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RATAN TATA – JAGUAR LAND ROVER IS NOT FOR SALE. ELECTRIC F-TYPE REPLACEMENT …

June 23, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover has teased and electric F-Type, as well as a similar XJ with a V6 variant to follow sometime after.

The company recently revealed a bunch of details over its upcoming lineup. And, during a presentation earlier this month, they disclosed that their new Modular Longitudinal Architecture will be launched on a “large SUV and a large premium sedan”. While they did not go into details, the models are rumored to be the next-gen Range Rover and the Jaguar XJ.

According to an unconfirmed report by Automotive News, the next XJ will come in the form of an electric vehicle. But JLR’s presentation did confirm that there will be mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric models to their inbound X-Series.

It was also revealed that the electric vehicles based on the MLA platform will be strapped with a 90.2 kWh battery pack able to power them for up to 292 miles before needing a recharge. The plug-in hybrid variants based on the architecture will contain a 13.1 kWh battery and an electric range of 31 miles.

Meanwhile, the F-Type will have a mild-hybrid and a fueled powertrain, with JLR admitting that a question mark near the EV logo is a possibility.

JLR is currently struggling amid a difficult financial period. However, CEO Dr. Ralph Speth says that the company is not for sale, as has been rumored.

“Today it’s very simple. Jaguar Land Rover is not for sale,” he told Auto Express in an interview. “We are owned by TATA of India. This is the way things will stay. TATA – with Jaguar and Land Rover – is a leader, producing leading products that have won a total of six World Car Awards in the last three years.”

The company has been operating at a lower profit as of late, with interest in their diesel vehicles dwindling, while Brexit hits and poor sales in China also factors in heavy losses last year.

It had been reported that JLR could be sold, but owner Ratan Tata claimed that the stories were false. Speth has since backed that up with his claims, also adding that the likes of Peugeot-Citroen and FCA have been in similar situations before and that JLR could have purchased them if they wanted to.

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June 17, 2019
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IAN CALLUM GETS A GONG IN THE QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOURS

June 12, 2019

 Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019.  Awarded for services to the automotive industry, the accolade recognises the significant contribution Ian has made to car design throughout an extraordinary career spanning four decades. 

Ian Callum said: “I feel extremely privileged to receive a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. I‘ve dedicated my life to car design and I’ve been fortunate to spend my career doing what I love and working with some very talented people.

“My biggest highlights have been the transformation of Jaguar design over the past 20 years and designing the first all-electric Jaguar – the I-PACE SUV, a triple winner in the 2019 World Car of the Year awards. I give immense credit to my team and I feel this recognition is a reflection of the success we have all created.”

Ian spent the first 12 years of his career at Ford Design Studios contributing to the creation of the Escort RS Cosworth and the Ghia Via Concept, before moving on to become Chief Designer of TWR Design, where he was responsible for the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and DB9.

Since joining Jaguar in 1999, Ian has built a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the range with award-winning designs. These include F-TYPE – Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type, the XE, XF and XJ saloons, and the marque’s first SUVs – F-PACE, E-PACE and most recently the all-electric I-PACE, which in April was crowned World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car of the Year.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, in 2005 Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA. In 2014 he received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design.

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VALE: THE LEGENDARY NORMAN DEWIS OBE

June 9, 2019

It is with a very heavy heart we report the passing on June 8, 2019 of the legendary former Jaguar test driver and engineer, at the aged of 98, Norman Dewis.

Norman was a great in the entire British motor industry and worked as hard as anybody at Jaguar at improving the ride, handling and reliability of production Jaguars, while testing and sorting each of the C and D-Types and other competition models built.

Norman became an unofficial PR head following his retirement and travelled the world in that role as an ‘amateur’.

He died at home following a battle with cancer. It was his wish to pass at home, and thankfully, he didn’t linger too long.

We pass on our very best thoughts to Norman’s family (pictured here with him when he received his OBE at Buckingham Palace).

A major tribute is following in our next edition.

RIP Norman Dewis.

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NOW YOU CAN BUY A ROAD-GOING XE SV8 THRILL MACHINE!!!

June 6, 2019

 Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division has developed a more restrained road-oriented version of the extreme XE SV Project 8 featuring a discreet new rear spoiler, delivering a covert design that belies the 600PS vehicle’s race track-honed performance capabilities.

The new Touring specification is available alongside existing 200mph Project 8 derivatives, which currently hold production sedan lap records on three continents – at circuits including the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Dubai Autodrome and Laguna Seca.

The fixed Touring Spoiler replaces Project 8’s adjustable carbonfibre rear aerodynamic wing and is complemented by a fixed front splitter to maintain aerodynamic balance.

