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TATA MOTORS AND VW MAY COMBINE FOR INDIA – financialexpress.com

February 24, 2017
jaguar Tata Motors and Volkswagen are looking at jointly developing vehicles for the Indian market and are already in advanced stages of talks. The talks may be firmed up at the Geneva Motor Show in the month of March, claims a report by Bloomberg. The report also claims that there is no certainty for the deal to go through and the talks are right now open-ended. While it is a regular practice in today’s age for carmakers to explore synergies in order to lower the rapidly increasing vehicles development costs, this deal is very interesting and possibly has a lot at stake. An example of such an agreement that helped cut costs for two brands is the Renault and Nissan alliance. To put things in perspective, the Kwid was very well kitted but still, Renault managed to keep the pricing competitive. In fact, the Kwid was responsible for placing the French car maker on the mass-market map in the Indian passenger car market. Similarly, the deal proved immensely beneficial for Nissan in keeping its pricing low and hence Datsun redi-Go too went on to become a best-seller for Nissan. Why not JLR but Volkswagen? The first thing to question about this deal is the rationale behind this deal between a global giant and a domestic giant. The answer lies in the problem area for both that turns out to be their passenger car sales in India. While both companies are struggling in the local market for completely different reasons, there’s a lot more to this deal than it seems on the surface. Synergies in this deal point specifically to technology related issues and Tata Motors already owns Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which is at par with the global competition in the luxury segment. So what is this technology that even JLR doesn’t have access to but Volkswagen does?
The answer lies in the rapidly shortening product lifecycles of vehicles today, primarily due to the influx of smart devices and growing importance of connectivity, which requires constant updates. With Tata Motors struggling with its passenger car division since years, the company now finally seems to get some firm footing to rise. However, a few successful models cannot propel the company’s journey into the horizon. Knowing that, Tata Motors recently announced to cut down its platforms from the present six to just two, one of which will be the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP). JLR operates in the premium space only and hence it’s expertise on modular platforms is restricted to that space only. Plus, the company has never tried making a low-cost car so it has no know-how on the subject at all, which is precisely what Tata Motors needs. In simple words, modular platforms are flexible platforms, which allow vehicles of various body styles and sizes to made on the same platform, resulting in the critical parts being common. This not only saves a huge amount of money since there are lesser parts to develop, it also allows the company to develop vehicles faster, which is crucial for success today. However, the thing about modular platforms is that they’re complex to design and expensive too. Tata Motors, being one of the youngest companies in the global car scene doesn’t have the required technical know-how for the same. This is where Volkswagen, one of the masters of making modular platforms comes into the picture. With platforms such as the MQB, Volkswagen is today selling cars with same underpinnings through different brands. So you could end up buying a Skoda, Volkswagen or even an Audi, based on the same platform and with the same engines too. It’s a win-win situation for the consumer and the company as the consumer gets more features and newer models quickly at a lesser price and the company is happy meeting consumer demands on time. What’s in it for Volkswagen? So what is in it for a global giant resting on a mountain of technology that filed more than 6,000 patents in 2015 alone? The answer once again lies in the problem area of Volkswagen, which is the absence of a small car. With its cheapest model starting at a price of more than Rs 5.5 lakh, Volkswagen loses out on the largest volume segment in the country. Moreover, there’s not much the company can do since they do not have a platform, which can spawn cars cheap enough to cater to the segment under rs 4 lakh or so. This is where Tata Motors comes in with its experience of making small cars, the jewel in its crown being the Nano, which the world was surprised with. That the Nano never really took off is a different story but from a technical perspective the car was a massive statement from an Indian company and made popular the term ‘frugal manufacturing’. With Tata and Volkswagen joining hands, the duo may be able to develop a modular platform for low-cost cars and crossovers, that will go a long way in helping both companies improve their sales. Developing such a platform is critical for both companies as both have been struggling for long to achieve their desired goals. The deal is a bit more important for Volkswagen since the world’s largest carmaker commands only about 2 percent of market share in India, a figure the board rooms in Wolfsburg, Germany, won’t be too amused with. Moreover, it doesn’t have a platform for the kind of low-cost cars India demands. The company earlier considered the Up platform for India but later shelved the plan due to it turning out to be too expensive. Developing an entirely new platform will entail massive investments, increasing the risk for a company already grappling with the diesel emission scandal and hefty penalties. While this tie-up is being discussed, it’s imperative for both companies to go ahead with the larger plan discussed in this story. In present circumstances, though, both companies seem fit to fulfil each other’s requirements. With the market getting more competitive by the day, Tata and Volkswagen need to act quickly in order to make it big in the future. Even if this deal doesn’t go through, both companies will need to ensure they find a similar partner soon enough because the competition is quickly coming to terms with a modular platform-based product roadmap and as history suggests, catching up isn’t always an easy task in the Indian automotive market. www.jaguarmagazine.com iTunes Magzter Amazon

