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March 23 2017

Big cats return to Silverstone

Numerous examples of the Jaguar XJ220 are to star at this year's classic event on July 28-30 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this outstanding car.

Two of the key inspirational figures behind the sensational supercar, Jim Randle and Keith Helfet, will be heading the 25th anniversary parade

Jaguar has extended its involvement as an Official Partner, with an even bigger presence both on and off-track. This year’s event welcomes the Jaguar Classic Challenge for the very first time on a special invitational basis. It features a mouth-watering grid of GT, sports and saloon cars from the marque’s celebrated past and is sure to be yet another crowd-pleasing addition, whilst a showcase on the infield of Copse Corner and the return of the F-TYPE Experience – which proved such a winner with visitors last summer – are further indicators of the marque’s outstanding commitment.


January 9 2017

Jaguar Land Rover sells record 583,313 cars in 2016

Sales of luxury Jaguar models rose 77 percent to 148,730 units in 2016 due to strong demand for a range of new high-end products including the F-PACE, the brand's first off-roader which was launched last year.

Europe was the carmaker's biggest overall market, accounting for almost a quarter of total demand.

The firm said its line-up will continue to expand but it has warned about the negative effect any tariffs on its business imposed as part of a Brexit deal could have if Britain were to lose unfettered access to the single market.

Its annual profit could be cut by 1 billion pounds by 2020 if Britain returned to World Trade Organisation rules for trade with the continent, two sources told Reuters last year.


September 5 2016


120 Jaguars, old and new, entered the Jaguar Trophy 2016 at Windsor Castle
‘Best in Show’ winner of 2016 Jaguar Trophy was a remarkable 1954 XK120 Open Top Sports SE owned by Barrie Woolston
‘Coach Built Era Cars’ category won by a stunning 1934 SS1 Tourer owned by Colin and Ann Stewart
‘Saloons’ category won by an immaculate pale blue Mk I owned by Michael Bing
‘Sportscars’ category won by Series I E-type Coupe Chassis No. 5, owned by Stuart Cardwell
‘Classics of the Future’ category won by Phillip Dyson’s 2002 XKR

(Windsor, UK – 5 September 2016) – The Jaguar Trophy returned to the Concours of Elegance 2016 at Windsor Castle on 3 September for the annual Jaguar Land Rover Saturday.

The overall winner of the Best in Show Jaguar Trophy was Barrie Woolston, owner of a remarkable XK120 Open Top Sports SE (OTS SE). Woolston’s XK120 has been modified for rallying with its aero screens and fluted bonnet, but also customized with modern disc brakes – helping the car’s driveability and enjoyment in modern road conditions, making for a non-standard car, and an unusual winner.

August 31 2016


Jaguar’s XE sports saloon is pitted against its rivals across UK showrooms in the first weekend of September
Car buyers invited to test up to three competitor vehicles at Jaguar UK showrooms and decide for themselves if the XE beats its rivals onto their driveway
Jaguar becomes the first manufacturer in the UK to offer such a competitive comparison through its showrooms
The multi-award winning Jaguar XE is the current Auto Express Compact Executive Car of the Year and was named ‘a Game Changer’ at the 2016 Autocar Awards.

Jaguar UK makes a bold statement this summer with an open invitation for car buyers to test the multi-award-winning XE against its rivals in the market through group tests arranged at UK showrooms.

More than 250 examples of the three main rivals to the Jaguar XE have been brought in for the first weekend of September and placed at key Jaguar retailers across the UK for the magazine-style group tests to take place.

August 17 2016


Jaguar Land Rover Classic hosts annual ‘Jaguar Land Rover Saturday’ event at the Concours of Elegance, at Windsor Castle on 03 September
Competition set to attract stunning array of Concours-condition Jaguars while showcasing the brand’s rich history
Jaguar Trophy forms part of the brand’s strong overall presence at the prestigious event including a 100-strong collection of privately owned Jaguars in the Club Car Display
Jaguar owners can register their interest by simply e-mailing

The Jaguar Land Rover Trophy returns to the Concours of Elegance 2016 at Windsor Castle on Saturday, 03 September and Jaguar Land Rover Classic is now welcoming entries from Jaguar owners to participate in one of the most popular events of the weekend.

As part of Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s multi-year partnership with the Concours of Elegance, owners will have the opportunity to enter their cherished car into the Jaguar Land Rover Trophy in one of five categories, namely:

Classics of the Future (2006-2016)
Judges Choice (a special ‘wildcard’ category open to any Jaguar with a captivating history)

All successful entries will be invited to park in specially reserved spaces along The Long Walk at Windsor Castle on Saturday 03 September, where an expert panel of judges will be choosing the class winners plus an overall ‘Best in Show’. The winners will be announced at a special prize-giving ceremony at the Concours of Elegance at 15:00 on Saturday.

August 5 2016


Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles, today reported its best ever July retail sales of 44,486 vehicles, up 34% compared to July 2015. The month’s record performance has been driven by strong sales of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Jaguar XE and the F-PACE. Jaguar Land Rover sold 336,052 vehicles in the first seven months of 2016, up 23% on the same period in the prior year.

In July, Jaguar Land Rover has delivered a particularly solid performance in China and North America with retail sales increasing by 64% and 51% respectively compared to the previous year. Retail sales were up year-on-year across all other regions: 38% in the UK, 24% in Europe and 2% in other overseas markets.

Commenting on the performance, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said: "This has been another record month for Jaguar Land Rover with impressive sales across both of our brands. The Discovery Sport and the Jaguar XE have delivered record July sales performances and the Jaguar F-PACE is in popular demand with our customers, reflecting the global appeal of our strongest ever vehicle line up."

July 30 2016

Jaguars return to Silverstone

This year's Silverstone Classic brought out a variety of Jaguars and thankfully the weather was dry. A selection of Coventry's finest was out on the famous Northamptonshire circuit. XKs were represented by 120s and 150s,








Series 1 E types were numerous and C and D types could be seen in fairly large numbers.

Sadly the XJC remained in the garage and the XJS was absent.

Racing was up to the usual highly competitive standard with some interesting battles between E types and Ferraris.

For those wishing to buy a Jaguar the auction had a XK150 and several E types of most series available.


July 18 2016


Jaw-dropping Art of Performance Tour comes to Silverstone
Go drifting in an F-TYPE and take home film of your experience
Jaguar XJ14 holds the Silverstone Classic circuit lap record
C-types, D-types and E-types all in racing action

Jaguar’s racing heritage has always been massively to the fore at the Silverstone Classic but, for the first time, later this month the legendary British manufacturer will be the Official Experiential Partner to the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival.

Visitors to this year’s Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) will not only be able to see racing Jaguar C-types, D-types, E-types and Group C prototypes in all their nostalgic glory roaring around the famous Grand Prix circuit but they will also be given the chance to experience a state-of-the-art F-TYPE being pushed to the limit within the event’s thrill-laden Adrenaline Zone.

July 11 2016

Andy Wallace returns to Le Mans

Andy Wallace, Le Mans winner outright for Jaguar in 1988, was a winner again at the La Sarthe circuit this weekend as 65 racing Jaguars took to the track in the Le Mans Classic round of the Jaguar Classic Challenge.

Wallace, whose '88-winning XJR-9 wowed the crowds during a 100-strong Jaguar parade lap which preceded the race, finished third overall and won his class racing a D-type, while Julian Thomas won the race outright in his 1962 low-drag E-type.

Also part of the 100-strong parade before the race were Jaguar's one-off Le Mans prototype, XJ13, and a dozen examples of its latest and fastest production car, the 575PS, 200mph F-TYPE SVR created by Jaguar's Special Operations division.

July 7 2016


The Jaguar XJ13 will be making its debut at the Le Mans circuit it was intended to dominate 50 years ago
The lightweight V12-powered racing car never competed, as Le Mans regulations changed and Jaguar focused on new projects
Taking part in a parade of 100 legendary Jaguars, the XJ13’s appearance will be a highlight in a very special weekend of Jaguar features at Le Mans Classic
Motoring journalist, broadcaster and racing driver, Chris Harris, will also pilot one of the ‘missing six’ Jaguar Lightweight E-type chassis number 15 in it’s racing debut
Record grid of 65 pre-1966 Jaguars racing in Jaguar Classic Challenge race
Le Mans Classic takes place from 8-10 July

The unique 1966 Jaguar XJ13, conceived to continue Jaguar’s winning ways at the Le Mans 24 Hours, will finally make its debut at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe, 50 years later. A victim of timing and changing regulations, the XJ13 never raced in period despite its incredible pace, so the car’s entry at Le Mans Classic this weekend marks the fitting conclusion to one of Jaguar’s greatest historic cars, on its 50th anniversary.

July 6 2016


The Jaguar F-PACE has been named Car of the Year by the UK’s best-selling weekly car magazine, Auto Express, as it also picked up the Compact SUV of the Year title
Anthony Joshua, recently crowned World IBF Heavyweight Champion, congratulated Jaguar on its latest title, as he took a closer look at the F-PACE
The F-PACE is already the fastest-selling Jaguar ever

Completing a hat-trick of wins, the Jaguar XE also picked up the Compact Executive Car of the Year title for the second year running at the Auto Express Awards
The Jaguar F-PACE is the most practical sports car on the road, combining maximum driving exhilaration with efficiency and space, starting from £35,020

London, Wednesday July 6, 2016: Boxing world champion, Anthony Joshua, has been spending time with another newly-crowned British champ, the Jaguar F-PACE, after it was named Car of the Year 2016 by Auto Express. The F-PACE was also awarded Compact SUV of the Year by the team at Auto Express, the UK’s biggest-selling motoring weekly magazine.

Anthony Joshua, IBF heavyweight champion, said: “I have a Jaguar XJR at the moment but after the team showed me around the F-PACE I might make a change! I love the way it looks but for me the additional space is the key element, especially with all the kit I have to transport. The Activity Key wristband is a great idea, too; I’m always switching bags and changing gear for training so being able to not worry about where my car keys are would be so helpful. Congratulations to the team on the Car of the Year title; I love seeing Brits taking on the world and coming out on top.”

The Auto Express Car of the Year award is the latest major success in an incredible launch for Jaguar’s first ever SUV, which immediately became the brand’s fastest ever selling model.


July 5 2016

Jaguar Classic confirms limited edition continuation XKSS to make world debut in North America in 2016
Lightweight E-type chassis #15 to make racing debut at Le Mans Classic (10-12 July 2016), driven by presenter and journalist Chris Harris

Jaguar Classic today announces that the hotly-anticipated continuation Jaguar XKSS will receive its world debut presentation in November this year in California, North America. The presentation will coincide with the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Production of the ultra-exclusive continuation Jaguar XKSS will be limited to just nine examples, hand-crafted by Jaguar Classic expert technicians and manufactured to the exact same specification as those produced in 1957.

Often referred to as the world’s first supercar, Jaguar originally made the XKSS as a road-going version of the Le Mans winning D-type, and cars built in ’57 were originally earmarked for export to the U.S., but disaster struck and a number were lost to the Browns Lane fire of the same year. Now, 59 years later, Jaguar will build the nine ‘lost’ XKSS sports cars for a select group of established collectors and customers.

Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The continuation XKSS reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar’s illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.”

All nine continuation XKSS are now sold, with first deliveries to customers planned for early 2017.


February 12 2016

Jaguar Land Rover has posted lower pre-tax profits for the third quarter of 2015 than the last three months of previous year.

The figure was down 27 per cent on 2014, standing at £499m, after the company was hit by falling sales in China. Revenues rose marginally year-on-year to £5.8bn, however. The decline in profits came despite the company selling a record 137,653 vehicles in the October-December quarter, up 23 per cent.

For the first nine months of 2015, pre-tax profit fell 55 per cent to £980m. The company lost £275m of stock in explosions last summer in the Chinese port of Tianjin. Indian parent Tata Motors saw quarter three net profit fall two per cent year-on-year to £357m.

Jaguar is the UK’s biggest automotive employer, with more than 30,000on the payroll.

July 27 2015

Jaguars take a bath at Silverstone

For this year's Silverstone Classic a Jaguar engined boat would have been more suitable. With non stop rain on two of the three days wet weather tyres were in demand. The drivers' skills were tested as they fought against the elements and provided some interesting racing. A good selection of Jaguars were on track ranging from an XK120, through C type, D type, Knobbly Lister, XJS, E types, XJR14 and XJR16.

The XJR14 of D'Ansembourg produced the fastest lap of race 11 and took the chequerd flag nearly 16 seconds ahead of the Nissan of Bob Berridge.




The auction included a V12 E type sold for £83,000, a XJS and a Lynx XKSS replica.


July 15 2015

JLR's retail sales flat in June

Jaguar Land Rover has reported June retail sales of 39,602 vehicles, in line with prior year volume.

July 13 2015

Tata Motors' JLR books pretax rise

Jaguar Land Rover wholesale and retail sales for the fiscal year were 470,523 units and 462,209 units respectively worldwide (129,205 units and 124,307 units for the fourth quarter).

June 15 2015

Jaguar XJ targets S-Class and 7 Series with new upgrades

Jaguar xjJaguar's XJ gets styling tweaks, efficiency improvements and new tech in a bid to tackle luxury saloon rivals
With the Mercedes S-Class shifting over 100,000 units last year, and an all-new BMW 7 Series ready to roll, Jaguar needed to respond to keep its XJ flagship relevant. And respond it has, with a comprehensive round of updates for its luxury saloon, ranging from more powerful and efficient engines to the very latest infotainment and safety tech.

Leading the styling changes is a larger, more upright grille, while sculpted chrome blades in the air intake give it a touch more presence. Full LED lights, and twin ‘J-Blade’ daytime running lights are also new, echoing the new ‘J-signature’ in the tail-lights. A gloss black insert on the rear bumper with a thin chrome insert and oval exhaust finishers complete the gentle makeover. more

June 2 2015

CHINA: JLR appoints new sales chief

Tata Motors' luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has appointed a new head of sales in China where the company has seen a slow down in sales in recent months. Mark Bishop succeeds Yi Lu, who resigned in mid-April citing personal reasons.

March 25 2015

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to expand its advanced engineering and design centre at Whitley, Coventry, doubling its footprint at the site.

February 20 2015

Jaguars on the prowl again at Race Retro.

This year's motorsports show produced a selection of Jaguars of both race and road variety. Lister displayed the first of their continuation models of a Knobbly Lister Jaguar. The polished aluminium contrasted well with the black paintwork. The racing theme continued with a C type replica in white.

Over the years Jaguars have been found on the race tracks of the world. Apart for the C and D types the most prevalent is probably the E type which has been campaigned in most levels of racing for over fifty years. more...


October 31 2014

Jaguar Land Rover opens engine production centre

Jaguar Land Rover brings engine manufacturing in-house.
With the new GBP500m Engine Manufacturing Centre Jaguar Land Rover claims it is the UK's leading automotive investor. Facility supports regional economic regeneration with 1,400 jobs created.

Jaguar engine plantSome 1,400 new jobs are being created by JLR's new engine manufacturing facility. Tata owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has officially opened its new "Engine Manufacturing Centre" in the English West Midlands. The £500m facility, announced in September 2011, represents a significant step in JLR's strategic investment programme and will see engines being produced in-house for the first time in a generation. Located near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, the Engine Manufacturing Centre is home to the Ingenium engine family which will power a new generation of Jaguar Land Rover products designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK. This starts with the 2.0-litre diesel, which rolls off the production line early next year, destined for the new Jaguar XE.

Commenting on the opening Dr. Ralf Speth said: "The Engine Manufacturing Centre represents all that is great about British engineering. "Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain." JLR says it is drawing on the expertise of 2,000 powertrain engineers who have been inspired by the company's 70-year heritage in the design and development of iconic engines. These engineers, together with the new 1,400 strong team at the Engine Manufacturing Centre, will deliver the "next generation of highly efficient, ultra-low emission 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines".

The 100,000 square metre facility, houses an engine-testing centre alongside manufacturing and assembly halls. The facility is also home to the largest rooftop solar panel installation in the UK, comprising some 21,000 individual panels. JLR estimates that the panels will generate more than 30% of the plant's energy requirements - providing the same amount of energy required to power 1,600 homes.

Commenting on the importance of the Engine Manufacturing Centre, Trevor Leeks, Operations Director at the site said: "Our new Engine Manufacturing Centre is an important step in advancing the competitiveness and capability of the UK automotive sector. The production of in-house engines will support the expansion of the UK supply chain providing critical mass for inward investment."

September 24 2014

Tata's JLR hires 283 new graduates

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has taken on 283 new graduates for 2014.

The latest recruits start their career as both Jaguar [XE] and Land Rover [Discovery Sport] prepare to launch important new models - the automaker's capital and product launch budget this year is over GBP3.5bn (US$5.72bn). CEO Ralf Speth said: "We are... employing and developing the people that will help ensure our continued success."

The graduates began their two-year programme with a formal induction week, during which they met Speth and other members of the board, familiarised themselves with the latest vehicle line and had a glimpse at some future products.

JLR is the highest-ranking automotive manufacturer in The Times' Top 100 List of Graduate Employers, moving up to 16th position in 2014/15. Group marketing director, Phil Popham, originally began with JLR as a new graduate and is now a board member. He said: "The graduate scheme provides an excellent start to a career at Jaguar Land Rover and we very much hope that our latest recruits will become the company's future business leaders."

The majority of the new graduate roles are in manufacturing, programmes and engineering, with some 200 of the latest intake working in those areas. Roles are also being filled in commercial areas such as finance, HR, IT, marketing, sales, property, logistics and PR. A similar split between engineering/manufacturing and non-engineering departments is expected for the 2015 intake.

The graduate programme is designed to provide a blend of personal and professional development, along with opportunities to network with other graduates and build relationships across the entire business. Graduates joining JLR are allocated a 'home' department based on their specialism and will, over the course of the two-year programme, have an opportunity to gain varied experience within that area. Over the past four years, JLR has recruited around 1,200 young people onto its graduate programme. It also offers a number of paid work placements for undergraduates.

August 15 2014

JLR reveals special operations site

Jaguar Land Rover says it has chosen Prologis Park, Ryton, near Coventry in the UK, for the company's investment in its Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre. The facility will be JLR's global centre of excellence for the creation of bespoke commissions and extreme performance vehicles. With operations due to begin towards the end of the year, a team of 150 Jaguar Land Rover specialists will be based at Ryton.

Some 100 of those engineering and technician jobs will be new, while GBP20m (US$33.4m) will be invested in installing specialist equipment and a customer commissioning suite.

The Technical Centre will be part of the company's Special Operations, created in June. Facilities will feature a VIP customer commissioning suite for bespoke services and premium vehicle personalisation, as well as what the company describes as "Formula 1-inspired flexible workshops" and a specialist paint studio.

We will be creating iconic vehicles that reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover brands as we expand our product portfolio and fulfil our plans," said JLR special operations managing director, John Edwards.

July 28 2014

Cats on the prowl again.

A great selection of Jaguars were to be seen at the Silverstone Classic meeting. From a child's E type in the auction to virtually every model in the club displays or on the track, there was a variety from different decades.

Jaguar E type and Ferrari 250There was a hard fought battle in the tourist Trophy race for pre 66 GT cars between the E type driven by Cottingham brothers and the Ferrari driven by Oliver and Pearson. The Ferrari started on pole with the Jaguar on row 2 on the other side of the track. Swopping the lead several times and always on each other's bumper the race provided some nail biting thrills. The E type led in the early stages but the Ferrari had the edge in the last five laps. Eventually Oliver and Pearson winning by just twenty seconds.



April 30 2014

The cats prowl again at Silverstone Classic

Jaguar xj220This year's Silverstone Classic has all the makings of a great event. Races for supercars and Group C will see XJ220s, XJRs and Lister Storms take to the track. The group C cars will race on Saturday evening and again on the Sunday.

C types, D types and E types will be seen on track as usual. Jaguar c typeWith all the Jaguar clubs attending there will probably be several hundred Jaguars at Silverstone this year.

With over 20 races and over 1000 cars competing the racing action will be non stop.

Other features include 50 years of the Ford Mustang, Maserati track parade celebrating 100 years, World record parade of GP cars to be led by Sir Stirling Moss OBE and a large grid of F3 cars. Not forgetting a celebration for John Surtees. more...

April 28 2014

Defects prompt Jaguar recalls

Four defects have resulted in four separate recalls of Jaguar Land Rover models sold in the US, the NHTSA said in emailed bulletins. The number of vehicles per recall ranges from two to just over 5,200.

JLR is recalling 1,589 2013 and 2014 Jaguar XF two-litre GTDi models also made between May and October 2013 to check for a loose charge air cooler (intercooler) hose that may be out of position and loose, allowing it to detach. Dealers will check the hose and clamp.

The automaker is also recalling 297 2013-2014 XJ, XF and XK because the toe links, used to control the alignment of the rear wheels, can separate from the rear subframe. Dealers will replace a nut and washer assembly.

April 2 2014

Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé

Measuring 33,000Nm/degree, this is the most torsionally rigid car yet from Jaguar, and the 550PS 5.0-litre V8 is unique to the hatchback body style. Glenn Brooks reports on these and other high tech features of the new Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé.

When setting out to develop the F-TYPE, JLR engineers knew that both open-topped and fixed-roof bodystyles would be needed. Convertibles sell well in just a handful of countries but a couple of these are large markets, namely England and certain parts of the US.

It made sense to launch the model first as a roadster, with relatively high prices, and then wait almost a year before adding a more practical and cheaper hatchback. The same pricing strategy has worked well for Porsche, with the Cayman positioned above the Boxster. Jaguar’s strategic planners were clever enough not to confuse buyers with two model names - let’s not forget that outside the UK, this brand is at worst dormant in target buyers’ minds and at best, cool and exclusive. Possibly too exclusive.

Jaguar sales across the globe continue to improve, thanks partly to the advertising campaigns which are ongoing (including this new ad which follows on from the Super Bowl one), and of course due to the arrival of new or refreshed models. Additional features such as AWD and four-cylinder engines for cars such as the XF and XJ has also helped in the US and China, and to a lesser extent, India.


March 21 2014

Will Jaguar avoid the GT-R factor?

As Jaguar ramps up F-TYPE production and marketing activity surrounding the car and the additional coupe body style, can it avoid the fate that has befallen other supercars?

After two days' driving Jaguar's monstrously fast new F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE R Coupes this week, there is no doubt in my mind that the car is more than good enough to be compared to Porsche's Cayman and 911. That it is priced betwixt these two shows both how cheeky and brave JLR is. But the big question remains: will it succeed?

I've been trying to find global volumes for another stupendously fast Porsche challenger; alas Nissan doesn't break out a number for the GT-R from total model sales data. Happily, the *US importer does, and 1,236 units of this US$100,000+ model were retailed in 2013. Not bad for a car that's now in its seventh year of production but let's be honest, the GT-R hasn't exactly changed the image of Nissan, nor has it ever sold anywhere near the levels of the 911. Over the years, the price has crept up and up, so while the GT-R might not at first glance seem to be a competitor for the new Jag, its size, performance and target buyers are similar. more...

March 20 2014

Jaguar sees 90% conquest sales for F-TYPE Coupé

Speaking at the media launch of the new F-TYPE Coupé in Barcelona and Lleida, Jaguar's global brand director Steven de Ploey says he wants 90 percent of sales to be conquests.
"Seventy five percent of people who've bought the F-TYPE [Convertible] have been new to Jaguar. For the Coupé, we have to lift this percentage to ninety," de Ploey stated, adding that he expects the Convertible/Coupé sales mix to settle at a ratio of 40/60.

