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DO NOT MISS THIS HISTORICALLY VITALLY IMPORTANT JAGUAR STORY IN OUR NEXT EDITION

July 12, 2019

It is something nobody else has ever recorded, and the most incredible story we may have ever published in our 35 years.

Jack Bryson in Australia saved Jaguar from bankruptcy in 1964, and Sir William Lyons said he was the most entrepreneurial man he ever did business with.

Australia was Jaguar’s largest market until the very late 1940s thanks to Jack Bryson – but in actual fact his own amazing life and life story beats all of that.

We have researched it hugely with the assistance of his eldest son John, and it keeps on showing up the most astounding connections you could imagine.

Indeed, it is so amazing it could not be made into a movie – nobody would believe it was true!!!

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NEW XJ WILL BE ELECTRIC AND BUILT AT CASTLE BROMWICH

July 5, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover today revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich, UK. The announcement is the next significant step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK.

“We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, Electronic Drive Units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”

The first new electric car to be produced at the plant will be Jaguar’s flagship luxury saloon, the XJ. The choice of business leaders, celebrities, politicians and royalty for over five decades and through eight generations of production, the XJ is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK and has been exported to more than 120 countries.

The news was confirmed to workers at Castle Bromwich as production of the current XJ came to an end. Credited with pioneering a range of industry-first innovations during its 50 years of production, the new XJ will build on the characteristics synonymous with its predecessors – beautiful design, intelligent performance and revered luxury.

The new all-electric model will be created by the same expert team of designers and product development specialists responsible for delivering the world’s first premium electric SUV, and 2019 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar I-PACE.

Today’s announcement, which safeguards several thousand jobs in the UK, is the next stage in execution of Jaguar Land Rover’s electrification strategy. In January the company confirmed plans to bring battery and Electric Drive Unit (EDU) assembly to the Midlands with investment in new and existing facilities. These investments have been anticipated in the company’s previously communicated capital investment plans.

The new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall, operational in 2020, will be the most innovative and technologically advanced in the UK with an installed capacity of 150,000 units. Together with the Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC), home of Jaguar Land Rover’s global EDU production, these facilities will power the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover models.

The extensive transformation of Castle Bromwich to become the UK’s first premium electrified vehicle plant will be the most significant in the plant’s history. Later this month, work will begin to commence the installation of all-new facilities and technologies required to support Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Designed and engineered in-house, MLA enables flexible production of clean efficient diesel and petrol vehicles alongside full electric and hybrid models.

The expansion of Jaguar Land Rover’s electrified vehicle line up will see customers offered a greater choice of vehicles to suit their lifestyles. However increased consumer take-up remains a challenge.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Convenience and affordability are the two key enablers to drive the uptake of electric vehicles to the levels that we all need. Charging should be as easy as re-fuelling a conventional vehicle.

“Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad. The UK has the raw materials, scientific research in our universities and an existing supplier base to put the UK at the leading edge of mobility and job creation.”

As Jaguar Land Rover today makes its commitment to electric car manufacturing in the UK, it calls on government and industry to work together to bring giga-scale battery production to the country. This builds on the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and the government’s Faraday Challenge, essential for next generation battery technology to create smaller, denser, cheaper batteries. These critical steps will also support and grow the existing supply chain, making the UK less dependent on essential materials sourced abroad today.

Together, these initiatives enable battery production and demand for automotive companies, to attract future giga-scale factories to the UK.

More detail in our next edition as Jaguar leads the car world into a new electrified world. 

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QUESTION – WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUY JAGUAR MAGAZINE INDIVIDUALLY?

July 5, 2019

It is something I have been mulling over for some time, but think the answer might lie with you.

It is sheerly not viable economically to put our Jaguar Magazine into shops all over the globe, and the biggest expense for us getting it to you otherwise is the postage. There seems no way we can avoid this, so I wondered if we should sell it on a single issue basis to either try before you buy a yearly subscription, or if a story or stories in a particular edition takes your fancy.

I would love to know your thoughts. Please feel to respond either here, or email me at info@jaguarmagazine.com and I will personally look at any and every message.

I passionately want more Jaguar fans to know and read our now 35 year-established publication, and this may be something which appeals?