VALE: BILL PITT

February 24, 2017

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It’s with a very heavy heart that we pass on the news that one of Jaguar’s greatest racers and devotees, Bill Pitt, died on February 23 at the grand age of 90 years.

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Bill was co-winner of the first 24 Hours race held in Australia (1954) driving one of the first XK120 FHCs built, defeating Peter Whitehead and Tony Gaze in an ex-works C-Type.

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He co-purchased new D-Type XKD526, raced it with great success, and even flipped it onto its back at Albert Park in its second outing.  He was incredibly fortunate to survive that – and without any injury.

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In 1957 he co-drive the Queensland Jaguar distributor’s MkVIII auto saloon in the Mobilgas Around Australia Trial – coming home the first non-VW car and in 7th placing outright.  They also claimed a host of other awards for what he said was his finest competition event.

In 1959 he co-owned and drove one of the potent and rare works prepared 3.4 Litre (Mk1) cars to finish second in the first Australian Touring Car Championship in 1960 (behind another works ‘Mk1’).

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In 1961 he captured the second Australian Touring Car Championship in the ‘Mk1’ beating Bob Jane and a host of other Jaguar entrants.

Bill was the Service Manager for Westco Motors, the Queensland and Northern Territory Jaguar distributors, and carried out a host of other vital roles in the business before going into his own non-motoring enterprise.

Last year we were delighted to take Bill, the Patron of the Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland, to meet David Bowden who showed him around his incredible collection of historic racing cars.

That includes the first works-built ‘Mk1’ in Australia, the ex-David McKay ‘Grey Pussy’ – when Bill sat in a ‘Mk1’ racing Jaguar for the final time.

He lost his delightful wife Cherry some years ago, but was strongly supported by his daughter and two sons to whom we pass on our deepest sympathies on their loss of a talented but too modest man who loved Jaguars to his core.

RIP, Bill Pitt.  It was an honour to know you.

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EX-JORDAN RODDY XJR-15 BEING OFFERED AT AUD$1,050,000

February 23, 2017
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We followed the mammoth restoration of Jordan Roddy’s XJR-15, a car he found heavily modified for university testing, in Japan. Twelve months ago we gave it the only road test when our road test editor took it out on closed roads within days of its sale to the Gosford Classic Car Museum.
 
It became our cover car,
 
Now the same car is being offered by the museum for a cool A$1,050,000.
Only four XJR-15s reside in the southern hemisphere, two each in Sydney and Melbourne. Chassis 018 was fully restored by Jordan Roddy’s Bespoke Motors in Moorabbin.
 
This XJR-15 has travelled a mere 710km with only a handful of those completed since the restoration.
 
In concept the XJR-15 was a road-going version of the Le Mans-winning Jaguar XJR-9. It was the first road car to be built completely out of carbon fibre, though its competition focus meant it definitely put the racer in road-racer.
 
Power came from a 6.0-litre V12 producing 336kW/570Nm. That might not seem much by today’s standards, but the XJR-15 weighed just 1050kg, of which almost a third was engine.
 
Jaguar XJR-15 performance was vivid, with 0-60mph (0-97km/h) claimed to take just 3.9 sec and a top speed of 307km/h. Unfortunately, raising the ride height to make it suitable for the road limited the effectiveness of the aerodynamics and led to very lively handling at the limit.
 
