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2015-03-24

ALL-NEW JAGUAR XF REVEALED IN DRAMATIC ‘HIGH-WIRE’ JOURNEY

The all-new Jaguar XF: lighter and more efficient, with unrivalled refinement,dynamics and design

  • The all-new XF’s aluminium-intensive architecture enables class-leading weight: 80kgs lighter than the competition*
  • The lowest CO2 emissions of any non-hybrid model in the segment: 104g/km
  • Class-leading efficiency: over 70mpg*
  • Elegant, progressive design combines short overhangs and outstanding proportions with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency: Cd 0.26
  • Segment-leading rear seat space
  • All-new 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system – InControl Touch Pro
  • Bespoke 825W Meridian digital surround sound system with 17 speakers
  • Reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster
  • Powertrains from 163PS Ingenium diesel to 380PS V6 supercharged petrol
  • Double-wishbone and Integral Link suspension deliver exceptional ride comfort, handling and unrivalled refinement
  • Full technical and range specifications released 01 April

(Whitley, Coventry –24 March 2015): The all-new Jaguar XF has been revealed during a dramatic ‘high-wire’ water crossing in the heart of London’s business district.

Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdall, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the all-new Jaguar XF 240 metres across a high-wire to demonstrate the new XF’s lightweight aluminium-intensive construction. The new XF is 80kgs lighter than its closest competitor, resulting in best-in-class efficiency (over 70mpg) and CO2 (104g/km).

The feat took place high over the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf.  Footage of the drive can be viewed here: jaguar.co.uk/newxf

The all-new XF brings an unrivalled blend of refinement, fuel economy, dynamics and design to the business car segment. It will make its global motor show debut in New York on 1 April.

With segment-leading figures for interior space, the all-new XF’s dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and pure lines which define all Jaguar cars, with exceptionally low aerodynamic drag.

The cabin utilises a seamless blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology. With features such as the new InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system and 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster.

“In creating the all-new XF, as a design team we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity. Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose – nothing is superfluous. Achieving that simplicity takes time and requires great determination; it’s all too easy to add lines to a car, but much harder to addcharacter by leaving lines out.

“Inside too, we have been driven by the desire to ensure the XF’s cabin is as comforting as it is comfortable. New technology, including our new 10.2-inch touchscreen, is combined carefully with materials that cosset and reassure. The all-new XF has a clear sense of calm and strength, both outside and inside – and I’m proud of my team for delivering that.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The original XF’s sleek exterior and luxurious interior made it a desirable, aspirational vehicle. Combined with benchmark driving dynamics, the XF was like nothing else in the segment and has gone on to become Jaguar’s most-awarded car.

The all-new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes but uses Jaguar’s advanced aluminium-intensive architecture to elevate them to a completely new level. Featuring 75 per cent aluminium, the architecture enables weight savings of up to 190kg over the outgoing model and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent.

The architecture also delivers dramatic improvements in packaging and the proportions so essential to Jaguar design. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the car it replaces, the all-new XF’s 2,960mm wheelbase is 51mm longer, enabling class-leading rear seat space with more legroom, kneeroom and headroom.

The efficiency gains inherent in the lightweight aluminium construction are complemented by the all-new XF’s refined, powerful engine range. The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines are available in 163PS/380Nm and 180PS/430Nm ratings and are offered with specially-optimised six-speed manual- and eight-speed automatic transmissions. In 163PS manual form, the all-new XF delivers 104g/km CO2 and is the lightest, most efficient non-hybrid diesel model in the segment – 80kg lighter than its closest competitor.

All other engines are matched exclusively to eight-speed automatic transmissions. The 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel benefits from a host of advanced technologies which boost efficiency and refinement still further, and raise output to 300PS and a remarkable 700Nm of torque.  Also available is the renowned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 380PS/450Nm torque.

The light, stiff bodystructure is also fundamental to the all-new XF’s superb vehicle dynamics. The sophisticated double wishbone and Integral Link suspension – combined with near-50:50 weight distribution – delivers the ideal balance between agility, comfort and refinement.

Incorporating all of the learning from F-TYPE and XE, the meticulously-tuned Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) maintains the XF’s benchmark steering feel and response – and contributes to the all-new XF’s outstanding fuel economy.

Advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride comfort as standard, but for even better control the Adaptive Dynamics system determines the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions.

Jaguar Configurable Dynamics, first developed for F-TYPE, provides the ultimate in control and enables the driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

As with XE, rear-wheel drive ability is enhanced too. All-Surface Progress Control, developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions, automatically manages the brakes and the throttle to deliver the best possible traction, enabling the car to pull away smoothly and without drama: the driver only has to steer.

Infotainment and connectivity is the most advanced Jaguar has ever offered. The all-new InControl Touch Pro system features a 10.2-inch touchscreen and Dual View technology which simultaneously allows the driver to see information such as navigation, while the front seat passenger watches TV or a DVD.

To handle the enormous amounts of data, InControl Touch Pro features a solid-state drive and a quad-core processor, and runs on state-of-the-art, ultra-fast Ethernet – a next-generation network offering exceptional data transfer rates. Combined, they deliver incredible graphics, fast response times and truly exceptional performance.

Complementing InControl Touch Pro is a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. Jaguar Land Rover pioneered this technology with the XJ and Range Rover and is now bringing it to the business car segment.

To make every journey safer and even more relaxing, the all-new XF offers a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems, and is also the first Jaguar to offer full-LED headlights.

The all-new aluminium-intensive Jaguar XF will be manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant alongside the all-aluminium F-TYPE and XJ.

Full technical details, images and film of the all-new XF will be available on 01 April at 12:00 (BST) from www.media.jaguar.com

Follow us on Twitter: #NewXF

  • *Ingenium four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel 163PS with manual transmission
  • The all-new XF will go on-sale from Autumn 2015 and will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich plant
  • The new XF reveal footage can be viewed here: jaguar.co.uk/newxf
  • For more information, and images, see: media.jaguar.com
  • The new XF will make its global motor show debut in New York on 01 April

The Government’s Regional Growth Fund

The all new Jaguar XF is supported by the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) The Government’s Regional Growth Fund has invested nearly £3 billion to help businesses in England to grow; so far generating over 100,000 jobs. 56 new awards in Round 6 and seven through exceptional RGF support -announced on 12 February 2015, gives £297 million to 63 projects and programmes to create and safeguard thousands more jobs and unlock an additional £1.5 billion private sector investment.

 

2015-03-18

ALL-NEW JAGUAR XF TO BE REVEALED IN A DRAMATIC HIGH-WIRE DRIVE AHEAD OF NEW YORK AUTO SHOW DEBUT

  • All-new Jaguar XF to be revealed on 24 March 2015 at 19.00 GMT
  • Dramatic high-wire journey to be streamed online at: jaguar.co.uk/newxf
  • New XF to offer unrivalled levels of refinement, luxury, comfort and technology
  • Segment-leading CO2 and efficiency figures delivering over 70mpg
  • Full technical and pricing details to be announced at New York Auto Show on 01 April

(London, 18 March 2015):The all new Jaguar XF will make an extraordinary journey in London on 24 March, one week ahead of its public motor show debut in New York.

Jaguar has teamed up with expert British stuntman Jim Dowdell, veteran of dramatic action stunts in movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, to perform a world first high-wire water crossing in the all-new Jaguar XF.

The dramatic drive, across two 34mm-diameter wires suspended high above water, will highlight the lightweight and agile credentials of the new XF and will be streamed globally on jaguar.co.uk/newxf at 19:00 GMT on 24 March.

XF was first launched in 2007 and is Jaguar’s biggest selling and most awarded car in its current product range. The next generation XF is completely new from the ground up and will be the second Jaguar model to use the brand’s advanced aluminium-intensive architecture. The all-new XF will set new business segment benchmarks for weight and efficiency, resulting in class leading fuel economy figures of over 70mpg.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “I believe the all-new XF will be the best looking car in its class. Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the all-new XF will be true to the strong tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time.”

The sophisticated all-new XF will offer exceptional levels of technology, refinement, luxury and comfort.

Watch the dramatic footage of the high-wire reveal here: jaguar.co.uk/newxf

The all-new XF will make its global motor show debut in New York on 01 April when the full range and technical details underlining its class-leading credentials will be released, in addition to further images and film content.

  • The all-new XF will go on-sale from Autumn 2015 and will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich plant
  • Follow the new Jaguar XF launch on Twitter: on: #NewXF

 

2015-03-17

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW UK AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION CENTRE FOR JAGUAR LAND ROVER

  • £150 million National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) will open in Spring 2017, providing a state-of-the-art technology hub for Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced research team and collaborative partners from  the supply chain and academia
  • To keep the UK and Jaguar Land Rover at the forefront of global innovation, the team will develop the vehicles and personal mobility solutions of the future
  • The NAIC will focus on inspiring the next generation of engineers – from schoolchildren to undergraduates. This will develop the skills required to keep the UK globally competitive
  • The development of the new NAIC facility will complement Jaguar Land Rover’s product research and development  centres in Gaydon and Whitley
  • NAIC is a partnership between the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG),  Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) and UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE)

Whitley, UK:Mr Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group), Mr Cyrus Mistry (Chairman of Tata Group) and Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer Dr Ralf Speth joined Professor Lord Bhattacharyya (Chairman and Founder of WMG) to unveil the foundation stone for the new National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick today.

The ceremony marked the formal launch of the construction phase for the £150 million project which will create a new, cutting-edge UK automotive technology, innovation and education centre.

The 33,000 sq m facility, which is due to open in Spring 2017, will become the hub for Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced research and will boast cutting-edge workshops, laboratories, virtual engineering suites and advanced powertrain facilities, equipped to enable a full range of design, visualisation and prototyping activities.

The development of the NAIC project is the next stage in Jaguar Land Rover’s strategy to develop its global R&D and engineering capability. Jaguar Land Rover today employs more than 8000 engineers and designers in the UK and is investing more than ever before in new technologies, skills and facilities. In the financial year 2015/16 the business will invest up to £3.8bn in product creation.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The National Automotive Innovation Centre will serve as a generator of new skills and new thinking, providing a perfect, collaborative environment in which to learn, research and develop the designs and technologies that will shape the vehicles and personal mobility solutions of the future.

“As well as helping Jaguar Land Rover create key technologies that will deliver new experiences for our customers; smarter, safer and more connected cars and a low-carbon future, the centre will deliver wider benefits to the UK automotive industry. The NAIC will have a significant role inspiring the engineers of tomorrow and will help develop the skills we need the UK to nurture and develop to ensure we remain globally competitive.”

Along with hosting visits from schoolchildren to inspire them to begin a STEM-based career, the NAIC will also start to address the shortage of skilled R&D staff in the automotive supply chain. The aim is to help create a pipeline of people into companies nationwide, including the creation of many apprentices in specific areas of vehicle technology.

“The NAIC builds on the success we have enjoyed as part of our long-standing relationship with WMG at the University of Warwick. This collaboration is our blueprint for how we expand our capabilities when the NAIC opens its doors,” added Dr Speth. “I am delighted that we are now less than two years from realising the long-term strategic vision shared by Mr Ratan Tata and Professor Lord Bhattacharyya for a national hub for automotive innovation and skills.

“Their support and investment in the development of an innovation infrastructure here in the UK will help this country – and Jaguar Land Rover – remain at the forefront of global innovation in manufacturing and engineering for decades to come.”

When the centre opens in 2017, 1,000 highly-skilled people will work at the NAIC. The NAIC will enable Jaguar Land Rover to co-locate 600 of its engineers, researchers and technologists to work collaboratively with academics and R&D specialists from across the automotive supply chain.  Details of the specific research projects that will take place in the NAIC will be announced in due course, but these will be long-term, multi-disciplinary challenges – such as electrification, smart and connected cars and the Human Machine Interface.

The development of the new NAIC facility will complement Jaguar Land Rover’s product research and development centres in Gaydon and Whitley. While the NAIC will become the hub for our advanced research teams, Gaydon and Whitley will continue to be Jaguar Land Rover’s centres of excellence for engineering and product development.

 

2015-03-09

EX-MILITARY SECURE MANUFACTURING JOBS AT JAGUAR LAND ROVER FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL WORK READINESS TRAINING PILOT

  • Jaguar Land Rover completes the first cohort of a new and bespoke training programme to help Early Service Leavers prepare for employment
  • 10 Midlands based ex-military personnel successfully completed the programme and have all secured employment at the automotive company’s brand new facilities at the Solihull manufacturing plant
  • Training programme reflects Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to the skills agenda and reinforces legacy to former service personnel following the Invictus Games

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive employer, has completed the first cohort of a new and bespoke training course for ex-military personnel ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce: Military Programme.’

10 candidates began the new training course six weeks ago at the automotive manufacturer’s Solihull plant, designed to give them confidence and employability skills to help them secure employment. The 10, who are currently unemployed since leaving the services, all then applied for the recently-announced 1,300 job vacancies at the plant and have successfully secured roles after passing the standard recruitment processes. They will shortly commence employment in the plant’s brand new, world-class manufacturing facilities which will produce the new Jaguar XE.