Production of the additional bodystyle has just begun at JLR's Castle Bromwich plant in the English Midlands. F-TYPE build should be able to rise substantially later in 2014, following the cessation of XK production this summer. All four cars - F-TYPE and XK in Coupé and Convertible forms, come down the same line. Series production of the F-TYPE Convertible started in May 2013.

The F-TYPE uses a shorter, narrower variation of the XJ and XK's aluminium platform and the new body style brings with it an additional engine for the model, a 550PS supercharged 5.0-litre V8. For the moment, this will only be available in the Coupé. The other two engines, which are shared with the convertible, are 340PS and 380PS versions of a supercharged 3.0-litre V6. Convertible buyers do have the option of a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 but in 500PS form only, while this lower powered V8 is not available in the hatchback.

Ian Hoban, the new car's Vehicle Line Director (i.e. chief engineer) told that his team has created "the stiffest Jaguar ever". This is thanks to "a single piece aluminium body side, which is a pressing that has never been done before in the industry". Exceptionally deep-draw aluminium pressings eliminate the requirement for joints in the panel surface. The body side panel is fabricated from high-strength and formable AC600 aluminium, which has also been used for structural reinforcement – both engineering firsts for Jaguar. Hoban further notes that "extruded hydroformed beams have allowed us to deliver such a low roof line". Meanwhile, one of the few criticisms leveled at the convertible has been its tight boot space but this has been addressed in the new hatchback, with what is claimed to be "407 litres of useable trunk space".

The 550PS engine might be the most powerful yet seen in the F-TYPE but the brand has a history of adding extreme RS derivatives to certain models. When asked by what engine could power a future F-TYPE RS, chief designer Al Whelan grinned and answered, "We've got a few ideas about that".

Prices for the new Coupé are as follows:

340PS F-TYPE (340PS 3.0) £ 51,235
380PS F-TYPE S (380PS 3.0) - £ 60,235
550PS F-TYPE R (550PS 5.0) - £ 85,000

March 11 2014

Jaguar to end XK production this year

Jaguar will cease production of the XK before the end of 2014 to concentrate on the F-Type line and the recently announced XE small saloon.

March 7 2014

Jaguar recruits footballer Beckham as China brand ambassador

Beckham has been named a brand ambassador for Jaguar China

Former international footballer David Beckham has joined Tata Motors' luxury car unit Jaguar as a 'brand ambassador' to "support significant forthcoming product launches in China".

"British sporting icon Beckham will feature in above-the-line marketing campaigns for the brand in one of its most significant international markets," Jaguar said.

JLR China managing director Bob Grace said: "We are absolutely thrilled that David will be an ambassador for Jaguar in China. Beckham is a Briton whose achievements mean he has global popularity and he is someone who embodies contemporary British style and sophistication. He is a truly modern, British individual with a genuine passion for design, innovation, performance and driving."

As part of a long-term partnership, Beckham will star in a series of print adverts and TV commercials exclusively in China.

His role will initially see him feature alongside the new F-Type Coupé. He will also feature in brand and product communication campaigns in coming years, including those for the XJ large luxury saloon which is likely eventually to be fully manufactured in China at a joint venture plant currently under construction with local partner Chery.
Beckham said: "I’ve always been an admirer of Jaguar – from the styling and design to the feel and roar of the engine, every element feels uniquely British. It’s an honour to support a brand with such an amazing heritage and I look forward to being part of Jaguar’s exciting future in China."

Jaguar has revealed print materials to be used in the new marketing campaign. Fashion photographer and filmmaker Peter Lindbergh was commissioned to produce exclusive campaign images. He has worked with Beckham in the past and their involvement in the Jaguar campaign will see the two figures continue their collaborative relationship.

The F-Type Coupé will be a prominent feature of the first phase of the campaign. The XF and XJ saloons will also feature in the new Beckham campaign to present the brand's full range to Chinese consumers.

The print campaign will appear in magazines and on billboards across China with TV advertising starting later this year.

March 4 2014

Jaguar names 'small' saloon XE

Jaguar's new 'small' saloon will be called the XE and be the first aluminium monocoque product in the segment, the Tata Motors luxury car unit announced at the Geneva show today.

March 3 2014

Jaguar Land Rover's lightweight future

Tata's UK-based Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) unit has grown volume and profit in recent years, underpinned by successful model range additions and sales expansion around the world. Ian Adcock lifts the lid on the increasing importance of aluminium in JLR's future product strategy.

Having recently posted pre-tax profits of GBP1,675m, up 11% over last year, and announced an investment programme of GBP2.75bn with a view to introducing eight new or refreshed products this year alone, it’s challenging to recall this is the same business that went cap in hand, unsuccessfully, to the Blair government for a loan to bail it out during the height of the global financial crisis in 2009.

More recently, every press release that Jaguar Land Rover issues seems only to trumpet yet another success or expansion. Last year it announced plans for manufacturing in China and Brazil, and is constructing a GBP500m engine plant in the UK.

The plant in Brazil will have the capacity to build 24,000 vehicles annually for the Brazilian market, with the first vehicles (model not yet specified) off the line in 2016. It has also announced that its range-topping Jaguar XJ saloon will be built for the Indian market at JLR’s plant in Chakan, near Pune. more...

January 13 2014

Tata's Jaguar Land Rover boosts 2013 sales 19% to record 425,006

Global sales up 19% to 425,006
Jaguar volume up 42% to 76,668
Land Rover up 15% to 348,338
Jaguar Land Rover, the UK-based premium luxury unit of Tata Motors, sold a record 425,006 vehicles in 2013, up 19% year on year, with strong growth in all major regions and new records set in 38 markets.

Asia Pacific and China region sales rose 30%, North America was up 21%, the UK up 14%, Europe up 6%, and other export markets up 23%. EO Ralf Speth said: "Our unrelenting focus on design, technology, innovation and quality has seen Jaguar Land Rover reach global consumers in more markets than ever before thanks to its most desirable product line-up."

Jaguar booked a 42% rise, selling 76,668 vehicles in 2013 - its strongest full year sales performance since 2005 with new records set in 17 markets including Brazil, India, Russia and China.

Jaguar delivered year on year increases in every major region with North America now the brand's top selling region. Land Rover set a new full year sales record with 348,338 vehicles in 2013, up 15%. Sales were up in every major region with annual sales records set in 42 markets, including the UK, USA, Brazil and India.

January 9 2014

Tata Jaguar Land Rover creates new engine centre

Jaguar Land Rover is investing more than GBP500m (US$821m) in a new engine manufacturing centre at Wolverhampton in the UK Midlands to bring power plant supply back to its production doorstep.
he centre will support the manufacture of JLR's new family of high technology, low emission engines, responsible for the assembly of engine components, operation of the plant's manufacturing equipment, supporting tool changes and material line feed.

Trevor Leeks, the centre's operations director said, he is now looking to recruit some 600 people over the next four years. JLR has worked with local government authorities to create a tailored training programme for local unemployed people to develop the skills required at the plant. The six-week training programme will cover enhanced literacy & numeracy skills, how to approach competency based interviews, team exercises and interview preparation.

The engine manufacturing centre's team currently stands at around 100 people including 18 apprentices and 6 graduates. In addition to the manufacturing roles at the plant, there are also additional opportunities available in a range of engineering and supervisory roles.

December 13 2013

Tata Jaguar Land Rover CEO hails company transformation to 'global business'

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) CEO, has told journalists that after a record breaking 2013, the company is looking forward to further volume expansion and gaining a global operational footprint.

"What a year we have had," said Dr Speth. "It has been phenomenal for growth and the progression of our business. We now want to transform our business from a UK-centric one to a global business with a new operational footprint," he said.

His remarks come hot on the heels of the announcement of a new JLR plant for Brazil. Turning to 2014, Speth highlighted the company's planned manufacturing presence there.

"We are on track in China. We are deeply impressed with the speed with which you can do something in China. The first vehicles will come off the production line [in China] next year."

Jaguar Land Rover has established a joint venture company with Chery Automobile Company Ltd representing an investment of RMB 10.9bn (circa GBP1bn). The JV, which will be operational in 2014, is based at Changshu, in the Jiangshu Province.

JLR recently told the Chinese government that it aims to sell 100,000 vehicles in China in 2014, compared with around 80,000 this year.

Mike Wright, Executive Director at JLR, also told just-auto that the next phase in JLR's development is to evolve from being a UK-based business that exports to the rest of the world (around 85% of the company's revenue comes from overseas sales). "In the next phase, we become a global business that is also based in the UK," he said. "These are exciting times for us."

He also said that the company is experiencing little adverse impact from the official clampdown on corruption and 'bling' that has hit demand for some luxury products in China. "We are working carefully to be positioned with the right brand image and the right infrastructure to sell in China where our products are in demand," he said. "And they clearly are."

Wright put down the continuing business success of JLR to three factors.

"Firstly, there is a trend around the world that favours premium and that has undeniably helped us. We also have products that allow our customers to express their individuality and that has been key.

"Secondly, we have exploited the trend of globalisation and been able to exploit rapidly rising demand in emerging markets as well as the established developed markets.

"Thirdly, we have continued to invest heavily in new product. In this industry you have to invest in new product to succeed. Look at the young and vibrant model ranges we have - both Jaguar and Land Rover - and we are also fortunate to have a parent company that recognises the importance of maintaining the pace of this investment."

December 5 2013

Tata Jaguar Land Rover announces plant for Brazil

As expected, Tata subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has today announced plans for a manufacturing facility in Brazil.

JLR's planned expansion into Brazil is described by the company as "the next major step in the company's strategy to increase its global manufacturing footprint and create additional capacity".

Construction of the manufacturing facility will commence in mid-2014. It is anticipated that the first vehicles will come off the assembly line in 2016, subject to the final approval of the plans from the Brazilian Federal Government under its Inovar-auto Programme. The new plant will have a capacity to build 24,000 vehicles annually for the Brazilian market.

Initially, the plant will employ almost 400 people. This number is expected to almost double by the end of the decade. This new manufacturing facility will also create additional jobs across the local supply chain network.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said, "Brazil and the surrounding regions are very important. Customers there have an increasing appetite for highly capable premium products.

"This new programme will enable us to bring exciting new vehicles to them, with outstanding British design and engineering, creating a world-class Jaguar Land Rover facility incorporating leading premium manufacturing technologies.

"We have established excellent working relationships with the State of Rio de Janeiro, the City of Itatiaia & the Rio de Janeiro State Industrial Development Company and we look forward to attracting new customers to our business in this important market."

Phil Popham, JLR's marketing chief, recently told just-auto that the company has formed a new Global Business Expansion team that it is looking at production opportunities around the world. These include Brazil where there is a very strong market for Land Rover products.

"Brazil is by far the biggest market in quite a volatile region in terms of sales and currencies but we are looking at the long term potential,” Popham said.

December 3 2013

Tata Jaguar Land Rover opens technical academy

UK prime minister David Cameron is leading a big delegation of over 100 British business leaders to China; JLR is playing a prominent role as a representative of the UK auto industry

Tata Motor subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has opened a technical academy in Beijing at a ceremony attended by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

The ceremony took place during a UK trade delegation visit to the country.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth joined the Prime Minister and a delegation of UK ministers and business leaders on a four day trade mission as a leading representative of the UK's automotive industry.

Dr Speth said that China is a key territory for Jaguar Land Rover. "Our Chinese National Sales Company (NSC) was established in 2010 and since that time we have seen the expansion of our dealer network... it is therefore vital that we invest in the skills and training necessary to support our two great premium brands and provide our discerning Chinese customers with unrivalled quality and customer experiences."

The Training Academy in Beijing is the second such JLR facility to open in China and will shortly be complemented by a new Academy in Guangzhou. JLR says these centres will see more than 10,500 technicians, sales consultants and service representatives trained to work across its 223 authorised dealers in more than 90 cities across China.

To further support its Chinese consumer base, Jaguar Land Rover has established a joint venture company with Chery Automobile Company Ltd representing an investment of RMB 10.9bn (circa GBP1bn). The JV, which will be operational in 2014, is based at Changshu, in the Jiangshu Province and will harness the expertise of the respective companies to produce bespoke vehicles tailored specifically for the Chinese market, JLR says.

The British premier also used the trip to call for closer trade ties between China and the EU.

October 10 2013

JLR sales up 16% in 2013

Tata Motors' luxury vehicle division, Jaguar Land Rover, boosted September sales 17% year on year to 43,181 units. Year to date sales rose 16% to 312,834.

The company reported rises last month in in all major regions: China up 46%, Asia Pacific up 29%, UK up 11%, Europe up 8%, North America up 6% and other overseas markets up 15%. YTD sales were also up in all major regions with Asia Pacific up 29%, China up 24%, North America up 17%, UK up 15%, Europe up 5% and other overseas markets up 19%.

Jaguar sold 8,462 vehicles, up 35%, last month as F-type deliveries kicked in. China Region sales rose 218% thanks to new models developed specifically for that market.

Jaguar YTD volume was up 38% to 57,660 vehicles with a 122% increase in China.

October 2, 2013

JLR appoints John Edwards as MD of new division

JAGUAR Land Rover has appointed John Edwards into the role of managing director of the newly created Individual Products Division with immediate effect.

The new division will be responsible for designing and creating a portfolio of ‘brand extending products’, said a press release, ranging from high value halo vehicles to lifestyle merchandise products. The firm says Edwards will be responsible for the company’s ‘Engineered To Order’ division, accessories, licensing and merchandise activities, vehicle operations and heritage vehicles across both brands.

JLR’s chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said: ‘The introduction of the Individual Products Division is an exciting new opportunity for Jaguar Land Rover and is designed to sharpen our relentless focus on delivering outstanding products for our customers – past, present and future. ‘John brings a wealth of experience to the role which will be integral to supporting our future growth strategy.’

Edwards joined Jaguar Land Rover as a graduate and has held a number of senior management positions, most recently Land Rover global brand director. Commenting on his new role, Edwards said: ‘This is a great opportunity to establish a new business within a business.

‘Both Jaguar and Land Rover are world renowned brands that evoke strong emotional connections with customers the world over. We intend to ensure that our product offering constantly evolves to further enhance the experience of owning one of our products. ‘This new division aims to develop that additional dimension.’

September 24 2013

Jaguar Land Rover unveils future R&D plans with new technology centre

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed details of the near GBP100m National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) at the UK University of Warwick, scheduled to open in 2016 to provide advanced technology and research.

September 19 2013

Jaguar temporarily halts XJ production

Jaguar has temporarily suspended production of its XJ model at the UK Castle Bromwich plant due to an unspecified supply chain issue.

The automaker is declining to reveal what the nature of the supply difficulty is, but some component manufacture has stopped today with production due to restart by the end of next week.

"It is four days in total," a Jaguar spokesman told just-auto. "We won't be building XJs for just under a week.

"There are around 500 people working on XJ production and during this period, they will be redeployed to other areas of the plant, on maintenance or supporting production on other lines."

August 16 2013

Jaguar recalls 2,929 XF and XK convertible models

Tata Motors' Jaguar is recalling 940 of the four-cylinder XF two litre petrol models introduced in the US for the 2013 model year.
Affected cars were made from July 2012 to May 2013 and need the clamp for the charge air cooler hose checked for position and tightness.

"If the CAC hose detaches, the engine may stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, steering and brake assistance may be lost further increasing the risk," the NHTSA said in a recall notice. In the recall starting 27 September, dealers will inspect the CAC hose and clamp and make any needed repairs, at no charge.

Jaguar is also calling back 1,989 2011-2014 XK convertible vehicles made from 1 October, 2010 to 1 August, 2013 to check the switch in the overhead roof console that also activates the power operated windows when the convertible roof is opening or closing. Because the switch does not move downward to close the windows the vehicles don't meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 118.

NHTSA said the windows may inadvertently be activated and pinch or injure an arm or finger. Dealers will replace the overhead roof console, also free of charge.

August 7 2013

Jaguar Q1 pretax up 25%

Retail sales up 10% to 94,719
Revenue up 13% to GBP4,097m
Pretax profit up 25% to GBP415m

Tata Group's Jaguar Land Rover reported pretax profits up 25% to GBP415m for the first fiscal quarter of 2013/14.

Retail sales of 94,719 vehicles contributed to revenues of GBP4,097m, up 13% year on year.

Asia Pacific sales rose 37%, the UK was up 13%, China up 11%, North America up 10%, Europe up 3%, and other overseas markets up 11%.

July 31 2013

Jaguar XKR-S GT set for the UK

JAGUAR has announced limited UK sales of its extreme record-breaking XKR-S GT.

Jaguar xkr -s gt10 examples of the track-prepared XKR-S GT will come road-ready for UK customers at a price of £135,000 with first deliveries planned for October 2013. Since its launch at the New York International Auto Show, a prototype version of the Jaguar XKR-S GT has been undertaking numerous test programmes both and off the track, in Germany and the UK.

The prototype showcased its supercar-rivalling capabilities during its recent run on the Nurburgring, where it completed one lap in an outstanding 7 minutes and 40 seconds – making it the fastest ever road-legal Jaguar at the Nordschleife circuit.

Previously, sales of the XKR-S have been limited to 30 units in the US and Canada, but interest has continued to flourish. The XKR-S more recently made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with six-time Olympic Champion, Sir Chris Hoy behind the wheel.

Powered by Jaguar’s proven 542bhp, supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and active electronic differential, the XKR-S GT can catapult from 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds and has a limited top speed of 186mph. To ensure the XKR-S will slow down, it uses a new carbon ceramic brake system – a first for a production Jaguar.

It also features a new development of front and rear suspension, which includes a wider front track, increased camber and revised bushings. It also has a new steering system and faster steering ratio, all of which was developed and derived from the new F-Type two-seater sports car.

July 28 2013

Silverstone delivers, yet again

The 2013 edition of the Silverstone Classic produced a great variety of Jaguars as usual. From the SS100 and the XJR15 onon the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club stand to a selection of racing cars - C type, D type, E type, XK120and a couple of XJRs, more....

July 23 2013

New small Jaguars by 2015 says report

Tata Motors' Jaguar will launch new affordable models from 2015 in a bid to emulate the success of lower cost luxury vehicles made by its sister company Land Rover, Reuters reported, citing two sources close to the company.

The new cars will include a compact saloon and crossover SUV - currently the fastest-growing models in terms of global sales - and be available in the second half of 2015. Jaguar said last year a smaller model and an SUV were among a number of possibilities being looked at by the brand. Such vehicles will provide direct competition to similar cars from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The Range Rover Evoque small SUV and Land Rover Freelander are currently among JLR's top selling models.

JLR sales rose 14% in the first half of this year to 210,190 cars, helped by fast-growing China – although Jaguar models accounted for less than 20% of the total.

Since being acquired by Tata from Ford, JLR has gone from strength to strength helped by the growing demand for luxury cars in emerging markets. With Land Rover sales in particular booming, Tata bosses are keen to bring Jaguar up to speed.

Reuters’ sources said a new family of more affordable Jaguars will be built on production lines previously used to make Land Rover vehicles. The new range is likely to be all-aluminium, as used for the recent Jaguar XJ. JLR last year signed a deal with a Saudi Arabian firm to buy aluminium from one of the world's largest smelters in the kingdom.

JLR said earlier this year it planned to invest GBP2.7bn (US$4.2bn) each year for the next four years on new products and production facilities.

May 30 2013

JLR boosts Tata to estimate-beating Q4 results

A rise in profits at British luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover was not enough to offset an overall fall in fourth fiscal quarter after tax earnings at parent Tata Motors. Nonetheless, results were ahead of analysts' estimates.

Net profit for the January-March 2013 quarter fell 36.7% year on year to INR39.45bn (GBP466.4m) on revenue up 10% to INR560bn.

A one-off tax gain had contributed to a significantly higher net Q4 profit the year before. Analysts had on average expected a profit of INR28.86bn on revenues of INR518.51bn, according to Thomson Reuters Starmine.

Tata said the results were achieved "despite a weak operating environment in the standalone business which was more than offset by strong demand, growth in volumes, favourable market mix and favourable operating foreign exchange at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)".

Unit sales (including exports) of commercial and passenger vehicles for the quarter fell 31.1% to 197,056.

"Weak macro-economic environment and competitive pressures on pricing, continued to impact the operations during the quarter," Tata said.

Operating margin was 3.6% versus 9.5% a year ago.

Full year revenue slipped to INR44.8bn compared with INR54.3bn the previous year. Operating margin was 4.8%. Net profit was INR3.02bn compared to INR12.4bn.

JLR sales for the fourth quarter rose 18.7% to a record 116,340 units with Jaguar up almost 50% to 21,163 and Land Rover 13.4% to 95,177 thanks to new model derivatives and engines.

Revenue grew 21.9% to GBP5.05m, operating profit (EBITDA) was up 41.5% to GBP856m and net profit was downt to GBP378m from GBP696m.

Reuters reported that JLR's profit margin rose to 16.9% in the fourth quarter and 15.2% for the full fiscal year. The margin was expected to remain in the range of 14-15% this financial year

May 29 2013

Tata's Jaguar Land Rover books 11% profit boost

Tata Motors' UK luxury car unit Jaguar Land Rover booked record sales, revenues and pre-tax profit for the full fiscal year to 31 March, 2013.

Retail sales rose 22% to 374,636 units for revenue up 17% to GBP15.8bn and pre-tax profit was up 11% to GBP1,675m. Fiscal year new product launches included the redesigned Range Rover, Jaguar XF Sportbrake [wagon] plus AWD and new market-specific engines for the Jaguar XF and XJ.

China unit sales rose 48%, Asia Pacific 27%, UK 20%, Europe 18%, North America 9% and other export markets 19%. CEO Ralf Speth said the automaker would spend about GBP2.75bn on new product, staff and infrastructure in the current fiscal year.

JLR is building an engine plant in Wolverhampton, set to open in 2015, which will reduce its dependence on engines from former owner Ford and that automaker's JVs.

May 15 2013

Jaguar Land Rover April sales rise 15%

Tata Motors said Jaguar Land Rover sales in April 2013 rose 15% year on year to 28,874 units - 5,334 Jaguar and 23,540 Land Rover.

Including these, The Tata Motors Group global sales last month reached 81,241.

Commercial vehicle volume rose 6% to 39,969.

May 13 2013

JLR opens new engineering test centre in Dubai

Tata Group's Jaguar Land Rover has expanded its Middle East test programme with a new engineering test centre in Dubai, UAE, to conduct extreme hot weather vehicle research, development and testing.

With temperatures in the desert typically reaching 48 to 50 degrees Celsius in the summer months, the new 11,120 sq ft facility in the Al Barsha area of Dubai will offer a comprehensive range of tests including durability, calibration and hot weather testing for heat and humidity. The engineering team at the new centre, which replaces a smaller facility also in Dubai, will also test powertrains, chassis and heat and ventilation systems, as well as off-road and sand driving capability.

Jaguar Land Rover has five global test facilities: Nurburgring, Germany; Arjeplog, Sweden; Phoenix and International Falls, US, and Dubai.

Director of engineering technical services Martyn Hollingsworth said: "Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for growth, and since 2008 we have been investing to enhance our engineering capability to help us deliver an unprecedented number of new and refreshed models.

"Our new facility in Dubai is four times the size of the previous test centre and will enable us to enhance our testing of future products and technologies. The engineering team is focused on the quality and durability of our products and an important part of this is rigorous environmental testing of our vehicles to ensure they can withstand even the harshest conditions."