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JAGUAR SOON TO REVEAL ITS RED HOT F-PACE SVR – autoevolution.com

February 23, 2017
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Jaguar is now on its way to introduce its first super-SUV, which will come in the form of the F-Pace SVR. The high-riding velocity tool is no in the final phases of its development and you are now looking at the latest spyshots of the vehicle.
2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR SpiedThe regular F-Pace, is we may call it so, has become the quickest-selling Jaguar in the history of the brand, so it was only natural for the British automaker to bring us a range-topper for the crossover.
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The most power F-Pace to date is the S model, which is animated by a supercharged V6 mill churning out 380 ponies. The SVR badge should receive Jaguar Land Rover’s blown 5.0-liter V8, but the ground clearance-friendly Jag might not get the engine in its most potent form.
 
As such, we could expect the F-Pace SVR to pack under 550 hp. Saying it like that makes it sound like the newcomer will be less than a maniacal machine, but that’s far from the truth.
 
A reasonable expectation would be a 500 hp output, one that will allow the vehicle’s 0 to 60 mph sprint to sit at around four seconds.
 
With the German competition being as sharp as ever, Jaguar needs to make full use of its feline assets. As such, expect to receive an addictive mix involving an aggressive tune that will make the driving experience similar to a wildcat playtime session and a serenity-delivering mood that will surface once the driver decides to step off the gas.
 
Jaguar should gift us with the F-Pace SVR by the end of the year, with the blown SUV set to land as a 2018 model.
 
This is also an excellent opportunity to remind you that, last fall, we saw the sprint-friendly crossover doing its thing on the Nurburgring – check out the clip below for a vivid reminder. Oh, and by the way, we wouldn’t trust that partially-muffled aural experience delivered by the prototype.
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F-PACE CROWNED 'BEST SUV' FLEET WORLD

February 23, 2017
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The Jaguar F-PACE, the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, has been crowned Fleet World’s ‘Best SUV’ at the annual Fleet World Honours. With an aluminium-intensive construction and ultra-efficient Ingenium engines, the F-PACE was not only praised for being great to drive, but also for its low cost of ownership figures and modern technology.
 
The Jaguar F-PACE has won yet another major award in 2017, having been crowned ‘Best SUV’ at the Fleet World Honours
Fleet World judges praised the F-PACE for its impressive all-round abilities as an engaging drivers’ car, a genuinely practical SUV and a very accomplished fleet proposition.
 
The F-PACE has already picked up more than 30 global awards and is the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, with more than 50,000 sold globally since its April 2016 launch.
 
Recently updated F-PACE boasts an even wider range of engines, including a new 20d 163PS variant boasting CO2 emissions as slow as 126g/km.
 
“The long-awaited F-PACE offers an impressive all-round package, somehow managing to be both an engaging drivers’ car and a genuinely practical SUV. Plentiful use of aluminium to save weight helps both agility and fuel consumption, there’s plenty of room and useful tech inside, and two and four-wheel-drive versions to suit drivers’ needs.”
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FLEET WORLD PUBLISHER
 
“The honour is the fourth major global award won by the F-PACE this year, and the 31st since it was introduced in 2016. Already in the F-PACE’s trophy cabinet is Auto Express’ Car of the Year title and Women’s World Car of the Year for 2016.
 
“We have been working extremely hard to introduce a range of Jaguar and Land Rover models that are not only very desirable but also make good financial case for the fleet market. Our lightweight, low-emissions models, including the F-PACE, have been hugely successful among fleet and business buyers, and we’re constantly updating the range to ensure we stay ahead of our rivals.”
JON WACKETT
 
FLEET & BUSINESS GENERAL MANAGER, JAGUAR LAND ROVER UK
 
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JAGUAR MAKES A BIG LEAP FORWARD IN FORMULA E RACING

February 22, 2017

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Jaguar was surprised to be in contention for its first Formula E points in last weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.

Mitch Evans’s seventh-place start was the best qualifying performance by the British manufacturer in its debut Formula E season, and he ran well inside the top 10 in the opening stint.

Poor efficiency in the second stint dropped him out of the points-paying positions and a five-second time penalty for speeding under an early full-course yellow, caused by his team-mate Adam Carroll, meant Evans was eventually classified 13th.

It still marked a big improvement in performance from Jaguar, which was off the pace in Hong Kong and Marrakech and remains the only team yet to score a point in Formula E.

“We thought we had a great chance [of points] after the car swap,” Jaguar team director James Barclay told Autosport.