One participant – Michael Connolly, aged 19, from Chelmsley Wood in Birmingham, said: “I spent three years as a Private in the Infantry and left as my contract had finished. All I have known is the Infantry and it’s daunting to know how to find another career in the civilian world. The course has given me a great insight into manufacturing careers and, thanks to the support of the employees and training staff, I now have the skills and experience I need to work in this industry. I am really excited that I have secured a job with Jaguar Land Rover and I hope this will be the start of a new and fulfilling second career which will allow me to work up the career ladder.”

Ex-Military Engineer Clive Smith, from Wolverhampton, joined the graduation ceremony and shared a few inspirational words: “It’s great that Jaguar Land Rover is offering support to ex-military staff to help them prepare for job opportunities and ease their transition from military to civilian life. Ilost both legs in an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan and was medically discharged from the Forces. It’s really tough to know what to do and how to apply yourself. I was then hugely honoured to take partin the cycling event for the Invictus Games.” This international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women was championed by Prince Harry where Jaguar Land Rover was presenting partner.

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to continuing on the Invictus Legacy and is also signed up to the Armed Forces corporate covenant which supports the reintegration of the military forces into successful civilian careers. 24,000 ex-military left the forces in 2014 and thousands more are expected to leave this year. Many of these will be Early Service Leavers, who depart before completing four years’ service with no or few military qualifications and little civilian work experience, which can make it more difficult for them to find work.

The ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce: Military’ programme has been developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s education partner Birmingham Metropolitan College with support from the MOD’s Future Horizons Programme and Job Centre Plus to help Early Service Leavers prepare for jobs in the automotive sector. The course builds on the company’s ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce’ traineeship programme which offers dedicated training for unemployed young people, aged 16 to 24, who have struggled to find a job.

Alan Volkaerts, Operations Director at Solihull, commented: “Jaguar Land Rover recruited over 100 ex-military personnel in 2014, the majority here in Solihull. We aim to increase this to 150 this year and be an employer of choice for military personnel who are leaving or have left the services. Ex-military staff have valuable skills that can be directly transferred to the automotive industry. By working with ex-military staff and helping them strengthen their employability skills and relevant work experience, we can make a positive contribution to society as well as increasing the talent pool for our growing business.”

Jaguar Land Rover developed its traineeship and military courses as part of its Business in the Community ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ legacy programme, which aims to make a significant, long-term impact on local and global communities. Jaguar Land Rover was the first ever manufacturer to win the UK’s top responsible business award in July 2013 for placing sustainability at the heart of its business strategy.

For more information or to apply for a place on the ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce: Military’ course, go to http://www.bmetc.ac.uk/military or email itw@bmetc.ac.uk .

 

Jaguar Land Rover Ex-Military Programme

  • Since 2013 Jaguar Land Rover has hired over 100 former Servicemen and Servicewomen and are working hard to increase that.
  • The company also announced a new work placement scheme to help wounded, injured and sick former Servicemen and women find a fulfilling and long-term second career in conjunction with Mission Motorsport – The Armed Forces’ Motorsport Charity and the MoD’s Recovery Career Services which offers work placements to support rehabilitation back to work following injury to enhance skills and experience.
  • Jaguar Land Rover has pledged to explore opportunities with the Royal Foundation and the Ministry of Defence to create innovative ways to enhance the valuable role of veterans as skilled employees, as a way of creating a lasting legacy for the Games.  This builds on our on-going work with the Careers Transition Partnership where we support with recruitment events and post vacancies on their website.

Jaguar Land Rover Solihull Manufacturing

  • The Solihull manufacturing plant is one of the greatest UK manufacturing success stories in a generation.
  • Over £1bn has been invested in the past few years to support new manufacturing facilities including Europe’s largest aluminium body shop.
  • The plant’s headcount has doubled in the past 4 years and now employ over 9,000 people.
  • In 2015, the Solihull plant will start production of the new Jaguar XE. This is the first time in the plant’s 70 year history that a Jaguar has been produced at Solihull.
  • The plant has a thriving ex-military social network to support those transitioning into a civilian career. This includes charitable and fund-raising activities, sporting events and day trips out.

About Jaguar Land Rover

  • Jaguar Land Rover’s products are in high demand around the globe – global sales up 9% in 2014
  • Sales have doubled from less than 200k in 2009 to 463K last year
  • Jaguar Land Rover will invest in the region of £3.0 to £3.2bn in its products and facilities in the financial year to March 2015. Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s number one R&D investor in the manufacturing sector

 

2015-03-03

JAGUAR LAND ROVER CELEBRATES RECORD-BREAKING YEAR OF EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING

  • Almost 10,000 Jaguar Land Rover employees, a third of its UK workforce, donated over 115,000 hours on community volunteering in 2014
  • 8,140 employees donated 98,600 hours to support Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ school STEM  education  programme alone
  • 300,000 young people participated in Jaguar Land Rover’s educational school visits, team challenges and outreach activities

Jaguar Land Rover, Business in the Community’s ‘Responsible Business of the Year 2013-2014’, is celebrating a record-breaking year of employee volunteering and educational engagement.

More than 9,600 employees, comprising over 30% of the company’s UK workforce, supported volunteering in 2014, donating over 115,000 hours or 14,400 working days to support their local communities. This record-breaking performance is an increase of 36% on employee participation and 45% in time donated compared to 2013, which saw 5,860 employees donate 63,400 hours

Around 85% of volunteers supported Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ programme, which engaged 300,000 young people in the UK last year. Employees support Education Business Partnership Centres which run school visits and work placements at the company’s sites by helping develop curriculum materials, delivering presentations to groups, supporting external careers events or mentoring young people on work experience placements.

Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director, Jaguar Land Rover, commented, “Employee volunteering plays a pivotal  role in our Community Relations strategy and we are delighted that so many of our employees donated their skills and time to benefit others. The fact that the majority of volunteers supported our ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ education programme demonstrates the passion and commitment of our workforce helping the next generation gain the skills and experience they need for successful working careers. As well as making a positive impact on young people’s aspirations and attainment, our education activities also promote advanced manufacturing careers at Jaguar Land Rover and our supply chain as well as acting as a pipeline for young talent, which is essential for the business to achieve its ambitious global growth plans.”

Genie Creamer-Hyland, Principle Engineer at Solihull Operations commented, “I joined the company in 2011 as a graduate and have enjoyed supporting educational programmes such as ‘Young Woman in the Know’ alongside my production role.  Last year I donated 200 hours of work time to educational events which saw me mentor several work experience students during week-long placements and also gave engineering talks to school students visiting the onsite Education Business Partnership Centre. When I was younger, there was little information available about engineering careers so I’m really passionate about giving others the opportunities which were not available to me. These events give an overview to how vast and varied engineering roles are which many young people are not aware of. I particularly enjoy seeing how fascinated and excited students become when learning about how the plant works and enjoy promoting my role as a successful engineer. I’m very proud that several students I’ve supported over the past few years have now joined Jaguar Land Rover’s apprentice programme and look forward to inspiring many more young people to pursue engineering careers in the future.”

Jaguar Land Rover releases employees from the workplace for up to two days per year to support projects focussing on regeneration, education, young people, charity work and the environment. Projects are identified through a volunteering challenge database or are nominated by employees.

Many team projects involve physical improvements such as redecoration of community centres, creating sensory gardens or allotments, all of which improve facilities for the local community. As well as helping the local community and strengthening Jaguar Land Rover’s reputation as a responsible business, group projects offer personal development opportunities including the development of leadership and project management skills.

Jaguar Land Rover was the first ever manufacturer to win Business in the Community’s (BITC) Responsible Business of the Year 2013-2014, the UK’s top sustainability accolade, which recognizes the positive impact of a wide range of achievements, including CSR.

As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Global CSR Programme, the company has set an ambitious goal of creating opportunities for 12 million people by 2020 by advancing knowledge and improving lives.  The Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineer’s programme is a key enabler to the delivery of this goal.

 

2015-03-02

JAGUAR SERVICE PLANS HELP CEMENT THE XE’S POSITION AS BEST-IN-CLASS FOR COST OF OWNERSHIP

  • All Jaguar XE servicing costs covered by a single low payment
  • Prices for five years/50,000 miles of cover start from just £475
  • High Mileage option for cover up to 75,000 miles
  • AdBlue® top-ups and up to £750-worth of MOT protection included free of charge
  • Three years’ roadside assistance included as standard with the Jaguar XE’s three-year warranty
  • Insurance group rating in the UK starting from 22E

2 March 2015.The Jaguar XE is already shaping up to be the cost-of-ownership king of the premium C-Segment – thanks to class-leading residual values, Benefit In Kind Rates and Vehicle Excise Duty – and its appeal will be enhanced thanks to great value Jaguar Service Plans.

All servicing costs for the Jaguar XE will be covered for five years/50,000 miles for a single payment of £475. A High Mileage Service Plan – designed with corporate fleet customers in mind but available to all XE owners – costs £659 and offers cover for five years/75,000 miles. That’s more miles than any service plan offered by rival premium brands.

Customers with a Jaguar Service plan will be able to use any Jaguar Approved Service Centre in the UK and will have the reassurance of knowing that all work is carried out by a Jaguar trained technician.

Jaguar Service Plans are fully transferable to new owners, cover customers for repairs or replacement parts required to pass the XE’s third, fourth and fifth year MOT tests up to the value of £750, and also include AdBlue® top-ups for the duration of the plan.

The Jaguar XE is capable of returning 75mpg with emissions of just 99g/km CO2, making it more economical to run than any of its combustion-engine-powered premium rivals. The XE has also been rated best-in-class for residual values by experts including Kee Resources and CDL.

Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director Andy Goss said: “The Jaguar XE’s low total cost of ownership is now opening up the brand to new customers and retail order books are filling up quickly.

“The combination of outstanding residual values and cost of ownership has been noticed in the fleet markets too, with strong interest from global corporate buyers.”

Prices for the Jaguar XE start from £26,995.

  • Wear and tear items are not included within the plans
  • Service intervals are 21,000 miles or 24 months whichever is sooner, and therefore the plans will last either 5 year/50,000 miles or 5 years/75,000 miles
  • Plans available to purchase for up to 90 days after vehicle registration (providing first service has not been completed).
  • Plans available on diesel engines only, petrol Service Plans in development
  • MOT protection is subject to terms and conditions
  • Insurance group rating subject to group rating committee approval

 

2015-02-27

JAGUAR F-TYPE COUPÉ DRIVES OFF WITH THREE AWARDS IN FEBRUARY

  • The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé has picked up three major UK awards in February, maintaining momentum following a successful 2014
  • F-TYPE Coupé awarded Best New Car at AM Awards, Coupé of the Year at the UK Car of the Year awards and Sports Car of the Year at the ContractHireAndLeasing.com awards
  • Judges of all three awards praised the F-TYPE Coupé’s styling, performance and handling
  • F-TYPE line-up has expanded with 2016 model year range, offering a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive

 (Whitley, Coventry – February 27th 2015).The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé has built on a hugely successful 2014 by picking up three major UK awards in February 2015 alone. The F-TYPE Coupé was crowned Best New Car at the Automotive Management (AM) Awards, Coupé of the Year in the UK Car of the Year awards and Sports Car of the Year in the ContractHireAndLeasing.com awards.

Automotive Management picked the F-TYPE Coupé as its Best New Car over models like the Mercedes C-Class and Audi TT thanks to its “pulse-quickening performance and agile handling”. The judges were also impressed with the F-TYPE Coupé’s everyday refinement and value for money compared with rivals.

UK Car of the Year 2015 judges awarded the F-TYPE ‘Coupé of the Year’ having been impressed by its styling, performance and handling. Alex Goy, XCAR.com’s Cars Editor and UKCOTY judge said: “To see the F-TYPE Coupé is to like it, to drive it is to love it.

At the ContractHireAndLeasing.com awards the F-TYPE Coupé picked up Sports Car of the Year, with the website’s panel of industry experts and journalists praising the F-TYPE Coupé for its “stunning performance and most of all, its exhaust note.

There’s more to come from the F-TYPE in 2015, with the updated 2016 model year range. Both the Coupé and Convertible are now available with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel-drive for the first time, and all models come with the all-new InControl infotainment system.

Configure your perfect Jaguar F-TYPE here: http://www.jaguar.co.uk/build-yours/index.html

 

2015-02-25

JAGUAR AND BREMONT ANNOUNCE TWO NEW WRISTWATCHES CELEBRATING THE ICONIC E-TYPE SPORTS CAR

·  Bremont designs and manufactures two new watches celebrating the Jaguar E-type

·  British watchmaker has worked with Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum to create ‘MKI’ and ‘MKII’ wristwatches

 (25 February 2015).Jaguar and Bremont today announce the launch of two new watches themed on the iconic Jaguar E-type sports car.

The two British firms are enhancing their long-term partnership following the creation of six Bremont chronometers which complement each of the six ‘continuation’ lightweight E-type sports racing cars currently being built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrNDwOQsu6o)

The new watches feature design inspired by the Jaguar E-type sports car, which at its 1961 launch was not only the fastest production car in the world but – according to Enzo Ferrari – the most beautiful.

“Like the Bremont watch we designed to complement the Special GT, or ‘Lightweight’ E-type continuation cars, the MKI and MKII pieces had to capture the spirit of what is undoubtedly one of the most iconic sports cars of all time in a subtle and intelligent way,”says Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum.