We can set up our website to shop for that if it is what you would like.

Les.

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LISTER’S NEWEST JAGUAR SUPERCAR

July 3, 2019

The Lister Motor Company has unveiled the first example of its new Lister LFT-C at their Lancashire Headquarters. Carrying chassis number 01, it is the first of just 10 cars to be built for the global market and continues a bloodline of limited-edition supercars to carry the Lister badge.

The Lister LFT-666 coupe, launched in 2018 with production limited to just 99 vehicles, has been universally well received with new cars being delivered around the globe. Requests for an open-top LFT-666 created the concept for the LFT-C, a car giving true supercar performance with the excitement and exhilaration of a convertible, and yet retaining the core Lister DNA of performance and driving precision.

Producing 666bhp from a Lister-tuned and supercharged V8 engine, the Lister LFT-C becomes the most powerful open-top Lister ever built, offering a top speed in excess of 205 mph and a 0-62 mph time of just over three seconds. Taking the fastest open top Lister title from the celebrated Le Mans supercar, the LFT-C is also set to become an instant modern classic with low production volumes, immense pace and stunning looks.

Each Lister LFT-C is manufactured with bespoke Lister carbon-fibre body panels, designed and manufactured in the UK, to give the F-Type increased visual presence and a more aerodynamic profile. These unique additions comprise a new front bumper, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear lip spoiler, rear extended wheel arches and a new grille design with the improved aerodynamic qualities of each aiding the LFT-C to reach speeds in excess of 200mph.

To give the dynamic elements drivers expect from a road-going Lister, the LFT-C uses the same bespoke wheels, exhaust, suspension and braking system as featured on the LFT-666, extensively tuned to suit the characteristics of an open-top supercar. The result is a car that can be enjoyed on both road and track without compromising road comfort or track performance.

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CASTLE BROMWICH PLANT TO BE REMODELLED FOR ELECTRIC CAR BUILDING

July 1, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover will commit to investing hundreds of millions of pounds to prepare its Castle Bromwich plant to build electric cars, ahead of a wave of new battery models it hopes to make in the UK.

The carmaker has scheduled a six-week shutdown at the site to install a new range of tooling that will allow it to make battery cars. The replacement for the XJ, the flagship Jaguar saloon used by several government ministers including business secretary Greg Clark, is expected to be fully electric and made at the site. An announcement about the electric investment in expected on Friday, and was first reported by the Sunday Times. It is a boon for Britain’s largest carmaker, which is cutting 4,500 jobs amid a £2.5bn turnround plan, and helps secure the Castle Bromwich Jaguar plant, which has laid off staff and moved to a four-day week amid crumbling demand for the saloon models made at the site.

Recommended Brexit Fall in UK car industry investment blamed on Brexit uncertainty Last year the business posted a £3.6bn loss after taking a £3.1bn accounting hit to the value of its models and investments. The company has been hurt by sliding demand for diesel, which makes up 90 per cent of its European and British sales, as well as falling sales in China and a model line-up that sees many of its vehicles compete directly against one another. The move is a fillip for the UK’s embattled auto industry, which has struggled to attract new investment and models because of uncertainty over the country’s future relationship with Europe.

To survive in the coming decades, Britain’s car facilities will need to pivot to electric, something made more challenging by the lack of a UK battery plant. Nissan already manufactures the electric Leaf car in Sunderland, while BMW will assemble the electric Mini in Oxford, albeit using imported German batteries.

But the Jaguar I-Pace, the brand’s first electric car that has accrued a number of awards including World Car of the Year, is made in Austria by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr, in part because of the lack of a suitable UK supply chain. The extent of government support for the Jaguar project is not yet known, although typically around 10 per cent of a venture’s cost is support by taxpayer funds. When Toyota spent £240m at its Burnaston plant for new tooling, it was supported by a government investment of £21m. Peugeot’s £100m investment in its Luton van site included £9m of government support. JLR has previously stated it wants to make electric cars in the UK, but complained about a lack of supply chain. It recently opened an electric drive facility in Hams Hall, and makes some hybrid engines at its Wolverhampton engine plant.