Robin Colgan, managing director for Middle East and North Africa added: "We are delighted at the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover's test facilities in the Middle East. Dubai offers some unique and very challenging environmental conditions, so if a vehicle passes our tests here we know it will perform in any hot weather environment. The new facility will be crucial to the company's continued success as every model for the European and MENA markets will be certified here in Dubai following thorough testing before going into global production."

May 10 2013

Local suppliers get over half of Jaguar F-Type contracts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has awarded contracts worth GBP2.8bn (US$4.3bn) to companies worldwide to supply parts for the new F-Type, with over GBP1.5bn ($US2.3bn) placed with suppliers here in the UK.

April 29 2013

E type prices still rising

Jaguar E typeThose that thought the prices of E types had levelled off after the fiftieth anniversary were in for a surprise at Bonhams auction today. A "barn find" roadster sold for £109k.Requiring total restoraration which will probably cost at least £50k this shows that E type prices are still on the up.


12 December 2012

Jaguar Land Rover suspends plans for C-X75 hybrid supercar

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has suspended plans for production of the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar, due to what it says is the current tough economic environment.

December 11 2012

Tata's Jaguar Land Rover eyes Saudi vehicle build, local alloy parts

Tata Motors' UK-based luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) could soon be building vehicles in Saudi Arabia, possibly using locally-sourced aluminium components.The automaker has signed a letter of intent with the kingdom's National Industrial Clusters Development Programme (NICDP) and a feasibility study is now under way to decide if full vehicle manufacture there is viable. UK reports suggested the company may start with assembly from kits shipped from England, a method used to build Land Rover models overseas for decades, with more complex manufacture to follow once local workers have gained experience.

JLR recently announced a joint venture with Chery Automobile to build, rather than just assemble, Jaguar and Land Rover models in China. Parent Tata assembles Freelanders at a recently expanded plant in Pune.

The automaker said Saudi Prince Faisal Bin Turki bin Abdul Azi Al Saud and his government want to develop an automotive industry. JLR CEO Ralf Speth said: “We are committed to further international partnerships to meet record demand for our highly sought after vehicles. [Saudi Arabia] is an attractive potential development option, complementing our existing advanced facilities in Britain and recent manufacturing plans to expand in other countries including India and China.” Discussions are at a preliminary stage and include local aluminium parts production – JLR is well experienced with building alloy vehicles. The world’s largest integrated aluminium complex, a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Mining Company and Alcoa, is due to begin production in 2014 in Ras Al Khair creating potential opportunities for the automotive sector.

JLR sales in emerging markets are rising - global sales rose 32% year on year to 324,184 vehicles in the 11 months to 30 November. Middle East and North Africa volume was up about 9% to 11,418 units.

JLR hopes to announce further plans in 2013. "Issues such as level of investment, potential capacity and job creation have not yet been discussed in detail between the parties," it said in a statement. “This is an exciting project that could enable Jaguar Land Rover to establish a JV partnership in a part of the world where luxury vehicle sales are expected to rise.” added Speth. “If we proceed, it will complement our existing expansion in the UK and elsewhere.”

10 December 2012

Lear opening seat plant to supply Jaguar

Lear Corporation will open a new just-in-time factory in England's West Midlands, adding 60 jobs to supply F-type seats to Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover.
The Jaguar F-type is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2013.

"I'm pleased to announce our new site that will open in the first quarter of 2013 at Lear's new location 1.5 miles north of Coventry city centre," said Lear's Europe and Africa seating chief Gideon Jewel. Other Lear UK facilities are a technical centre and offices in Coventry and a vehicle foam manufacturing plant near Nissan's car plant in Sunderland, northeast England.

December 7 2012

Jaguar rediscovers all wheel drive
Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover's late but welcome spread out into niches already well tapped by German rivals Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz attracted considerable reader interest here at just-auto this week.

As we noted: "[New Jaguar and Land Rover variants] up market segments around the world JLR has been locked out of because it did not have a relevant model. New all-wheel-drive versions of the Jaguar XF and XJ mean that the brand can compete in the snow belt regions of the United States where 80% of premium saloon car sales have four wheel drive."

As Audi and BMW, in particular, already know. And - yeah, I know it's a different place in the market - does Subaru which seems to have the New England market for affordable 4WD cars and crossovers well cornered.

To be fair, we have been offered all wheel drive Jaguars before - hands up if you recall the often unfairly maligned X-type. Yes, it had a few bugs, yes you could dismiss it as a gussied-up Mondeo (Ford being JLR's owner at the time) but ever asked anyone who owned one? Certainly my unscientific polls of UK owners have attracted more praise and claims of lengthy ownership than complaints.

The new AWD Jaguar models are produced with left hand drive only and will also be available in alpine regions of Europe and in China but not sold here in the UK home market.

November 23 2012

Tata's JLR names Indonesian Land Rover importer

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has added the Land Rover franchise to the Jaguar concession already held by its importer in Indonesia.

PT Grandauto Dinamika (PT GAD) takes charge of the additional brand in January 2013.

The joint venture between Wearnes Automotive group and Hadi Widjaja Tanaga has been the official importer for Jaguar in Indonesia since 2000. It will rebranding and renovate of its current Jaguar facility to add Land Rover and will build three new facilities across Jakarta to service and support for the brands.

Wearnes Automotive has been the Land Rover importer in Singapore since 2009.

November 9 2012

Jaguar recalls 4,000 XFs over fuel leaks

Jaguar is recalling 4,195 units of model year 2010-2012 XF vehicles equipped with a five-litre engine sold in the US. The affected vehicles may have a fuel tank fuel outlet flange that may crack.

The cracked flange may result in fuel leakage onto the ground which could lead to a fire.

Jaguar dealers will replace the flange.

August 14 2012

Jaguar reveals the engine line-up for its new two-seater sports car

The launch of the F-Type Roadster at the Paris Motor Show is creeping ever closer, and Jaguar is building the buzz with a host of new details on the two-seater sports car, shown here in our artist's impression.

Most significant is confirmation of the three-strong engine line-up, which will include 335bhp and 375bhp versions of Jaguar's new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, as well as a "new derivative" of the existing 5.0-litre supercharged V8. No power output has been confirmed for the V8, but expect it to be in a milder state of tune than the XFR, with around 450bhp.

Jaguar has also revealed that every model will be rear-wheel drive and use an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Stop-start will be standard, too, while the chassis and body will be constructed entirely from aluminium to keep weight down and performance up.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: “As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-Type will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar’s cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar’s sporting bloodline is about to become reality.”

We'll have full details and first official pictures of the Jaguar F-Type when it's revealed on 26 September at the Paris Motor Show.

August 10 2012

PARIS PREVIEW: Jaguar confirms production F-type debut

Jaguar has shown disguised prototypes publicly but latest teaser photo is the only image released so far ahead of Paris debut next month.

Tata Motors' UK luxury car unit, Jaguar, on Friday confirmed the F-type, its completely new aluminium two-seater sports car, will make its global debut in production form at the Paris show on 27 September. The much-teased roadster has already had considerable attention from enthusiast media while driveable prototypes have been shown to the public and journalists.

Jaguar Cars' global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, said: “The unveiling in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar’s history as it will mark the company’s return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create. “As its sporting forebears [XK-series, D- racer and E-type roadster/coupe] did in their era, the F-type will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating [our] cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar’s sporting bloodline is about to become reality.”

The model line will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines: 340PS and 380PS versions of Jaguar’s new three-litre supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its existing supercharged five-litre V8. All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will have stop/start.

Prototype testing

Following the F-TYPE’s ‘camouflaged’ public drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed here in England last June, testing of the final verification prototypes has continued in some of the harshest environments in the world. Jaguar said the test programme is designed to verify the "staggering" amount of design work that was carried out by Jaguar’s engineers in its in-house ‘virtual world’, a process in which the automaker claims industry leadership.

Over 0.5m separate design analyses were carried out comprising 10m CPU hours of processing, creating more than 300TB of data. Had that same amount of initial design analysis been completed on physical cars, in the pre-computer design era, the number of prototype built would have been in the thousands - impractical. Engineers are currently concentrating on honing the performance of the physical verification prototypes to ensure the production car meets expectations. Vehicle line director Iand Hoban said: “We’re really pleased how the attributes have translated from the virtual simulation work we’ve done into the physical world. “Now, we’re refining and adding those last few percentage points... which will turn a great sports car into an exceptional one.”

Tweets such as this from a British Car? magazine - "Jaguar confirms the F-type for Paris, which raises the excitement levels in the What Car? office" - suggest the queue to test that claim is already forming.

July 25 2012

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is to create more than 1,100 jobs, it has been announced.

The expansion of the workforce at its Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands will support the launch of new Jaguar models, including the XF Sportbrake.

Business Secretary Vince Cable hailed the expansion as "fantastic news for Castle Bromwich", while JLR said this was "a very exciting time for Jaguar". The XF, XK and XJ Jaguar models are made at Castle Bromwich, with around 80% of production exported to more than 100 markets worldwide. Mr Cable said: "This is fantastic news for Castle Bromwich that JLR is creating more than 1,000 jobs to support the production of new models at the plant. This expansion is a clear demonstration of JLR's continuing commitment and investment in the UK."

JLR chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said: "Innovation in design, engineering and technology is at the core of our business and for the UK this means we will continue to invest in new products, develop new technologies and enhance the skills of our employees. "The launch of our latest Jaguar models, including the new XF Sportbrake later this year, means it is a very exciting time for Jaguar. These new models will attract new customers to the brand as we look to expand our global reach and further enhance our position in the market."

Jaguar has sold more than 29,000 vehicles globally in the first six months of this year - a 19% increase on the same period last year.

July 22 2012

Cats purr at Silverstone

jaguar e typeOnce again a plethora of Jaguars could be seen in action and at rest in the paddocks at the Silverstone Classic meeting. Following the success of last year's fiftieth anniversary race a large number of E types took to the track this year.

In addition to numerous E types on the track there were C types, D types, XKs, XJC, XJS and specials such as Lister and Cooper Jaguars. Knobbly Lister Jaguarmore


June 8 2012

JLR names Jaguar UK marketing director

Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors' luxury car unit, has named Ken Forbes marketing director of Jaguar Cars UK, starting on 11 June.

May 31 2012

Jaguar displaces Lexus in JD Power survey

Tata Motors' Jaguar has beaten Toyota's Lexus to the top spot in the UK JD Power and Associates/What Car? UK Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study (VOSS). Lexus dropped to joint second place with Skoda after topping the results for the past 11 years.

May 7 2012

£200m Castle Bromwich investment at risk as Jaguar workers reject new practices

A £200 million investment to secure the future of Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant is in the balance after workers rejected new practices. Manufacturing staff at the ageing plant threw out a string of new measures demanded by owners Tata to improve productivity and potentially create hundreds of new jobs. The plans, including compulsory Saturday working, a new drugs and alcohol testing policy, moves to reduce short-term absence and a reduction in annual manpower labour costs, were rejected by 1,153 against to 756 votes in favour.

The Unite union issued a statement expressing “disappointment”, and said a new round of discussions would be held with management. Des Quinn, Unite regional official, said: “Both Unite and the company are disappointed with the result and will continue discussions to see how we can move Castle Bromwich forward in order to secure its long-term future and the jobs of our members.” Jaguar’s Nick O’Donnell said: “The trade union representatives and the Castle Bromwich management team will continue discussions on these proposals.” But a Jaguar worker, who asked not to be named, said: “A lot of people here are happy that this has been rejected. We were fearing the worst because we thought a lot of temps would vote for it. We are not sure where we will now go with this. It’s right back to the drawing board.”

The ballot rejection leaves Tata’s commitment to a £200 million investment, including a new body shop, model replacements and new jobs, in the melting pot. The joint union and management blueprint for the efficiency drive, called New Product Proposal, had warned: “We share the view that investment and increased volume is required for the long-term sustainability of the plant.”

Jaguar and Land Rover enjoyed a good April in the UK, with Jaguar selling 805 cars, 56 per cent up over April 2011 and Land Rover 2,925, 46 per cent up.

April 24 2012

JLR's 1,000 openings draw 35,000 applicants

Reflecting the current state of the UK job market, over 35,000 candidates have applied for 1,000 new jobs at Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood factory, near Liverpool in the UK.

April 24 2012

Jaguar downsizes engines

Tata Motors-owned Jaguar seems to be taking a leaf out of former owner Ford's book by replacing V8 and V6 engines with a supercharged three-litre V6 and a turbocharged two-litre I4.

April 23 2012

Chinese JLR assembly some years off

China will be a new home from home for Jaguar Land Rover once the company's joint venture with Chinese partner Chery Automobile gets under way though that's several years off.

March 14 2012

Jaguar assembly likely in 3-5 years

Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover will consider assembling Jaguars in India in the next three-five years, a top executive said.
"We are looking at it, but volumes in India are very small now. As we go forward, we will surely consider this," Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark told Press Trust of India (PTI).

Kit assembly of Land Rover's Freelander began at Tata Motors' Pune plant in India last May.

When asked for a timeline for Jaguar assembly, Hallmark said: "We have not planned anything right now, but in the next 3-5 years, we can imagine this happening in India." During the 2010-11 fiscal year, combined JLR sales in India rose to 891 units from 242 the previous year.

JLR is planning an engine factory in India to meet demand, PTI noted.

March 13 2012

Jaguars all set to roar once again at Silverstone

The 2012 Silverstone Classic powered by the AA (20-22 July) will host two rounds of the Jaguar E-type Challenge, it was confirmed today (Monday 12 March). The news completes a massive 24-race programme featuring the world’s largest collection of classic racing machinery. Once again the full line-up will total in excess of 1000 entries spanning more than eight decades of motor sport history and includes the finest Formula One, GT, saloon and Le Mans cars from past generations.

Created last year to salute the 50th birthday of Britain’s favourite sportscar, the unique Jaguar E-type Challenge – run exclusively for packed grids of E-types – was one of the star attractions at the 2011 Silverstone Classic… an event chosen by Jaguar clubs from around the world to mark the iconic Coventry Cat’s golden anniversary.

“With grids of more than 50 competition-prepared E-types, the two Jaguar races were among last summer’s highlights – that’s why we are so delighted to welcome back the Jaguar E-type Challenge to the Silverstone Classic in July,” enthused Nick Wigley, Event Organiser. “We will be staging two rounds of the series with races on both Saturday and Sunday, thus providing fans with a double dose of high quality and truly evocative action. The fast nature of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit certainly suits the E-type and I’m sure all those who enjoyed last year’s races will be thrilled by the promise of a repeat while those who missed last year’s Classic will have another chance to see what all the excitement was about.”

Just five circuits will be hosting the Jaguar E-type Challenge in 2012 with races in France and Germany in addition to those in the UK. As last year, the Silverstone Classic with its licence to start up to 58 cars is likely to witness the biggest grid of the season.

A Guinness World Record-breaking track parade of 767 racing and road going E-types was another of last year’s celebrations. Emulating that memorable achievement, this July’s three-day festival will honour a host of equally evocative anniversaries. These include 50th birthday homages for the AC Cobra, Lotus Elan, MGB and Triumph Spitfire plus the UK’s first BMW Z-Fest to mark 60 years of the BMW Car Club GB. Another highlight will be the largest ever gathering of Ferrari F40s (an unprecedented 54 are registered to date) as the much-admired Italian supercar reaches its 25th birthday.

December 23 2011

Work on new Jaguar Land Rover engine site could start in January

Work on Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)'s new engine manufacturing site in the UK town of Wolverhampton could start as early as January next year.

Councillors on the South Staffordshire authority gave the go-ahead this week for the GBP350m (US$548m) plant that could create 750 direct jobs - and potentially fuel many more down the supply chain. Plans were submitted to the council this October after JLR's initial public announcement they hoped to move to the i54 site in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover will now join international aviation design and manufacturing company, Moog, which has already started construction of a unit at the site while a second, Eurofins Scientific, has announced it will locate there too. It is thought that work to prepare the site could start as early as January.

"A huge effort has gone into getting this application through," said South Staffordshire council regulatory committee chairman Brian Cox.
"It is a very important project and one which will benefit the entire region for years to come. We just had to make sure we got it right."

The bid to attract JLR to the site was jointly made by South Staffordshire Council, Staffordshire County Council and Wolverhampton City Council.
Staffordshire County Council and Wolverhampton City Council will now embark on a new project to construct a new slip road off the M54 motorway at Junction 2 which will serve the i54 site. Both councils are investing around GBP20m into the scheme which they have said is essential to the site and which was a big selling point in their bid to attract global investors such as JLR to i54.

November 30 2011

Jaguar confirms XF wagon for Geneva

Jaguar has confirmed it will launch its new XF wagon at the Geneva motor show next year.

"The spokesman added the new car would be rear wheel drive with no plans for a four wheel drive version. The X-type, axed a couple of years ago, was offered with both"... front wheel drive and four wheel drive.

November 14 2011

Jaguar Land Rover posts 30% rise in revenue to US$4.6bn

Jaguar Land Rover has posted a 30.3% rise in revenue to GBP2.92bn (US$4.6bn) for the latest quarter, with operating profit of GBP437m, up 17.2%.

November 10 2011

Jaguar Land Rover recruiting over 1,000 new workers

Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which claims to be the UK's largest automotive design, engineering and manufacturing employer is adding 1,000 jobs at its factory in Solihull, near Birmingham in what it called its "most ambitious growth plan in recent history".

November 8 2011

Jaguar ships first diesel to US

Jaguar has shipped its new XF 2.2-litre diesel to the US but there's only one and it's right hand drive.

October 10 2011

Jaguar Land Rover triples graduate intake as demand booms

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) says it has recruited three times more graduates this year as it continues to ramp up production in the face of strong global demand.

October 10 2011

Chery, Jaguar Land Rover, reportedly seek JV approval

Chery Automobile and Tata Motors-owned Jaguar and Land Rover are seeking regulatory approval to set up a joint venture in China, the China Business News said on Monday.

October 7 2011

Jaguar Land Rover lauds robust industrial relations in engine deal

Jaguar Land Rover's announcement it will build a new engine production plant in the UK is evidence of healthy industrial relations, said the automaker.
Those relations came under considerable strain recently with the accidental death of one of its employees at the Halewood Land Rover plant but majority labour union Unite rallied in support of the manufacturer praising its detailed attention to health and safety.

"Our CEO [Ralf Speth] would say safety is our number one priority," a JLR spokesman told just-auto. "There is another report to come from the police and then it will be handled by the Health and Safety Executive."

The spokesman noted strong industrial relations had been a feature of the booming manufacturer's success in recent years, hailing their robustness as part of the reason behind the decision to locate the US$554m engine plant in the UK. "Obviously our employees have been very supportive during the last few years and we signed a landmark agreement with the unions which was about flexibility," he said. "The announcement [for] Wolverhampton is testament to that relationship we have with the unions."

Unite is the largest union at the Halewood plant in north west England that builds the Freelander and Evoque models and has come out four square behind JLR as it investigates the tragedy. "The car industry is exceptionally health and safety conscious and Jaguar Land Rover in particular," said Unite national officer Roger Maddison.

September 4 2011

Chelsea Autolegends features 50 years of the E type

Jaguar E type at Chelsea AutolegendsSeveral events this year have focussed on the 50th anniversary of the E type and Autolegends is probably the final event of the year to do so. The selection included the Lindner/Nocker lightweight, several series 1s, and a series 3 convertible.

The rarely seen Group 44 XJS racecar, a TWR XJS racecar, a C type and an XJ13 replica were some of the rarer Jaguars on display. The fifties and sixties were represented by a number of XKs - 120s, 140s and 150s - and Mark 2 and S type saloons. The S type being an ex police car.

Additionally a fine selection of Astons, Ferraris and Porsches make this one of the few events held in Central London to be added to your diary for next year. more

July 29 2011

E types take over Goodwood

Jaguar E type GoodwoodThis year's Goodwood Festival of Speed was a feast for Jaguar enthusiasts. The sculpture in front of the house was an E type coupe made of steel from Tata the owners of Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Jaguar E type Goodwood





A varied selection of Jaguars took to the hill from Lightweight E type, XJ13, XJR5 and the new XKR-S.Jaguar XJR Goodwood







July 28 2011

Jaguar Land Rover sells 18,508 vehicles in H1 2011
Jaguar Land Rover sold 18,508 vehicles in China in the first half of 2011, up 48% year on year.

Land Rover sold 16,322 vehicles and Jaguar 2,186. Sales by both brands rose around 50%.

Bob Grace, director of operations, said he was confident about the future and expects China to become JLR's second largest market.

July 25 2011

Jaguar's dimming daylight runners

Kudos to Jaguar and its 2012 XF range headlight unit supplier for coming up with a solution to a problem currently being mentioned on some auto consumer forums - the new European Union-mandated daylight running lamps (DRLs), the bright LED versions in particular, can make flashing direction indicators in the same cluster harder to see under some conditions.

July 24 2011

E types take over Silverstone

This year's Silverstone Classic was a feast for Jaguar enthusiasts. Chosen by the Jaguar clubs as their venue to celebrate 50 years of the E-type, perfectly timed as the first customer cars were delivered in the UK in July 1961. The response from E-type owners from all over the world was fantastic, with hundreds descending on Silverstone, not only from the UK but also Monaco, Norway, Switzerland and the USA. Everything from Lightweight to white-wall tyred, concours to well-used, Low-Drag to roadster… E-types as far as the eye could see. On Saturday they gathered, row upon row upon row, and at lunchtime the invasion started. More than 1000 were on site with over 800 E-types taking to the track, filling the 3.6-mile circuit, horns blasting, flags waving and lights blazing. This wonderful cavalcade was led by the legendary Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis driving a series 1 drophead. more...

June 24 2011

A successful Salon Privé at a new venue.

This year Salon Privé moved to the beautiful surroundings of Syon Park with Syon House as the backdrop. With more space than the Hurlingham Club it gives the event room to grow. Not to be outshone by the gardens the cars on display glimmered in all their glory.

The star of the Jaguars was probably the Eagle Speedster, virtually handbuilt with a price tag of £500k. The more affordable Jaguars included a very early E type roadster, a commerative V12 roadster and a Mark 2 carrying the registration number BUY 1 made famous by John Coombs.


May 27 2011

Jaguar Land Rover books GBP1.04bn fiscal year profit

Champagne corks should be popping just about now at Jaguar Land Rover HQ after Tata Motors' annual results for fiscal 2010-11 included, to quote the statement: "strong profitability, with healthy volumes..., net revenue of GBP9,906m ($US16,169m) and a profit after tax of GBP1,043m ($1,702m)".

May 6 2011

Tata's £5bn for JLR includes hybrid supercar

Jaguar on Friday said it would build the C-X75 hybrid combining internal combustion power with electric motors "to achieve supercar performance" while emitting less than 99g/km of CO2 as part of a GBP5bn investment in Jaguar Land Rover by Indian owner Tata Motors.

The four wheel drive model would accelerate from rest to 60mph in less than three seconds, on to 100mph in under six seconds and have a top speed beyong 200mph. Plus an all-electric running range of about 30 miles (50km).

The lightweight model on an all carbon-fibre chassis will be built in the UK in association with the Williams F1 team in what Jaguar described as "irect technology transfer from top-level motorsport".

The car will be priced from GBP700,000 and only 250 will be built.

Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar brand director, said: “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”

Williams will provide expertise in aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies. Production of the new car is expected to create about 100 "highly-skilled" jobs in the UK.

The car's launch is part of a GBP5bn investment plan, announced by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in March at the Geneva motor show, to launch 40 "significant new products" over the next five years.

