the face of great authors former Jaguar PR head Andrew Whyte and former JDHT archivist Anders Clausager – it even defies Jaguar’s own build records! We have indisputable facts to back it up too.

It doesn’t get bigger, and includes the first RHD XK120, the first two LHD cars, the 1948 London Motor Show XK120 debut, the first Jabbeke speed run in Belgium, the 1949 Silverstone One Hour Production car race and the first race for an XK120 in the USA.

And, that’s the tip of the iceberg – the final twist in the tale will shock absolutely everyone.

DO NOT miss this one. If you are outside Australia you will need subscribe to get your magazine. It WILL be worth it, I can promise.

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TRIPLE 8 BOSS ROLAND DANE AND PAUL MORRIS TO RACE AN XJ-S IN TOWNSVILLE THIS WEEKEND …

August 27, 2020

Triple Eight boss Roland Dane will line up in the North Queensland Supersprinters support category the next two Supercars weekends in Townsville.

Dane and 2014 Bathurst winner Paul Morris will rotate between the former’s 1985 Group A Jaguar XJS and 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, with five 20-minute sessions in store for this weekend’s NTI Townsville SuperSprint.

An ex-racer in the UK, Dane jumped at the opportunity to have a steer around the Reid Park circuit.

“I asked if I could bring a couple of my older cars up there just to have some fun and I suppose get out of town for a little while and enjoy Queensland when it’s hard to go anywhere else,” he told Supercars.com.

“It’s a good circuit because it’s actually a mixture of street and permanent … it’s more akin to an Adelaide than a Gold Coast really and of course it’s got a permanent pit building which was a fantastic initiative by the council and the state government back in 2009 when we first went there.

“So it’s a great venue and five minutes from the middle of town, so a lot of fun.”

Asked how hard he’ll be pushing out on track?

“Well I’ll try not to make a fool of myself,” Dane laughed.

“I couldn’t really care less about [pace], I’d just prefer not to damage them.

“I just want to have some fun and be doing something to be honest when we can’t go in and out of the Supercars paddock freely.

“I haven’t raced since 1995. But I’ve driven around tracks: Queensland Raceway and Norwell, et cetera, over the years in different things including Supercars and bits and pieces.”

Of his treasured cars: “It’s an ’85 Group A Jaguar built in New Zealand and about eight or nine years ago it was rebuilt by Angus Fogg and he only used it in some historic racing in New Zealand and I bought it last year so looking forward to running that.

“V12 engine, it sounds magnificent.

“And the ’67 Camaro was actually built into a race car in the early ‘90s by Andy Rouse in the UK, who was a prolific touring car driver and team owner and engineer.”

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JAGUAR BRINGS IN ECONOMY PRICED I-PACE

August 27, 2020

Jaguar is slashing the price of its flagship I-Pace EV400 electric SUV by introducing an entry-level EV320 variant with special edition features in a bid to capture a piece of the busy European electric car market.

The new model will have the same 90kWh battery and 470km driving range (WLTP) as its more upscale 2021 EV400 stablemate, but the EV320 will have less powerful motor with an output of 236kW compared to the former’s 294kW.

Jaguar says the base price for both models will now start from €75,351.26 ($A123,846.50 converted), which will further be reduced by German government state subsidies to €64,957.98 ($A106,764.22 converted).

Car makers are pushing electric vehicles in Europe to meet ever-stricter vehicle emissions standards, and with numerous government incentives being pushed across the EU, electric vehicle sales are now higher than in China.

To whet the appetite of would-be premium electric vehicle buyers, Jaguar is offering a time-limited special I-PACE EV320 SE, that features upscale SE equipment, and has a “price advantage” of more than €8,700 ($A14,299) and a particularly attractive leasing rate of €499 ($A820) per month

Jaguar says it has dropped the price of both I-Pace models to bring them within the limits of the new guidelines of the state funding program for electromobility (FEM), making them eligible for the state environmental bonus of €5,000 and the manufacturer’s innovation bonus, for a total grant of €7,900.

With a maximum torque of 500Nm, the I-Pace EV320 sprints from 0 to 100 km/hr in 6.4 second, while its maximum speed is electronically limited to 180 km/hr.

The limited edition Jaguar I-PACE EV320 comes with the extensive SE equipment package, which differentiates it from the “S” entry-level model of the more powerful I-PACE 400.

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It features 20-inch wheels in a six-spoke design, an electrically opening tailgate, electrically folding and heated exterior mirrors, LED headlights with LED signature and 14-way adjustable (12-way electric and 2-way manual) sports seats with grained leather and memory function.

A blind spot lane assistant, a blind spot warning function when the door is opened, and a collision warning system when driving backwards complete the arsenal of the safety-enhancing assistance systems. Two 10 or 5 inch touchscreens arranged one above the other on the center console round off the list of factory-installed features.

Both models integrate learnings from Jaguar’s participation in motorsports such as the ABB Formula E.