“The result is a pair of watches which subtly relay some of the codes of the E-type, but which are also easy to recognise as having been created with the car in mind. They simply look absolutely right when you wear them in the driving seat – almost as if they had been designed alongside the car back in the ‘60s.”

In working to capture the E-type’s essence in a wrist watch, Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum and the creative team at Bremont selected the E-type dashboard as inspiration for the look of the new Mk I and Mk II watches.

The MKI responds to the call for a more accessible version of the original ‘Lightweight’ limited edition watch by reproducing many of its design features, but eschews the white gold and aluminium of the Lightweight’s case for a slimmer version finished in polished stainless steel.

A date window at the six o’clock position on the tachymetre-inspired dial is similar to that of the Lightweight, featuring an off-set small ‘seconds’ indicator and a distinctive ‘red line’ quadrant between three and four o’clock.

Behind the dial and domed crystal of the 43mm MKI watch lies a new movement with date functionality based on Bremont’s meticulously finished self-winding proprietary BWC/01.

Turning the MKI over not only reveals the beautifully finished movement through the sapphire crystal case back, but also one of the most intriguing features of the watch: a striking automatic winding weight in the form of an exquisite miniaturisation of a three-spoke E-type steering wheel, complete with the iconic Jaguar ‘Growler’ face in its centre.

The MKII celebrates the golden era of 1960s sports car motoring, its black dial carrying the Jaguar heritage logo above the six o’clock position and its hour markings presented in the style of the numerals found on E-type instruments.

The classic chronograph layout – featuring two subdials at the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions – is achieved through the use of the beautifully decorated BE-50AE automatic movement which has been specially customised by Bremont to a unique specification, a subtle ‘red line’ on the 60-minute counter paying homage to the E-type’s tachymeter.

The 43mm, stainless steel case – which is fitted with a domed crystal to enhance the vintage appearance of the watch – is made entirely in the UK by Bremont using its renowned, three-part ‘Trip-Tick’ technology which ensures hardness seven times greater than that of a normal steel watch.

Visible through a sapphire crystal case back, the mechanism again pays tribute to the E-type with an automatic ‘steering wheel’ winding weight in the same style as that of the MKI. Further automotive imagery can be seen in the ‘tyre tread’ winding crown, which is topped with the Jaguar heritage logo to match that of the dial.

MKI and MKII watches will be supplied with a perforated ‘racing’ strap in true ‘60s style, together with traditional leather spare.

According to Bremont Co-Founder, Giles English, the two new E-type watches have been created to pay homage to the car and to satisfy a remarkable global demand.

“When we worked with Ian Callum to create the strictly limited edition of six watches to complement the Lightweight continuation cars, we had no idea that it would lead to a call from so many of the world’s E-type owners and enthusiasts for a similar watch which was more accessibly priced and more widely available.

“The feedback was so positive and widespread, however, that we decided to find a way of incorporating the look of those iconic E-type instruments into a pair of everyday watches. Although neither the MKI nor the MKII are limited edition pieces, we will make relatively few of each per year so they will always remain as special as the cars that inspired them.”

“They are certainly very meaningful to us, not least because they mark the formalisation of Bremont’s partnership with Jaguar, which means we shall be working closely with Ian and the design team on future projects in the long-term”concluded Giles English.

 

THE JAGUAR E-TYPE – AN AUTOMOTIVE LEGEND

The Jaguar E-type sports car, created by former aircraft designer Malcolm Sayer, was unveiled outside the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives during the Geneva Salon at 4.30 pm on March 15, 1961. Its radical appearance and promise of being ‘the fastest production car in the world’ caused near hysteria and resulted in 500 orders being placed during the show.

It’s powered by a race-bred, six-cylinder, 3.8 litre, 265 horsepower engine that gave the car a top speed of 150 mph – yet, at £2,098 for the roadster and £2,197 for the fixed-head coupe, it cost less than half the price of a comparable Ferrari or Aston Martin.

During its 14-year production run, the E-type evolved to feature first a 4.2 litre engine and, ultimately, Jaguar’s 5.3 litre V12. It was offered with manual or automatic transmission and, in final ‘Series 3’ form, fixed-head models were available only with family-friendly two-plus-two bodywork.

More than 72,000 E-types were built, with around 12,000 being sold in Britain and the majority going to the USA.

Celebrated owners included Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Britt Ekland, Peter Sellers, Sir Jackie Stewart and George Best.

The best Series 1 ‘flat floor’ E-type roadsters now command more than £100,000.

 

2015-02-23

IDRIS ELBA PROVES THE JAGUAR XE IS AS EFFICIENT AS IT IS SPORTY WITH EPIC ROAD TRIP

#IDRISXEROADTRIP

  • Actor, musician and film-maker puts the Jaguar XE through 750 miles of hard winter driving and still achieves 65mpg
  • Driving enthusiast Idris covered four countries in three days on a variety of roads in tough weather conditions documenting in a short film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EaM8EVC7S4&feature=youtu.be
  • The 750 mile (1200 KM) trip  in the Jaguar XE 2.0-litre i4 163PS diesel begins at Idris’s former college, the National Youth Music Theatre in London
  • Idris drives Jaguar XE S 3.0-litre petrol 340PS with Martin Brundle at Spa Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium
  • Drive culminates in delivery of the new Jaguar XE sports saloon to Germany’s capital for exclusive launch party and DJ set by Idris

 (23 February 2015).Today Jaguar has launched the final film in a series of short clips created to document Idris Elba’s epic road trip from London to Berlin in the new Jaguar XE 2.0-litre i4 163PS diesel.

Pushing the Jaguar XE ‘s acclaimed technology and economical credentials to the limit over 750 miles, the journey ends with an outstanding fuel economy figure of 65mpg despite tough winter driving conditions and the car being fitted with winter tyres.

Speaking about his XE road trip, Idris Elba commented:

“I had a great time driving the Jaguar XE in some pretty bad weather conditions – the highlight for me was hammering it round Spa with the legendary Martin Brundle.

“The car was a real head turner and I made sure I pushed it hard all the way to Berlin – so the most surprising thing was the efficiency, averaging 65 mpg. I also loved the in-car tech as I’m a big fan of gadgets, and the XE was fully loaded in that respect too – I even planned my DJ set list as I drove.

“I’ve long been a fan of Jaguar and its incredible sporting heritage. I like to push what I do and explore different areas of my expertise and that’s why this film project with Jaguar really appealed.”

Fiona Pargeter Global Director of Public Relations for Jaguar Land Rover said:

“We were very keen to get a car fan like Idris behind the wheel of the new Jaguar XE to prove the fuel economy credentials and be one of the first to test the in-car tech over a long drive. The journey took him through some very challenging winter weather conditions in Europe, on winter tyres on various road types to showcase this is a real world car, delivering real world results.”

Along the route, Idris stopped at F1 race circuit in Spa, Belgium where he met with formula one racing legend Martin Brundle for high speed dynamic driving in the Jaguar XE S 3.0-litre petrol 340PS.

750 Miles (1200 KM) and three days later, the film documents Idris arriving at an exclusive Jaguar party at Berlin’s Umspannwerk to celebrate the Berlin launch of the XE, where he skilfully delivered the sports saloon directly onto the stage in front of 200 excitable VIP guests. He later treated the party to a very special DJ set.

The XE is powered by a range of four-and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines offering a blend of performance, refinement and efficiency from 99g/km CO2 to 250km/h.

From smartphone apps and Wi-Fi to premium audio systems developed with world-renowned experts Meridian – the new XE offers a suite of technologies designed to keep you informed and entertained, making every journey even more of an experience.

To watch Idris’ European road trip visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EaM8EVC7S4&feature=youtu.be

 

2015-02-15

IDRIS ELBA AND MARTIN BRUNDLE PUSH THE NEW JAGUAR XE TO THE EXTREME AT SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS CIRCUIT IN BELGIUM

#IdrisXERoadTrip

In the second instalment of a four-part film series documenting Idris Elba’s journey from London to Berlin, the actor and car fanatic reviews the performance capabilities of the new Jaguar XE 3.0 Petrol 340PS.

Idris takes part in a high-octane test at Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium with the help of F1 racing legend Martin Brundle.

The link to the second film can be found here: http://youtu.be/m19AARe6XuA

 

2015-02-10

FULL DETAILS OF THE JAGUAR HERITAGE CHALLENGE SERIES ANNOUNCED

  • The Jaguar Heritage Challenge Series will be contested across five weekends at some of the best drivers’ circuits in the UK and Europe
  • The new race series, run in partnership with the Historic Sports Car Club, is open to pre-‘66 Jaguar models, ranging from MkI and MkII saloons to C-type, D-type and early E-type cars
  • The Jaguar Heritage Challenge marks the first time such a varied group of historic Jaguar competition cars will be assembled in one race series
  • Entrants and drivers can visit a dedicated web page for the new series at http://www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar-heritage-challenge for full details and information on how to enter

February 3 2015:Jaguar and the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) have today announced further details of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge race series, including event dates, classes and eligible cars.  Entrants and drivers can visit http://www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar-heritage-challenge – a new web page dedicated to the series for further information and to apply for an entry.

This exciting new racing championship is open to pre-‘66 Jaguar models and will be split in to five classes: Jaguar XK-series cars; pre-‘66 saloon models, C-type, D-type and XKSS, and two separate E-type classes. The Heritage Challenge marks the first time such a diverse group of historic competition Jaguars will be assembled as part of a race series.

Contested across five race weekends in 2015, beginning on the 2nd May and ending on the 31st August, the Heritage Challenge will be taking in some of the best drivers’ circuits in Europe at blue riband historic racing meetings. The full race calendar is as follows:

2nd – 4th May: Donington Historic Festival
16th – 17th May: Silverstone International (GP Circuit)
11th – 12th July: Brands Hatch Super Prix (GP Circuit)
7th – 9th August: Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix
29th – 31st August: Oulton Park Gold Cup

The Heritage Challenge Series builds on the success of the E-type Challenge that ran for a number of seasons. It also comes at a time when Jaguar Heritage is busier than ever, with the launch of the recreation Lightweight E-type, the Heritage Driving Experience and the growing Heritage parts and restoration business. Jaguar Heritage is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations Division.

Derek Weale, Jaguar Land Rover Heritage Business Director, said: “We are delighted that our new Heritage Race series will take place at some of the best drivers’ circuits in Europe and at world-famous historic race meetings. The spectacle of seeing a race dedicated to these classic Jaguars, on these circuits and at these events is going to be a sight to savour and behold.”

Graham White, CEO of the HSCC, said: “A single-marque racing series like the Jaguar Heritage Challenge is a great addition to our racing calendar and I can’t wait to see some of the finest racing Jaguars of the past lining up on the grid at Donington in May.”

For full regulations and details on how to enter the Jaguar Heritage Challenge Series visit http://www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar-heritage-challenge

 

2015-02-10

FROM LONDON TO BERLIN: IDRIS ELBA AND THE NEW JAGUAR XE

#IdrisXERoadTrip

In the first of a four-part documentary series, actor and musician Idris Elba begins an epic road trip from London to Berlin while testing the class-leading fuel economy and technology credentials of the new Jaguar XE.

Starting his journey at the National Youth Music Theatre where his own acting career began, Idris auditions young hopefuls before taking to the wheel of a Jaguar XE 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel 163PS for a 750 mile journey across four countries in three days in challenging winter conditions to deliver the XE to its German launch and DJ at a special pop-up party in Berlin.

Please see link to the first film in this series http://youtu.be/MJt9pfUDkq0

The next short film will be available from 15th February, with the final story shared from 22nd February.

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2015 – 02-09

JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH SPECTRE, THE 24TH JAMES BOND ADVENTURE

  • Continuing Jaguar Land Rover’ssuccessful involvement with the Bond franchise, Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVRandLand Rover Defender Big Foot to feature in new James Bond movie, SPECTRE
  • C-X75 concept vehicles will form part of spectacular chase scene in Rome

Jaguar Land Rover has announced its line-up of vehicles set to feature in SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.  These will include the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Big Foot, which have been provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

The Jaguar C-X75 will feature in a spectacular car chase sequence through Rome alongside the Aston Martin DB10. The C-X75 vehicles used in filming have been built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering facility in Oxfordshire, England.

Scenes including the heavily modified versions of Land Rover Defender & Range Rover Sport SVR have already been filmed in Austria. The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever. The highly capable Big Foots were constructed by Special Operations with huge 37-inch diameter off-road tyres to tackle the extreme terrain. They also feature bespoke suspension systems and enhanced body protection.

Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, John Edwards, said: “This is an exciting partnership for Jaguar Land Rover and an opportunity to demonstrate the fantastic capabilities of the Special Operations team.’’

Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles have been involved in a succession of Bond films. Most recently, in 2012, the rugged Defender 110 Double Cab Pick Up was driven by field agent Eve Moneypenny in the opening sequence to SKYFALL.

 

NOTES

About Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations

Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team focus on delivering halo vehicles, bespoke commissions, heritage products and branded goods.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations has the responsibility within Special Operations to create a range of high performance production models for both Jaguar and Land Rover, vehicle personalisation products and low volume, high value Limited Edition models for both brands.