John Leech, partner at KPMG’s automotive practice said: “Tata’s announced GBP5bn investment in JLR is very pleasing news for the motor industry, manufacturing in general and the UK economy. This is a 'full' investment that will set JLR up for years to come. It shows that Tata has faith that JLR can be a leading global carmaker and underscores that with the right product and right brand, the UK is a successful location for manufacturing."

“Although the prospects are for low growth in the western car markets, Asian car markets will continue to see double digit growth for years to come and it is this opportunity that Tata has its eye on. Credit must go to JLR’s management team which has done a great job of turning itself around during the recession.”

April 21 2011

Porsche GB chief jumps Atlantic to JLR North America

Former Porsche Great Britain chief executive Andy Goss will be president of Jaguar Land Rover North America (JLRNA) from 1 May. Goss, 53, will run the 'national sales company' for both Tata Motors-owned brands in the United States and Canada. He replaces Gary Temple who retires later this year.

April 20 2011

JLR extends its commercial network in China.

Jaguar Land Rover (Tata Motors) plans to bring the number of its dealers in China to 100 by two years, against 59 now. Note that Jaguar Land Rover plans to sell 40,000 vehicles on the Chinese market in 2011 (+54%), including 36,000 of the Land Rover brand.

April 19 2011

JLR ‘talking to Chinese partners'

Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover is talking to a number of Chinese companies about a possible manufacturing joint venture, said CEO Ralf Speth.
"We had a long list of companies, now its shorter," he said. He admitted JLR was late into China, only launching its own sales and distribution company in the middle of last year. Sales first started in 2003 through a number of local distributors. The company now had a "once in a century" opportunity to establish itself globally, and Speth was determined to seize it.

Bruce Robertson, head of sales and service for JLR China, said the company had gone from having 37 dealers in the middle of 2010 to 60 by the end of 2010 and would have 100 by the end of this year. Land Rover sales grew 103% year on year to 26,000 in 2010 and will reach 40,000 this year; Jaguar sales increased some 90% to 2,700 units and will hit 5,500 this year. If these predictions prove right, China will be the second largest global market for Land Rover and the third for Jaguar behind the UK and USA. Robertson said current Jaguar specification "isn't right for China" where customers want big cars with smaller engines. JLR has also moved an engineering team to Shanghai and established a government liaison office in Beijing.

A new three-litre V6 engine for the XJ was unveiled at the show as part of Jaguar's push to get the right spec cars into the market. Land Rover also launched the limited edition Autobiography Ultimate Edition whiuch costs CNY3m, the equivalent of GBP300,000. The vehicle is already on sale in the UK at GBP125,000. "We had planned just 100," said global brand director John Edwards, but demand has been healthier enough, especially from markets like Russia and the Middle East, to increase that to 500. The model features iPads built into the rear headrests and seats four rather five.

April 13 2011

JLR and Bentley see share of UK government funding

Jaguar Land Rover has announced approval of its application to the UK Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has been confirmed.
Part of a GBP450m (US$732m) regional investment programme, it aims to create more than 6,000 jobs and almost 35,000 indirect jobs in the West Midlands area, according to the British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The RGF is a GBP1.4bn fund designed to encourage enterprise and create new jobs within the private and public sector.

“JLR directly employs more than 17,000 people in the UK and supports up to 130,000 jobs in total through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth. “We have recently confirmed 1,500 new production jobs at our Halewood plant and have begun recruiting more than 1,000 additional engineers.”

February 22 2011

Jaguar Land Rover achieves strong sales in 2010

Jaguar Land Rover achieved a strong global sales performance for 2010 with retail sales up 19% collectively thanks to strong performances in the UK, United States and China. Sales were up for every quarter versus 2009 thanks to new model introductions and updates.

February 21 2011

Jaguar Land Rover talking with Great Wall

Jaguar Land Rover is talking with Great Wall Motor about a potential Chinese joint venture, two executives have said.

February 16th, 2011

Sales of JLR up 25%

TATA Motors Group – including Jaguar Land Rover – have announced their global wholesale figures for January 2011.

The group sold 98,998 vehicles in January 2011 - a growth of 16 per cent over January 2010, while cumulative sales for between April 2010 and January 2011 were 868,583 – and increase of 27 per cent compared to the same period in 2009-10.

Global sales of all commercial vehicles were up 14 per cent, and global sales of all passenger vehicles were 53,183 in January 2011, higher by 17 per cent.

However the biggest winner was Jaguar Land Rover whose sales rose by 25 per cent with 20,377 vehicles were sold. When broken down, it is revealed that 3,056 Jaguars and 17,321 Land Rover were sold representing a rise of 3 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.

Cumulative sales of Jaguar Land Rover between April and January were 195,819 – higher by 28 per cent with sales of Jaguars totaling 46,008 and 149,811 Land Rover,s up by 17 per cent and 32 per cent respectively.

October 19 2010

JLR board changes announced; Hallmark joins from Saab

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced four senior executive appointments into new board-level roles in a restructured global marketing and sales division. Included in the changes is the recruitment of Saab's sales chief Adrian Hallmark.

October 15 2010

Jaguar Land Rover unions agree 'landmark' pay deal, two plants safe

Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on Friday announced "a landmark pay and conditions settlement" with unions that has secured the future of the Castle Bromwich Jaguar and Solihull Land Rover plants, one which had been likely to have been closed in 2014.

October 11 2010

Jaguar's O'Driscoll to retire in '11

Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director Jaguar Cars, has announced his intention to retire from day-to-day operations at Jaguar Land Rover at the end of March 2011.

O'Driscoll moved to the UK from the US in 2007 to take up the position of Managing Director, following Ford's announcement of its plan to sell Jaguar and Land Rover. He led the Jaguar brand through the sale process to Tata.

He said in a statement: "Being part of the team that rebuilt this great brand has been a huge privilege and a gratifying way to sign off my long career with Jaguar. The resurgence is symbolised by the wonderful reaction to our new products and to the stunning C-X75 supercar concept we showed at the recent Paris auto show."

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover said: "I would like to express my gratitude to Mike for his commitment and dedication to Jaguar Cars. His passionate leadership has been vital to Jaguar during this time in its history. He will return to his home in the U.S., and we wish him all the very best for the future."

O'Driscoll will continue as Chairman of Jaguar Heritage and will advise on related matters. Jaguar Heritage is an independent trust that manages Jaguar’s museum, archives and extensive car collection globally.

August 4 2010

JLR names new China chief

Bob Grace, previously Jaguar Land Rover overseas operations director, has been appointed to the newly created position of president, Jaguar Land Rover China where hewill oversee the company’s rapidly expanding operations in China and focus on managing sales growth of the two brands. Grace joined the company in 1985 and has held a variety of managerial roles.

Last month Jaguar Land Rover revealed its operations in China will in future run as a wholly-owned national sales company (NSC). The announcement coincided with the opening of a new training academy which will offer sales, technical and management training to approximately 3,000 company delegates per year.

Grace will be supported in his new role by Chris Brown who will move from his current role as JLR China managing director to a newly created position, executive vice president, corporate affairs. Brown will establish Jaguar Land Rover’s national presence in Beijing, where the company will build a new team to engage with national government, automotive industry groups and the media. Brown has headed the Chinese unit since 2005.

July 23 2010

Jaguars return to Silverstone

Once again the Northamptonshire countryside echoed to the sound of the six cylinder XK engine as virtually every model of Jaguar took to the track.

With XK120s, Mark 1 and 2, Mark 7, C type, D type, E type, S type, Lister Jaguars and XJS on the track there was a model for everybody's taste. The fire marshall's car was also a Jaguar - an XF.

Jaguars were competing in several of the 23 races making one think that they had taken a step back in time to the fifties or sixties.

Off the track the was numerous Jaguars on display including the stunning XJ13, virtually every model made could be seen on the club displays and the Ecurie Ecoss transporter now owned by Dick Skipworth which he uses to transport his collection of racing Jaguars. more...

July 5 2010

JLR joins EUCAR R&D org

The European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR), which represents the major European automobile manufacturers in their common research activities, has confirmed Jaguar Land Rover as a new member.

“We welcome Jaguar Land Rover and are convinced that their expertise and commitment in research and development will make a valuable contribution to the work of our association,” said Marc Duval-Destin, Chairman of EUCAR and Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering at PSA Peugeot Citroën.

“We are looking forward to working in close partnership with the European automobile manufacturers on common research activities,” said Tony Harper, Head of Research & Advanced System Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover.

“As the UK's largest automotive employer and one of its largest investors in R&D, joining EUCAR was an important step.”

EUCAR’s members participate in common research activities in the areas of fuels and powertrain, materials and manufacturing, mobility and transport and integrated safety. Their activities include the determination of the common challenges in research, communication of these challenges to EU institutions and other stakeholders and participation in collaborative projects. In particular EUCAR’s members participate in projects funded by the EU’s Research Framework Programmes, which bring together manufacturers, suppliers, SMEs and research institutions from many member states to work on collaborative automotive research.

5 July 2010

JLR strengthen sales operations in China

Tata Motor’s Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) unit is strengthening its position in China with the establishment of a wholly-owned national sales company that will also be responsible for importing vehicles into the country.

So far, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles have been made available in this market mainly by independent authorised importers and dealers. Jaguar Land Rover China will now adopt a more central, hands-on role in these operations. This will help it get closer to its customers and also help it project a stronger brand image.

Jaguar Land Rover China also inaugurated a new CNY10m centre in Shanghai dedicated to training up to 3,000 technical and managerial staff per year employed across its dealer network. Two new centres will be set up in the next year, one in Beijing and one in the south of the country.

The company is studying the potential for local production in China.

June 4 2010

XKR GT2 brings road car technology to the race track

Jaguar XKR racerXKR racer is a joint UK/US effort

A stunning XKR GT2 sports racing car will be lining up alongside the world's leading endurance racers for the classic 24-hour event next week, giving British race-goers another reason to 'fly the flag'.

In fact the XKR GT2 racer competing at Le Mans is being run by US-based team JaguarRSR but we're prepared to overlook that little incongruity as the car was jointly developed by Jaguar's in-house engineering and design groups and the RSR team. The racer features the road car's lightweight aluminium body structure and a tuned version of its 5.0-litre supercharged AJ133 V8 engine developing in excess of 500hp.

Drivers Marc Goossens, Ryan Dalziel and Paul Gentilozzi will be piloting the car during the punishing 24-hour race, having gained initial experience with the vehicle during the American Le Mans Series events earlier during 2010.

Belgian driver Goossens has competed at Le Mans on nine previous occasions, while his teammate Dalziel, born in Scotland, brings extensive experience in single-seaters and sportscars, but is racing at Le Mans for the first time.

"It has always been my dream to compete at Le Mans, and, as a British driver, to be at the wheel of a Jaguar makes it even more special," he says. "It will be without doubt the highlight of my racing career."

The trio of drivers is completed by the American Paul Gentilozzi, one of the principal partners of the JaguarRSR team, who is making his third appearance at Le Mans in the GT2 class.

We're looking forward to a good result for the team next weekend, but meanwhile Jaguar has sent us this potted history of its Le Mans heritage. Anyway, good luck chaps, and the best of British! (Er, and best of American!) more...

May 19 2010

JLR Browns Lane facility 'to be sold'

Remaining jobs at Jaguar's 'Veneer Manufacturing Centre' (VMC) at Browns Lane could be saved in a new deal with Lawrence Automotive Interiors, reports say.

Media reports in Britain say that Lawrence Automotive Interiors Ltd, which is based in Nottingham, has been named as the preferred bidder and will work through final due diligence.

If a sale goes ahead, the firm has reportedly vowed to maintain the VMC for at least five years.

All 390 workers currently working at the VMC will have the option of remaining with JLR or transferring to the new owner, according to reports.

Lawrence has its head office in the UK, with a manufacturing plant in China and regional offices in France and America. It supplies trim components to the car industry around the world.

Browns Lane was formerly a Jaguar car assembly site, but car assembly ended when the firm was owned by Ford. However, the VMC was created from the production staff who remained making wood interior trim.

April 30 2010


Jaguar is continuing the celebration of its 75th anniversary with a strong entry at the 2010 Mille Miglia revival event. The company is represented by a total of 27 vehicles from around the world, including an impressive ‘works team’ of classic XK120, C-type and D-type models supported by Jaguar Cars and the Jaguar Heritage Trust.

Jaguar’s strong representation at the 2010 Mille Miglia builds on a long connection with the race. Back in 1950, the company fielded a four-strong team of XK120s, and a young Stirling Moss took the wheel of a works car the following year.

“The Mille Miglia is one of the world's premier driving events, and one where Jaguar has always felt very much at home,” said Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars, who will be piloting one of the famous C-type racers in this year’s competition.

“Our association stretches back to the 1950s, when XK120 and XK140s were a regular sight and C-types and even a D-type also competed. This year I am proud to see another very strong contingent of classic Jaguars.” he added.

The 2010 Mille Miglia takes place over a 1000-mile course starting from Brescia in northern Italy, mirroring the classic event which became synonymous with legendary displays of driving skill and bravery between 1927 and 1957.

The current retrospective format offers an ideal opportunity to showcase some of Jaguar’s most famous vehicles where they really belong: competing with other classic sports cars on the open road. This year’s full representation also provides a fitting way to celebrate an important milestone for the marque. Furthermore, Jaguar is proud to be a joint sponsor of the Mille Miglia 2010 with heritage vehicle displays along the route.

“2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the Jaguar name, and 75 years of looking forward, designing and building cars that represent the very best of technical innovation, design leadership and sporting success,” explained O’Driscoll.

“Since our earliest days, we have been inspired to design and develop beautiful fast cars; cars that stand out and stand apart. I can think of nowhere better to continue our 75 year celebrations than at the legendary Mille Miglia, and I look forward to experiencing the unrivalled glamour, passion and motoring heritage that the event is certain to offer all competitors and spectators again this year.”

Famous Jaguars Competing in the 2010 Event

Among the six vehicles entered as the Jaguar Cars ‘works team’ are three particularly noteworthy historic cars from the Jaguar Heritage collection:

1950 JAGUAR XK120 OPEN TWO-SEATER (Registration NUB 120)

NUB 120 was by far the most successful of the competition XK120s which, more than any other model, was the car that established Jaguar’s motor sport credentials. The vehicle was privately owned and campaigned by Ian Appleyard, with his wife Patricia (Sir William Lyons’ daughter) acting as navigator. After narrowly coming second in the first event he entered, the 1950 Tulip Rally in Holland, Appleyard then strung together an impressive run of victories including the Alpine Rally in 1950 and 1951, the 1951 RAC Rally, and the 1951 Tulip Rally. Despite failing to win the Alpine Rally outright in 1952, the third consecutive run without incurring a single penalty point earned the first ever Gold Cup for the car!

1953 JAGUAR C-TYPE (Registration NDU 289)

With its handsome wind-cheating aluminium body, the C-type brought Jaguar its first victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1951. Two years later, the three factory cars finished first, second and fourth, with the winning vehicle driven by Rolt and Hamilton being the first ever to average over 100mph. One of 43 C-types sold to private owners, NDU 289 was a production car built in 1953. It competed in the 1953 Mille Miglia driven by its owner, the Italian driver Tadini, but retired during the race.

1956 JAGUAR D-TYPE 'LONG NOSE' (Registration 393 RW)

This vehicle was the penultimate D-type produced by Jaguar, built in March 1956 for the works racing team. That year, it won the Reims 12-hour race, driven by Duncan Hamilton and Ivor Bueb, before encountering technical problems during the 24-hour race at Le Mans, where it ultimately finished sixth (behind the winners Flockhart and Sanderson in another D-type entered by Ecurie Ecosse). Although Jaguar withdrew from racing later that year, the vehicle lived on in America with the Cunningham/Momo team, and finished third in the 12-hour race at Sebring in 1957. This vehicle remains one of the most original D-types in preservation, and still has the 1956 Le Mans windscreen, passenger seat and door, and even sports the original trade plate registration 393 RW.

February 26 2010

Tata says JLR has turned profitable

Tata Motors has reported its consolidated Q3 financial results (for the quarter ended December 31) and revealed that its Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) unit turned profitable in the quarter.

Losses at JLR had previously tipped Tata Motors into loss and provoked a cost-cutting drive at the UK-based premium brands' operations last year.

Tata Motors said that JLR's net profit in the quarter was supported by a 'better market environment and sustained cost reduction efforts'.

“The big turnaround has happened,” said Ravi Kant, Tata Motors’ vice chairman, at a press conference in Mumbai.

“Demand has picked up in the US and Europe. We hope to continue on this path for the future.”

The quarterly profit was the first for JLR since Tata bought the unit from Ford for USD2.5bn in 2008.

For the fiscal Q3, JLR posted net profit after tax of Rs. 416.95 crores (GBP59.3m). JLR's Q3 (for the quarter ended Dec 31 – Q3 of the fiscal year) wholesale volumes grew 28% with quarter-on-quarter volume improvement coming from North America, Europe and China.

Land Rover grew 34% 'aided by continued strong market reception to the 2010 model year vehicles launched earlier during the year'. Jaguar volumes grew 11.5% led by strong growth of XF, Tata said.

Tata Motors recently announced that group global sales almost doubled in January, growing 93% over year-ago levels to 85,714 units. This growth has taken fiscal year-to-date (April 2009–January 2010) sales to 681,480, up 13% year on year. Those figures include Jaguar Land Rover whose global sales grew by 195% to 16,269 units. Jaguar sales for the month were 2,974, up 122%, while Land Rover sales were 13,295, up 219%.

February 25 2010

EIB loan for JLR secured

Tata Motors has announced the completion of a GBP340m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

The facility is an eight year amortising loan to finance development of micro and full hybrid drive trains and research into more energy efficient car bodies for the premium car segment by JLR.

Tata said that these activities will contribute to lower CO2 emissions and the loan was granted under the European Clean Transport Facility.

The loan is structured with guarantee support from banks, with Credit Suisse 'working in the lead' with Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors in arranging the structure. State Bank of India played a key role in the facility, providing a guarantee along with Bank of India and Bank of Baroda. Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan are providing additional guarantees to meet EIB credit requirements.

Mr. Ravi Kant, Vice Chairman of Tata Motors, said: “We are very happy with the support extended to us by the European Investment Bank, State Bank of India, Credit Suisse, and other banks. This will support the progress of turnaround in Jaguar Land Rover's business in challenging market conditions, alongside cost cutting measures, increase of volumes and the improved margins strategy currently being implemented by Jaguar Land Rover. We view Jaguar Land Rover as a key part of Tata Motors and we feel confident about its outlook for the future.”

Mr. Simon Brooks, European Investment Bank Vice President responsible for lending operations in the United Kingdom, said: “The EIB is pleased to be able to work closely with Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover to make a lasting contribution to automotive research that will enable the production of more environmentally friendly and energy efficient vehicles at a time of significant challenges for the European car industry.”

The EIB loan completes the last major element of the funding plan for JLR. In 2009, the company secured over GBP500m of funding, including facilities from State Bank of India, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of Baroda, ABC International bank, GE Capital, and Burdale Financial Limited, a subsidiary of the Bank of Ireland.

Tata Motors said that despite the 'very difficult financial environment since June 2008' when JLR was acquired, Tata Motors had, by October 2009, completely repaid the USD3bn bridge finance facility for the acquisition, through a combination of Rights Issue in 2008, issue of long maturity Non-convertible Rupee Debentures, internal cash flows, sale of investments, and issue of Global Depository Shares and Convertible Notes in October 2009.

Commenting on the overall financing efforts being made by Tata Motors, Mr. C. Ramakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer of the company, said: “We have taken significant steps to meet our financing requirements and strengthen our balance sheet over a short timeframe in challenging and adverse market conditions. We are thankful to have received the support of Tata Sons, all investors and relationship banks. The business performance of our Indian and international operations have improved significantly and we feel comfortably positioned for the future.”

February 18 2010

JLR appoints new CEO

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has named former BMW and Ford executive Ralf Speth CEO with overall responsibility for its operations.

He will report to Carl-Peter Forster, recently appointed group CEO of parent Tata Motors.

Speth's predecessor in the JLR CEO role was David Smith, who left the company abruptly in January amid stalled negotiations with labour unions over pay and conditions.

Only on Monday, Tata Motors Motors had told just-auto any decision to replace Smith was "still open."

Speth, 54, has over 22 years experience in the European auto industry, most of which was at BMW where he also worked when it owned Land Rover.

Later he was production, quality and product planning director at Ford's Premier Automotive Group (PAG) which encompassed the blue oval's then-premium brands Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Volvo. After that, Speth was with Germany's Linde group where he was head of global operations. Linde's current president and CEO is Wolfgang Reitzle, a former chairman and CEO of PAG and top BMW executive and board member, who was recently elected supervisory board chairman of tyre and component maker Continental.

Tata Motors vice chairman Ravi Kant said: "The introduction of Dr Ralf Speth into Jaguar Land Rover under the guidance of Carl-Peter Forster will considerably strengthen the management of the company and enhance the position and reputation of the two iconic brands in line with the long term strategy of the company."

February 1 2010

Jaguar XJ prices

Jaguar has announced prices for its stunning XJ flagship saloon – the Big Cat that promises to take a bite out of Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series sales.

The XJ will be available in April, starting at £53,775 for the 3.0 Diesel in Luxury trim – yes, even the base model is luxurious! Prices for oilburning models rise to £64,275 for the top-spec Portfolio edition, with just under three grand more for the long-wheelbase version (£67,185).

Owners who plump for an XJ with the 5.0-litre V8 powerplant can expect to fork out £64,355 for the Premium Luxury, or £71,355 for the Portfolio (add £3,000 for the stretched LWB). At the top of the tree is the supercharged 5.0 Supersport, weighing at a whopping £87,455, or £90,455 for the longer version.

Jaguar’s engineers have promised that the new car will be packed with all the latest developments to enhance the driving experience – and that of its back-seat passengers.

For example, the XJ will take advantage of some of the latest advances in the aerospace industry, with a lightweight aluminium body, 50% of which is recycled. On the road, features such as a new adaptive damper system also mean that the XJ’s occupants should waft around in complete comfort.

The XJ will also be whisper-quiet inside – at least until the specially developed 1,200-watt, 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system kicks in to keep the lucky execs entertained.

January 25 2010

JLR CEO leaving; Forster in frame

Jaguar Land Rover is parting company with its chief executive, David Smith, potentially clearing the way for former Opel and BMW boss Carl-Peter Forster to take control. Forster has been linked with a senior role at JLR for some months and Tata Motors executives were rumoured to have been taking soundings on whether Forster was the right man for job.

There’s no official word from Jaguar on the replacement for Smith except a statement saying “a replacement will be announced in due course”. In the meantime Tata Motors boss Ravi Kant will oversee JLR in conjunction with Jag MD Mike O’Driscoll and Land Rover MD Phil Popham.

Smith was JLR’s finance director and came to be highly regarded by Tata Motors during the Ford sell-off. He was the only candidate for the CEO job once Tata took control. However, unlike many car company CEOs, he lacked wider experience in production, engineering and marketing.

Separately, a JLR spokeswoman declined to elaborate to just-auto on the reasons for Smith's departure, which came just days after the manufacturer announced former Toyota head of financial services David Betteley, as its new director of financial services. “I believe he [Smith] has gone today,” the spokeswoman told just-auto. "All of the arrangements are confidential – there won't be any further
details today.”

January 19 2010

JLR names new finance services director

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has named David Betteley as director, financial services.

Betteley joined JLR from Toyota where he was head of financial services in the UK, Europe and Africa. Betteley, current chairman of the UK's Finance and Leasing Association, now heads global Jaguar and Land Rover financial services.