The new Pivi Pro infotainment system is designed to  improved navigation, such as where the next free charging station is, how much it costs to recharge there and how long it will probably take to recharge.

It also features 11kW three-phase charging, made possible by an on-board AC charger and when connected to an 11 kW wallbox, adds  a range of up to 53km per hour (according to the WLTP standard).

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER ACQUIRES FORD’S SUPERCHARGED V8 TOOLING

August 27, 2020

Supercharged Ford V8’s future secured as production moves to JLR plant

Flagship Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) SUVs, limos and sports cars will continue to be powered by supercharged petrol V8s despite Ford closing the factory that makes them.

Following Ford’s decision to shutter up its Bridgend plant in Wales later next month production of the current 5.0-litre V8 will be taken in-house to JLR’s plant in Wolverhampton.

Doubts over the future of the ‘AJ’ V8, that can trace its roots back to the naturally-aspirated V8 introduced on Jaguars back in 1997, sparked rumours that it was about to be dropped for the BMW N63 twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 but now it has emerged that the production line and equipment, and some of the Ford workforce, will transfer over to the JLR plant.

Confirming the V8 will live on, JLR issued a statement that said: “Manufacture of the JLR-designed V8 petrol engines previously made at Bridgend will move to the JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre, with further detail to be confirmed at a later date.”

To aid the transition, Ford is thought to have built-up a surplus of V8s to sustain JLR while it transfers over the production equipment.Related Articles

According to sources, speaking with Autocar, the V8 will remain in production for between three to five years and will be phased out once the stringent EU7 emission regulations are introduced.

It’s only then, say insiders, JLR will re-engineer its vehicles for the BMW V8 as part of a wide-reaching powertrain ensuring the British car-maker will cater for the demand from both the US and the Middle East for powerful petrol V8s.

Despite developing a new family of inline six-cylinder petrols, strong demand for the current XJ V8 was claimed to be the motivating factor for JLR taking the V8 in-house.

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TATA WILL NOT SELL JAGUAR LAND ROVER

August 18, 2020


Tata Motors has insisted it has no intention of selling Jaguar Land Rover, despite a breakdown in talks with the government over taxpayer support.

It said that it “categorically denies and dismisses any such intent” and added that the West Midlands-based carmaker “is and remains a key pillar of Tata Motors and the wider Tata Group”.

The Indian business was responding to speculation about a possible sale after the failure of talks with the UK government about Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel — also owned by Tata Group — over a possible bailout.

Jaguar Land Rover had been seeking taxpayer support of up to £2 billion from the Treasury’s Project Birch fund because of the coronavirus pandemic. Project Birch was set up to help businesses seen as structurally important to the UK economy, but the government concluded that the financial strength of Tata meant that it was not appropriate.

In the three months to the end of June, Jaguar Land Rover car sales fell by 42.4 per cent, while shutting plants because of Covid-19 cost it £1.1 billion.

Before the pandemic added to its woes, Britain’s biggest carmaker had been struggling with a fall in sales in China, a trend away from diesel vehicles and uncertainties related to Brexit.

Under Sir Ralf Speth, 64, its chief executive, it has been seeking savings of £2.5 billion, as well as working towards building more electric vehicles, but the pandemic has interrupted those plans. There has been speculation that a merger with a larger manufacturer would make investment in the transition to electric cars more efficient.

However, Tata said: “Unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports have been published alleging that Tata Motors may sell a stake in Jaguar Land Rover. It is and remains a key pillar of Tata Motors and the wider group.” It said that the carmaker “remains strong as it transitions to new electrified, autonomous and connected technologies”.

Thierry Bolloré, 57, the former boss of Renault, is due to take over as the chief executive in September as Sir Ralf becomes non-executive vice-chairman of the business. Sir Ralf’s pay has risen to £4.44 million during a year in which more than 4,000 workers lost their jobs.

Of its 40,000 workers, more than 30,000 are located in the UK. The business produces more than 500,000 cars a year.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER PURSUES HYDROGEN POWER

August 18, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has begun developing new hydrogen fuel-cell technology for its flagship limousines and large SUVs.

The special research project, working under the ‘Project Zeus’ banner, has been given a deadline to introduce its first fuel-cell powered vehicle in around 2025, reports Autocar.

The first vehicle likely to receive the zero-emission tech rumoured to be the all-new third-generation Range Rover Evoque.

Hydrogen fuel-cells will then be rolled out to larger vehicles that could include both the Jaguar XJ and the flagship full-size Range Rover.

It’s thought hydrogen power, will be introduced alongside the car-maker’s all-new pure-electric tech to give markets like the UK and Norway another option in the void left by the ban of the sale of internal combustion engines.

Countries like UK have already said it will ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrids by 2035 while countries like Norway has declared consumers will no longer be able to purchase cars with internal combustion engines from 2025.