About SPECTRE

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.  Directed by Sam Mendes, the film is written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

About Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-three films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE and SKYFALL.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is celebrating 90 years as a leader in the entertainment business and as an innovator in the industry. Today, MGM is an entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels and is the majority owner of and distributor for United Artists Media Group (UAMG). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

 

2015-01-30

JAGUAR LAND ROVER RECEIVES SPECIAL AWARD FOR ITS INCONTROL™ SMART CONNECTIVITY TECHNOLOGY FROM GERMAN MAGAZINES

  • The editors of Auto Bild and Computer Bild gave Jaguar Land Rover their prestigious ‘Pioneer Award’ 2014
  • Jaguar Land Rover’s innovative InControlTM connectivity system has been honoured as part of the ‘Connected Car Award 2014’ reader survey
  • The InControlTM system allows drivers to remotely connect with the car and access the industry-leading InControl AppsTM to improve the driving experience for both iPhone and Android users

Whitley, 30 January 2015 –Jaguar Land Rover has been awarded the prestigious ‘Pioneer Award’ for its InControlTM smart connectivity and infotainment system by two leading German magazines. Editors of Auto Bild and Computer Bild gave the award as part of the reader’s choice “Connected Car Award 2014”.

Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, Group Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover, accepted the award and said: “We are very proud to receive such an important technology award in Germany. It will inspire our engineers to develop even more innovative and pioneering technology to delight our Jaguar and Land Rover customers around the world. It is a great honour for Jaguar Land Rover to be recognised as an automotive company at the cutting edge of innovation.”

The InControl AppsTMsystem enables the driver to remotely connect with the car, to view information and give the car instructions from their phone such as remote locking, checking fuel levels, or even heating or cooling the car before you get to it.

A suite of supported apps, such as calendars, parking space finder and infotainment tools, allows drivers and passengers to connect to information and entertainment to improve the driving experience. Each of these apps has been optimised in their display and functionality to make them controllable via the car’s touchscreen and voice, to minimise distraction and make them ‘Right for Driving’. It is like having your smartphone installed in your dashboard.

Auto Bild recognised how Jaguar Land Rover has created an innovative, cross-platform way for customers to connect to their car. Auto Bild said:

“Jaguar Land Rover has developed its own system that supports both Android and iOS (iPhone) operating systems. InControlTM Remote also enables remote control of various vehicle functions via the apps system.”

Developed in cooperation with technology partner BOSCH SoftTech, InControl AppsTM is a bridge between the smartphone and the car. It helps customers to seamlessly control their apps from their car – and their car from their phone.

Jaguar Land Rover was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, where Seeing Machines demonstrated its cutting-edge Driver Monitor System (DMS) in a Jaguar F-Type prototype on the Intel stand. The innovative system tracks the driver’s eyes and alerts the driver when they aren’t looking at the road, even if they are wearing sunglasses. DMS could be used to alert the driver to hazards earlier, or even enhance the settings of on-board safety systems, to reflect the driver’s lack of attention.

 

2015-01-30

JAGUAR AND TEAM SKY WIN ‘BEST USE OF PR’ ACCOLADE AT THE EUROPEAN SPONSORSHIP ASSOCIATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Innovation partners Jaguar and Team Sky have been recognised for creating and delivering an outstanding joint PR campaign at the European Sponsorship Association Excellence Awards, which recognises the best sponsorship work across Europe.

The award was presented to the Jaguar communications team at a ceremony in London on 29 January. The ‘Best Use of PR’ category win was achieved after judges positively reviewed a comprehensive and integrated PR campaign delivered by the partner brands in 2014, which featured three core communications activities:

  1. The launch of the Pinarello Dogma F8 bicycle for Team Sky, engineered in partnership with Jaguar: https://www.digitalnewsagency.com/stories/8390-jaguars-advanced-aerodynamics-help-team-sky-and-new-pinarello-dogma-f8
  2. An innovative film produced to mark the beginning of the 2014 Tour de France which features Team Sky rider Chris Froome ‘Cycling Under the Sea’: https://www.digitalnewsagency.com/stories/8477-team-sky-cycling-under-the-sea
  3. The creation of a bespoke Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe sports car, complete with Team Sky livery and unique bike rack design: http://newsroom.jaguarlandrover.com/en-in/jaguar/news/2014/07/jag_f-type_team_sky_release_210714/?t=team%20sky&ct=NewsArticles&rs=5&fr=1&allCounts=False&locus=4

The objective of the Jaguar and Team Sky partnership is to enhance the team’s performances by integrating design and engineering resources to develop new products for application in competitive cycling.  Promotion of these engineering innovations throughout 2014 has resulted in widespread global media coverage and engagement on social media, through some memorable marketing and PR ideas.

Richard Agnew, Global PR Director for Jaguar, said: “This award is a fantastic endorsement of a campaign that celebrates innovation in engineering and technology amongst three great brands in Pinarello, Team Sky and Jaguar.  We know cycling is always increasing in popularity, and leveraging that burgeoning interest has been key to the success of a fully integrated communications campaign targeting high profile editorial publications, popular social media channels and broadcast television, while ensuring content is appropriate for use in various marketing channels.”

Carsten Jeppesen, Team Sky Head of Technical Operations & Commercial, said: “Our partnership with Jaguar is unique in the cycling industry. We have been able to work with Jaguar’s aerodynamics specialists to develop the Pinarello Dogma F8, which recently achieved critical acclaim for its industry-leading engineering and racing credentials at the recent London Design Awards. To work with a communications team as innovative as the engineers in the same company is inspiring.”

 

2015-01-30

JAGUAR XE NAMED ‘MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR OF 2014’ AT THE 30TH FESTIVAL AUTOMOBILE INTERNATIONAL IN PARIS

  • The Jaguar XE has been named ‘Most Beautiful Car of 2014’ at Festival Automobile International in Paris
  • Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum was presented the award at a ceremony held on January 27 at the Hotel des Invalides, in front of 600 VIPs and more than 60 media
  • The XE will be on show at the ‘Concept Car Exposition’ of Festival Automobile International from January 28 until February 1 alongside 18 concept cars, including Jaguar Project 7
  • The Jaguar XE was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014 and is available to order in the UK now, from £26,995 on the road

January 30 2015:At the 30th edition of the Festival Automobile International in Paris, the Jaguar XE was awarded ‘Most Beautiful Car of 2014’. Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum collected the award in front of a crowd of 600 VIPs and more than 60 media.

The award is decided by a public vote, with more than 100,000 votes cast across 59 countries. Beating competition from the Mazda MX-5, Mercedes C-Class Estate and Fiat 500X, the Jaguar XE took victory with 28% of the votes.

From the morning of 28 January, the Festival Automobile International continues in Paris with a four-day exhibition at the Hotel des Invalides, where the Jaguar XE will be showcased alongside 18 concept cars, including Jaguar Project 7. More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend.

This is the XE’s second French award since the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, where it was crowned ‘Best Production Car’ by Auto Plus magazine and the listeners of French radio station, RTL.

 

2015-01-29

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LAUNCHES INAUGURAL ‘INSPIRING TOMORROW’S WORKFORCE: MILITARY’ PROGRAMME

  • Jaguar Land Rover launches a new and bespoke training programme to help Early Service Leavers seek employment
  • 10 Midlands based ex-military personnel join the first programme at the automotive company’s Solihull manufacturing plant
  • Training programme reflects Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to the skills agenda and reinforces legacy to former service personnel following the Invictus Games

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive employer, has launched the first cohort of a new and bespoke training course for ex-military personnel.

10 candidates began the new training course this week at the automotive manufacturer’s Solihull plant, designed to give them confidence and employability skills which will help them secure employment. The 10, who are currently unemployed since leaving the services, all hope to secure employment and will be encouraged to apply for the recently-announced 1,300 job vacancies at the plant once the six week course has been completed.

During the course, participants will spend four weeks in the plant’s Education Business Partnership Centre completing relevant qualifications to prepare them for working in the engineering and manufacturing industry, and employability skills. They will then complete a two week work experience placement in the plant’s brand new, world-class manufacturing facilities which will produce the new Jaguar XE to gain an insight into career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.

One participating candidate – Michael Connolly, aged 19, from Chelmsley Wood in Birmingham, said: I spent three years as a Private in the Infantry and left as my contract had finished. All I have known is the Infantry and it’s daunting to know how to find another career in the civilian world. I am really excited about what Jaguar Land Rover has to offer and I hope to one day climb the career ladder with them.”

Jaguar Land Rover’s new, industry first ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce: Military’ programme addresses the social and economic issues of high unemployment among former service personnel.

24,000 ex-military left the forces in 2014 and thousands more are expected to leave this year. Many of these will be Early Service Leavers, who depart before completing four years’ service with no or few military qualifications and little civilian work experience, which can make it more difficult for them to find work.

The ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce: Military’ programme has been developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s education partner Birmingham Metropolitan College to help Early Service Leavers prepare for jobs in the automotive sector. The course builds on the company’s ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce’ traineeship programme which offers dedicated training for unemployed young people, aged 16 to 24, who have struggled to find a job.

Alan Volkaerts, Operations Director at Solihull, commented: “Already at Jaguar Land Rover we have recruited over 100 ex-military personnel in the last year, the majority here in Solihull. They have valuable skills that can be directly transferred to the automotive industry. Through working with ex-military staff and helping them strengthen their employability skills and relevant work experience, we can make a positive contribution to society as well as increasing the talent pool for our growing business.”

Jaguar Land Rover developed its traineeship and military courses as part of its Business in the Community ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ legacy programme, which aims to make a significant, long-term impact on local and global communities. Jaguar Land Rover was the first ever manufacturer to win the UK’s top responsible business award in July 2013 for placing sustainability at the heart of its business strategy.

Jaguar Land Rover is proud to be signed up to the Armed Forces corporate covenant which supports the reintegration of the military forces into successful civilian careers and supports a wide range of events linked to the military.

For more information or to apply for a place on the ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce: Military’ course, go to itw@bmetc.ac.uk.

 

Jaguar Land Rover Ex-Military Programme

  • Since 2013 we have hired over 100 former Servicemen and Servicewomen and are working hard to increase that.
  • We also announced a new work placement scheme to help wounded, injured and sick former Servicemen and women find a fulfilling and long-term second career in conjunction with Mission Motorsport – The Armed Forces’ Motorsport Charity and the MoD’s Recovery Career Services which offers work placements to support rehabilitation back to work following injury to enhance skills and experience.
  • Jaguar Land Rover was the presenting partner for the Invictus Games, the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, championed by Prince Harry where 150 employees volunteered.
  • We have pledged to explore opportunities with the Royal Foundation and the Ministry of Defence to create innovative ways to enhance the valuable role of veterans as skilled employees, as a way of creating a lasting legacy for the Games.  This builds on our on-going work with the Careers Transition Partnership where we support with recruitment events and post vacancies on their website.

Jaguar Land Rover Solihull Manufacturing

  • The Solihull manufacturing plant is one of the greatest UK manufacturing success stories in a generation.
  • Over £1bn has been invested in the past few years to support new manufacturing facilities including Europe’s largest aluminium body shop.
  • Our headcount has doubled in the past 4 years and now employ over 9,000 people.
  • In 2015, the Solihull plant will start production of the new Jaguar XE. This is the first time in the plant’s 70 year history that a Jaguar has been produced at Solihull.
  • The plant has a thriving ex-military social network to support those transitioning into a civilian career. This includes charitable and fund-raising activities, sporting events and day trips out.

About Jaguar Land Rover

  • Our products are in high demand around the globe – global sales up 9% in 2014
  • Our sales have doubled from less than 200k in 2009 to 463K last year
  • Jaguar Land Rover will invest in the region of £3.5 to £3.7bn in its products and facilities in the financial year to March 2015.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s largest exporters and generates in the region of 85% of its revenue from exports.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s number one R&D investor in the manufacturing sector
  • We employ around 32,000 globally, and our headcount has nearly doubled in the last few years

 

2015-01-26

FROM LONDON TO BERLIN WITH IDRIS ELBA AND THE NEW JAGUAR XE

Golden Globe Award winning actor and renowned car fan Idris Elba aims to prove the Jaguar XE’s acclaimed fuel economy, technology and drivability credentials in a real world test

  • Actor, producer, musician, film maker and car fan, Idris Elba is driving the new Jaguar XE from London to Berlin, covering four countries in three days
  • Departing from London, Idris will cover 750 miles to deliver the XE to its German launch and DJ at a special launch event in Berlin
  • Jaguar is capturing this journey by creating a series of short films, which will be released online from 10th February 2015.
  • To follow Idris live on his XE experience, follow @Jaguar on Twitter
  • Idris is driving the new Jaguar XE 2.0-litre 163PS four-cylinder diesel, which offers best-in-class 75mpg fuel economy with 99g/km CO2 emissions
  • The Jaguar XE benefits from lightweight aluminium construction, exceptional aerodynamics and state-of-the-art technology – it is the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever

 (Whitley, Coventry – 26 January 2015)World-renowned actor and aspiring film maker Idris Elba has embarked on an epic 750 mile road trip in the new Jaguar XE, the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever produced.

Driving from London to Berlin in winter conditions, whilst documenting his journey through film, Idris will test the class-leading fuel economy credentials of Jaguar’s new sports saloon, while enjoying innovative in-car technology, cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems to help navigate his way across four countries.

