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JAGUAR WINS NEW YORK CITY ePRIX AND LEADS THE CHAMPIONSHIP

July 12, 2021

English veteran Sam Bird has stormed to the top of the 2020/21 Formula E standings after claiming victory on the streets of New York City.Bird has won at least one race in every season since Formula E was launched, and finished the first four of those campaigns in the championship’s top five.

Now, he’s got the chance to add a title to his collection after a seizing a five-point lead in the standings with just four rounds remaining.

The 34-year-old’s ascension comes after a fine performance in New York, where he won the second leg of the weekend double-header from pole position.

His Jaguar Racing team had actually been on for a one-two finish until stablemate Mitch Evans sustained damage in the closing laps.

That opened the door for Evans’ fellow Kiwi Nick Cassidy to finish second, with Antonio Felix da Costa third.

Nonetheless, Bird was clearly stoked with the outcome, having endured a difficult Saturday.“You’re never giving up, always pushing with the team, always believing in yourself, believing in the equipment underneath here, and just executing the plan,” he said.“

And we did that. Just absolutely perfect today. So proud of everybody.”

For Cassidy, his result marked two podiums from as many starts in The Big Apple this weekend.“

The team has been working incredibly hard all year, in the factory and at the track,” said Cassidy.“

The hours they put in are second to none.“

In this championship, it’s just really tough and I’ve had the luxury of being in Group Three, Group Four.“

Under no illusions, I’m just happy how things are coming together and the work we are doing there.”

BMW’s Maximilian Guenther won the opening race of the New York weekend.

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JAGUAR’S STUNNING NEW CONCEPT ARRIVES AT GOODWOOD

July 9, 2021

It might have started out as a video game, but Jaguar has unveiled its newest concept at the Goodwood Revival.

It is a stunner, all electric and is drivable too.We will bring it to you in full in our coming edition.

Well done Jaguar – but it’s pity former design chief Julian Thomson wasn’t there for the big event on Jaguar’s behalf. He headed Advanced Design before getting the big gig.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER CONCENTRATES ON RELIABILITY

July 6, 2021
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Jaguar Land Rover boss Thierry Bolloré has pledged to solve the firm’s reliability and quality issues once for all.

Bolloré, who assumed the role of CEO last autumn, says a lot of progress has already been made in what he describes as the first priority of his ‘Reimagine’ plan to turn the company’s fortunes around.“

This is the first pillar of Reimagine, our transformation plan,” said Bolloré. “Our results have been unacceptable, but we know how to fix them. It’s not science, just hard work. Already the 2021 results are better, but we have more to do.”

One of Bolloré’s first acts just a month after joining Jaguar Land Rover was to appoint Nigel Blenkinsop to a new board position, executive director of company quality and customer satisfaction, reporting directly to the Frenchman.“

We now have a member of the board responsible for the whole value chain, which makes a big difference,” said Bolloré.

Progress made has included a one-third drop in warranty costs from 2021-model-year cars. Bolloré is also overhauling the way JLR develops its models, introducing more technology and digital design on common systems that improves the quality of components and how they integrate at the beginning of the process.“

We’re improving processes to get better quality by design,” said Bolloré.Jaguar and Land Rover models have long been plagued by quality and reliability issues globally. In the most recent (2020) What Car? Reliability Survey, Land Rover finished last out of 31 car makers, with a score of 78.2%, almost 10% worse than the brand directly above it.

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THE EAGLE HAS LANDED IN AND OFFICE – AND WE ARE HAPPY WITH IT!

June 23, 2021

This newest edition seems to take more time and effort than normal, but it was worth it.

I am very happy with the content, images and printing.

I hope you enjoy it.

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JAGUAR’S RADICAL NEW DIRECTION EXPLAINED AND SIGNED OFF BY CEO – NUMBERS BUILT TO DROP

June 23, 2021

The future range of all-electric Jaguars has now been decided, and work is ongoing to source or create the architecture that will underpin the reinvented British brand’s models from 2025.