In the build up to the full launch of its hydrogen-powered cars, JLR will soon unveil a concept that will be driveable that’s reportedly likely to be Range Rover Evoque-sized.

The main draw of hydrogen power is it offers vehicles a long range and rapid-refuelling that will soon be comparable to filling up a petrol or diesel.

Hydrogen power could also be the fuel of choice for countries that will struggle with implement the charging infrastructure for pure-electric vehicles.

Commenting on Project Zeus, JLR engineering chief Nick Rogers said: “We’re looking for the right propulsion systems – ones that see minimum interference to the environment.

“Hydrogen is an ideal application for the bigger vehicles [in our line-up], because the bigger the car, you get diminishing returns [when using] battery packs. The amount of energy you can store in a battery for a given amount of weight means you’re in a position where you’re making the cars that are so heavy, they’re using [a lot] of energy just to cart that heavy weight about.”

Toyota and Hyundai have both already committed to rolling out more hydrogen-powered vehicles following successful trials with the Mirai and, latterly, the Nexo.

BMW too, has recently announced that it will push its i Hydrogen Next SUV into limited production in 2022 with plans to introduce versions of the X6 and X7 powered by the zero-emission fuel, that only emits water vapour.

The key advantage of hydrogen fuel, particularly for markets like Australia is it can be created by using renewable electricity from wind or solar.

The biggest hurdle at the moment is both the lack of economies of scale and poor infrastructure, plus the high cost of the fuel, as most hydrogen is currently produced using natural gas.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR FOCUSSES ON 2021

August 14, 2020
Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 4

The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E season six finale was to prove cruel for Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Mitch Evans. Starting round 11 in P23, due to the disadvantage of being in Qualifying Group 1, Mitch scythed through the field with a trademark drive and gained 12 places to finish P11 just outside of the points places.

Team-mate Tom Blomqvist, in only his second race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, battled valiantly to P17 after a promising qualifying start of P12.

Mitch Evans was in Qualifying Group 1 for each race this season which proved to be the deciding factor in his title bid. Mitch came into the final six races in second place but significant track evolution for those drivers in Group 1 meant that it was not possible to fight to be in the Super Pole session and secure a top six starting position in any of the Berlin races. Evans started outside the top 10 in all the Berlin rounds and despite making up 32 places in the last three races he could only salvage P7 in the drivers’ standings.

Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 4

The first half of the season was more positive for Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Mitch which saw the team and Evans secure their second Formula E victory with a dominant win in Mexico City and a podium in Santiago.

Rookie James Calado, who missed out on the final two races of the season due to a WEC clash, was only able to secure two points scoring finishes in Diriyah and Santiago. Reserve driver Tom Blomqvist made an impressive debut by going through to Super Pole on his debut.

Jaguar Racing will be back on track on 16 January 2021 in Santiago, Chile for the first race of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World championship with Mitch Evans and multiple-race winner Sam Bird behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5.

James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director:

“The final race of season six proved to be another challenging one. Mitch did a fantastic job in the race to make up 12 places and nearly find our way into the top 10. It’s quite incredible if you look at our race pace but the gap was just too large to get into the points.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been victim, again, to the qualifying system – as we have been for all six races here in Berlin. It’s very frustrating for the team as we’ve shown we have an incredibly fast racecar. A big thank you to Tom for stepping in at short notice, doing a great job in qualifying and bringing the car home.

“I would like to especially thank all the team, both those here in Berlin and those back in the UK, for a tremendous effort which has not been fully rewarded this time. Hats off to everyone at Formula E and FIA for putting on a great season six finale in Berlin – the organisation and resolve of everyone involved has been exceptional.

“As a team we feel we’ve been disadvantaged here in Berlin but we take away the positives – an incredible win in Mexico City, a Pole position in Santiago and the speed we’ve shown, particularly in Marrakesh.

“All of this would not be possible without our great commercial partners – thank you to everyone at Panasonic, Viessman, Castrol and GKN. Our season seven preparations have already begun and we are more determined than ever to fight for podiums and wins when Mitch and Sam (Bird) get back on track in January 2021 in Santiago, Chile.”

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver #20:

“It was a massive race from P23 up the grid to P11. It was a busy one and I’m pretty tired now. I tried my hardest, we tried our best – that’s all you can do. I would have preferred if these last six races were held in Mexico as that track really suited me and the Jaguar I-TYPE 4! It’s a shame, after coming into Berlin in a promising position, but tomorrow I will put it all behind me. We’ll come back stronger next year and have another crack at it. Thanks everyone for your support this year and see you next season.”

Tom Blomqvist, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver #51:

“We qualified P12 which was not too bad. It is super close and super tight round here in Berlin. The race, just like yesterday, was difficult for me, I’m just lacking that race experience in Formula E but all in all it was great to be involved and I had a great time. Huge thanks to Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the opportunity – a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t expecting this, so it was really nice to get back out on the track. It’s been an honour and really enjoyable.”

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