"Offering financial services opportunities has never been more important, particularly in the premium vehicle segments," said Betteley, who reports to JLR customer services director Mike Wright.

JLR finance partners include Fiat Credit Agricole in Europe, Chase Manhattan in the US and Wesbank in South Africa. These replace the Ford Credit links in place when Ford owned JLR.

December 9 2009

Jaguar again tops JD Power satisfaction survey

Jaguar has ranked top of the latest JD Power sales satisfaction index survey among luxury brands while Land Rover scored fifth.

US import unit Jaguar Land Rover North America (JLRNA) said Jaguar was the highest scoring brand in the study for the second consecutive year, and the recipient of the inaugural luxury brand award.

The study surveyed 48,000 owners and lessees of new vehicles registered in May and June this year. Overall customer satisfaction was measured on five factors: dealership facility; salesperson; paperwork/finance process; delivery process and vehicle price.

"Jaguar and Land Rover dealers deserve individual and collective praise for delivering such a superb shopping and buying process for our customers," said JLRNA president Gary Temple. "These high rankings out of 37 brands in the industry coupled with recent dependability and customer service accolades show all of our efforts towards these goals are paying off."

October 7 2009

Jaguar Land Rover secures further finance

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has secured further funding worth GBP175m in the form of a loan from the State Bank of India. The loss-making car company, owned by Tata, is being squeezed by falling sales and cost pressures. It announced last month that it will close a plant by the middle of the next decade. Funding to get the firm through the industry's downturn has been a controversial area with the UK government and Tata at odds over the conditions that would apply to UK government assistance. However, JLR has now secured GBP500m of new funding this year from a number of different sources, including Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of Boroda, and Burdale Financial Limited - a subsidiary of the Bank of Ireland.

"We are pleased our funding plans are progressing and appreciate the confidence shown by our banking partners," said Jaguar's chief finance officer Kenneth Gregor.

September 24 2009

Union claims JLR reneged on pension deal

The key union representing Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) workers has accused the Tata Motors-owned automaker of not upholding an earlier agreement over the final salary pension scheme in its new business plan announced on Thursday and blamed management for the company's present financial state.

JLR said it had taken "aggressive actions over the past year" including reducing production by over 100,000 units, employment by 2,500 workers plus freezing pay and cancelling bonuses. It will merge its two West Midlands assembly plants into one by 2014 and further reduce costs through pension restructuring, lower employment costs for new recruits and a focus on IT and business simplification.

Unite union national secretary for the automotive sector, Dave Osborne said: "Earlier this year, this company and our union agreed a framework agreement intended to support JLR through this tough economic period. Our members said then that JLR could not be trusted to uphold that agreement. Today this has proven to be true. "While Unite welcomes moves to 'green' the JLR product range, [the union] is deeply concerned that an agreement struck barely six months ago will not now be upheld and that the company is seeking to close the final salary pension scheme." Osborne added: "In April our members agreed to changes to terms and conditions of their employment in order to give the company financial security but, like Oliver Twist, they are coming back for more. It appears that the company is making our members pay for their failure to secure government funding.

"We recognise the difficult trading environment for JLR, which is why Unite and its members have done more to help JLR during this recession than we have with any other company. But while the company may say that the business cannot sustain further liabilities, the truth is by far the biggest liability is the company's leadership team. "Some of the problems the company faces today exist as a result of past management failures. These failures were at the hands of the same team who today want our members to lose their pensions. Well, Unite's members will not be paying for management's incompetence and we will not stand by while those responsible continue to wreck havoc on this business."

JLR said its new plan was designed to increase its global competitiveness significantly, drive growth and sustained profitability, and respond to the challenges of climate change. "The plan includes decisive actions to see through the next 12-18 months as markets recover and positions the company to grow and prosper in the future. It includes a new and expanded range of products and environmental technology, delivered through streamlined and competitive costs and a new manufacturing strategy," the firm said in a statement.

Tata chairman Ratan Tata hired KPMG International and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants to advise on cost-cutting and last month said JLR needed "major cost reductions" after the luxury car and SUV maker's losses dragged parent Tata Motors' into loss this year. However, it added that was "not enough to offset the full magnitude of the downturn and the company swung from profit in 2007 to significant losses over the past 12 months".

Unite said it would meet with "colleague unions" as soon as possible to consider the Jaguar proposals in more detail.

September 1 2009

Tata to raise cash for JLR unit

Tata Motors plans to raise at least GBP100m (US$162m) for its UK car-makers Jaguar and Land Rover, according to the Financial Times, citing Tata vice-chairman Ravi Kant.

Tata Motors posted a consolidated loss for its fiscal first quarter but said it remained confident about the prospects of the loss-making JLR unit, whose sales fell by about 52% in the quarter from a year ago

Kant told the FT: "When volumes are down so much, it is a challenge. We need a little bit of support from the market."

September 1 2009

JLR sales slump drags Tata to loss

Slumping sales of Jaguars and Land Rovers saw owner Tata Motors post a INR3.3bn (US$68.4m) consolidated loss for the June quarter against year-ago profits of INR7.2bn. Year-ago numbers don't include JLR which Tata bought from Ford in June last year. Tata revealed that the number of JLR cars sold to dealerships worldwide in the three months to the end of June had fallen to 35,900, from 69,000 last year.

In the UK, sales slid 23% in the three months to the end of June to 10,700 cars.

Chairman Ratan Tata has hired KPMG International and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants to advise on cost-cutting and said last month that JLR needs "major cost reductions". JLR has cut 2,200 British jobs since September, reducing the workforce to 14,500. But Tata said in August that JLR won't need a bailout from the UK government as it completed funding arrangements with commercial lenders and the European Investment Bank. The company successfully concluded talks with banks for a GBP340m loan ($554m) from the EIB, it said.

August 11 2009

Government 'welcomes' Tata's JLR funding solution

The UK Government today welcomed news that Tata has secured private sector funding for Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR's) short term financial needs and that UK Government support for the car manufacturer is not now needed.

Tata Motors has reportedly managed to secure a debt facility of GBP175m for its JLR operations, by mortgaging the stock and receivables of Land Rover. A three-year loan has reportedly been extended by Burdale Financial, a member of the Bank of Ireland Group. The Jaguar and Land Rover brands have been struggling to meet working capital requirements as falling demand for luxury cars due to global economic slowdown has hit sales. JLR had reported a loss of GBP281m in the ten months ending March 2009. Tata and the British Government had been locked in negotiations on financial support for JLR, with Tata reportedly unhappy with British Government conditions that would be attached to any UK Government funding or guaranteeing of loans. But it would appear that financially hard pressed Tata has opted to go down the private sector route to secure immediate financial support for JLR.

UK Business Secretary Peter Mandelson said: "The fact that the banks and commercial capital markets are meeting JLR's funding is a clear sign of confidence in the company, its products and the automotive sector. "This additional funding will allow JLR to invest in future models and successfully launch the new XJ saloon on schedule and updated Land Rover models later this year. "The Government had offered bridging finance from the Automotive Assistance Programme if necessary. We understand the Tata group will now be successful in resolving longer term financial needs but we are willing to help again if necessary. "This is a good and encouraging outcome for JLR, its workforce and its supply chain."

The UK Government's Automotive Assistance Programme has met widespread criticism for delays in the flow of funds to companies.

Tata Motors said in a statement that it and JLR also expect that the long-term loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) of GBP340m, sanctioned to Jaguar Land Rover, can also be successfully secured in the coming weeks 'through appropriate commercial arrangements'.

July 28 2009

Tata appoints JLR consultants

Concerned at the performance of the loss-making unit acquired last year, Tata Motors has appointed two consultants to advise Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on cost cuts, set targets for breaking even and using cash flow effectively.

July 20 2009

Accept terms or else government tells JLR owner

Lord Mandelson, the UK's business secretary, has warned the Indian owner of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to accept a revised proposal to guarantee hundreds of millions of pounds in short-term funding or risk seeing it taken off the table, a newspaper report on Monday said.

July 15 2009

Jaguar to end X-Type production this year

Jaguar has announced that production of the X-Type car at the Halewood factory will cease before the end of 2009 with the loss of up to 300 jobs.
Manufacture of Land-Rover Freelander models will continue at the Halewood site.

Jaguar Land Rover - owned by the Tata Group - said it would be seeking voluntary redundancies at Halewood.

Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive David Smith said: "Our industry has been especially badly hit by the recession and the premium sector more than others." He went on: "Jaguar Land Rover's retail sales fell by 28 in the past 10 months. We have taken unprecedented actions to cut costs including reduced production volumes, significant cuts to investment plans and some 2,200 job losses. "Ceasing production of the X-Type early, with further redundancies and temporary shut-downs at Halewood is necessary to protect our other investment plans." Mr Smith added that further actions will be determined by the state of the market.

The X-Type was a controversial car, conceived at the beginning of the decade when JLR was owned by Ford and part of a platform-sharing industrial strategy for Ford's European premium brands. However, the Mondeo platform-based car never achieved ambitious sales targets.

July 7 2009

Andy Green OBE in the fastest Jaguar ever

Wing Commander Andy Green OBE - the fastest man on earth and the World Land Speed Record Holder – drove up Goodwood's famous hill yesterday in Jaguar's fastest car ever, the XFR Prototype* that recorded 225.675mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats towards the end of last year.
Jaguar XFRAndy Green was the first person to break the sound barrier on land when he recorded 763.035mph in the Thrust SSC** in 1997. He said: "It is always a thrill to drive at the Festival of Speed and all the more so in a ‘proper’ race car. I hugely enjoyed the Bonneville Jaguar, and the crowd loved it too – this is the sort of car that they come to watch. Now I want to go and drive it at Bonneville!"

June 25 2009

Over 100 Jaguars journey to France

Jaguar XJs at DoverFor the fifteenth time over one hundred Jaguars of all ages gathered at Dover for the annual Jaguar World Entente Cordiale run to France. Each year a different area is chosen and the Jaguar owners have enjoyed the delights of vineyards, chateaux, cheese factories and motor museums from the Loire to the Vosges mountains..

This year Strasbourg was the destination with an overnight stop at Sedan on the outward and return journeys. Virtually every model of Jaguar was represented from a 1929 Austin Seven Swallow to a new XF. For the first time there was an excursion into Germany to visit the Black Forest and Baden-Baden where participants experienced torrential rain but for the rest of the week fine weather was the order of the day. more...


June 19 2009

New XJ spotted

Jaguar XJ 2009One of the test cars of the new model was spotted by our intrepid photographer at Dover docks on its way to the Nurburgring circuit. more....

March 5 2009

JLR unions approve hours cut and pay freeze to save jobs

Union workers at Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have voted "overwhelmingly" to back short-time and pay freeze proposals their unions believe will help retain jobs at the automaker.

The workers employed at JLR's Gaydon, Whitley, Castle Bromwich, Halewood, Solihull and Browns Lane sites voted by 70% to back proposals recommended by their unions, Unite and the GMB, which would see their working week reduced to four days and pay frozen for one year in order to ensure continued production and avoid compulsory redundancies.

In a joint statement the unions said: "We did not want our members in JLR to be faced with the same fate as the thousands of others who have been dismissed in other companies. The management agreed with our view that, when this unprecedented recession ends, that the retention of a skilled and loyal workforce is an integral part to the ongoing success of this business. "The union and our members were faced with a difficult choice, but no less difficult than the choices we have had to make in recent times. When the business was sold to Tata we faced up to that challenge together and
delivered the best possible agreement which safeguarded our plants and our members' jobs. We did not work hard for that to see wholesale redundancies less than 12 months later.

"The choice for our members was clear - further mass redundancies or what is undoubtedly some short-term pain in order to secure the future for our members and their families."

February 27 2009

JLR signs MoU for big Chinese order

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to supply one of its Chinese importers with 13,000 vehicles over three years. Jaguar said it was 'a very significant' order, and was particularly welcome 'at this challenging time'. The order is for both Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles. China was the company's fifth-largest market last year when it sold 1,350 Jaguars and almost 12,000 Land Rovers there.

The MoU for the deal was signed as Business Secretary Lord Mandelson met China's commerce minister, Chen Deming, in London.

February 23 2009

JLR wants pay freeze

It is reported that staff at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are to be given a vote vote on a one-year pay freeze and a four-day week, in return for no compulsory job losses for two years. The BBC reported that the deal has been agreed between the firm and union leaders, and workers are due to decide within the coming weeks.

The report said the deal aims to help JLR save up to GBP70m a year. "We have had a number of constructive meetings with the unions to reach this agreement," said a company spokesman. "The unions recognise the severity of the situation and the need to take action to achieve further cost reductions while avoiding further redundancies."

January 27 2009

JLR wins expert praise
TRAINING schemes escaping recession-hit cutbacks have led experts to praise Jaguar Land Rover.

The company may have issued redundancies – but has also invested big in a high tech new training academy, just opened by TV star Kate Humble. This move has been praised by online training company,

Mark Wright director of JLR customer services said: ‘Jaguar Land Rover is passionate about delivering an outstanding customer experience. The academy is an example of how we are ensuring we deliver that in all our markets.’ It ensures a throughflow of high quality staff, meaning customer service levels can be maintained. ‘Over 1000 young people in the last decade have participated in Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced apprenticeship programme.

‘In May 2008, Warwick academy was awarded training quality standard certification by the Learning and Skills Council.’

The move by Jaguar Land Rover have drawn further praise from Unite union leader Tony Woodley, too. He said economic difficulties are short term. Go too far in its cutbacks, and Jaguar Land Rover would be ‘unable to meet demands when the market improves.’ It is hoped comments such as this will help reverse the perception that training is an expensive burden. To aid uptake, theTrainingpod online network has been launched. This matches companies to training providers and trainers that meet requirements – for free. It allows companies to compare trainer prices, reducing costs in time spent searching for professional trainers.

January 19 2009

Jaguar plant stopped for two weeks

Jaguar Land Rover on Monday confirmed local media reports it had halted production at its main car plant in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, for two weeks. A spokesman said the move had been announced to workers last week and had been "circulated externally" by mid-week. The latest shut down – which follows Honda’s announcement last week that it will shut its plant for four months – comes days after JLR workers returned from a three-week halt.

January 14 2009

Jaguar Land Rover to axe 450 more jobs

Jaguar Land Rover is to axe 450 jobs due to what a statement from the company has called a "severe" reduction in demand for new cars. On top of the cuts it was also revealed that managers from the group will not receive any bonuses in 2009.

The UK-based carmaker, which is owned by the Indian group Tata, said the job losses will be spread between management roles and salaried agency staff. In all 300 management roles will go and 150 agency staff. Furthermore, any remaining management pay increases have been deferred to the beginning of October this year at the earliest.

Jaguar Land Rover's CEO David Smith said: "It is only right and proper that our response to the unavoidable impact of the credit crunch and a severe reduction in demand includes actions across all grades and functions in the company. We don't expect sales conditions to return to normal levels for some time."

Jaguar Land Rover was bought by Tata from Ford for GBP1.7bn last year. In December last year, it was reported that Tata had agreed to inject "10s of millions" of pounds into Jaguar Land Rover to prevent an immediate cash flow crisis while the UK government continued to consider the case for a taxpayer-funded bailout. Last November, the firm sacked 850 agency IT and engineering staff.

January 12 2009

Jaguar xfr bonnevilleJaguar today announces that during a secret speed trial at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, an XFR prototype recorded a stunning top speed of 225.675mph (363.188km/h), making it the fastest Jaguar ever.

The car - powered by the all-new AJ-V8 Gen III engine - beat Jaguar's previous speed record of 217.1mph (349.4 km/h) set in the XJ220 in 1992.* Paul Gentilozzi – the owner of Rocketsports Racing who successfully led the Jaguar XKR to five series victories between 2001 and 2006 in the Trans Am series in the USA - drove the car on the record-breaking run.

Running with minor aerodynamic and safety modifications to meet the requirements for a Bonneville run, the 225mph top speed was achieved with additional horsepower liberated by a remapped ECU, a modified air intake and exhaust system and revised supercharger settings. No internal engine components were changed and the six-speed automatic transmission was standard, including the gear ratios. more...

January 11 2009

Government-JLR aid talks restart
TALKS will resume this week between Tata and the UK government, over state aid for Jaguar Land Rover.

The Indian car maker has recruited American bank CitiGroup to advise it, reported The Sunday Times.

Tata is seeking a short-term bridging loan from the government. This will help it with cashflow problems caused by a collapse in new car sales. Insiders at the company say the government is ‘close’ to approving a £500 million bridging loan. However, government insiders disagree, saying the company does not urgently need cash.

Experts say a solution will not be found quickly – despite Tata’s recruitment of Citigroup. However, the chief of Tata says the government should provide support, like other European governments have done.

The German government has pledged a loan of £1.6 billion to Opel (Vauxhall in the UK), and is considering a similar loan to Ford. The Swedish government is considering aid to Saab and Volvo, too.

In separate news, business secretary Lord Mandleson could commit to an extension of the pre-budget report’s special liquidity scheme this week. He will address a motor industry summit in Brussels on Friday, where an announcement is expected. It will give car makers access to finance, helping them fund loans for new car buyers.

A further announcement could come on Wednesday. The Sunday Times reports that Mandleson will give evidence to the Commons business committee, on the state of the car industry.

January 9 2009

Loans, not bailout, for JLR
JAGUAR Land Rover is not after a bailout from the taxpayer, but loans - to help it get through the credit crunch.
Jaguar MD David Smith said the company is struggling simply through the shortage of short-term finance. He therefore wants the Government to provide short-term loans or loan guarantees. This will give it the cash required to progress through the current economic downturn.

Such loans have already been discussed, it is said. Jaguar Land Rover could receive £1 billion in commercial loans or Government loan guarantees. It is the collapse in financial and consumer confidence that is the root cause of the current recession, says Smith. The paper says he pinpoints Lehman Brothers going under as the tipping point.

‘We, our suppliers and our dealers are all suffering from cash problems,’ he said, ‘essentially because the banks aren’t lending properly to the sector. ‘So, we have said either we need to find ways to free up commercial lending, or the state may have to put loan guarantees in place to allow some of that lending to flow.’

Significantly, dealers would benefit. JLR had asked for car dealers to be included in any package. These funds would be used to help potential customers raise the money needed to buy a new car. ‘Again, that is something we have seen in other countries, but which the UK Government hasn’t so far done.’ Smith revealed that JLR had quickly cut production. By the end of 2008, factories were running at half the level they were at the start.

‘That will continue probably through Easter, as we adjust inventories to demand.’ But dealers can expect more economical cars in the future. Smith said that Jaguar turns over £7 billion. This is a bit less than Marks & Spencer’s – but JLR is spending 4 times what M&S does on environmental innovation.

January 8 2009

Jaguar sales UP in 2008
JAGUAR dealers received a welcome boost during 2008, by recording increased UK sales of over 8 per cent.
The brand sold over 65,000 cars, making it one of just 4 representative car makers to end the year with a positive sales increase.

It was the XF that helped drive this sales boost. It has ‘attracted a huge number of new customers to Jaguar,’ said company MD Mike O’Driscoll. This has been enhanced for 2009, too, with the introduction of the 3.0-litre, high-power XF S diesel. We’ve started 2009 with… a new diesel for the XF that offers a marked improvement in CO2 and fuel economy performance,’ said O’Driscoll.

The MD also underlined the £400 million Jaguar Land Rover invests in research and development. This will help bring greener cars to market in the future, helping Jaguar dealers meet the changing needs of customers. Export sales are also aiding the Jaguar brand’s revenue streams. ‘Our cars are sold in more than 60 countries around the world and we’re proud of our success as a major exporter – our sales were up by more than 50% in Russia, 35% higher in the Middle East, and 25% better in China..

‘There’s no doubt that 2009 will be challenging for the entire automotive industry, but we believe the new generation of intelligently designed, technically advanced Jaguars represent the very best sporting cars on the road today.’

January 7 2009
Jaguar finished 2008 with sales of more than 65,000 cars – an increase of 8% over 2007 and one of only a handful of automotive brands to report a year-on-year sales increase.

Commenting on the company's performance, Mike O'Driscoll, Jaguar's Managing Director, said: "Despite the challenging economic conditions, Jaguar made great progress last year. We introduced the all-new, award-winning Jaguar XF – voted 'Car of the Year' by two major UK magazines, and winner of more than 30 commendations around the world – which has attracted a huge number of new customers to Jaguar.

"The XF underlines the progress we've made in developing exciting sporting cars that capture the hearts of driving enthusiasts the world over. Our cars are sold in more than 60 countries around the world and we're proud of our success as a major exporter – our sales were up by more than 50% in Russia, 35% higher in the Middle East, and 25% better in China.

"We've started 2009 with the introduction of advanced new generation petrol and diesel engines that set new benchmarks in terms of power, economy and efficiency, including a new diesel for the XF that offers a marked improvement in CO2 and fuel economy performance. Our cars meet the challenges of the modern world and the needs of today's consumers – and they're also true to the Jaguar philosophy of creating beautiful fast cars.

"Together with Land Rover, Jaguar invests more than £400m on research and development. At a corporate level, we've committed more than £800m specifically to the research and development of new environmental technologies. Our investment in recent years has helped us bring cars to market that are bucking the downward trend."

Mike O'Driscoll concluded: "There's no doubt that 2009 will be challenging for the entire automotive industry, but we believe the new generation of intelligently designed, technically advanced Jaguars represent the very best sporting cars on the road today."

December 29 2008
Jaguar XF 3 litre diesel

“The new XF V6 Diesel S – combining superb performance and excellent fuel economy - sets the pace with acceleration from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, a maximum speed of 155mph, yet delivers an average fuel consumption of 42mpg and CO2 emissions of 179g/km: Truly the best of both worlds!”
Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars

• The most advanced, powerful and efficient Jaguar diesel ever
• New 275PS high-performance XF Diesel S featuring Jaguar’s new AJ-V6D Gen III S 3.0-litre diesel engine delivers a massive 600Nm of torque
• 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, 50-70mph in just 3.2 seconds, a maximum speed of 155mph and yet combined fuel economy of just 42.0mpg – 12 percent better than the acclaimed 2.7-litre V6 diesel engine
• Emits just 179g/km – a 10 percent reduction in CO2. Conforms to EU5 emission regulations using conventional exhaust after-treatment
• 33 percent more powerful and 61 percent more torque from 1500rpm than the 2.7-litre V6 diesel

“With CO2 emissions of 179g/km, 42mpg average fuel economy and 0-60mph acceleration in 5.9 seconds, this is another great example of Jaguar delivering unrivalled performance while at the same time taking the level of refinement in diesel engines to a whole new level.”
Mick Mohan, Jaguar Programmes Director

When it was introduced last year, the XF was recognised as a dramatic expression of a bold new Jaguar design language. It also soon became apparent that here was a car where the driving experience exceeded the expectations created by the striking appearance. Now, the new XF Diesel S takes this driving experience to new levels, shifting the balance even further towards dynamic performance while still retaining the XF’s core values as a refined and luxurious sports saloon. more...

December 18 2008

Tata cash injection gives JLR 'breathing space'

Tata has agreed to inject "tens of millions" of pounds into Jaguar Land Rover to prevent an immediate cash flow crisis while the UK government continues to consider the case for a taxpayer-funded bailout.

December 18 2008

Officials tight-lipped on JLR bailout talks

Tata Group's Jaguar Land Rover and the UK's Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform have refused to comment on media reports they are in secret talks over a GBP1bn (about US$1.5bn) bailout.