Despite this significant aerodynamic revision, the 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 Project 8 with Touring Spoiler retains an extraordinary level of on-road performance and driver engagement for a sports sedan, accelerating from 0-60mph in 3.3sec (0-100km/h in 3.7sec) and on to a limited top speed of 186mph (300km/h).

Jamal Hameedi, Engineering Director, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, said:“Project 8 has received outstanding critical acclaim since its launch, demonstrating the Special Vehicle Operations team’s ability to create a compact Jaguar sedan with supercar-rivalling performance. Touring specification extends the appeal of Project 8 to performance car enthusiasts and collectors who prefer a more discreet appearance, without compromising its driver-focused on-road dynamics.”

Special Vehicle Operations will hand-assemble no more than 15 examples of the Touring specification Project 8 at its Technical Centre in Warwickshire, exclusively in four-seat configuration.

Valencia Orange, Velocity Blue, Corris Grey Satin and British Racing Green paint finishes are available, while the absence of body decals – though optional – confirms this as the ultimate Q car.

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IN THE MIDST OF THE SPECULATION – JAGUAR LAND ROVER AND BMW COMBINE …

June 5, 2019

 As it develops its plans for the mobility of the future, the BMW Group is increasingly focusing on co-operations to help make next-level electrification technology more widely available to customers by the start of the coming decade.

Cooperation between car manufacturers to share know-how and resources is important as the automotive industry tackles the significant technological challenges of autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services (ACES).

After three years of Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, the BMW Group remains firmly on track, having established a strong position as one of the world’s top providers of e-mobility. The BMW Group is leading the global premium market with the largest portfolio of electrified vehicles and the biggest market share among traditional luxury rivals.

Highly-integrated electric drive train

The BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover today confirmed they are joining forces to develop next generation electric drive units in a move that supports the advancement of electrification technologies necessary to transition to an ACES future.

The BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover share the same strategic vision of environmentally-friendly and future-oriented electric drive technologies. The BMW Group brings long experience of developing and producing several generations of electric drive units in-house since it launched the pioneering BMW i3 in 2013. Jaguar Land Rover has demonstrated its capability with this technology through the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace and its plug-in hybrid models.

The BMW Group’s most sophisticated electrified technology to date features an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in one housing. This electric motor does not require rare earths, enabling the BMW Group to reduce its dependence on their availability as it continues to systematically broaden its range of electrified models.

Starting next year, the BMW Group will introduce this electric drive unit, the fifth generation (“Gen 5”) of its eDrive technology, with the BMW iX3 Sports Activity Vehicle. The Gen 5 electric drive unit will be the propulsion system upon which subsequent evolutions launched together with Jaguar Land Rover will be based.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation. We see collaboration as a key for success, also in the field of electrification. With Jaguar Land Rover, we found a partner whose requirements for the future generation of electric drive units significantly match ours. Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.

The cooperation allows the BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover to take advantage of cost efficiencies arising from shared development of future evolutions and production planning costs as well as economies of scale from joint purchasing.

A joint team of BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover experts located in Munich will be tasked with further developing the Gen 5 power units with production of the electric drivetrains to be undertaken by each partner in their own manufacturing facilities. Both companies will seek to adhere to their own brand-specific propositions in any project.

Technology openness

The development of multiple new technologies is required for the company to meet customer and regulatory requirements around the world, which often vary by market. This means that the BMW Group will continue to improve its combustion engines, while also pushing forward the e-mobility strategy with both battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and investing in new technologies such as fuel–cell powertrains.

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IS JAGUAR LAND ROVER REALLY GOING TO BE SOLD, MERGED – OR NOTHING?

June 5, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover’s sale to PSA is inevitable – but the French car maker could make a good new owner.

That is the verdict of former Land Rover chief engineer Dr Charles Tennant, though he has also warned the acquisition could prove painful in terms of the cuts that would almost certainly come in the wake of it.

Mr Tennant spoke to CoventryLive after reports emerged suggesting Jaguar Land Rover is on the brink of being sold to PSA.

The PSA Group, which owns the Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall-Opel brands, is poised to step-in and take over the Coventry car maker according to the Press Association.

A Press Association report says leaked information suggests a sale of Jaguar Land Rover could be imminent.

It is understood a “post-sale integration document”, which outlines the benefits of the two companies joining forces, is already in circulation and the firms are exploring the detail of cost savings after a tie-up – which given the size of both companies would be a PSA takeover rather than a merger.

Reacting to the mounting speculation Mr Tennant, who was also a director of Tata Motors’ European Technical Centre, said such a move should not come as a surprise.

He said: “This comes as no surprise at all and we should not take any notice of either Tata Motors or Jaguar Land Rover denials at all.