Speaking about his XE road trip, Idris Elba commented:My work takes me around the world, but I rarely have the time or luxury of getting behind the wheel for myself. I wanted to do this trip and record the experience through a series of short films. I have long been a fan of Jaguar’s incredible sporting heritage and have been truly impressed with how the brand has evolved over the past few years.  It’s a real privilege to drive the new XE on this road trip across Europe.”

Jaguar Land Rover PR Director Fiona Pargeter said:“As a keen driver with a passion for cars, technology and music, Idris is sure to enjoy his exclusive test of the new Jaguar XE. We look forward to seeing how he achieves an economical drive despite challenging winter conditions.

“The XE is packed with innovative technology and as one of the first people in the world to drive the car; Idris will be sharing his experience of these through a series of short films that fans can view online and on social channels.”

The XE is powered by a range of four-and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines offering a blend of performance, refinement and efficiency from 99g/km CO2 to 250km/h.

From smartphone apps and Wi-Fi to premium audio systems developed with world-renowned experts Meridian – the new XE offers a suite of technologies designed to keep driver and passenger informed and entertained, making every journey an enjoyable experience.

The short documentary film will be shared in late February, with some teaser footage of the trip available from the 10th February across Jaguar social media channels.

To follow Idris on his XE experience, follow @Jaguar on Twitter.

For further information on the Jaguar XE, visit www.jaguar.com

 

2015-01-21

JAGUAR LAUNCHES XF R-SPORT BLACK AND ANNOUNCES 2015 RANGE ENHANCEMENTS

The Jaguar XF range now offers better value for money than ever thanks to a host of enhanced trim packages and the addition of a brand new derivative: the R-Sport Black.

Featuring a comprehensive list of specification enhancements, including 20” Black Kalimnos alloy wheels and 770w Meridian Surround Sound system, the R-Sport Black offers an additional £8,770 worth of value over standard R-Sport models for just a £2,100 increase to its On-the-Road price.

The Jaguar XF is a firm favourite with car buyers, with sales increasing every year since launch. It recorded its best year of sales to date in 2014, and helped to drive Jaguar to its strongest full year performance in nearly a decade. Jaguar Land Rover Managing Director Jeremy Hicks said: “The XF combines style, luxury, comfort and the kind of sporty drive that only Jaguars deliver. That’s why it has always been popular with customers – and, thanks to the addition of R-Sport Black and our 2015 range enhancements, it now offers even better value for money.”

All models in the XF saloon and Sportbrake range now come with Winter Comfort Pack and Parking Pack as standard. That means all models get heated seats and windscreen plus front parking sensors and a rear camera. In addition, higher specification Portfolio, Diesel S Portfolio, XFR and XFR-S variants now all benefit from Blind Spot Monitor as standard, while most models in the range gain upgraded alloy wheels.

To streamline the range, SE, SE Business and Premium Luxury trim levels have been discontinued, as have the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and 240PS 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engines. As a result, the range now starts with the generously specified Luxury trim.

Specification changes:

Luxury

As well as getting the Winter Comfort Pack and Parking Pack as standard, all Luxury models now also come with Gloss Dark Oak veneer. 200PS models also get upgraded from 17” Ursa alloys to new 18” Manra wheels – although cars with the 163PS engine retain the smaller wheels to keep their CO2 emissions to 129g/km. The extra equipment represents an additional £1,870 worth of value, with just a small On-the-Road price increase of £600 on 200PS models and £500 on 163PS variants.

R-Sport

All R-Sport models now come with Winter Comfort Pack, Parking Pack and the 380w Meridian Audio system as standard. All versions also now come with the Gloss Dark Oak veneer. 200PS models get 19” Grey Aquila wheels instead of the 18” Lyra alloys. In total, R-Sport variants now benefit from £2,460 worth of extra value for a small On-the-Road price increase of £800 on the 200PS models and £700 on 163PS cars.

New R-Sport Black

Available exclusively with the 2.2-litre turbocharged 200PS diesel engine, the new R-Sport Black derivative features a range of equipment and aesthetic enhancements as standard. These include: 20” Black Kalimnos alloy wheels, Black Pack, 770w Meridian Surround Sound system, full bond-grain leather upholstery and 18way Sports seats with memory function. R-Sport Black models come with a choice of five no-cost paint colours: Kyanite Blue, Italian Racing Red, Glacier White, Ultimate Black and Stratus Grey – with the Kyanite Blue option limited to just 100 units. In total, these models benefit from £8,770 worth of added upgrades over R-Sport models for a price premium of just £2,100.

Portfolio

The price for luxurious Portfolio spec cars has been reduced by £3,500. Despite this, it now benefits from the addition of the Parking Pack, Blind Spot Monitor and 19” Artura wheels as standard equipment, while 20” Hydra and Silver Draco alloys have been added to the option list. Suedecloth headliner and metallic paint are no longer standard, plus Portfolio models now come with the 380w Meridian system.

Diesel S Portfolio

Diesel S Portfolio models retain Suedecloth headliner, metallic paint and the 770w Meridian Surround Sound system but now also benefit from the full Parking Aid Pack and Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment. That’s an additional £960 worth of value with no On-the-Road price increase.

XFR

The ferocious XFR gets a host of new spec as standard, including: stainless steel pedals, Speed Pack, Rear View Camera, Blind Spot Monitor and Red Brake Calipers. The extra equipment represents £3,760 worth of added value with no On-the-Road price increase.

XFR-S

The range-topping XFR-S now comes as standard with Rear View Camera and Blind Spot Monitor. The On-the-Road price hasn’t increased but the extra equipment is worth £860.

2015 Jaguar XF UK prices

Trim level Engine Body style OTR price
XF Luxury 2.2 i4 163PS Saloon £33,445
2.2 i4 200PS Saloon £34,550
2.2 i4 163PS Sportbrake £35,945
2.2 i4 200PS Sportbrake £37,050
XF R-Sport 2.2 i4 163PS Saloon £34,695
2.2 i4 200PS Saloon £36,250
2.2 i4 163PS Sportbrake £37,195
2.2 i4 200PS Sportbrake £38,750
XF R-Sport Black 2.2 i4 200PS Saloon £38,350
2.2 i4 200PS Sportbrake £40,850
XF Portfolio 2.2 i4 163PS Saloon £37,195
2.2 i4 200PS Saloon £38,700
2.2 i4 163PS Sportbrake £39,695
2.2 i4 200PS Sportbrake £41,200
XF Diesel S Portfolio 3.0 V6 275PS Saloon £49,515
3.0 V6 275PS Sportbrake £51,995
XFR 5.0 V8 510PS Saloon £65,440
XFR-S 5.0 V8 550PS Saloon £79,995
5.0 V8 550PS Sportbrake £82,495

 

2015-01-21

JAGUAR LAND ROVER WELCOMES GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR UK AUTO SECTOR SKILLS

  • Jaguar Land Rover plays central role in developing Automotive Council UK skills initiative
  • Underscores company’s commitment to investing in supply chain skills
  • Will benefit UK automotive supply chain
  • £11.3 million government funding; £19.1 million auto industry investment

Coventry, 21st January, 2015 –Jaguar Land Rover welcomes the announcement by Business Secretary Vince Cable of £11.3 million government funding for an Automotive Council UK skills development initiative.  The financing matches £19.1 million automotive industry investment in a series of cross-sector programmes that will inspire the next generation of vehicle makers and create new routes into automotive careers.

The initiative has been developed by the Automotive Council, a joint UK government-industry association, and will introduce a range of programmes that will benefit all companies in the UK automotive supply chain.  Manufacturers will work together to identify and meet the sector’s skills needs, create an industry-standard jobs framework and ensure the UK automotive industry is in pole position for future growth.  Young people will also gain first-hand experience of the industry in action, inspiring future generations of engineers and technicians.

Jaguar Land Rover’s head of Technical Excellence, Jo Lopes, chairs the Automotive Council’s Industrial Partnership and has played a central role in driving the work, which will help ensure the future competitiveness of the UK automotive industry.

Commenting on the announcement, Jo Lopes said:  “The Automotive Industrial Partnership brings together industry’s employers on an unprecedented scale.  By working collaboratively and taking an innovative and sector-wide approach, we are ensuring that the UK’s automotive sector can grow and retain the skills talent that is so vital for the industry’s continued success.”

He continued: “Jaguar Land Rover is committed to investing in skills, both in terms of our own workforce, and also through our wider work with the Automotive Council, government, skills agencies and our suppliers.   Innovative approaches such as the initiative announced today are vital in enabling UK manufacturing to grow and compete globally.”

Jaguar Land Rover is at the heart of the renaissance of UK manufacturing, having invested over £10 billion, doubled its workforce to 32 thousand and more than doubled its sales over the past five years.  Earlier this month it announced the creation of an additional 1,300 jobs at its Solihull plant to support further development of lightweight vehicle technologies.

The company is investing in people for its own future, including its award-winning and well-established Intermediate, Advanced and Higher apprenticeship and graduate programmes.  Indeed, over the past four years Jaguar Land Rover has recruited some 2,000 people to its graduate programme and Advanced and Higher apprenticeships.

Jaguar Land Rover’s investment in people also extends to the wider automotive supply chain and the company has set up a team to work closely with its supply chain on wider skills development.  In addition to implementing a training programme to upskill its own employees, for example, it has extended this to its suppliers.  This includes expanding its ‘Advanced Skills Accreditation Scheme’ to its suppliers to allow their employees to access MSc level training modules at leading UK universities.

The company also encourages more talented young people to aspire to careers in engineering and manufacturing, engaging with more than 320,000 every year through a range of education initiatives to inspire the next generation of engineers.

About the Automotive Council:

The United Kingdom Automotive Council was established in December 2009. It is a joint UK government-industry organisation that is tasked with establishing the UK automotive sector as a world leader.

The Automotive Council aims to:

  • Create a transformed business environment for the automotive industry in the UK to provide a more compelling investment proposition for related industries;
  • Develop further the technology roadmaps for low carbon vehicles and fuels, and exploit opportunities to promote the UK as a strong candidate to develop these and other technologies;
  • Develop a stronger and more competitive automotive supply chain;
  • Provide a stronger public voice for the industry to support the value of the industry to the UK and to global partners;
  • Ensure a strategic, continuous conversation between Government and the automotive industry in the UK.

 

2015-01-20

JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S ‘BIKE SENSE’ RESEARCH WILL TAP DRIVERS ON THE SHOULDER TO PREVENT CYCLING ACCIDENTS

  • Jaguar Land Rover reveals its ‘Bike Sense’ research, which will tap the driver on the shoulder and ring a bicycle bell inside the carto help prevent accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes
  • With nearly 19,000 cyclists killed or injured on UK roads every year, Jaguar Land Rover researchers are identifying the best warning colours and sounds that will trigger an instinctive response from the driver to prevent accidents
  • Door handles will ‘buzz’ the driver’s hand to prevent doors being opened into the path of bikes
  • The accelerator pedal will vibrate if moving the car would cause an accident
  • ‘Bike Sense’ is a concept technology that is being developed at Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Research Centre in the UK

Whitley, UK:Jaguar Land Rover is developing a range of new technologies that would use colours, sounds and touch inside the car to alert drivers to potential hazards and prevent accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes.

Sensors on the car will detect when another road user is approaching and identify it as bicycle or motorbike. Bike Sense will then make the driver aware of the potential hazard before the driver sees it.

But rather than using a generic warning icon or sound, which takes time for the driver’s brain to process, Bike Sense uses lights and sounds that the driver will instinctively associate with the potential danger.

To help the driver understand where the bike is in relation to their car, the audio system will make it sound as if a bicycle bell or motorbike horn is coming through the speaker nearest the bike, so the driver immediately understands the direction the cyclist is coming from.

If a bicycle or motorbike is coming up the road behind the car, Bike Sense will detect if it is overtaking or coming past the vehicle on the inside, and the top of the car seat will extend to ‘tap’ the driver on the left or right shoulder. The idea is that the driver will then instinctively look over that shoulder to identify the potential hazard.

As the cyclist gets closer to the car, a matrix of LED lights on the window sills, dashboard and windscreen pillars will glow amber and then red as the bike approaches. The movement of these red and amber lights across these surfaces will also highlight the direction the bike is taking.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Human beings have developed an instinctive awareness of danger over thousands of years. Certain colours like red and yellow will trigger an immediate response, while everyone recognises the sound of a bicycle bell.

“Bike Sense takes us beyond the current technologies of hazard indicators and icons in wing mirrors, to optimising the location of light, sound and touch to enhance this intuition. This creates warnings that allow a faster cognitive reaction as they engage the brain’s instinctive responses. If you see the dashboard glowing red in your peripheral vision, you will be drawn to it and understand straight away that another road user is approaching that part of your vehicle.”

If a group of cyclists, motorbikes or pedestrians were moving around the car on a busy urban street, the system would intelligently prioritise the nearest hazards so the driver would not be overwhelmed or distracted with light or sound.

Bike Sense would also be able to identify hazards that the driver cannot see. If a pedestrian or cyclist is crossing the road, and they are obscured by a stationary vehicle for example, the car’s sensors will detect this and draw the driver’s attention to the hazard using directional light and sound.

If the driver ignores the warnings and presses the accelerator, Bike Sense will make the accelerator pedal vibrate or feel stiff, so the driver instinctively knows not to move the car forwards until the hazard has been avoided.