“What did slightly surprise us is this is our hardest challenge to date, this was the first track everyone’s been to.

“So if anything, doing it here, making that step here, was really impressive to see.

“There’s a little bit of a positive surprise there, but it’s really good to see what we thought we were going to see materialise – and on a track everyone’s been to twice before.”

Prior to Evans’s qualifying effort, in which he set a time 0.75 seconds slower than Jean-Eric Vergne’s benchmark, Jaguar’s best qualifying result was 14th and it had been 1.3s off the pace at previous events.

Evans said missing out on points should not detract from the team “making great strides” after “an absolute mess” in the first two races.

“I was hanging with the guys in front pretty comfortably and was pretty happy, and had a great pitstop,” he added.

“The whole second stint was really tough, I couldn’t match the energy targets as I could in the first stint and gradually got eaten up.”

Though the New Zealander conceded that Jaguar still has “a long way to go on ultimate pace”, he praised the improvements made on the car’s set-up.

“It was the best I’ve felt in a Formula E car,” he said of his qualifying lap. “I felt great as soon as I left the pits.

“You need that confidence in this car, especially one lap at 200kW and on the brakes, or you’ll either be in the wall or just slow.”

Carroll had a tougher event, struggling with the set-up throughout and then sparking the early caution when his car failed to launch, though he got going just in time to avoid falling a lap down.

Barclay was not sure if Carroll’s problem was a driver or system error, but admitted the team needed to deal with full-course yellows better in the future as both drivers were penalised for speeding.

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HERE COMES THE XE SVR FLAGSHIP SALOON SPEEDSTER

February 21, 2017
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Jaguar is reportedly in the process of developing the XE SVR (not the model pictured here!), a high-performance variant of the compact luxury sports sedan.
 
While the British automobile manufacturer has yet to confirm this speculation, AutoExpress has found out that Special Vehicles Operations, in charge of developing high-performance versions of Jaguar’s vehicles, is currently benchmarking the sports sedan.
 
If proven to be accurate, the XE will join two other vehicles who have received the SVR treatment — the F-Type sports car and the Range Rover Sport midsize sports utility vehicle (SUV). As such, the XE SVR will most likely be powered by the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission featured in these vehicles. On the F-Type SVR, this powertrain delivers 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
 
According to the publication, the XE SVR could receive up to 500 horsepower and will be able to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour (mph) in under four seconds.
 
To compare, the current range-topping model, XE S, is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 powertrain that yields 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet or torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
 
All the 2017 Jaguar XE models come with a rear-wheel drive system. However, to compensate for the SVR variant’s additional power, it could be launched as a four-wheel drive. This, in turn, will lead to a 110-pound weight gain.
 
In terms of design, AutoExpress noted that the XE SVR will look similar to the F-Type SVR and Range Rover SVR with aggressive bumpers and side skirts, blistered arches and larger brakes. There will also be enhancements made to the chassis, springs and dampers. Furthermore, the high-performance sports sedan may also receive an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
 
There’s no exact release date for the Jaguar XE SVR but it is said to arrive “almost halfway through the saloon’s lifecycle.”
 
Once released, it is expected to rival the BMW M3, powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine with 426 horsepower; the Mercedes-AMG C63 with a 503-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine; and the upcoming Audi RS 4 equipped with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine estimated to deliver around 500 horsepower.
 