“They are obliged to deny it until the ink is dry on the contract.”Mr Tennant added: “I advised Lord Bhattacharyya – who until his sad passing was himself advising Ratan Tata on Jaguar Land Rover strategy – last year that Jaguar Land Rover was in a death spiral of its own making, and that Tata would need to fund massive losses and investment now or sell up.

“Well the falling sales and losses at Jaguar Land Rover have just escalated since then and Tata have been very quiet whilst considering what best to do for them.

“Clearly Tata have looked at what the £2.5 billion cost savings plan will deliver in the context of future sales and profit forecasts, and perhaps they can see a cliff edge ahead.”

As far as the likelihood of the sale is concerned, Dr Tennant described it as “inevitable” and said although PSA should prove a good owner that rationalisation would almost certainly follow.

He said: “Clearly the Peugeot talks are at an advanced stage, and their top management have already indicated a desire to enter the premium and luxury market, so a Jaguar Land Rover  acquisition is like a dream come true for them – just as it was for Tata Motors only 11 years ago.

“It is now inevitable that Jaguar Land Rover will be sold off, and I think Peugeot could be a very cohesive new owner.

“They have the need and cash to do it.

“Mind you I’m afraid that the next stages will be drastic and painful with the inevitable rationalisation of product and production sites, whilst planning for future electrification.

“But this is just a process of creative destruction where new technologies and products have to be implemented to safeguard the future of industries and companies, and their employment.

“As I said once before, for Jaguar Land Rover’s loyal work force and numerous owners over the years that is deja vu.”

Tata Motors recently said there was “no truth to rumours that Tata Motors is looking to divest its stake in Jaguar Land Rover ” but speculation about a sell-off has continued.

Some analysts suggested Tata may sell-off Jaguar, the smaller of the car maker’s two brands, as an alternative way forward.

However Mr Tennant dismissed that, saying that both marques were now so intertwined it would make such a move almost impossible from an engineering perspective.

He said: “The alternatives of Tata doing joint ventures or selling off, say Jaguar alone, won’t work because of the appalling state of affairs the whole company finds itself in.

“Also, Jaguar Land Rover is now so heavily integrated it would be a minefield trying to disentangle Jaguar from Land Rover.”

Jaguar Land Rover is in the midst of a massive restructure after announcing a loss and slowing sales for the first time since it was acquired by Tata.

It is in the process of trying to save £2.5 billion and earlier this years announced it was cutting more than 4,000 jobs.

In February, it revealed a hefty quarterly loss of £273m in the three months to December 31, 2018, blaming Brexit uncertainty, slowing sales in China and declining demand for diesel vehicles.

Dr Tennant also highlighted product issues with the company, including a gap of almost four years between production of the iconic Land Rover Defender ending and its replacement being unveiled

He said: “ Jaguar Land Rover have been gradually releasing information about the Land Rover Defender launch for next year, even claiming that its late entry into the market place is a good thing to make sure they get it right.

“I don’t know of many auto companies that actually stop making a product for four years before the replacement is ready.

“Also, it is to be noted that the most recent vehicle – the Range Rover Evoque – still does not have plug-in hybrid or electric options because it has not been designed to fully accommodate electrification until 2025.

“In addition the updated Jaguar XE is still only a one horse solution, with no estate, or coupe derivatives to bolster future sales.

“This is all about a new product introduction process that has failed in areas of product planning, investment priorities, robust product development, manufacturing capacity planning, and quality.”

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IAN CALLUM TO QUIT THIS MONTH! FULLY STORY IN #198

June 5, 2019

In a shock revelation, Jaguar has announced that Ian Callum, Director of Design, is to leave his position at the company after two decades heading up Jaguar Design. Julian Thomson, currently Creative Design Director, has been appointed to the role of Director of Design, effective 01 July.   

Since joining Jaguar in 1999, Ian has built a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the range with award-winning designs. These include F-TYPE – Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type – the XE, XF and XJ saloons, and the marque’s first SUVs – F-PACE, E-PACE and most recently the all-electric I-PACE, which in April was crowned 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car.

Ian Callum said “I have had an incredible career at Jaguar. One of my biggest highlights was creating XF because it represented the beginning of a new era moving Jaguar from tradition to contemporary design – it was a significant turning point in our story. Designing the F-TYPE was a dream come true for me, and I-PACE was an opportunity to create something hugely innovative that would really challenge the perception of Jaguar – and its success is testament to just how far the brand has come.

I came into this role with a mission to take Jaguar design back to where it deserved to be. It has taken 20 years, but I believe I have achieved what I set out to do. Given the strength of both our products and the design team I feel that now is the right time to move on, both personally and professionally, and explore other design projects. Designing Jaguar cars was a lifelong dream for me and I’m delighted to remain involved as a consultant for the brand. I have worked closely with Julian Thomson for 18 years – he is a hugely talented designer and absolutely the right person to lead Jaguar design into its next chapter.”