Bike Sense will also help prevent vehicle doors being opened into the path of bikes when the vehicle is parked. Bike Sense would warn all passengers of an approaching cyclist, motorbike or car through sound and light inside the vehicle. If any passenger continues to open the door, the door handle will light up, vibrate and buzz to alert them to the danger.

“By engaging the instincts, Bike Sense has the potential to bridge the gap between the safety and hazard detection systems in the car and the driver and their passengers,” added Dr Epple. “This could reduce the risk of accidents with all road users by increasing the speed of response and ensuring the correct action is taken to prevent an accident happening.”

 

2015-01-15

JAGUAR LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES 1,300 NEW UK JOBS TO ACCELERATE LEADERSHIP IN LIGHTWEIGHT VEHICLE MANUFACTURING

  • 1,300 new jobs created with further development of lightweight vehicle technologies.
  • Breakthrough Jaguar performance crossover to be built at world-leading Solihull plant.
  • UK’s leading manufacturing investor set to extend expertise in aluminium as second Jaguar model comes to ‘factory within a factory’.

Detroit, USA:Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create 1,300 new jobs as it continues to accelerate its industry-leading expertise in aluminium and lightweight technologies. The news comes following confirmation that the UK’s largest manufacturing investor will add a further new Jaguar model to its product portfolio. The Jaguar performance crossover, set to go on sale in 2016, follows the Jaguar XE into the new facilities within the world-renowned Solihull plant.

This latest announcement from the Detroit auto show will see Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull manufacturing plant continue to develop its world-class capability in aluminium vehicle construction for which the company is synonymous. It also marks the start of an incredible year for the British manufacturer who will deliver 12 significant product actions in the next 12 months alone.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth said: “Today’s announcements once again demonstrate our commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high skilled, manufacturing-led economy.

“Jaguar Land Rover is committed to delivering more great products. It is that innovation and relentless quest for new technologies that sets our products apart. We want to offer customers greater choice, with even more exciting vehicles, crafted with that special British flair. We want to improve the quality of life for our customers and for our own employees, creating opportunities for more people to be part of the Jaguar Land Rover experience.”

To support the introduction of its new aluminium and lightweight technologies Jaguar Land Rover has already invested £1.5bn. The new facilities represent the largest single investment in the Solihull plant in its 70 year history and created an impressive ‘factory within a factory’. Incorporating Europe’s largest aluminium body shop and final assembly hall – collectively the size of 22 football pitches, the new state-of-the-art facilities bring the Jaguar brand to Solihull for the first time, and continues to showcase the company’s pioneering leadership in aluminium vehicle construction which dates back to 2003 with the introduction of the seventh generation Jaguar XJ.

As a result of the continued developments at Solihull, Jaguar Land Rover is creating an additional 1,300 new jobs at the site. Applications for the new roles are now being accepted and following its commitment to enhancing employment opportunities for former service personnel in the wake of the Invictus Games, Jaguar Land Rover is welcoming applications from military personnel who are leaving or have left the services.

The expansion of the Solihull site is the outward expression of the continued drive to reinvigorate every aspect of the company. Today, the plant builds world-renowned vehicles such as the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery and is home to the iconic Defender. Most recently, the site has welcomed the first Jaguar in its history, with the introduction of the new Jaguar XE, which begins production in the Spring.

Jaguar Land Rover continues on its path of measured and sustainable growth with record full year retail sales in 2014 of 462,678, double that of 2008. A 2014/15 fiscal year investment of £3.75bn in product creation has seen the introduction of a host of new and exciting products and business expansion. The company’s headcount has increased to 32,000, 10,000 more than were employed just four years ago.

  • Jaguar Land Rover is a strong, healthy and vibrant company, well positioned strategically and financially for sustainable growth.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is over-proportionally investing; the company will spend £3.5 – £3.7 billion on new product creation and capital expenditure in its financial year ending 31st March 2015 and has invested a total of over £10 billion in the last five years.
  • The company plans 50 product actions over the next five years, of which twelve will be in 2015 alone.
  • Jaguar Land Rover’s products are in high demand around the globe.  Its sales have more than doubled since 2009:   in 2014 the company retailed 462,678 vehicles, a nine per cent increase on 2013.
  • Jaguar Land Rover’s turnover has almost trebled to £19.4 billion in its financial year ending 31st March 2014, with a Profit Before Tax of £2.5 billion.
  • The company’s headcount has doubled over the past few years to more than 32,000 globally, of which 30,500 are in the UK.
  • The 1,300 jobs announced for Solihull today are in addition to the 1,700 created in 2013 for the introduction of the Jaguar XE.
  • The workforce at Solihull has nearly doubled over the past three years, with 9,450 currently employed there.
  • Last year, Jaguar Land Rover opened its Engine Manufacturing Centre at Wolverhampton, UK, a £500 million investment, which will employ 1,400 when operating at full capacity.
  • The breakthrough Jaguar performance crossover will be manufactured at the world-renowned Solihull plant.  The Jaguar XE, the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery and Defender are also built at this facility.
  • The Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant.
  • The Jaguar F-TYPE, XF and XJ are built at Castle Bromwich.
  • In 2014 Jaguar Land Rover opened its first ever overseas manufacturing facility in Changshu, China and started construction of its second, in Brazil.

 

2015-01-12

JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS STRONG FULL YEAR SALES FOR 2014

  • Jaguar Land Rover delivers solid full year global sales retailing 462,678 vehicles in 2014, up 9%
  • Jaguar delivers strongest full year performance in nearly a decade retailing 81,570 vehicles, up 6%
  • Land Rover retails in high demand: 381,108 in 2014, up 9%
  • Sales up across all key regions
  • Global sales driven by award winning product portfolio

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles has achieved solid sales performance in 2014, retailing 462,678 vehicles, up 9% versus prior year. This is the company’s 5th successive year of growth in sales.

Commenting on the full year performance Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director, said“Jaguar Land Rover has once again outperformed prior year performance, with retails up across all of our key regions.  With 12 significant new product actions planned for 2015 and the introduction of the new Jaguar XE and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, we anticipate retailing over half a million vehicles for the first time in the company’s history.

“2014 has been a year of significant achievements for Jaguar Land Rover, recognised by more than 100 international awards. We aim to make 2015 even better, by creating ever more exciting cars that deliver great customer experiences.”

Jaguar Land Rover’s global performance for the full year 2014 shows a balanced portfolio with sales up across all key regions: 122,010 in the China Region, up 28%; 96,505 for Overseas, up 1%; 86,310 in Europe, up 3%; 82,872 in the UK, up 7% and 74,981 in North America, up 2%.

Land Rover had its best ever year with sales reaching 381,108, up 9% year-on-year. The company sold more Range Rovers, Range Rover Sports and Range Rover Evoques in 2014 than ever before, on the back of continued strong customer demand.

Jaguar sales were up 6% for the year, retailing 81,570 vehicles. The F-TYPE, which has just completed its first full year of sales, continues to raise brand awareness around the world. The XF consistently drives Jaguar volumes and in 2014 has recorded its best year of sales to date. This is Jaguar’s strongest full year performance in nearly a decade.

Jaguar Land Rover has collected over 100 international awards and honoursin 2014 for its products and for many other areas of the business. Heading the list is a prestigious 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, reflecting sustained success with global exports to over 170 countries. The official citation recognised Jaguar Land Rover’s “outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years”.

It has also been a historic year for manufacturing, with the business expanding from three plants to five. Jaguar Land Rover opened its first ever overseas manufacturing plant, in China, as well as a new Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands. This facility, together with major recent investment and increased headcount at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull, underlines Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to the UK.

Jaguar Land Rover:

  • Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for sustainable growth and profitability.
  • In 2013, Jaguar Land Rover sold 425,006 vehicles, up 19%. Of that, Jaguar sold 76,668 vehicles and Land Rover sold 348,338 vehicles.
  • Jaguar Land Rover will invest in the region of £3.5 to £3.7bn in its products and facilities in the financial year to March 2015.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s largest exporters and generates in the region of 85% of its revenue from exports.
  • Strong performers in 2014 were Australia retailing 11,273 vehicles, up 19% and Korea retailing 6,677 up 33%. Both markets have outperformed any preceding year.

 

2015-01-11

JAGUAR F-PACE: AN ALL-NEW PERFORMANCE CROSSOVER TO JOIN LINE-UP IN 2016

  • Jaguar announces F-PACE – the production version of the breakthrough C-X17 concept car
  • A highly-efficient five-seat performance crossover underpinned by Jaguar’s innovative aluminium-intensive architecture and advanced suspension system
  • All-weather, all-surface confidence and safety to be delivered by instinctive all-wheel drive and Jaguar’s revolutionary All-Surface Progress Control technology
  • The Jaguar F-PACE will deliver an unrivalled blend of performance, style and practicality

11 January 2015:Jaguar has today confirmed it will introduce an all-new model to the Jaguar line-up, to go on-sale in 2016, named the Jaguar F-PACE.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, commented: “We received such an overwhelmingly positive response to the C-X17 concept car last year that we just had to make it a reality.

“The Jaguar F-PACE, inspired by the F-TYPE, represents a perfectly judged balance of performance, style and practicality. It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-PACE is our family sports car.”

The Jaguar F-PACE couples class-leading interior space and exceptional on-road dynamics with five-seat usability to produce a true performance crossover.  It will encapsulate everything that Jaguar stands for: beautiful design, precise handling, a supple ride, luxurious interior finishes and cutting-edge technology.

Speaking in Detroit, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director, said: “In 2015 we will celebrate Jaguar’s 80th year. We have started it by announcing our first performance crossover which we consider to be the ultimate practical sports car – a car that builds on the marque’s founding ideals of Grace, Pace and Space to become one of the most innovative Jaguars we’ve ever developed. The F-PACE has now begun its engineering and development testing programme ahead of the new model going on sale in 2016.”

The F-PACE will be manufactured in Solihull, UK.

Further details of Jaguar’s all-new F-PACE will be revealed later this year – #FPACE

 

2015-01-08

SIR DAVID BRAILSFORD REVIEWS HOW THE JAGUAR XE IS REDEFINING SPORTS SALOONS

Whitley, Coventry – 08 January 2014:  In the first of a new series of short films created to explore the engineering attributes of the new Jaguar XE, the man responsible for developing world-beating technical strategies for cycling’s Team GB and Team Sky is presented with an XE for a performance review.  Sir David Brailsford casts his expert eye over the new Jaguar XE  sports saloon, and offers insight into how Jaguar’s most aerodynamically efficient car ever will be as rewarding to drive as it is revolutionary in concept.

Sir David Brailsford said: “By looking for every last possible improvement on every single element, Jaguar’s engineers are able to deliver world class performance. As an innovation partner of Team Sky, it is really encouraging to see Jaguar sharing our philosophy and achieving a great result.”

Sir David Brailsford is renowned for introducing a philosophy to cycling which has seen his winning teams achieve ‘marginal gains’ in all areas of competition preparation.  The new Jaguar XE is new from the ground up, which gave its designers and engineers the opportunity to focus on every aspect of its technical specification in minute detail.

The XE features a lightweight aluminium-intensive body and chassis architecture, a range of new 2.0-litre, four cylinder Ingenium diesel engines which produce high performance with optimum efficiency, and advanced in-car and safety technologies in a product specification created to set a new benchmark in the highly competitive mid-size premium segment of the car market.

In this new film, which may be viewed and shared by visiting: jaguar.com/jaguar-range/xe/experience-xe/extreme.html Sir David Brailsford meets with Jaguar engineer Jon Darlington to discuss the technical strategy for the XE, and to experience Jaguar’s new sports saloon in action.

Jon Darlington said: “Our engineering team has produced a cutting-edge product with the Jaguar XE by introducing aluminium-intensive architecture and all-new Ingenium engines. By adopting similar design principles to Team Sky, we made even more improvements. This optimum combination makes the XE compact, light and stiff – essential elements in achieving brilliant dynamic performance. It is also the most efficient and aerodynamic Jaguar ever.”

 

2015-01-07

JAGUAR LAND ROVER, INTEL AND SEEING MACHINES SHOWCASE INNOVATIVE DRIVER ATTENTION-MONITORING SYSTEM AT CES

  • Seeing Machines demonstrates its cutting-edge Driver Monitor System (DMS) in a Jaguar F-Type prototype on the Intel stand
  • The system tracks the driver’s eyes and alerts the driver when they aren’t looking at the road even if they are wearing sunglasses
  • DMS could be used to alert the driver to hazards earlier, or even enhance the settings of on-board safety systems, to reflect the driver’s lack of attention

LAS VEGAS – Jaguar Land Rover is working with Intel and Seeing Machines to develop sensing technology that monitors the driver’s face and eyes to reduce distracted and drowsy driving.

Seeing Machines is a world leader in the development of computer vision related technologies that help machines understand people by tracking and interpreting human faces and eyes.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Seeing Machines is demonstrating its Driver Monitor System (DMS) in a Jaguar F-Type prototype developed jointly with Intel at Jaguar Land Rover’s new R&D facility in Portland, Oregon.

DMS uses attention-monitoring sensors in the dashboard to detect eye and facial movements so it can identify if the driver has become inattentive, either due to drowsiness or distraction. It is so sophisticated it can understand the state of the driver in real world conditions, including bright sunlight and if the driver is wearing glasses or sunglasses.