Speaking to Autocar in his first one-on-one interview since joining Jaguar Land Rover last September, boss Thierry Bolloré said that there will be a “family” of more upmarket, luxury Jaguars, positioned where nobody else sits in the market, as part of his Reimagine plan for JLR.Bolloré pointed to the Range Rover line’s positioning (as a maker of uniquely sized and styled cars priced far above what might be considered its conventional rivals) as the kind of area that Jaguar will sit in, and that the brand won’t seek to create targeted rivals to the likes of Porsche, Bentley or even Aston Martin.“

Look at Range Rover,” said Bolloré. “It’s satisfactory on price and profit levels, and we haven’t yet reached the ceiling. The price is extraordinary, and we have the volumes.”Range Rover is “unique in its positioning” said Bolloré, adding that the SUV sub-brand is still selling in large volumes.

He explained that the plan for Jaguar is to create “distinct cars with no overlap”. They will be “really modern luxury cars that are the copy of nothing in style or design, the top of technology and refinement, but not looking backwards”.

He continued: “In desire, it’s similar to Range Rover. We enjoy this type of positioning for Range Rover; for Jaguar, we’re not looking for volume, but there’s space where there are more than 2000 customers”.

While Range Rover provides the business model for Jaguar to pursue, its cars won’t be SUVs or crossovers, instead uniquely shaped, lower-slung cars with no direct rivals.

Bolloré explained that JLR chief creative officer Gerry McGovern organised a design contest within the firm’s newly united design team to create inspiration for future Jaguars. The team was split into three, and in just three months, they created designs and models that would normally take 18 months. Bolloré said this produced “incredible creativity” and that the design direction and family of models for Jaguar was now decided.“

The proportions are crucial to get what we want from Jaguar,” said Bolloré. “The platform is a consequence of proportions we’ve decided on. They’re absolutely bespoke.”To that end, Jaguar is now looking for an all-electric architecture that is “easy to change in size as necessary” and will support its model plans, but it’s yet to decide whether to create its own or source one from a third party.

A “permanently and significantly updated” I-Pace SUV will be the only Jaguar to survive into the new generation of models due from 2025, but it will be considered separately to the firm’s new-generation cars.All other Jaguar models will continue to be updated but won’t be replaced at the end of their lives, and the firm’s Castle Bromwich factory will then be repurposed to consolidate various other JLR sites dotted around the English Midlands that already perform the same jobs, such as prototype builds.

Explaining why Jaguar is in need of such a dramatic reinvention, Bolloré said that it’s “damaged”. He added: “The cars have never been as good as in 2021, but the positives of the brand aren’t appreciated compared with the competition.“

Today, when you listen to customers, they see [a Jaguar], like the car and test the car, and they still go and buy an Audi or a BMW. That’s the problem. People buy the originals, then. We aren’t the originals. We have to get the positioning of Jaguar much different, higher and more original.”

On the decision to axe the electric XJ replacement just before launch, Bollore said it was the “toughest decision in the process, absolutely” but that the only thing it had in common with Jaguar’s future was that it was all-electric.

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BUYING A NEW JAGUAR COMES FROM A NEW ANGLE

June 22, 2021

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Buying a new Jaguar has just become much simpler with Find & Reserve making it easier for Australian buyers to have the Jaguar they want.

Find & Reserve builds relationships between dealers and customers and helps to facilitate purchases of new Jaguar vehicles through an online transaction process using the popular and easy PayPal™ payment system.


Find & Reserve enables customers to reserve certain Jaguar products – new vehicles, demonstrator cars or approved used Jaguar vehicles – at their convenience, in a secure environment and with a refundable $1000 deposit. Product reservation is only possible through authorised retailers who have made their product available on Find & Reserve


Scott Maynard, Jaguar Land Rover Australia Sales Director, said that while retailers love having customers visit to look at new vehicles, they understand the time pressures placed on people every day.


Buyers log onto the Jaguar website, select their preferred dealer or nominate their geographical location, scroll through the vehicles on offer and, when they find the one they want, click on ‘Reserve Now’ and follow the prompts.
After filling-in their personal details a summary of the customer and the vehicle details is displayed, and the customer directed to the PayPal™ window to pay a deposit.