December 16 2008

Jaguar will break with tradition next year when it launches its first diesel sports car.

Jaguar XKIt’s only a couple of years since the Midlands firm introduced its first oil-burner, but so far they’ve been reserved for its saloons and estates. Not any more. The rejigged XK range, due to be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January, will be spearheaded by a new diesel model.

It’s a prescient move; even buyers spending £60k on a sports car aren’t immune from the ravages of the economic downfall and swingeing attacks on high-CO2 vehicles. Visual changes to the XK will be minor enough. There’s not much you can do to improve on Jag’s coupé and convertible, after all. Expect some tidying-up of the styling, with design flourishes borrowed from the XKR-S special edition.

Bigger news lies under the bonnet, where the old 4.2 V8 is finally pensioned off. In its place comes a new 5.0-litre V8, complete with direct injection for greater power and greener consumption. But the big news is the arrival of a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel.

The 3.0 TD is an evolution of the 2.7 derv from today’s XJ and XF. The increase in cubic capacity should give the sports cars a real boost in performance – while trimming CO2 emissions to less than 200g/km. Impressive for a top-end sports car. If the diesel’s not for you, don’t worry – the 5.0 V8 will develop 400bhp or, with the R-spec supercharger, 500bhp for red-hot performance.

November 27 2008

JLR cuts 850 agency workers

Around 850 agency workers are to lose their jobs at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

The workers - IT and engineering staff - have been told their jobs will go by the end of the year.

The firm said global car market conditions were severe and "it had to take responsible and rapid action for the challenging environment it faces".

It has previously announced that 600 jobs would go in a voluntary redundancy scheme and is said to be lobbying the UK government for a large bridging loan to help it through a tough period.

November 25 2008

Jag’s XF Coupé gets ready to roar

This is Jaguar’s new super coupé – a two-door sports car poised to take the Big Cat into uncharted territory by locking horns with the Audi A5 and BMW 3-Series Coupé. Expanding the highly successful XF range, the new coupé will combine striking looks with real driver appeal by adding a dramatic body to the saloon’s sporty underpinnings.

The XF Coupé is a key part of a new model strategy by Jaguar’s parent company, Tata. The raft of sporty machines will include the model you see here, as well as a drop-top Roadster version and a two-seater rival to the Porsche Boxster. While the two-seater is still some way from showrooms, both the Coupé and Roadster go on sale here in 2010 – and they promise to give other prestige firms some tough competition.

As you can see the head-turning XF Coupé could do for Jaguar what the TT did for Audi. Taking much of its inspiration from design boss Ian Callum’s original C-XF concept car, it boasts a bold metal grille, piercing LED headlights and raised bonnet bulge, which hints at the power that lies beneath. more...

November 24 2008

Jaguar #1 in sales process survey

Jaguar North America has voiced delight that it has achieved a number one ranking in the JD Power and Associates 2008 Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study.

"I am delighted that Jaguar has reclaimed the number one ranking in the JD Power and Associates 2008 Sales Satisfaction Index Study," said Mike O'Driscoll, managing director of Jaguar Cars.

"Our simultaneous number one ranking in J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Index and Sales Satisfaction Index studies reflects the dedication that everyone at Jaguar shares in delivering outstanding customer service."

"To set the benchmark for four of the past five years in the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study(SM) and to rank number one for two consecutive years in the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Index (CSI) Study(SM) reaffirms the passion of our employees and reflects the tremendous standards that our dealers consistently achieve," comments Gary Temple, president Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC.

The Study, now in its 22nd year, is a comprehensive analysis of the new-vehicle purchase experience and is based on responses from 35,805 new-vehicle buyers who registered their vehicles in May 2008. Overall customer satisfaction is measured based on five factors: dealership facility, salesperson, paperwork/finance process, delivery process and vehicle price.

November 24 2008

JLR seeks big government loan

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is reportedly pressing the UK government for a GBP1bn loan to help it through the industry downturn.

The Tata-owned company wants to borrow the cash for two years, according to reports in the British media.

While the company's latest model, the Jaguar XF, has been favourably received, the company is facing cash-flow problems as a result of declining markets. Production schedules have already been scaled back as a result.

Access to finance is emerging as a growing issue for firms in Britain as result of the problems still impacting the financial sector and the banks' general reluctance to offer credit to businesses.

JLR's parent borrowed heavily to finance the JLR purchase and is likely to favour JLR trying for low-cost finance from the British government.

Last week, the UK auto industry trade association SMMT, called on the British government to help the auto industry with a number of measures.

November 20 2008

Jaguar’s green light for XF roadster

Jaguar XF convertibleThis is how the big cat’s new litter will shape up, starting with a two-door cabriolet version of the hugely successful XF saloon.

The XF Roadster will employ a folding fabric roof, along with a slightly shortened wheelbase to improve structural rigidity, while maintaining the saloon’s handsome profile. Bosses will ensure there is a significant cost differential, so that the new model doesn’t poach sales from the XK Cabriolet. As a result, prices are set to start at around the £35,000 mark.

But that’s not the only XF variant which has been earmarked for production: a two-door Coupé is also on the way. Designed to lock horns with Audi’s curvy A5, it will add even more style to the XF’s taut bodyshape with a tapered roof and high waistline. This, too, will be pitched below the XK in the £30,000 bracket. Both models are expected to borrow engines from the XF saloon. more...

November 10 2008

JLR cuts to the Chase for US finance

Jaguar Land Rover has selected Chase as its exclusive auto finance provider in the US, offering a full range of financial services to vehicle buyers and dealers.

The agreement with Chase, part of JPMorgan Chase & Co, will replace the arrangement with Ford, whose financial arm provided support during the US automaker's ownership of Jaguar Land Rover.

Chase will take on all Jaguar Land Rover's consumer financing activities in the US from 1 January 2009.

Chase was chosen because of its long established presence in the market and its relationship with the Jaguar and Land Rover networks, JLR said.

The identification and confirmation of a set of new financial partners were key elements of JLR's sale earlier this year to Tata Motors.

The process was completed in Europe earlier this year with the appointment of Fiat Group Automobiles Financial Services (FGAFS), a 50%-50% joint venture between the bank, Crédit Agricole Group and Fiat Group Automobiles.

November 5 2008

More to leave as JLR readies for "tough year"

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has called for a further 300-400 voluntary redundancies across its UK manufacturing sites as it looks ahead to a "very tough" 2009.

September 26 2008

Jaguar to halt production for a week

Production at Jaguar's Halewood plant on Merseyside is to cease for a week at the end of October on gloomier demand prospects.

Falling demand for new vehicles has already led to a recent series of non-production days at Halewood and at the company's West Midlands plants of Castle Bromwich and Solihull (Land Rover). Workers won't lose pay and will be given other tasks to perform.

A Jaguar spokesman told just-auto: "The halt in production is to try to match production to demand."

August 27 2008

Jaguar success at Moscow show

As automotive boom time continues, Russia becomes the land of milk and honey for car salesmen. Many earned huge bonuses as they raked up record sales in the last year or so.

Among them are Jaguar dealers who are presently clocking up bumper business. They sold 1,000 new luxury cars in 2007 and that has already doubled in 2008 as interest in the brand increases.

Already the Big Cat has reported that over 500 of its latest XF have been snapped up.

August 12 2008

Guy Salmon adds Jags

Guy Salmon Prestige Rental has added three new Jaguar models to its fleet. The XF, XJ and X-Type are aimed at business users wanting to travel in style.

July 28 2008

Daimler could be revived as stand-alone brand

Jaguar and Land Rover's new Indian owner has told investors he is considering reviving the famous Daimler brand once favoured by Britain's royal family.

Daimler was once synonymous with bespoke luxury limousines that conveyed royalty and prime ministers but, since the 1960s, the brand has largely been used for rebadged or more luxurious versions of Jaguar models.

The Times newspaper reported that Tata conglomerate head Ratan Tata said GBP1bn had earmarked been to develop new models for the British-based automakers it bought recently from Ford for $US2.3bn and "it is suggested that the company wants to transform Daimler into a super-luxury marque to compete directly with Bentley and Rolls-Royce". The target market is wealthy buyers in Britain (where many wealthy foreign business people have homes), Asia, Russia and the Middle East. more...

June 13 2008

Jaguar Land Rover joins ACEA

The general assembly of ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, has accepted the application of Jaguar Land_Rover - newly bought by Tata Motors - to become a member from July 2008.

"We welcome Jaguar Land Rover in our midst and are convinced the company will make a valuable contribution to the work of our association", said Ivan Hodac, secretary general of ACEA.

"We are looking forward to working in close partnership with the European automobile manufacturers concerning regulatory and other issues confronting our industry", said David Smith, the newly-appointed CEO of Jaguar Land Rover. "As the UK's largest automotive employer, joining the European automotive association was an important step."

June 2 2008

Jaguar Land Rover names new CEO as deal completes

Tata Motors has completed its US$2.3bn purchase of Jaguar Land Rover [JLR] from Ford in an all-cash transaction, contributing about $600m to the JLR pension plans, and named a new CEO for the unit.

Current acting CEO David Smith has been confirmed in the role and replaces Australian Geoff Polites who died recently. Smith has 25 years of experience with JLR (most recently as CFO) and Ford. Before his recent return, he was director of finance and business strategy for PAG and Ford of Europe.

Smith said: "We are very pleased with the association with Tata Motors. We look forward to a sustained bright future for the company and its stakeholders." more...

May 28 2008

Tata plans rights issue to fund Jaguar buy

Tata Motors has said it would raise up to US$1.7bn through three simultaneous rights issues of various securities to help fund its purchase of the Jaguar and Land_Rover brands, which it expects to close by June.

According to Reuters, Tata said it would then raise $500-$600 million by way of issuing securities in foreign markets, as previously planned, and was considering various options including the Tokyo Exchange.

The funds would be mainly used for the $2.3 billion purchase of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands from Ford, which is being done through a wholly owned UK subsidiary, the report added. more...

May 22 2008

1960 Jaguar 'E2A' to Star in Bonhams & Butterfields' Quail Lodge Sale in August

The legendary sports-racing prototype that shaped Jaguar's future

The unique and celebrated prototype Jaguar 'E2A,' as driven by no fewer than four of the world's greatest racing drivers, is to be offered for the first time at auction, headlining Bonhams & Butterfields' annual Quail Lodge sale, in California, on 15 August 2008.

Presented in wonderfully original and unspoiled ex-works condition, this unique and immensely important British sports-racing legend has been lovingly preserved in just one family's ownership for over 40-years and - extraordinarily - it is in effect a one-owner car ex-works. more...

May 15 2008

Jaguar F-Type - British firm set to build cut-price Ferrari California.

It seems Ferrari isn’t going to have it all its own way, as Jaguar is also getting ready to launch a stunning GT.

Called the F-Type, the stylish Brit is set to offer a similar driving experience to the California, but at a much lower price. When it arrives in showrooms in 2012, it will sit at the top of the brand’s sports car range – and be the first big cat in many years to get close to capturing the spirit of the E-Type from the Sixties.

The newcomer takes much of its styling inspiration from the XF, the car which debuted Jaguar chief stylist Ian Callum’s view for the future of the brand. It’s based on a shortened version of the lightweight aluminium chassis from the new XJ, which arrives in 2010. The F-Type will target Porsche’s 911, Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage, Audi's R8 and Ferrari's new California. more...

March 28 2008

Jaguar aims for 100,000 under Tata management

Jaguar's near-term production future is forecast to climb back towards 100,000 cars under Tata Motors' management, adding a gloss to the Indian company's take-over announced earlier this week.

Last year Jag production dipped to a low of 54,000, partly because of the change-over from S-type to XF, but also because of the continuing slow-selling X-type. In 2006, it made 70,000 cars.

Forecasts compiled by just-auto map out Jag's production future for its four main models - the X-type, XF, XK and XJ - and foresee volume rising to a more sustainable number closer to the magical 100,000 mark.

Possible new models in the Jag product plan, which await the green light from Tata, could further lift this figure towards 150,000 by 2012/2013. more....

February 26 2008

Jaguar and Land Rover sale due next week

The sale of Jaguar and Land Rover to Indian vehicle manufacturer Tata is now expected to be completed next week.
Reuters is reporting sources close to the talks as saying an announcement may come on March 5 or 6. Ford has not confirmed the claim.

Tata met with bosses of trade union Unite last week, which has 12,000 members in the Jaguar and Land Rover plants.

February 6 2008

Jaguar may widen XF diesel line

Continuing green pressure and rising fuel prices could force Jaguar into introducing a small-capacity diesel engine in the new XF saloon in coming years.

The bulk of sales of Jag's competitors in the UK, the BMW 5-series and Audi A6, are concentrated on two-litre diesels but Jag doesn't have an alternative to these low-C02 models at launch.

It does offer circa-two-litre turbodiesels from a JV with parent Ford and PSA in its smaller X-type line.

"We will just have to keep an eye on where the market is going and if customers start demanding it, we will have to respond," said Jag product development chief Mick Mohan.

The decision will also depend on how Jaguar sees its future brand image. It may prefer to limit sales and concentrate on higher-output engines. more...

February 5 2008

Jaguar runs model plans past Tata

Jaguar is eyeing a significant expansion of its model range with at least three new models, after its sell-off by Ford, most likely to Tata Motors of India.

Executives and engineers are eyeing a new GBP40,000 two-seat sports car, a two- door coupe version of the XF saloon and most radically, a four-door version of the XK luxury coupe.

None of the three models are officially signed off, but all three have been presented to Tata Motors' management and will be key new programmes for the Indian automaker to evaluate and decide whether to invest.

Privately, insiders favour the two-seat sports car, dubbed the F-type, as the highest priority. It would be pitched against the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Porsche Boxster. more...

January 31 2008

Ford may not keep J-LR stake

A Ford agreement with Tata Motors to buy Jaguar and Land Rover could be announced as early as next week and the US automaker may not keep a stake in the two British firms, according to recent reports.

January 18 2008


Jaguar's new XF has claimed top prize – the highly respected 'Car of the Year' award – at the 2008 What Car? awards in London last night. The XF also took top place in the 'Best Executive Car' category, ahead of the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes CLS.

Steve Fowler, group editor of What Car?, said: "For us, the XF goes straight in there with the very best cars from Jaguar's past. And given that the car market today is more competitive than it's ever been, it's fair to say the XF is the best car Jaguar has ever built.

"The XF really does have it all – a sensational exterior and dramatic interior combined with a drive that will delight and pamper in equal measure. On top of that, it stacks up as a sensible buying and owning proposition, too."

Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars, said: "All of us at Jaguar are delighted that we've taken the top spot at these awards, and that What Car? has named the new XF Car of the Year. It's especially gratifying as What Car? has such a great reputation for representing the British consumer. Jaguar is creating a new generation of cars that started with the XK, and now continues with the all-new XF – a four door, five passenger car that has the heart of a sports car and the looks of a grand tourer. Like the XK, XF is visually striking and thrilling to drive.

"We're very pleased with the reaction the car has received, and our customer order bank is growing fast. We're grateful to What Car? for this wonderful award." more...

January 15 2008

Jaguar has 7,000 XF orders

Jaguar has had 7,000 orders for the new XF which it started to ship to its global dealer network last week.

January 14 2008

Jaguar-Land Rover in profit

The new owners of Jaguar-Land Rover will take control of a business that's turned its balance sheet around by USD1bn in the last twelve months.

January 3 2008

Tata preferred bidder for Jaguar/Land Rover

Ford has finally confirmed that Tata Motors is lead bidder for Jaguar and Land_Rover.

Following an announcement to employees this morning, the automaker on Thursday afternoon said in a statement: "Ford is committed to focused negotiations at a more detailed level with Tata Motors concerning the potential sale of the combined Jaguar Land Rover business."

The statement from Lewis Booth, who heads both Ford of Europe and the Premier Automotive Group and chairs Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Ford of Europe, added: "There is still a considerable amount of work to do, and while no final decision has been made, we will proceed with further substantive discussions with Tata Motors over the forthcoming weeks with a view to securing an agreement that is in the best interests of all parties concerned."

"We're not going into any other detail on the process at all," Ford spokesman John Gardiner in London said in response to a question on bid values. more...

December 14 2007

XF - First impressions

The adoration bestowed on Fiat's new 500 proves that retro design can work, but it hasn't done any favours for Jaguar in recent years as the sales figures will testify. But expect that to change because the XF appears to have more in common with the XK coupe than the S-Type. Out goes the retro styling, in comes a very modern take on a Jaguar saloon from Ian Callum, the man behind the Jaguar XK and Aston DB7. But the Jaguar cues are still there. There are echoes of the original 1968 XJ in the grille and of the current XK around the headlights.

In fact it does share its suspension and paddle-shift operated automatic gearbox with the XK and the more powerful versions share engines too. There are three trim levels available: Luxury, Premium Luxury and SV8 and as before there's a choice of petrol and diesel engines. Prices stretch from £33,900 to £54,900 making the XF more expensive than the S-Type but it is far better equipped. As with the S-Type, only one body style is available: a four-door saloon. Although estate versions of BMW's 5-Series and Mercedes' E-Class are popular in Europe they don't sell well in the US where most XFs are bound. more...

December 12 2007

Jaguar Land Rover plans new virtual reality centre

Jaguar and Land_Rover plans a new design facility with advanced audio visual technologies with the projection power of eight cinemas to significantly speed up product development.

About $4m is to be invested in a so-called virtual reality centre which will allow engineers and designers to see in life-size three-dimension models of vehicles and components, reducing the need for physical prototypes. The four-walled 'cave' will provide a virtual reality environment simulating vehicle exteriors and interiors that is capable of making bodywork appear transparent.

According to the brands' product development chief Al Kammerer, the project will allow faster development of new vehicles and quicker response to customer trends. Eight Sony high resolution projectors will provide a visual quality claimed to outstrip existing industry virtual reality caves by producing photo realistic images. The user wears 3D glasses to view ultra-high resolution images.

Midlands-based HoloVis International is leading the project with Sony, Sun Microsystems and ICIDO.

It will be in use at Jaguar and Land Rover's Gaydon engineering centre by spring 2008.

10 December 2007

Brits place 3,000 Jag XF orders

Jaguar's S-type-replacing Jaguar XF has already drawn about 3,000 orders in Britain.

"The fact that there is a buzz being generated around the XF is good and the translation of that into pre-orders has exceeded expectations," Richard Parry-Jones, chief technical officer of Jaguar's parent, Ford, said, adding that the Jaguar company is feeling confident as opposed to complacent.

"Without doubt. If it sells as expected, and all the early indications say that it will, it will be profitable for Jaguar and a very important stepping stone in the road for recovery for Jaguar profitability."

The new model, he said, is a key element in the Jaguar building process. "There is increasing confidence and momentum at Jaguar. People know where they are going, know how they are going to get there and have the clear sense of confidence and direction." more...

December 4 2007

Ford CEO Alan Mulally has said the Ford could announce the sale of its Jaguar and Land_Rover brands by the end of the year.

Reuters reported that he said yesterday: "We will probably have something to announce by the end of this year, toward the first part of next year."

Mulally was speaking at a ceremony marking the formal signing of the four-year labor contract reached last month with the United Auto Workers union.

Ford has narrowed the auction of Jaguar and Land Rover to three bids, the report said. The remaining bidders include Tata Motors and rival Mahindra & Mahindra which has teamed up with buyout firm Apollo. One Equity is the other bidder.

Mulally also said the automaker has made a 'significant improvement' in the competitive gap with Asian automakers with the new labour contract. Ford Chairman Bill Ford reportedly said the company will respond to new fuel economy standards passed last week by the US Congress. "We have to do it," Bill Ford reportedly said, but added that meeting the goal would be a stretch.

November 12 2007

Jaguar C-XF named ‘concept car of the year’

The Jaguar C-XF has been named 'Concept Car of the Year' by leading Japanese design magazine CAR STYLING. Established 30 years ago, CAR STYLING is read all over the world and is the only design magazine published in both Japanese and English.

Jaguar's Design Director, Ian Callum said: "It is a great honour for Jaguar to receive this award from such a reputable journal like CAR STYLING - a magazine that all designers have grown up with for the last 30 years. My colleague Julian Thomson and I both believe it has always demonstrated the very best in our profession, so it makes us particularly proud to receive this recognition for the C-XF."

The C-XF first received recognition in January of this year when it was voted 'Star of the Show' by Autoweek magazine at the Detroit Auto Show. more...

October 11 2007


Jaguar X typeThe Jaguar X-TYPE gets a fresh look for 2008, along with a host of new features inside and outside the vehicle and a new automatic transmission in the acclaimed 2.2 diesel. With significant revisions including nearly 500 new components, the new generation X-TYPE retains all the original car’s strengths, and adds some new ones of its own.

"The new X-TYPE stands for accessibility, versatility, luxury and choice within the Jaguar range", explained CJ O'Donnell, Global Marketing Director, Jaguar Cars. "The package of revisions – particularly the automatic transmission in the 2.2 diesel – presents our established dealers and the key emerging markets with an excellent opportunity to reach new customers and retain existing owners."

The new X-TYPE's exterior styling is significantly refreshed - with changes that reflect some of Jaguar’s new saloon car design language - with subtle interior revisions and greater choice of trim and equipment, further emphasising the X-TYPE's premium car credentials.more...

October 10 2007

Jaguar/Land Rover bidders need more time

Bids for Jaguar and Land_Rover are expected to be finalised by the beginning of November. According to a Reuters report today, potential bidders need more time to complete due diligence.

With no set deadline for the bids, the timing could slip further. Earlier this year Lewis Booth, executive vice president of Ford's European units, said that a decision would probably not be made until late this year or early 2008.

Private equity companies reportedly in the bidding are One Equity Partners, Ripplewood, Terra Firma, TPG (Texas Pacific Group), and despite its recent acquisition of Chrysler, Cerberus. more...

September 20 2007

Spied: Jaguar XF-R

Don't be fooled by the S-Type bodywork - under the disguise lurks what appears to be a hot XF-R version of Jaguar's exciting new saloon.

The XF was one of the most talked about cars at last week's Frankfurt show and many are pinning hopes of Jaguar's survival on it. Will it succeed? Time will tell but this hot version can't do any harm. more...

August 29 2007

'Jaguar' badge for the chop - designer

The word 'Jaguar' will start to be ditched from the back of production cars within two or three years, the Ford-owned luxury car maker's design boss has confirmed. more....

August 28, 2007


Contemporary design in an all-new Jaguar sedan

Jaguar XFJaguar is proud to announce the all-new 2009 XF - a stunning four-door Jaguar that combines the style and performance of a sports car with the refinement, space and sophistication of a luxury sedan.

Scheduled to make its world debut at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, the new Jaguar XF is a reflection of the bold new design language that Jaguar will be using both now and in the future.

"As one of the most visually striking, technically sophisticated and driver-oriented sedan cars that Jaguar has ever produced, the XF clearly demonstrates the forward-looking focus that now defines the Jaguar brand," said Wayne Burgess, XF Senior Design Manager. "With its dramatic styling, powerful flowing lines and a distinctive front, the new XF looks like no other Jaguar . Yet it defines the new design language the company will be adopting for all future models."

The first impression of the new XF is its visual strength. It firmly emphasizes contemporary automotive style whilst maintaining Jaguar's core values. The new XF is sporty, muscular and dynamic -- made evident in its sweeping silhouette that was inspired by the new Jaguar XK sports car. There is a powerful grille, dramatic side window graphics and, of course, strong Jaguar rear haunches. The stance of the XF gives the car a 'ready to pounce' look that suggests latent power and energy. more... Full report

August 2 2007

O’Driscoll replaces Boerio as Jaguar MD

Up-for-sale and under pressure Jaguar has announced that Mike O'Driscoll is to become the new Managing Director of Jaguar Cars. O'Driscoll, currently President of Jaguar Land Rover North America, will replace Bibiana Boerio, who is to retire by the end of the year after eight years with Jaguar and over thirty in total with Ford Motor Company.