Nick Langdale-Smith, Vice President, Seeing Machines, said: “The algorithm we have developed for DMS has the potential to seamlessly enable a host of safety and autonomous driving features and reduce the potential for accidents caused by the driver not paying attention. DMS is unique because it is the only driver monitoring system that can achieve this even if the driver is wearing shades, or in full sunshine.”

To deliver the processing power required by the DMS system, Seeing Machines asked Intel to install hardware in the F-Type prototype based on its newest Intel® Core™ i7 chips.

Eliott Garbus, vice president of transportation solutions at Intel said: “By choosing Intel chips to power their compute intensive technology Seeing Machines will be able to offer automakers like Jaguar Land Rover an enhanced experience for their customers in the future.”

Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director, said: “The attention-monitoring technology we are showcasing at CES has huge potential for road safety. If the driver’s gaze moves towards the infotainment screen or out of a side window, and the car identifies this, then the system could alert the driver to hazards earlier. DMS could even enhance settings in safety systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking, to reflect the driver’s lack of attention. As the car drives up to a hazard, the brakes could engage autonomously sooner because the car realises the driver has not seen the danger ahead.”

DMS could also help the car share information with the driver more effectively. Jaguar Land Rover is currently researching a next-generation heads-up display that could utilise the full width of the windscreen. The idea is to present the right information to the driver at the right time, without having to take their eyes off the road.

“Whether we are projecting a transparent view of the bonnet, or helping the driver to navigate by following a ghost car, it would be very useful to understand exactly when the driver’s eyes aren’t actually looking at the windscreen to see this information, so it can be repeated or shared in a different way,” added Dr Ziebart.

 

2014-12-31

BRITAIN’S GREATEST TEST DRIVER NORMAN DEWIS RECEIVES OBE IN HER MAJESTY’S NEW YEAR HONOURS

  • Living legend former Jaguar test driver and works racer Norman Dewis receives an OBE in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List
  • Norman Dewis OBE enjoyed a 33-year career at Jaguar and is widely regarded as Britain’s greatest test driver
  • Dewis developed many of Jaguar’s most famous models, including the Le Mans-winning D-type and influential E-type
  • Dewis also set a land speed record for Jaguar and competed in many races for the marque during the 1950s
  • At 94 years old, Dewis still retains a close relationship with Jaguar, acting as a global ambassador and a familiar face at many key motoring events around the world today

(Whitley, Coventry – December 31st 2014). In a career spanning 33 years of testing and developing many seminal and celebrated Jaguar cars, the exceptional achievements of legendary 94-year-old former test driver Norman Dewis have been recognised and rewarded in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List, with Norman receiving the award of an Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Norman Dewis OBE developed no less than 25 significant Jaguar cars and is widely regarded as Britain’s greatest test driver. His automotive CV is remarkable: he developed the multiple Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type racing cars, the pioneering XK 140 and 150 sports cars, the classic 2.4/3.4 and Mk II saloons, plus the Mk VII and Mk VIIM models, the legendary E-type (including the Lightweight E-type), the XJ13 mid-engined prototype, the world-class XJ saloons, the XJ-S and the ‘XJ40’ models.

Dewis was also co-driver to the British racing hero Sir Stirling Moss in a C-type in the 1952 Mille Miglia and, in 1953, set a 172.412 mph production car speed record in a modified Jaguar XK 120 on a closed section of the Jabbeke highway, Belgium. He also drove a 190 mph works D-type in the dramatic 1955 Le Mans 24hr race and competed in the famous Goodwood Nine Hours in the 1950s.

At 94 years old, Dewis is one of the last living links to the golden era of the British motor Industry; those post-World War II years when Jaguar rebuilt itself into a champion sports car maker.

During his 33 year career, Dewis completed more than a million test miles at an average speed of 100 mph-plus and survived high-speed crashes in the days before seatbelts, without ever breaking a single bone. He also played a vital role in developing the revolutionary Dunlop disc brake.

During 2014, Dewis spearheaded Jaguar’s 60th anniversary celebrations for the race-winning D-type. Wherever Jaguar was during the year, Norman was present too, chatting with fans and friends, wearing his distinctive bootlace tie and cowboy boots. At the 2014 Goodwood Revival, Dewis drove one of the D-types, his speed illustrating that he hadn’t lost his touch behind the wheel.

Of all the cars he worked on, Dewis considers the D-type to be the best. “I got that car up to 192 mph on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans,” he says. “Well, I had to pass [Karl] Kling in the Mercedes.” Jaguar’s star driver at the time, Mike Hawthorn, had such faith in Dewis that when he was asked to attend a test session and saw that Dewis was already there, asked the team manager: “Why am I here? If Norman’s satisfied with it, I’m satisfied.”

Dewis is working with Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations’ newly established Jaguar Heritage Business organisation to help showcase its capabilities and vision.  He is supporting the opening of the new Heritage workshop at Browns Lane, the extensive classic Jaguar parts offering, the launch of the new Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience in Warwickshire, and the brand-new Lightweight E-type, which he helped develop originally in the early 1960s.

John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, and Chairman of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, said: “Jaguar owes a huge debt to Norman Dewis. His incredible skills have resulted in some of the finest cars this company has ever made – whether they were designed for the road or the racing circuit. The Norman Dewis of today is the same quietly confident and modest man of the 1950s – he remains a world-class Jaguar ambassador. It is fantastic to see his contribution to Jaguar, and to British engineering, recognised in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List, with the award of an OBE.”

 

2014-12-15

JAGUAR LAND ROVER DEVELOPS TRANSPARENT PILLAR AND ‘FOLLOW-ME’ GHOST CAR NAVIGATION RESEARCH

  • Jaguar Land Rover reveals its ‘360 Virtual Urban Windscreen’ research, which uses transparent roof pillars to give the driver a 360o view outside the car
  • To aid navigation on busy urban roads, a ghost car could be projected in front of the car for the driver to follow
  • The concept uses future Heads-Up Display technology to provide information to keep the driver’s eyes on the road and reduce distraction
  • ‘360 Virtual Urban Windscreen’ and ‘Follow-Me Ghost CarNavigation’ are part of a suite of new concept technologies that Jaguar Land Rover is developing to reduce the potential for accidents

Whitley, UK:Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop technologies that will offer drivers a 360o view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof.

A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a live video feed from cameras covering the angles outside the car usually obscured in the blind spots created by the A, B and C-pillars.

Pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles would be visible all around the car – and by combining the transparent pillars with an advanced high quality Heads-Up display, the movement of other road users could be highlighted to the driver with an on-screen halo moving across the car’s virtual windscreen.

When the driver indicates to change direction, when they move their head to look over their shoulder during an overtake manoeuvre, or as the vehicle approaches a junction, the system would automatically make the left or right-hand side pillars transparent.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our ultimate aim is to reduce road accidents and enhance the urban driving experience. The Jaguar Land Rover research team is developing this technology to improve visibility and to give the driver with the right information at the right time. If we can keep the driver’s eyes on the road ahead and present information in a non-distracting way, we can help drivers make better decisions in the most demanding and congested driving environments.”

The full potential for the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen would be delivered by connecting the virtual windscreen to the Cloud. By connecting the car to roadside infrastructure and businesses in the urban landscape, the Virtual Urban Windscreen could present information ranging from petrol station prices to the number of parking spaces available, so drivers won’t have to look for this information themselves.

The connected car could also enhance navigation by advising the driver to turn left or right at more visible landmarks, such as pubs or shops, rather than just road signs or street names.

While the most intuitive and efficient way to navigate to a specific location is to be able to follow someone who knows the best route – so the Jaguar Land Rover team is developing ‘Follow-MeGhost Car Navigation’,which projects an image of a vehicle in front of the driver’s car for them to follow, turn by turn, to their destination.

“Driving on city streets can be a stressful experience, but imagine being able to drive across town without having to look at road signs, or be distracted trying to locate a parking space as you drive by,” added Dr Epple. “We want to present all of this information on a Heads-Up Display in the driver’s eye-line, so the driver doesn’t have to seek it out for themselves and take their eyes off the road ahead.”

 

2014-12-09

PINARELLO, JAGUAR AND TEAM SKY WIN GOLD AT THE 2014 LONDON DESIGN AWARDS

(London, Dec 9, 2014) Pinarello, Jaguar and Team Sky have won Gold in the Product Design, Sport and Active life category at this year’s prestigious London Design Awards. This award recognises and celebrates work from both those who commission design and those who create it.

Pinarello, Jaguar, and Team Sky successfully collaborated earlier this year to launch the Pinarello Dogma F8 bicycle. The Italian bike manufacturer, British luxury and sports car brand, and world class professional road cycling team combined their innovative design, industry-leading engineering and racing credentials in creation of the Dogma F8, which subsequently was ridden throughout the competitive cycling season by Team Sky.

Pinarello CEO Fausto Pinarello said: This award is confirmation that the Pinarello Dogma F8 is the best bike in the world. We always look for ways to improve our bikes and the ability to bring new technology to our award-winning Dogma range using Jaguar’s cutting-edge aerodynamics capability and Team Sky’s world renowned race expertise was something very exciting for Pinarello.”

Mark Cameron, Global Brand Experience Director for Jaguar Land Rover added: “It’s a huge accolade for Jaguar to receive this award in only our first year as Innovation Partner to Team Sky. It’s richly deserved recognition for our design and engineering team, who helped develop this ground-breaking bike that delivers exceptional performance and style on the road.”

Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Team Principal said: “This collaboration included the world’s best bike manufacturer, a world leading automotive brand and the world’s most innovative cycling team to produce something stunning. A performance gain of above 6% in one year’s development is extremely impressive. I’ve never seen, or been involved in anything like this.”

With shared values of high performance, innovation and technology, Jaguar became an ‘Innovation Partner’ to Team Sky in 2014, aiming to enhance the team’s performances by integrating their design and engineering resources to develop new products to train and race with.

Carsten Jeppesen, Team Sky Head of Technical Operations & Commercial said: “Our partnership with Jaguar is unique for the cycling industry. The access we have to their industry leading design & engineering expertise, as well as their computational fluid dynamics capability and wind tunnel facility has made a big difference. Jaguar’s award-winning product development continues to strengthen our performances, both on and off the road, so the value they bring to the team is significant and goes beyond most commercial partnerships.”

 

2014-12-09

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S NEW GLOBAL FLEET STRATEGY

  • Jaguar Land Rover announces new global fleet and business sales strategy to meet and exceed the needs of large fleets and company car drivers
  • Major global investment made in fleet and business from retailer networks to on-the-ground business sales staff to digital marketing
  • Enhancements to compliment business-friendly product portfolio led by new Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • New Jaguar XE fleet highlights include 163PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine offering up to 75mpg and 99g/km of CO2
  • From UK launch in May, new Jaguar XE will offer business drivers the lowest total cost of ownership in the premium C-segment
  • According to CAP, Jaguar XE will retain 45 per cent RV after 3yrs/30,000 miles
  • New Discovery Sport launches in January – the most efficient production Land Rover ever
  • By 2020, Jaguar Land Rover estimates that up to 25 per cent of its total global sales will be to the fleet and business sector

Solihull, UK, Tuesday 9th December 2014– With two of its most important new models ever arriving in 2015, Jaguar Land Rover announces an enhanced global fleet and business sales strategy, which will maximise sales in established markets, exploit opportunities in emerging markets and play a critical role in helping Jaguar Land Rover achieve a significant increase in fleet sales by 2020.

At the heart of this enhanced approach are the Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery Sport – the most business-friendly models ever to be launched by Jaguar and Land Rover. Entering new segments in 2015, these two models will put Jaguar Land Rover onto more fleet and business choice lists than ever thanks to their dynamic design, class-leading technology and low ownership costs.

Together with this investment in product is an investment in Jaguar Land Rover’s global fleet and business presence. The global Jaguar Land Rover retailer network is intended to grow from 2,600 across 180 countries at present to over 3,300 by 2020, while specialist fleet and business centres will account for 20 to 25 per cent of total volume. Mirroring this will be a joint portfolio fleet and business sales approach, with corporate sales teams visiting clients as one collective brand, offering both Jaguar and Land Rover products. In line with this commitment Jaguar Land Rover aims to increase global fleet sales from 16 per cent to circa 25 per cent of total volume.

At the same time as improving the way it does face-to-face business, Jaguar Land Rover has invested in its digital marketing with a new international fleet and business website (http://www.fleet-business.jaguarlandrover.com) designed to channel customers in the most efficient manner possible. Jaguar Land Rover has also invested heavily in engaging with business customers on international networking social media site, LinkedIn.

This investment in retailers, corporate sales staff and digital infrastructure will see the proportion of global sales from fleet and business increase from 17 per cent to around 25 per cent by 2020, while the XE will be Jaguar Land Rover’s biggest global fleet and business seller.

Ken Forbes, Jaguar Land Rover global fleet and business sales director, commented:
This is the biggest, most important global fleet and business strategy we have ever implemented. It is crucial in order for JLR to grow, as it will see us build on the incredible renaissance of the last six years, most of which has been focused on retail sales. The new Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery Sport further balance our product portfolio – and they will drive our global fleet and business sales across the world.