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JAGUAR SCORES ITS BEST QUALIFYING FOR ARGENTINA RACE

February 19, 2017
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Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s South American FIA Formula E debut in Argentina produced more positives for the series’ newest team. Mitch Evans put together an impressive lap during qualifying to start from P7, just two positions outside the Super Pole group. It was the first top ten position for the British team in only its third race. The New Zealander also put in a P3 time early in the first practice session. His teammate Adam Carroll struggled to find confidence in his car set up and started the race in P15.
Mitch’s race was busy from lights to flag as he battled with Nico Prost and Felix Rosenqvist into the first corner pushing him down the order to P9. During the first stint the Jaguar I-TYPE driver managed to regain the two positions with some great race craft. Adam’s race was compromised from the start when his car failed to get off the grid before he was able to start one lap down on the field.
Ultimately Mitch narrowly missed out on the team’s debut points finishing P13. Adam did his best to fight back to finish P17 in front of Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist. He maximised the opportunity to gain valuable track time and crucial data for the team to analyse ahead of the next race.
James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Team Director: “This was our best qualifying result this season. A really great job by everyone in the team for making positive steps forward since our last race in Marrakesh in November. Things have truly come together and Mitch did really well managing to run with the front pack. The team should be really proud of what we have achieved today as we moved the performance forward and bridged the gap to the other teams. We have achieved a lot in only three races.”
“As always, we are here to improve, especially now in our first year of the championship, our learning year. It was a real shame for Adam to have an issue at the start and it was a huge fight to get back and catch up with the rest of the pack but he did a great job. This gave us the chance to try a few different set ups which is great for data capture. In summary we are moving in the right directions and can’t wait for our next race in Mexico.”
 
Mitch Evans, #20, P13: “It was great to come away from qualifying feeling satisfied with our performance. The team has worked really hard to make progress. We’ve made a really good step forward and that is evident from the result in qualifying.”
“The first half of the race was good but I got a bit shuffled around in the beginning which meant that I lost two places which was a bit disappointing, but then the full course yellow neutralised everything and I made up a few places. After that I was running with the front guys. I was happy with the pace and the energy management was going according to plan.”
“I was looking forward to holding my position in the second stint, but unfortunately I was struggling to manage the energy for some reason and couldn’t push as hard as before. I dropped four places and ended up just out of the points. It was really disappointing not to come away with our first points but it just wasn’t meant to be this time. I’m really looking forward to Mexico and this weekend has been a really good motivator for the whole team and a good confidence builder. We will build on that and keep improving as a team.”
 
Adam Carroll, #47, P17: “Today was tough. The start of the day was promising, we just lost our way a little bit in the second practice as we wanted to keep the car safe for qualifying and not risk anything. I obviously hoped to be a lot faster than I was, but I can improve on that. I’d hoped to have a strong race and come through but I had an issue with the start, right when I was about to take off I couldn’t launch the car. We’re not sure why and it’s something that the engineers are looking into now. Luckily, I was able to get going and could continue and complete the race. We got a lot of good data out of it but unfortunately no result this time.”
 
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PRICELESS VIDEO OF SIR WILLIAM LYONS FROM YOU TUBE

February 18, 2017

PRICELESS VIDEO OF SIR WILLIAM LYONS FROM YOU TUBE

A member of the JDC in the UK posted this today – and we just had to share this video which not only lets you know and hear the wonderful Jaguar founder – but he also explains the meaning of S.S. for the only time I believe.

This is incredible history.

JAGUAR SET FOR 7 NEW OR UPGRADED SHOWROOMS IN LONDON

February 16, 2017
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Jaguar Land Rover is to boost its London sales operation with seven new or upgraded retail facilities.
 
They will be in addition to the three existing ‘Arch’ corporate identity sites in West London, Stratford and Battersea.
 
Among the new retailers is a development at Sunbury-on-Thames which will be a ‘global statement site’ for the UK, boasting 17,000sq/m of floor space.
 
Operated by Sytner Group Ltd, the new Jaguar Land Rover site will be based just off the M3 motorway into London, said to be seen by around 72,000 drivers every day.
 
Construction on the site is set to begin in August and be completed at the end of 2019. It will include special vehicle operations and Jaguar Land Rover Classic divisions.
 
Joining the Sunbury-on-Thames retail location is another to be based at Staples Corner, at the interchange between the North Circular and Edgware Road flyover.
 
Operated by Spire Automotive (owned by Group 1 Automotive), the building provides over 8,000 square-metres of accommodation arranged around a central atrium to draw customers up through the showroom.
 
Work on the new Staples Corner showroom will begin in April, and will be completed by October 2018.
 
By the end of 2019 Jaguar Land Rover will have 10 new or upgraded retailers in London, along with four supporting authorised repairers.
 
Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director Jeremy Hicks said: “The Jaguar Land Rover business has seen huge sales growth and significant development of its model range in recent years, and our retail partners are evolving the sales network to reflect that.
 
“These new London sites not only make it more convenient for our customers in the capital but they also provide a significant boost to our visibility, with cutting-edge design and an ideal showcase for our vehicles.”
 
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