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ICONIC JAGUARS WHICH HAVE BEEN AND – MOSTLY – GONE. A SHORT SERIES

June 27, 2019
OKV1 on the right prior to the start of Le Mans in 1954

Perhaps some of the cars in this little series of posts I am going to put up were not as appreciated as much as they should have been when they were in Australia, but this first one is revered.

Sadly, there are no genuine C or D-Types left in Australia despite the very many which were in that country. Restrictive import regulations and costs are such that even collectors cars can generally stay no longer than twelve months, so weep for Australian devotees when you see each of these cars.

The first one we are featuring is the most famous.

It is D-Type OKV1, or XKC402, the first D-Type built after the prototype and the lead car at the D-Type’s debut race, Le Mans 1954.

It finished second there by around just 100 seconds, and its first private owner was one of its drivers at Le Mans, Duncan Hamilton. He raced it, and next sold it to Sydney resident Brit, John ‘Jumbo’ Goddard, who converted it into his road car, and it seems probable his job convinced Jaguar to produce the XK-SS.

Jumbo bought the car to Sydney and kept it at his Palm Beach home. It was not treated like a prima donna. He drove it regularly to Melbourne, and to a Jaguar Rally at Griffith with his wife Kate in 1974.

Jumbo and Kate Goddard in OKV1 at Griffith in 1974

Sadly, when Jumbo died in 1983 the car was sold soon after and flown back to the UK where it remains to this day. For many years it was a star exhibit at the National Motor Museum (Beaulieu).

However, it made a big impression in Australia and is still much loved there. Thanks Jumbo.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR ON THE PODIUM AND 8TH IN SWITZERLAND

June 23, 2019


Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans finished second in the Swiss E-Prix in Bern to achieve his second ABB FIA Formula E podium. The Kiwi fought a race-long battle with Jean-Eric Verge and a last-minute rain shower to power him to fourth in the driver standings. Mathematically he still has a chance to win the Formula E title at the season five finale in New York next month.DOWNLOAD  

  • Mitch Evans secured his second podium of the season, finishing in second place after race-long battle with Jean-Eric Vergne 
  • Alex Lynn achieved his second points for the team, finishing in P7
  • Mitch Evans in fourth place in the driver standings ahead of the season five finale in New York next month 

Teammate Alex Lynn secured his best result for Jaguar since joining the team mid-season and brought the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 over the line in seventh.

Another impressive qualifying performance saw both drivers qualify within the top 10. Mitch advanced to Super Pole with the fastest time during group qualifying before taking to the grid in P2. Alex put in a solid performance to line up P10.

An early collision at the first corner saw a large pile up and the race was stopped after just 54 seconds. Mitch restarted in P2 and Alex in P9.

Both drivers pushed hard to attack, but few overtaking opportunities on the narrow street circuit made it difficult to move up the rankings.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the double-header season finale in New York on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July and aim to finish season five on a high.

“It feels great to be back on the podium for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, but I definitely feel I had the pace today to take the top step. The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 felt extremely fast and I want to thank everyone in the team for giving me a great racecar. It was harder than I expected to overtake here. I was hoping I’d be able to move on Jean-Eric Vergne under Attack Mode, but that didn’t materialise, he was defending well. There was no time loss to activate Attack Mode, which I think saved him today. When the rain came down, it was really difficult, so I was happy to take P2. There is a big points gap to Jean-Eric in the standings but anything is possible in New York and I will be fully focused on taking every opportunity.”

MITCH EVANS
PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING DRIVER, #20

“Overall it was a great day for the team; Mitch on the podium in P2 and my best result for the team in P7. The upward trend continues for us as a team in this second half of the season, which is really exciting. We continued our points-run, so we will take this momentum with us to the season finale. For New York, we just need to keep working hard and hopefully we can finish on a high.”

ALEX LYNN
PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING DRIVER, #3

“To achieve our second podium for Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great achievement – it is testament to the hard work of the whole team and I’m incredibly proud. We did very well today on a difficult racetrack – tight corners, a challenging circuit making it very difficult to overtake. It was a terrific drive from both drivers – Mitch pushed Vergne for the whole race and Alex made up three places, but there were very few chances today. We know the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3, so it’s great to finally put all the pieces together and convert that back into good championship points. We will take that energy with us all the way to New York. Mitch is in third place and there is everything to work hard for!”

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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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