When the Reservation deposit is paid the vehicle is listed as Under Offer.


“Buyers log into the Jaguar website, choose their preferred retailer online, look at the range, choose ‘their’ model and variant, select the exterior and interior colour scheme and add any options they want. They are then given a drive-away price,” Scott Maynard said.


“They can book a test drive, get a quote and even have an online chat with a sales consultant. Once everything is in place, buyers just click on ‘Reserve’ and secure their Jaguar by making an online deposit using PayPal™. It’s that easy.


“Put simply, there has never been an easier, more convenient way to buy a new or approved used Jaguar,” Scott said.


Prices given to buyers include the manufacturer’s list price, 12 months registration, compulsory third party insurance, delivery charges, stamp duty, luxury car tax if applicable and the options chosen.


Buyers can step into the real world at any time, too, visiting the dealership to finalise their new Jaguar purchase and ask any questions they may have about their new car.


“Find & Reserve and PayPal have combined to create an exciting new Jaguar buying experience,” Scott Maynard said.


“Whether buyers are new arrivals to the brand or long-term devotees, Find & Reserve brings important new benefits to the Jaguar buying process and the level of convenience and security offered by PayPal is nothing short of impressive.

“Buying a new Jaguar at a time and place that suits the customer – It doesn’t get any better than that.”


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LUNCH WITH A JAGUAR AND ECURIE ECOSSE LEGEND

June 21, 2021

Ron Gaudion is a 91 year old legend we know very well at Jaguar Magazine.

He was one of two crew members on the winning D-Type Jaguars at Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957.

He worked for both Jaguar and Ecurie Ecosse in their most important engineering challenges and is the only person who was part of each of Jaguar’s D-Type Le Mans victories.

We had lunch with Ron just a few days ago and loved chatting with him about his Jaguar life, his friendship with Ron Flockhart and others – and how things really happened then.

With us were Jaguar devotees Peter Tett and his lovely wife Tricia – Peter’s father having won the important 1937 Blackpool Rally.

Ron has owned his X-Type for 17 years, and is heavily involved with the JDC on the Queensland Gold Coast. He is Patron of the Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland.

What a privilege it was to spend time with a man who made such significant Jaguar history.

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OUR NEW COVER – AFTER THE PHOTOSHOOT

May 26, 2021

There were a lot to choose from, so it took a bit of deciding which one to use.

This is it.

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THE HODDO MK2 – GOBSMAKING IN THE SUNSHINE …

May 25, 2021

Yes, I knew it was a fabulous restoration, but when the car was driven into the sun (on the Sunshine Coast!) for the first time in over 50 years – we were all stunned.

It was driven out there by the legendary Kevin Bartlett (his career includes the Indy 500 – and today was his 81st birthday – happy birthday KB) who was a key member of the project. The works-built Mk1 Jaguar which started Australia’s passion for Touring cars was already brought out onto the bitumen by Chris Bowden, son of David, and former Moffatt engineer Peter Lisle completed the group, along with David Bowden, of course.

I am not going to tell the story of the day or the Hodgson racing Jaguars here, it is all in the magazine – but we were all stunned when we saw it outdoors.

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THE BIG PHOTOSHOOT OF THE RON HODGSON RACING MK2 HAPPENS TOMORROW

May 24, 2021

The big photoshoot, including cover, happens in the morning.

Can you believe this car raced only in 1960 and has basically been missing since – but was owned privately by enthusiasts all the time.

It was a shell-only for 50 years, and tomorrow runs on the road for the first time since completion of what is an astounding restoration – using 90% of the parts used on the car in 1960.

We are hoping the mighty Kevin Bartlett will be behind the wheel too.

Hodgson’s Mk2 leads the work-built Mk1 of ‘Pete’ Geoghegan at the super tight Catalina Park track in 1961.

The car has never had a bumped, and has been driven for a mere 7000 miles from new …

I am very excited about this one!

It finished third in the 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship held at Lowood in Queensland, when it was driven by its very colourful owner, Ron Hodgson.

The story has been written and is intriguing.

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