O'Driscoll has almost thirty years experience with Jaguar and Land_Rover and has a wealth of sales and marketing expertise gained both in the UK and United States.

Welcoming O'Driscoll to his new role, Jaguar and Land Rover CEO Geoff Polites said: "Mike has proven in-depth experience and understanding of how to sell premium cars in the marketplace and how best to support our dealers. This experience will serve Jaguar well as we launch some very exciting new products in the years ahead.

"Mike has worked closely with Bibie Boerio over the past three years, as we have put in place the strategy and actions to rebuild Jaguar. He has a strong understanding of the brand and the marketplace and will lead Jaguar into the next phase." more...

July 23 2007

Jaguar collects customer service plaudits.

Jaguar has commended dealers world-wide for dedication to customer satisfaction with a number of notable awards in key markets, including the US, the UK and Germany.

Managing director Bibiana Boerio said: "The fantastic results from JD_Power in the US and Motor Trader in the UK are further evidence of Jaguar's passion to deliver a first-class sales and ownership experience."

In the US, Jaguar ranked number one in the 2007 JD Power and Associates Customer Service Index (CSI) study with the highest score in the history of the survey, displacing Lexus.

In first place with a score of 925 points out of 1,000, Jaguar was 13 points above the top CSI performer in 2006. more...

July 19, 2007


Gary Temple, executive vice president of Jaguar Land Rover operations, accepts the first place award for Jaguar in the 2007 JD Power and Associates Customer Service Index (CSI) study from Loretta Seymour of JD Power.

Jaguar ranks number one in the 2007 J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Index (CSI) study. Jaguar ranked first, with the highest ever score in the study, of 925 points on a 1,000-point scale—13 points above the top CSI performer in 2006.

"This outstanding result in the JD Power and Associates CSI study reflects the tremendous progress that has been made at Jaguar these last few years. To rank number one in customer service, following our # 1 ranking in each of the last three years in the Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) study is a tribute to the dedication and passion of all our Jaguar dealers in the United States" said Mike O'Driscoll, president, Jaguar Land Rover North America. more....

June 27 2007

Ford readies Jaguar and Ford for sale

Ford has hired business consultants KPMG to go over Land_Rover and Jaguar books in preparation for the companies' sale later this year.

The Sunday Times reported that KPMG has been given the task of separating out the companies' accounts from Ford, which has owned Jaguar and Land Rover since 1989 and 2000 respectively.

"They need to sort out things like the real cost of the parts that Ford supplies to the two companies. It's the extrication of the parent company from the figures that is the difficult part of the job," said one senior industry source, quoted by the Sunday Times. more...

June 20, 2007


Roger Putnam's services to the automotive industry have been recognised with the award of a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours list 2007. Chairman of Ford of Britain from 2002-2005, Roger Putnam was also President of the automotive industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Roger Putnam's illustrious career in the motor industry spanned more than 40 years. He began his career at Lotus in 1966 in sales before moving to public relations then marketing, before being appointed director sales and marketing, a global role, in 1976.

In 1982 he joined Jaguar as director, marketing and UK sales operations, before being appointed to the board in 1986 as director, sales and marketing. At that time he was also appointed to the boards of Jaguar subsidiary companies in Europe and Japan.

While at Jaguar Roger totally restructured both the UK and international dealer and distributor networks, moving the brand into new markets as well as playing a key role in the team that launched some of Jaguar's most important recent models, including the XJ8, XK8 and the current S-TYPE and X-TYPE. more...

June 12, 2007


Jaguar Canada recently accepted a National Readers Choice Award naming the Jaguar XK as the AutoNerve Magazine “Best Convertible of 2007.”

The Jaguar XK has been engineered above and beyond the high expectations that customers rightly have for a Jaguar sports car, a fact made possible because everything from its advanced aluminum chassis to its sophisticated transmission and exquisite interior has been designed in pursuit of a luxurious, advanced and stunning new Jaguar.

The 2007 Jaguar XK allowed Jaguar to emerge as a world leader in Lightweight Vehicle Technology while retaining its reputation for beautifully designed and crafted cars. more...

June 12, 2007


The Jaguar X-TYPE received top honors in the 2007 Aspirational Luxury Car category of AutoPacific's annual Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) – a study that measures satisfaction among vehicle owners.

The X-TYPE fits perfectly into the Aspirational Luxury Car section as it plays the key role of providing buyers with entry into the Jaguar brand. Competitively priced with an MSRP starting at $34,995,

X-TYPE offers all the luxury, performance and prestige associated with the marque at a fraction of the price. The entry-level luxury sedan combines athletic performance with a smooth ride and is the only compact sedan in its class to offer standard traction-enhanced all-wheel drive. more...

June 4, 2007


Jaguar’s supercharged XKR Convertible voted the #1 car Americans want to drive on a summer road trip

Jaguar’s supercharged 420-horsepower XKR Convertible was voted number one in Kelley Blue Book's list of cars best-suited for road trips.
Compiled by the road test editors of Kelley Blue Book, the XKR Convertible was short-listed against 10 other new vehicles and then surveyed by shoppers on which vehicle they would most like to take on the road this summer. Top of the list was Jaguar’s XKR Convertible, ahead of BMW’s 3-Series Convertible and the Chevrolet Suburban. more...

May 31, 2007

JAGUAR XJ NAMED ONE OF THE SAFEST CARS recently released its list of the top 20 safest cars for 2007 and included on the list was Jaguar’s flagship sedan, the XJ.
To compile the list, Forbes referenced numerous outside sources, including Consumer Reports, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute.

The Jaguar XJ was included on the list due to its perfect rating in accident-avoidance capabilities by Consumer Reports and substantially better-than-average frequency of insurance injury-claim filings, according to HLDI. more...

May 23, 2007


Robert Motors Jaguar together with Jaguar Canada recently celebrated the 25 th anniversary for the Toronto retailer.

Robert Motors, a family-owned and operated business, has been under the leadership of dealer principal, Tony Scott Fisher since the day the doors opened to the store. "Our success and longevity is due to our commitment to providing the highest, time-honored standards for service, for selection, and customer satisfaction," said Scott Fisher. "We want to keep our customers for a long time so we always aim to exceed their expectations." more...

January 4 2007


Jaguar C-XF"Great Jaguars turn heads in the street. They make people stop and pay attention. They evoke instant desire. That’s what the C-XF does and that’s what the next generation of Jaguars will do.” Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars

The C-XF concept car signals the onset of a new era for Jaguar. A stunning, four-door sports saloon which blends design purity with unmistakable dynamism, the C-XF is a clear indication of the design direction that the next generations of Jaguar saloons will take.

Designed by the same teams that produced the award-winning Jaguar XK sports GT range in 2005 – headed by Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum and Head of Advanced Design Julian Thomson – the C-XF concept is a precursor to cars that will become recognised for their ground-breaking exterior looks and innovative interiors.

As a striking interpretation of the design values that are the bedrock of every great Jaguar, the C-XF is wholly contemporary yet succeeds in paying homage to its renowned predecessors.

“The C-XF – and the future generations of sports saloons it signals – reaffirms the direction Jaguar is taking,” says Bibiana Boerio, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars. “When we launched the new XK sports car series, we talked about a product-led transformation of the company. We promised that new Jaguars would be beautiful, fast, glamorous and evocative. The new XK delivered on that promise and the C-XF proves that these same values and more are coming in Jaguar saloon cars.” more...

January 3 2007


All-New Jaguar Concept Car Reveals Dramatic New Design Direction for Future Sport Sedans

The all-new Jaguar C-XF concept car, a stunning four-door sedan that blends dynamic, modern features with classic, heritage cues, will make its debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. This concept, which boasts a 4.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, signifies a new era for the company and is a clear indication of the design direction for the company’s next-generation of sport sedans.

Headed by Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum and Head of Advanced Design Julian Thomson, the concept was designed by the same team that produced the award-winning 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible. The team looked to create a vehicle that presents a confident statement of design purity. In doing so, the C-XF possesses a sense of latent power through a look that is dynamic and athletic.

“The Jaguar C-XF concept is the most dynamic and modern four-door car that Jaguar has ever created, a design showcase heralding the next generations of our sports saloon models,” says Ian Callum. “It signals a future for Jaguar that is as exciting as the C-XF itself.” more...

December 15 2006


Jaguar has revised the S-type for 2008 model year versions.
All cars now get mesh grilles and bumpers from the S-type R, as well as upgraded alloys and seats throughout much of the range.

The Sport model is deleted, with trims now Spirit, XS, SE and R.

December 14 2006

Top Gear crowns Jaguar XK 'Car of the year 2006

Jaguar XK convertibleThe Jaguar XK has been crowned 'Car of the Year' and 'GT of the Year' at the 2006 Top Gear Awards. This is the first time Jaguar has received this prestigious accolade from the UK's biggest selling motoring publication. The awards were held in London on Thursday 7th December and were presented by BBC Top Gear TV's Jeremy Clarkson.

Editor of Top Gear magazine Michael Harvey said: 'We feel justified in handing OUR BIG ONE to the fabulous XK, a car everyone now recognises as magnificently beautiful, that reclaims the lost role of the Grand Tourer and, we suspect, might reclaim the art of ride/handling compromise in the portfolio of skills any purveyor of so-called luxury cars must possess.'

Top Gear editorial contributor in the US, Jamie Kitman said: 'This is not only the best Jaguar in 40 years, it is a real Jaguar; one knows it in seconds. Jaguar has thoroughly demonstrated with the XK that it is an utterly serious modern engineering entity with a priceless institutional memory of that which made Jaguars great.' more...

November 28 2006


Jaguar Cars today announces that a new sports saloon, the Jaguar XF, will make its public debut next autumn. Positioned in the
luxury mid-size segment, the new Jaguar XF will replace the S-TYPE saloon in the Jaguar model line-up.

Designed and developed at Jaguar's Product Development Centre at Whitley in Coventry, UK, the new Jaguar XF will be built at
Jaguar's Advanced Manufacturing Centre at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, UK.

"The Jaguar XF is a new sports saloon that will challenge people to think again about Jaguar as daring and different," commented
Bibiana Boerio, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars. "Our new XK sports car has been very well-received and is enjoying great
success. We are now moving on to the next stage of Jaguar's exciting new design era - and if you like the new XK, just wait
until you see the new Jaguar XF!"

Customer deliveries of the new Jaguar XF will commence in spring 2008, dependent on market.

The Jaguar S-TYPE, which is replaced by the new Jaguar XF, made its public debut in 1998 prior to going on sale in 1999. Since launch, globally circa 270,000 S-TYPEs have been sold.

August 18 2006


Jaguar XKRJaguar Canada today announced Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) and option packages for the supercharged 2007 XKR Coupe and Convertible.

Taking its performance to a new level, Jaguar has engineered the stunning 2007 XKR to exceed the high demands that consumers rightly expect from a supercharged Jaguar sports car – complete with advanced aluminum chassis, sophisticated transmission and enhanced sporting exterior and interior styling cues – the all-new 2007 XKR Coupe will be priced from $117,000 (CAD) and the 2007 XK Convertible will be offered from $127,000 (CAD). (Prices do not include $995 destination and delivery charge.)

"The 2007 XKR Coupe and Convertible define the ultimate in sports cars," says Gary Moyer, president of Jaguar Land Rover Canada. "With a 420bhp supercharged AJ-V8 engine under the hood, the 2007 XKR provides those who want power and luxury, the combination of exhilaration and status."

An available Luxury Package offers soft-grain leather, leather-trimmed instrument panel and 16-way power seats with adjustable bolsters. A Premium Sound Package with a eight-speakers, 525-watt surround sound Alpine Premium Dolby ProLogic II® system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio* and an Advanced Technology Package, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Adaptive Front Lighting, will be offered for both Coupe and Convertible models.

Building on the excellence of the 2007 XKs introduced in 2005, the 2007 XKR is the epitome of a contemporary sports car and perfectly illustrates Jaguar's philosophy of building beautiful, fast cars. It combines beauty with power, and style with dynamism to deliver a world-class performance automobile. more...

August 17 2006


Jaguar North America today announced Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) and option packages for the supercharged 2007 XKR Coupe and Convertible.

Taking its performance to a new level, Jaguar has engineered the stunning 2007 XKR to exceed the high demands that consumers rightly expect from a supercharged Jaguar sports car – complete with advanced aluminum chassis, sophisticated transmission and enhanced sporting exterior and interior styling cues – the all-new 2007 XKR Coupe will be priced from $86,500 (USD) and the 2007 XK Convertible will be offered from $92,500 (USD). (Prices include destination and delivery charges.)

"The 2007 XKR Coupe and Convertible are sensational cars to drive that define the road," says Mike O'Driscoll, president of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover. "With a 420bhp supercharged AJ-V8 engine under its hood, the 2007 XKR provides those who have an affinity for power and luxury, the combination of exhilaration and refinement."

An available Luxury Package offers softgrain leather, leather-trimmed instrument panel and 16-way power seats with adjustable bolsters. A Premium Sound Package with a eight-speakers, 525-watt surround sound Alpine Premium Dolby ProLogic® II system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio* and an Advanced Technology Package, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Front Lighting, will be offered for both Coupe and Convertible models. * Not available in Canada

Building on the excellence of the 2007 XKs introduced in 2005, the 2007 XKR is the epitome of a contemporary sports car and perfectly illustrates Jaguar's philosophy of building beautiful, fast cars. It combines beauty with power, and style with dynamism to deliver a world-class performance automobile. more...

August 14 2006

Potential suitors circle stricken Jaguar

After 17 years, Ford still hasn’t fixed Jaguar. And with thumping losses and a hard-nosed troubleshooter taking a long hard look at the business, it might be time to sell the struggling brand. Rumour has it that there is no shortage of potential buyers..

August 8 2006


Despite weekend newspaper reports suggesting the possible sale of Jaguar, either on its own or 'bundled' with Land Rover, Ford remains adamant that no steps have been taken towards disposing of the luxury brand.

August 2 2006


Ford is launching a strategic review of operations such as the Jaguar brand, that may lead to asset sales or alliances with other companies, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing people familiar with the situation, reported today.

June 15 2006


Jaguar's new supercharged sports car will make its global debut here in the UK at the British International Motor Show, to be held at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands.
The XKR will be unveiled at a press conference on the Jaguar stand on Tuesday 18 July.

"We are thrilled that the XKR will make its global debut at Jaguar's home show," commented Jaguar's UK Managing Director Geoff Cousins.

"Following the resounding success of the XK since it went on sale earlier this year, we are confident that the much awaited XKR will continue to build on the momentum the car has generated for our dealers." more....

June 13 2006


Rear Screen Connectivity System

Jaguar Cars is pleased to announce the release of its innovative rear-seat entertainment technology known as the Rear Screen Connectivity System (RSCS) – an AV panel that allows rear-seat passengers to connect any digital device that has an audio/visual output. This system is available as a retailer fitted accessory only.

Jaguar Rear Screen Connectivity SystemRear Screen Connectivity System

"With the integration of the Rear Screen Connectivity System, it's the ultimate technology in vehicle personalization," said Brenda Fevrier-Luhs, Jaguar North America Vehicle Accessories Sales & Marketing. "Ideally suited to satisfy all rear-seat passengers and keep them occupied throughout their journey in a Jaguar, the RSCS is extremely versatile and provides a luxury feature not available in all mid-size vehicles. We are the first OE to introduce this scan disc/card reader technology before any other luxury automotive manufacturer." more....

May 22 2006


Callum Brothers win awardThe Association of Scottish Motoring Writers has awarded Ian and Moray Callum, designers at Jaguar and Ford, the prestigious Jim Clark Memorial Award for 2006. It is being given in recognition of their outstanding contribution to global car design.

The Jim Clark Memorial trophy is awarded to Scottish people who have made a major contribution to the world of motoring. Previous winners include Sir Jackie Stewart, Colin McRae, Tom Walkinshaw, Alan McNish, Robert Reid, road safety guru Dr. Murray McKay and, last year, for the first time posthumously, to author, broadcaster and journalist Ross Finlay

The award was presented on Saturday, May 20 at Gleneagles Hotel by Stephen Park, president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers. He said, “This year there were several worthy nominations but, receiving the vast majority of votes, the joint award for the Callum brothers was a clear favourite with our members. more...

April 12 2006


Jaguar XJ saloonThe Jaguar XJ has picked up the award for the 'Best Large Executive Car' at the Auto Express Used Car Honours 2006, announced today in the Auto Express weekly magazine.
A panel of experts from Auto Express judged the entire second-hand market to reveal the best used models that money can buy, taking into consideration everything from resale values, reliability, specification and availability.

The Jaguar XJ, which first hit new car showrooms in 2003, was chosen because of its excellent value, great driving dynamics and strong image. Another winning factor was the comparatively low running costs due to the lightweight, all-aluminium construction of the XJ, for example the 300bhp 4.2-litre version returns 26mpg, while the entry-level 3.0-litre V6 can go even further on a gallon. With the recently launched diesel version returning 35mpg to the gallon, this bodes well for future second hand values. more...

April 11, 2006


Jaguar Land Rover North America announces that Campbell MacArthur is appointed vice president of Customer Service for Jaguar and Land Rover North America. MacArthur will report to Mike O'Driscoll, president of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America. MacArthur's appointment is effective May 1, 2006.

" Campbell has had an extensive career in Customer Service at Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Motor Company, comments Mike O'Driscoll. "His experience will be a great compliment to our executive management team." more...

March 22 2006


Jaguar CoventryStaff are being transferred to Whitley - four miles away. Car firm Jaguar is leaving its Brow
ns Lane site in Coventry.
The company, which has been there for more than 50 years, is selling the site in a multi-million pound deal to construction suppliers Delamar.

A spokesman for Delamar said it was confident its planned new production site would create 2,000 new jobs. Meanwhile, Jaguar has announced it is creating a new science and business park at Whitley and transferring work from Browns Lane to the new site. About 500 people are currently employed at Browns Lane which is mainly used for Jaguar's wood veneering service. A Jaguar spokesman said a new veneer manufacturing service created at Whitley will supply Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover. A customer care centre for Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover will also be developed at the site, bringing in another 130 jobs. They have demonstrated great support for the people of Coventry said Council leader Ken Taylor. more...

March 21 2006


Jaguar XJ8LToday, the American Automobile Association (AAA) announced its top cars for 2006 in 13 distinct categories and selected the Jaguar XJ8L as its top pick in the $50,000+ category.

"The XJ8L has long distinguished itself from other luxury cars by offering outstanding performance, classic design and true luxury in one sleek sedan," said Mike O'Driscoll, president, Jaguar North America. "An endorsement from a team of trusted third-party experts, like AAA, is what Jaguar strives for when developing world-class vehicles."

Every year, AAA takes a comprehensive look at more than 200 vehicles and judges them according to many criteria, including ride, performance, braking, handling, passenger and cargo space, value, and fuel economy.

“Consumers in the market for a luxury sedan with excellent performance, handling agility and interior refinement will be impressed as AAA was with the Jaguar XJ8L sedan,” says John Nielsen, director of AAA’s Approved Auto Repair and Car Buying Program. more...

February 28 2006


Jaguar is NOT for sale, the vice president of Ford of Europe told investors quite emphatically today.

Talking to 250 auto industry investors gathered in Geneva by the stockbroker Merrill Lynch, Lewis Booth said in answer to questions that he was aware that “a particular journalist” kept saying that Ford would have to sell Jaguar but it was not true. “None of our premium brands are for sale. The development of premium brands is part of our competitive advantage.” He disclosed a very strong corporate attachment to the Premier Auto Group from Bill Ford downwards - despite a hideous recent profit performance and with Jaguar still in loss 17 years after acquisition. The growth of premium brands amidst declining volume brands had been highly significant, he said, and Ford was very well placed to take advantage because “there was nobody else with a portfolio like ours.” “We are convinced that our strategy is sound. Over the years there will be an increased contribution by PAG to the bottom line.” more...

January 20 2006


The new Jaguar XK has picked up a major reader award as 'The Most Exciting Car to be Launched in 2006' at the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Awards, held in London last night. Thousands of readers of and the woman's glossy magazine Eve voted the new XK top of 10 cars not yet on sale, but due to be launched in 2006.
Steve Fowler, Group Editor of What Car? magazine, commented: "This clearly demonstrates the affection that the British public still has for the brand and the excitement when a new Jaguar sports car is around the corner. We're looking forward to giving our own verdict on the car in the coming weeks and maybe this is a good indication for the 'What Car? Car of the Year in 2007."

January 9, 2006


Jaguar North America today announces the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the all-new 2007 XK Coupe and Convertible.

Jaguar XK 2007Engineered to exceed the high demands that consumers rightly expect from a Jaguar sports car – complete with advanced aluminum chassis, sophisticated transmission and exquisite exterior and interior design – the all-new 2007 XK Coupe will be priced from $75,500 (USD) and the 2007 XK Convertible will be offered from $81,500 (USD). (Prices include destination and delivery charges.)

"The 2007 XK is a significant new sports car from Jaguar," says CJ O'Donnell, executive vice president Sales and Marketing, Jaguar North America. "It represents the very best in terms of modern engineering coupled with exquisite Jaguar design and we're confident the all-new XK will attract a very loyal following in North America ."

The launch of the all-new Jaguar XK marks an exciting new era for Jaguar in terms of both design and engineering, and reinforces the marque’s reputation for building beautiful, fast cars that are as rewarding to drive as they are gorgeous to look at. more....

September 14, 2005


Jaguar XK 2006 convertibleAll-new 2007 XK Convertible will go on sale in North America alongside the recently announced XK Coupe in spring 2006

Following the World Premiere of the XK Coupe, Jaguar is proud to announce that it will be joined by the all-new XK convertible.

From the outset Jaguar knew it needed to create a convertible version of the XK and designed and developed it in parallel with the Coupe. The XK Convertible uses the same advanced aluminum body structure technology to achieve excellent body rigidity and torsional stiffness while minimizing weight: at just 3759lbs the new Convertible is one of the lightest cars in its competitive set.

A 300bhp (SAE), 4.2-liter V8 engine and Jaguar Sequential Shift steering-wheel-mounted gear change controls ensure rapid performance of 0-60mph in just 6.0 seconds (0-100kmh in 6.3 seconds) and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250kmh)*.


September 13 2005


All-new XK Deployable Bonnet System

View deployable bonnet animation

• Jaguar Pyrotechnic Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet is a world first

• System operates in less time than it takes to blink

• Advanced Sensing system can distinguish between different impacts

• Over 120 man years dedicated to system development

• Bonnet is raised in around 30 milliseconds using forces up to 50 times the force of gravity

Jaguar XK 2006In an era of safety conscious motoring, Jaguar has managed to combine beautiful, fast sports car design with the latest pedestrian impact technology to create a world first with the all-new XK. Today at the Frankfurt motorshow Jaguar engineers premiered the Pyrotechnic Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet System (PDBS) a state-of-the-art advanced safety feature.

Within the 'blink of an eye' In the unfortunate event of a pedestrian impact, the deployable bonnet on the new XK automatically ‘pops’ up a few inches, to create a cushioning effect between the engine and the bonnet. This helps to isolate the pedestrian from hard points in the engine compartment - and takes place in less than a tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye. more...