Ian spent the first 12 years of his career at Ford Design Studios, moving on to become Chief Designer of TWR Design, where he was responsible for the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and DB9. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, in 2005 Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA. In 2014 he received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design.

Prof. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer said: “The contribution Ian Callum has made to Jaguar’s industry-leading design reputation cannot be over-stated.

“Ian stands for the most forward-thinking, rule-breaking and emotive approach to automotive design. He has created a new Jaguar design language – and his passion for Jaguar has seen the range completely transformed during his 20 years in charge.

“Innovative, beautiful, future-facing and true to our pioneering heritage, Jaguar’s current and award-winning cars are testament to Ian’s dedication – you can see his ‘signature’ in each and every one. In my view, the World Car Design of the Year winning F-TYPE, F-PACE and I-PACE – true game changers – are perhaps his greatest achievements. I believe they will be future icons.

“Both personally, and on behalf of everyone at Jaguar, I would like to thank Ian for all he has done, and I am delighted he has committed to continue to be Jaguar’s brand ambassador as a design consultant.

“I’d also like to congratulate Julian in his new position as Director of Design. Now is Julian’s time to shape his team, and the next generation of Jaguars. I am excited about the future for Jaguar, and Julian continuing the brand’s position as a world-leader in automotive design.”

As Creative Design Director, Julian Thomson has been responsible for establishing the future strategic design direction for the brand.  Since joining Jaguar in 2000, he has overseen the development of the design concepts for the entire current product range. Julian began his career at Ford in Dunton, England, before moving to Lotus, where he became Head of Design, then Chief of Exteriors at Volkswagen Group’s Concept Design Centre.

Julian Thomson said: “I’m honoured to take up the position of Director of Design, Jaguar. It will be a great privilege to lead such a talented team, and continue to build on our success. Automotive design has always been fast moving, but today it is changing at a rate faster than ever before. I’m passionate about ensuring Jaguar Design leads that change, and the cars that will drive our future.”

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LE MANS 1957 – IS THAT STIRLING? DO YOU KNOW?

May 30, 2019

This a serious history puzzle of significance.

The scene is Le Mans scrutineering in 1957 and the D-Types are the Ecurie Ecosse XKD606 and 603 which would finish first and second.

However, what we are trying to establish is if that is Stirling Moss with his back to the camera and with his own camera around his back?

His partner is being helped into the D-Type so it makes sense to be him – but do you think it looks like him? Or do you know for a fact?

Driver Ninian Sanderson leans on the fin, co-driver Jock Lawrence is walking up in the beany, mechanics Ron Gaudion, Stan Sproat and Wilkie Wilkinson are on the right. A moment in time never to be repeated.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER HELPS YOU KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD

May 29, 2019

The research, in partnership with Glasgow University, has created a ‘sensory steering wheel’, parts of which can be quickly heated and cooled to inform drivers where to turn, when to change lane or to warn of an approaching junction. This could be particularly useful when visibility is reduced through poor weather or the layout of the road.

A steering wheel developed by Jaguar Land Rover could help keep drivers’ eyes on the road – by using heat to tell drivers when to turn left or right.

The technology has also been applied to the gear-shift paddles to indicate when hand over from the driver to autonomous control in future self-driving vehicles is complete.

Driver distraction is a major contributor to road accidents around the world and accounts for 10 per cent of all fatal crashes in the USA alone*. Jaguar Land Rover’s research suggests thermal cues could be a way to keep drivers fully focused on the road.

The cues work on both sides of the steering wheel, indicating the direction to turn by rapidly warming or cooling one side by a difference of up to 6oC. For comfort a driver could adjust the range of temperature change.

Studies have shown** temperature-based instructions could also be used for non-urgent notifications, where vibrations could be deemed unnecessarily attention grabbing, for example as a warning when fuel is running low, or for upcoming events, such as points of interest. Thermal cues can also be used where audio feedback would be deemed too disruptive to cabin conversations or media playback.

Alexandros Mouzakitis, Jaguar Land Rover Electrical Research Senior Manager, said: “Safety is a number one priority for Jaguar Land Rover and we are committed to continuously improving our vehicles with the latest technological developments as well as preparing the business for a self-driving future.

“The ‘sensory steering wheel’ is all part of this vision, with thermal cues able to reduce the amount of time drivers have to take their eyes off the road.

“Research has shown people readily understand the heating and cooling dynamics to denote directions and the subtlety of temperature change can be perfect for certain feedback that doesn’t require a more intrusive audio or vibration-based cue.”

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