September 12 2005



Jaguar XK 2006Jaguar is proud to announce a new era in its sports car lineage – the all-new XK. Like all great Jaguar sports cars, the focus of the all-new XK is firmly on the future, while acknowledging the marque’s rich history. It heralds a new era for Jaguar in terms of both design and engineering, and it is the most technically advanced Jaguar ever built.

The all-new XK continues the Jaguar tradition of beautiful, powerful, ground-breaking sports cars, but behind its stunning looks, it bristles with practical, intuitive, modern technology, clearly focussed on enhancing the driving experience. It delivers significant improvements in performance, dynamics, safety, exterior and interior design and equipment, and product quality. When it is launched in early 2006, this first of the next generation of Jaguars will become the sporting flagship of the Jaguar brand. more...

August 26 2005


Jaguar XK 2006Britain's newest and most beautiful sports car is coming to North America. Jaguar North America today reveals details of its eagerly anticipated new sports car – the all-new 2007 Jaguar XK.

Making its world premiere next month at the Frankfurt International Auto Show in Germany, the all-new Jaguar XK will go on sale in North America next spring as a 2007 model year product.

The all-new Jaguar XK is the first of a new generation of cars that reflect the best of everything that Jaguar is associated with – from gorgeous, contemporary design to renowned craftsmanship and quality, alongside the latest driver-focused technologies – and, of course, exhilarating performance. more...

August 24 2005


Jaguar Land Rover North America today announces that Craig Samara is appointed vice president of Franchise Operations for Jaguar and Land Rover in the United States. Samara will report to Mike O'Driscoll, president of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America. Samara's appointment is effective immediately.

"Craig has extensive experience in sales and franchising across many brands in the Ford portfolio," comments O'Driscoll. "We welcome his expertise to our executive management team."

Prior to this current appointment, Samara was the National Franchise Development Manager for Jaguar and Land Rover, a position he held since February 2003. He began his career with Ford Motor Company in 1989 holding positions in Customer Service, Owner Relations, and Aftermarket Parts. In addition, he held several positions at Lincoln Mercury in Sales, Marketing and Franchising, and in Ford's Worldwide Direct Market Operations. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Samara holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA.

August 23 2005


Jaguar XJ"Jaguar's focus this year is firmly on meeting our customers' needs for cars that combine superb value for money with a driving experience that you can only get from a Jaguar. That's why the 2006 XJ range has been significantly upgraded to ensure every customer will find a model to satisfy his or her requirements. From the introduction of our acclaimed 2.7 litre V6 turbodiesel engine to a host of other groundbreaking advances for every model, such as acoustic laminated glass and Bluetooth ® wireless connectivity, the new 2006 XJ will keep Jaguar at the forefront of the premium saloon market." Bibiana Boerio, managing director, Jaguar Cars

The introduction of the 2.7 litre twin-turbo Diesel to the XJ range marks a significant development for Jaguar's flagship model. Following on from the highly successful introduction of diesel engines to the X-TYPE and S-TYPE model ranges, the new XJ 2.7 twin-turbo Diesel means Jaguar now offers a diesel alternative across its entire saloon range, ensuring that the marque can meet the increasing demand for diesel-engined cars in the European marketplace. And of course, the 3.0 V6 and three V8 petrol engines - 3.5, 4.2 and 4.2 litre supercharged - remain as impressive as ever. more...

July 29 2005


Jaguar, the highest expression of automotive art, has teamed up with W magazine and more than a dozen of today's most noteworthy emerging artists for a unique collaboration. At the prestigious -scopeHamptons Art Fair, July 15-17, in Southampton, NY, Jaguar will showcase each artist's creative vision on an unusual blank canvas - a 1/18th scale model of a Jaguar X-TYPE automobile. The event demonstrates Jaguar's enthusiasm and support of the art and design world.
Jaguar--a brand renowned for its style, sophistication and luxury--will donate the one-of-a-kind scale models to the fair's silent auction, which runs concurrently from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17. All proceeds will benefit The Retreat, the only domestic violence agency on Long Island's East End.

The contributing artists are Jin Meyerson, Kenzo Minami, Tad Lauritzen Wright, Danny Hobart, Pierre Abando, Thomas Wrede, Simon Aldridge, Johnson Foster, Guerra De La Paz, As Four, Jose E. Guinto, Shinique Smith, Jeff Sonhouse, Jim Wright and James McLeod & Josh Weintraub. more...

July 26 2005

Daimler returns to the new car showroom this autumn with an all-new model, the Super Eight.

Daimler Super EightDaimler owners are making a statement with the car that they drive. They are telling the world what they want and expect from the Daimler marque - a car of quality, beauty and unparalleled craftsmanship: A car like the new Daimler Super Eight.

For over a century the mention of the Daimler name or the sight of the unique fluted radiator grille has evoked the memory of a succession of classic automobiles. From the famous Double Six V12-engined Daimlers of the 1920s that were owned by King George V of England, through to the Sovereign and Double Six models of the 1960s and '70s, Britain's oldest and most respected marque has signified luxury, sophisticated style and individual statement. For 109, years Daimlers have been bought by people who expect the best and appreciate the authenticity and craftsmanship that a Daimler can offer. In the 21st century nothing has changed. more...

July 20 2005

Geoff Polites is appointed CEO of Jaguar and Land Rover, effective September 1st 2005.

Previously he had been Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. Prior to his current position Mr. Polites was Vice President European Sales Staff, Ford of Europe. From 1999 to March 2004 he was President of Ford Australia and has been closely associated with Ford, as an employee and as a dealer, for more than 30 years.

Mr. Polites joined Ford Australia in 1970 as a Product Planner and completed training in both the United States and Europe, before rejoining Ford Australia in 1975 as Marketing Plans and Research Manager.

Following subsequent positions as Southern Region Country Sales Manager, Merchandising Manager and Eastern Regional Manager, he returned to Melbourne in 1985 as General Sales Manager, Ford Australia and held this position until July 1988 when he resigned from Ford to become Dealer Principal of the City Ford Dealership in central Sydney. more...

July 1 2005


Ford Motor Company posted its first monthly sales increase of 2005. In June, U.S. customers purchased or leased 289,449 cars and trucks from Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo dealers, up 1 percent compared with a year ago.

Car sales totaled 100,438, up 9 percent from last June. This was the largest increase in car sales since December 2002. In the first half, sales of passenger cars were up 1 percent.

"We're pleased with the overall result this month," said Steve Lyons, Ford group vice president North America Marketing, Sales and Service. "On the car side, we are benefiting from the new products we introduced late last year. We expect to build on this momentum when the new Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr debut this fall." more...

June 13 2005


Jaguar XJ diesel“Jaguar’s focus this year is firmly on meeting our customers’ needs for cars that combine superb value for money with a driving experience that you can only get from a Jaguar. That’s why the 2006 XJ range has been significantly upgraded to ensure every customer will find a model to satisfy his or her requirements. From the introduction of our acclaimed 2.7 litre V6 turbodiesel engine to a host of other groundbreaking advances for every model, such as acoustic laminated glass and Bluetooth ® wireless connectivity, the new 2006 XJ will keep Jaguar at the forefront of the premium saloon market." Bibiana Boerio, managing director, Jaguar Cars

The introduction of the 2.7 litre twin-turbo Diesel to the XJ range marks a significant development for Jaguar’s flagship model. Following on from the highly successful introduction of diesel engines to the X-TYPE and S-TYPE model ranges, the new XJ 2.7 twin-turbo Diesel means Jaguar now offers a diesel alternative across its entire saloon range, ensuring that the marque can meet the increasing demand for diesel-engined cars in the European marketplace. And of course, the 3.0 V6 and three V8 petrol engines – 3.5, 4.2 and 4.2 litre supercharged – remain as impressive as ever. more...

June 10 2005


Jaguar has announced the launch of the Jaguar Mobility Program. This program will provide financial assistance towards the installation of adaptive equipment to make new Jaguar vehicles more accessible to drivers with physical disabilities.

The program offers up to $1,000 towards the installation cost of adaptive equipment and up to $200 towards fitting an alert hearing device on eligible Jaguar models. It is restricted to a maximum contribution of $1,000 per vehicle.

Adaptive equipment - such as hand controls or steering devices - are just some of the items that can be installed to allow individuals with physical disabilities to consider a Jaguar car as an everyday vehicle. more...

May 19 2005


The Jaguar XJ has won the prestigious Best Luxury Car Award in the 2005 Fleet World Awards for a second consecutive year. The awards were made at a special ceremony on Thursday 19th May at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall.
The awards are judged by a panel of experts representing the leasing industry, fleet managers, motoring journalists, residual value guides and Fleet World’s own editorial team. The judges took a wide range of factors into account, including residual values, maintenance costs, reliability, driver appeal and manufacturer back-up.

May 18 2005


Jaguar North America jins Happy Hollow Park and Zoo to celebrate new jaguar cat, Sophia. Jaguar North America donates $7,000 to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo to support their new jaguar cat, Sophia. Jaguar North America and San Jose British Motors will celebrate the coming out of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo's newest feline their 17-month old jaguar cat, Sophia. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, which is located in San Jose, California, will host local city politicians as well as zoo supporters during a coming out celebration for the new jaguar cat.

Jaguar North America, which began supporting jaguar-related conservation in the mid-80s, will donate $7,000 to support the cost of exhibit maintenance for the jaguar for one year, as well as donate an additional $50 for every Jaguar car that is purchased from San Jose British Motors during the month of June 2005. San Jose British Motors also supports as an official sponsor of the celebration. more...

April 22 2005 - April Newsletter






April 20 2005


Some of the very latest products from the Ford Motor Company portfolio of brands -- including Ford, Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo Cars and its partner, Mazda -- were unveiled today for Chinese and international journalists attending this year's Shanghai auto show. All of Ford Motor Company's brands including Mazda, Ford's partner since 1979, will be shown together as was done in Beijing in June 2004.
Mark Fields, executive vice president, Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe, said, "We continue to bring our latest premium products from Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo Cars to the Chinese market. Our premium sales were up 20 percent, collectively, in the First Quarter of this year over last. At the Shanghai show, we are expanding our brands' product range further." more...

April 6 2005


Jaguar North America today announces revised Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRPs) for two models in its product line up - the 2005 S-TYPE mid-size luxury sedans and the full-size 2005 XJ sedans. Pricing for the X-TYPE sedan, X-TYPE Sportwagon and XK sports cars remain unchanged.

Pricing changes will take affect on April 5, 2005. Prices of option packs and individual available options will remain unchanged on the 2005 S-TYPE and XJ models. more...

March 24 2005


Jaguar Cars today announces that Euro RSCG/Fuel is appointed as its new worldwide advertising agency.
Following a review process that began late last year and culminated in pitches by six agencies, Euro RSCG/Fuel will be responsible for the creation and execution of Jaguar's global advertising. The agency will conduct operations from New York and London, with support for the North American market provided by the New York office.

"The decision to conduct an agency review was part of our strategy to refocus our market positioning and external communications on Jaguar's unique values", explained Jaguar Managing Director, Bibiana Boerio. "Working together with Euro RSCG/Fuel, we will move our communications and the Jaguar brand forward.

"Jaguar has its sights set on the future, with a multi-faceted plan that includes great new products", continued Boerio. "We gave an insight into this new generation of beautiful, fast cars with the Advanced Lightweight Coupe, which has received widespread recognition since its January debut in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show." more...

February 22 2005


Bluetooth to be offered in all new Jaguars
Jaguar's XK sports car wins top owner loyalty award
Advanced Lightweight Coupe points to Jaguar's future
Jaguar celebrates Trans-Am success with 2006 XK Victory Edition
Striving for success in 2005
Jaguar backs Select Edition race team for third season

February 3 2005


The Jaguar XJ6 has picked up the award for 'Best Luxury Car' for the second year running at the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Awards held last night in London. A panel of judges from What Car? magazine voted the XJ6 as the best in its class because of its looks, driving dynamics, quality, ample performance and impeccable refinement.
David Motton, editor of What Car? magazine, commented: "The Jaguar XJ6 does everything a luxury car should, it's a modern twist on a classic theme and there's substance to back up the style. Excellent body control and a lightweight aluminium construction make the XJ more agile than any of its rivals. There's all the luxury equipment you'd expect, the fit and attention to detail are immaculate and the drive is everything you would expect of Jaguar's flagship saloon." more...

February 2 2005


Jaguar has today announced that all X-TYPE Diesel saloon and estate models will be Euro IV emissions compliant from January 2005 – a year ahead of the date demanded by legislation.
The new Euro IV compliant X-TYPE 2.0 Diesel replaces the original model and is available to buy now with prices starting from just £20,995. A price increase of just £500 provides customers with improved driveability and a more responsive engine performance on top of improved tax efficiency.

Compliance with the forthcoming 2006 Euro IV emissions regulations brings business and corporate users in the UK, a potential reduction in their annual company car tax bill of around 3%, which comes a year ahead of the ruling. more...

January 24 2005


Watson will lead the three separate PR teams, covering brand, product, corporate and internal communications. He will be responsible for implementing the communication strategies for the three British brands in the USA.

Watson (41) has served since 2001 as Public Affairs Director and latterly Brand Communications Director at Aston Martin’s headquarters in the UK. He takes up his new position in the Premier Automotive Group's North American headquarters in Irvine, Ca., reporting to Mike O'Driscoll, President of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America and Stuart Dyble Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe. more...

January 13 2005


Jaguar Cars in Europe further strengthened during 2004, helping to achieve best ever results for the UK and European markets overall, driven by expansion of the product line-up to include new Jaguar Diesels and the X-TYPE Estate.
Overall sales in the UK for 2004 reached record levels totalling 32,598 cars, an 11.2 per cent improvement over last year, and 9.4 per cent up on the previous record in 2002. European sales of 24,337 cars helped achieve best ever results with a 24.6 per cent improvement over 2003. Global sales in 2004 totalled 118,918 (compared with 120,570 in 2003).

The company's overall performance was, however, slowed by tough trading conditions in the key US market, where a 16.4% downturn was seen, year-on-year. A significant shift by US customers away from premium saloon cars to premium SUVs, high incentive activity in the US premium car sector and the strength of sterling versus the dollar all contributed to this trend. Jaguar nonetheless enjoyed success in the US, with the launch of its eagerly anticipated XJ LWB and recently the X-TYPE Estate. The introduction of the long-wheelbase version of the XJ contributed to a 4.5% rise in its share of this key market. more...

January 11 2005


The Advanced Lightweight Coupe is not just a show car. It is a company personified. Like the iconic Jaguar XK120s and E-types that preceded it, the Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe heralds a new generation of stunning sports coupes and saloons; cars that will remain true to Jaguar’s illustrious past but more importantly will see the company leaping confidently forward into the future.
Created by Jaguar’s advanced design team under the watchful eye of renowned Design Director Ian Callum, this high-performance show car is indicative of more than just the company’s evolving design direction – the Advanced Lightweight Coupe represents the future of Jaguar, as an ambassador for a marque whose reputation was founded on beautiful and dynamic sports cars.

January 10, 2005


The Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe show car made its world debut today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mich. The Advanced Lightweight Coupe show car heralds a new generation of stunning Jaguar sports cars and sports sedans. The car remains true to Jaguar's illustrious past but more importantly signals the company's confident leap forward into the future.

Joe Greenwell, Chairman and CEO of Jaguar Cars, introduced the show car.

"The Advanced Lightweight Coupe represents the very essence of Jaguar, its heart and soul. If you want to know what lies ahead for us, what direction we will take – this is Jaguar's answer." more...

January 9 2005



"The XK is Jaguar's leading beautiful, fast car. With sensuous lines, rich appointments and thrilling performance, it has remained on the shopping list of automotive enthusiasts for more than six decades."

C.J. O’Donnell, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Communications, Jaguar North America

Making their world debut at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2006 model year Jaguar XK 'Victory' editions celebrate Jaguar's four championship wins in the North American Trans-Am road racing series and add to a successful lineage of special and limited edition XKs introduced since its launch.

Now a familiar sight on the racetracks of North America, the racing version of the XKR coupe has achieved three of four outright Manufacturer's Championship wins in the Trans-Am Series for Jaguar. For the 2004 season, Jaguar claimed its fourth title – second in a row – when the Jaguar R Performance XKR, driven by Paul Gentilozzi, propelled him to his 29th career Trans-Am victory, tying the legendary Mark Donohue's career Trans-Am win record.

From the landmark XK120 sports car that first introduced the famous XK name in 1948, through the current range of XK8 and XKR coupes and convertibles, the XK nameplate has become synonymous with style, luxury, performance and grand touring ability. Just 1,050 of the special 'Victory' edition XKs will be sold in the U.S. beginning in June 2005. more...

January 4, 2005


Jaguar Land Rover Canada reports December sales totaling 230 vehicles and year-end sales for the company totaling 3,097. Jaguar monthly sales totaled 93 cars sold down seven percent compared with the same month in 2003, and Land Rover sales totaled 137 vehicles sold for a decrease of 12 percent compared with December last year.

"2004 was an exciting year with the introduction of the Land Rover LR3, and the Jaguar XJ Long-wheel base, said Vic Bernardini, president of Jaguar Land Rover Canada. "And we look forward to the global debut of Range Rover Sport, 2006 Range Rover, and some exciting Jaguar product at this year's North American International Auto Show. We have much to look forward to in 2005." more...


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Spied: Jaguar XF-R

'Jaguar' badge for the chop - designer

Revealed - The all-new 2009 Jaguar XF

O’Driscoll replaces Boerio as Jaguar MD

Jaguar collects customer service plaudits

Jaguar take sthe number one position in the 2007 J.D. Power study

Ford readies Jaguar and Ford for sale

Roger Putnam receives CBE

2007 Jaguar XK wins Autonerve magazine "Best Convertible" award

Jaguar X-typenamed top aspirational luxury car

Jaguar XKR convertible tops 2007 best road trip car list

Jaguar XJ named one of the safest cars

Robert Motors celebrates 25 years of success

The all-new Jaguar C-XF

The all-new Jaguar C-XF revealed

2006 Headlines

S type revised

Top Gear crowns Jaguar XK 'Car of the year 2006

Jaguar cars announces the new Jaguar XF

Jaguar Canada announces all-new-2007 XKR coupe and convertible pricing and option packges

Jaguar USA announces 2007 XKR coupe and convertible pricing and option packages

Jaguar supports home show with global debut of supercharged XKR

Jaguar announces its new advanced vehicle entertainment technology

Callum brothers win 2006 Jim Clark memorial award

Jaguar XJ voted best large executive car at the Auto Express Used Car Honours 2006

Jaguar Land Rover North America announces new vice president of customer service

Jaguar sells off Browns Lane site

AAA names the Jaguar XJ8L as top car pick for 2006

Ford says of Jaguar - safe in our hands

The new Jaguar XK winner of "What Car?" award

Jaguar announces all-new 2007 XK coupe and convertible pricing

2005 Headlines

Jaguar reveals all-new XK convertible

All-new Jaguar XK premieres world-first deployable bonnet system

All-new Jaguar XK is unveiled atFrankfurt show

Jaguar unveils all-new XK sports car

Jaguar announces new vice president

Tne new XJ 2.7 diesel and 2006MY XJ range

Jaguar brings tpgether emerging artists

Daimler returns with an all-new model, the Super Eight.

Geoff Polites is appointed CEO of Jaguar

June sales

New XJ 2.7 Diesel and 2006MY XJ range

Jaguar announces mobility program

Jaguar XJ wins best luxury car in the 2005 fleet world honours

Jaguar cars for Jaguar cats

April Newsletter

Ford's newest atShanghai

Jaguar revises prices for 2005 S-type and XJ models

Jaguar appoints new global Advertising Agency

February newsletter

Jaguar XJ6 wins award

Jaguar X-type diesel even more tax efficient

Tim Watson appointed new communications chief

Jaguar's best ever year in Europe

Jaguar advanced lightweight coupe makes world debut

Limited edition Jaguar XK 'VICTORY'

Jaguar Canada sales reports

2004 Headlines

More job losses likely say unions

Bonspeed X type at SEMA, Las Vegas

Jaguar scoopsScottish luxury and diesel categoryawards

Japanese Grand Prix - Preview

Jaguar Canada reports September sales

Chinese Grand Prix – Race

Chinese Grand Prix – Saturday Qualifying

Chinese Grand Prix – Friday Practice Sessions

Jaguar workers stalk Ford in Paris

Jaguar workers back call for industrial action ballot

Jaguar to drop British Racing Green

Jaguar leaps forwardin 2004 in
J.D. Power study

Jaguar North America expands conservation trust

Jaguar question to be put to Commons

Jaguar production to end at Browns Lane

Jaguar cuts production due to poor US sales

Belgian Grand Prix - Race

Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Belgian Grand Prix - Practice

Belgian Grand Prix - preview

Jaguar factory capacity cut announcement "weeks away"

Jaguar fears on factory closure

Jaguar North America dedicates its archives

Job cuts "unlikely" at Jaguar

Jaguar team to be come Ford?

Jaguar exhibits the iconic E-type at the design museum

Plans to cut Jaguar production

Jaguar "People Solutions" in the frame for prestigious award

European Grand Prix - Qualifying

European Grand Prix - Practice

European Grand Prix - Preview

Jaguar at design festival

Steinmetz& Jaguar Racing

Monaco Grand Prix - race

Monaco Grand Prix - qualifying

Monaco Grand Prix - practice

Monaco Grand Prix - preview

‘The movies’ meets Jaguar

Jaguars invade Normandy

Spanish Grand Prix - race

Spanish Grand Prix - qualifying

Spanish Grand Prix - practice

Spanish Grand Prix - preview

Jaguar U.S.announce executive appoinments

April 2004 U.S. sales

2003 Headlines

"Browns Lane plant to close" rumour

Jaguar select edition captures award

Jaguar racing engine makes successful debut

Japan Grand Prix

X-type estate makes its debut at Frankfurt

Jaguar R-D6 concept unveiled at Frankfurt

Hungarian Grand Prix

The New Jaguar X-Type Estate

Jaguar opens new test centre at the Nürburgring

TWR history goes under the hammer

French Grand Prix - Saturday Qualifying

The new X-type 2.0D.

Canadian grand prix - preview

Jaguar to premiere new V6 diesel engine

New Jaguar sports car sets the pace

Jaguar boss announces retirement

Lap record eases heat on Jaguar

TWR is placed in receivership

Canadian debut of the 2004 XJ sedan

Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust at Techno Classica Essen

XKSS sells for $1.1 million

Jaguar to temporarily suspend X-type production

New XJ prices released

Jaguar R4 unveiled

F1 car launch

2002 Headlines

XKSS for sale at auction

Driver change at F1 team

Indianapolis X type

Jaguar from latest Bond film at British Motor Show

New XJ released

Revised XK released

Jaguars at Monterey

Changes in management line-up

F type on hold

New XJ8 for 2003

Morse Mark 2 sells at auction

Jaguar announces expanded 2002 Trans-Am Series Contingency Award Program

Jaguar Heritage on display at Techno Classica Essen

400 bhp S type R launched

Jaguar Racing unveiled its 2002 challenger, the Jaguar R3

2001 Headlines

XJ13 not for sale

Bike ace signs for Jaguar

New 2 litre X type

Jaguar Racing and ChevronTexaco to end their technical relationship

Frank Sinatra's XJ40 sold at auction

New MD for Jaguar Racing

Changes at the top

Jaguar presents the R Coupe concept

Two new special editions

New organization for North America

New XJ6 test vehicle

F-TYPE roadster production to go-ahead

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