“We certainly won’t be applying a one-size-fits-all strategy to our markets, though. We will plant the best parts of our fleet sales business approach across markets. We have the expertise and the product to get it right.”

In the UK, the new Jaguar XE is expected to significantly increase Jaguar’s volume in a full twelve-month sales period. Some 45 per cent of XE sales will come from the fleet and business sector, which has resulted in significant investment in Jaguar Land Rover’s UK corporate sales structure. Now working across the Jaguar and Land Rover brands are four senior-level managers at head office, while the UK field-based sales team has grown from 16 to 22, implementing a new direct sales approach that will meet and exceed the needs of large fleets.

What’s more, the retailer network has also benefitted from significant investment with a new structure put in place that will serve the needs of SMEs and user choosers. Some 25 local fleet and business teams, selected based on their desire and opportunity to serve local businesses, have been appointed who will sell 80-100 cars locally. This dedicated retailer-based team will mean that small businesses and user choosers – who are often neglected by manufacturers – find they are treated in just the same way as retail customers.

The best-selling fleet and business model is set to be the XE 2.0d StopStart EU6 R-Sport Auto, anticipated to account for the majority of XE fleet and business sales. Not only will it offer business drivers the lowest total cost of ownership in the premium c-segment, it will retain an RV of 45 per cent after 3yrs/30,000 miles according to CAP. Jaguar Land Rover is committed to maintaining strong residual values for the long-term with very careful management of its fleet and business sales mix. Some 80 per cent of XE fleet sales will go to long-term business deals such as those with blue-chip companies and user-choosers.

Chris Newitt, Jaguar Land Rover UK sales director, explained:

“We will make sure that the short-term business for XE and Discovery Sport never goes above 20 per cent of the next year’s volume. We will not chase volume with our fleet and business sales. Jaguar Land Rover is about special products, cars that offer unique British essence giving customers something truly different.

“The contract hire and leasing market is now very wary indeed of premium manufacturers overpushing volumes and damaging RVs as a result. We are committed to exclusivity – and will bring stability as a result.” 

Further peace of mind for fleets comes in the form of two fixed price service plans for the XE. For those who cover 10,000 miles a year, the plan will cost just £475, while for higher mileage drivers who cover 75,000 miles over five years, the plan will rise to just £675. Further attractions for fleet and business customers are satnav available as standard and an intuitive new InControl Infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen.

Both the XE and Land Rover Discovery Sport have been designed and developed with Jaguar Land Rover’s global fleet and business team involved from the start. When it goes on sale in January, the Discovery Sport will be the most efficient production Land Rover ever, with competitive residual values and outstanding versatility for fleets thanks to a seven-seater option. Later in 2015, it will be available in 2WD eD4 form with CO2 emissions of 119g/km.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director said:

“The new Jaguar XE and the Land Rover Discovery Sport are the right products at the right time. Fleet and business drivers are desperate for some new life to be breathed into the market. With their brand appeal, driving dynamics, incredible efficiency and focus on technology, the Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery Sport will appear on more company car choice lists than ever before.

“These new products are supported by an enhanced new fleet and business sales structure that will see the needs of large fleets and user choosers not just met but exceeded. Factor in class-leading cost of ownership with our commitment to protecting residual values for the long-term and we believe Jaguar Land Rover has the formula for success for business drivers.” 

 

2014-12-09

JAGUAR XE TO OFFER INDUSTRY-BEATING RESIDUAL VALUES & COST OF OWNERSHIP TO FLEET BUYERS

  • Jaguar XE offers lowest cost of ownership of any premium model over three years or 60,000 miles
  • Residual values confirmed among strongest in class, according to CAP, Kee Resources and CDL
  • XE 2.0D 163 PS Manual produces just 99g/km CO2 XE and offers lowest Vehicle Excise Duty and Benefit In Kind rates

 (Whitley, 09 December 2014)The Jaguar XE won’t just offer class-leading driving dynamics and drop-dead good looks when it arrives in showrooms next year, it will also offer the lowest cost of ownership of any of its premium rivals*.

Industry valuation companies CAP, Kee Resources and CDL agree that the Jaguar XE will offer stronger residual values than equivalent BMW 3 Series models. In fact, the latest figures show that the majority of leading valuation companies predicts the XE will have stronger residual values than all of its premium rivals**.

Over three years or 30,000 miles, CAP predicts that the XE will retain 45% per cent of its value, placing it ahead of rival models from BMW and Audi.  Against the same competitor set, Kee Resources and CDL rate XE as best in class ahead of Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

Thanks to the ultra-low 99g/km CO2 emissions produced by the XE’s all-new 2.0-litre 163PS Ingenium diesel engine, the XE also has lower Vehicle Excise Duty and Benefit In Kind rate than the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and Audi A5 as well as better fuel economy.

That, along with affordable servicing, maintenance and repair costs; a low insurance group rating; and, of course, class-leading residual values means that the XE will save customers thousands of pounds in ownership costs compared to the established competition.  According to Kee Resources total cost of ownership saving over 3 years 36,000 miles vs. nearest rival is £2,215 before further benefit in kind savings.

Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director Jeremy Hicks said: “People expect Jaguars to feel luxurious, look superb and drive brilliantly, but many wouldn’t necessarily expect a Jaguar to be affordable – but we’ve worked hard to ensure the XE is just that. An enormous amount of effort has gone into developing everything from the new efficient Ingenium engines to the superb value-for-money service plans.

“The fact that valuation companies rank XE as having some of the strongest residual values in class is the icing on the cake. This is a car that appeals to the head just as much as the heart.”

 

2014-12-03

‘UK AUTODRIVE’ CONSORTIUM WINS COMPETITION TO DEVELOP £MULTI-MILLION PROJECT TO INTEGRATE DRIVERLESS CARS INTO EVERYDAY LIFE

  • Research team to test public reaction to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles around Milton Keynes and Coventry
  • Real-world testing on public roads will developin-car, car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure technologies that will support autonomous driving and the development of new technologies on a semi-autonomous Range Rover research vehicle
  • Studies will help develop new legal and insurance protocols to make driverless mobility a safe and viable reality

Innovate UK has announced that ‘UK Autodrive’, a consortium of forward thinking local authorities, the UK’s leading technology and automotive businesses and academic institutions, has won the UK Government’s £10m ‘Introducing Driverless Cars’ competition.

The aim of the project is to establish the UK as a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicle technologies and to integrate driverless vehicles into existing urban environments by trialling them in two major UK cities. Not only will the programme help develop the new protocols and connected infrastructure required to deliver future autonomous mobility, it will allow the UK Autodrive team to test public reaction to both driverless cars and self-driving pods.

The funding provided by Innovate UK will be matched by the 12 consortium members to create a £19.2m three year project which will be led by design and engineering consultants Arup. UK Autodrive will deliver a programme of feasibility studies and practical demonstrations in Milton Keynes and Coventry, where the city councils are taking the lead in developing the urban infrastructure technologies required to support driverless mobility.

The feasibility studies will consider the significant implications and challenges of introducing autonomous vehicles from a technical, social and economic perspective.  The studies will provide insights for vehicle manufacturers, cities, commercial operators, legislators and insurers to develop the legal framework for the roll-out of autonomous mobility.

On-road testing will include the real-world evaluation of passenger cars with increasing levels of autonomy, as well as the development and evaluation of lightweight fully autonomous self-driving pods designed for pedestrianised spaces.

Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive Project Director, Arup, said: “The UK Autodrive consortium brings together world-class expertise that will help the UK position itself as a leader in the development and adoption of autonomous driving technologies.”

“As well as developing and testing the in-car, car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure technologies that will be required to drive cars autonomously on our roads in the future, the project will also place great emphasis on the role and perceptions of drivers, pedestrians and other road users. The Low-Speed Autonomous Transport System (L-SATS) will provide the first commercial scale demonstration of a solution for last-mile urban mobility which will have global significance.

“Our plan with the practical demonstration phases is to start testing with single vehicles on closed roads, and to build up to a point where all road users, as well as legislators, the police and insurance companies, are confident about how driverless pods and fully and partially autonomous cars can operate safely on UK roads.”

The partners in the ‘UK Autodrive’ consortium are Arup, Milton Keynes Council, Coventry Council, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, RDM Group, MIRA, Thales (UK), Oxbotica, AXA, international law firm Wragge-Lawrence-Graham, the Transport Systems Catapult, the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and the Open University.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “To successfully introduce driverless cars, we actually need to focus on the driver, as well as pedestrians and other road users. So we are researching the Human Machine Interface in cars and self-driving pods to ensure all road users understand, accept and support these new and exciting technologies. We need to give everyone the confidence that a car or pod driving around with little or no human input is a safe, viable and rewarding experience.

“The new advanced driver assistance technologies we are working on will ensure the excitement and enjoyment of driving will not be taken away. While the car will be able to drive itself if the driver chooses, our aim is to assist and enhance the driver – and ultimately offer levels of autonomy to suit the driver’s mood or needs on and off-road. Our vision is to offer a seamless choice of an engaged or autonomous drive.”

Jaguar Land Rover is involved in two key elements of the ‘UK AutoDrive’ project:

Firstly, Jaguar Land Rover will develop and test new Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) technologies on a semi-autonomous Range Rover research vehicle in real-world driving environments on the road in Milton Keynes and Coventry. The aim is not full autonomy, but a passenger car that is capable of being autonomous for part of the time.

Secondly, ‘UK AutoDrive’ will develop and evaluate lightweight self-driving pods designed for pedestrianised spaces. Jaguar Land Rover‘s researchers will develop the Human Machine Interface (HMI) strategy and lead the real-world trials of these technologies in these pods.

 

Innovate UK is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to fund, support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth. Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board.

 

2014-12-01

JAGUAR IS A DOUBLE WINNER AT SCOTTISH CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014

  • Jaguar F-TYPE wins best Coupé award and is dubbed “an outstanding category winner”
  • New Jaguar XE is named the first winner of new SCOTY category: “Best Design and Innovation”

 (Whitley, Coventry – 01 December 2014). Jaguar was named a winner in two prestigious categories of the Scottish Car of the Year Awards 2014, held in St. Andrews at the weekend.

The Jaguar F-TYPE sports car beat stiff competition in the Coupé category, with the award presented to Jaguar Land Rover Head of Global PR Communications, Fiona Pargeter,  by Association of Scottish Motoring Writers President, Alisdair Suttie.

Alisdair Suttie said:

“This is a car that puts Jaguar right at the very top of the sector where it belongs.  With jaw-dropping looks, great driving dynamics, and a hard top to keep off Scotland’s winter weather, the F-TYPE Coupé is a clear judges’ favourite, an immediate modern classic and a truly outstanding category winner.”

In a newly introduced category for the motor industry’s best design and innovation, the Jaguar XE, launched this year and on-sale from Spring 2015, was named the winner.  The award was presented to Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum.

Association of Scottish Motoring Writers Secretary Stephen Park said:

“It takes something special to raise the game in the fast paced automotive world, and that’s exactly what the Jaguar XE does. A clear winner of the Best Design and Innovation Award, it is a car that delivers endless style on the outside and a multitude of intelligent technical advances under the skin – the XE ticks all the boxes.”

Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum said:

“I am extremely proud of what the Design team has achieved with the XE.  It looks fast and its design is extremely seductive, which is a formidable combination together with the innovative engineering that features throughout the XE.”

 

2014-11-28

JAGUAR LAND ROVER SHARES BEST PRACTICE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND RECRUITMENT INITIATIVES WITH SUPPLY CHAIN

  • Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Skills Forum shares best practice in skill development and recruitment to address key skills challenges
  • Key opportunities include traineeships, apprenticeships and graduate programmes as well as various initiatives on upskilling current employees which will help suppliers to strengthen capability and support Jaguar Land Rover’s growth plans
  • More than 50 UK representatives from tier one and tier two suppliers attend event

Coventry, Friday 28 November 2014– Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive employer, held an event for its UK suppliers this week to share best practices around skills development and addressing recruitment challenges.

The shortage of skilled engineers in the UK is an ongoing challenge and the Royal Academy of Engineers predicts there will be a shortfall of 200,000 by 2020. Whilst Jaguar Land Rover is well-known as an employer with industry-leading programmes to attract the next generation of engineers and technologists to help its technology and engineering-led business achieve ambitious plans for global growth, some suppliers find it more difficult to attract or retain new talent.

During the day, suppliers heard about the company’s ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce’ traineeship programme, which was developed as part of the company’s Responsible Business of the Year legacy. The programme targets young people aged 16-24 and offers them a mix of employability training and work experience in the company’s manufacturing plants to prepare them for apprenticeships and other employment opportunities. The course, managed in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College, has helped 26 young people gain employment since it was launched in November 2013 and is now open to Jaguar Land Rover suppliers looking to support young people and prepare them for future job opportunities.

Suppliers also learnt about Jaguar Land Rover’s award winning apprentice programme, which was rated Top Employer for School and College Leavers 2014 – 2015 by ‘All About School Leavers’.  There are 620 apprentices currently undertaking the scheme across its six UK sites and the company is currently searching for up to 200 apprentices to join the programme next year. The four year Advanced Apprenticeship is aimed at GCSE students whilst the six year Higher Apprenticeship is aimed at A-Level entrants.  Apprentices work in cutting-edge product development and manufacturing environments benefitting from paid employment and fully-funded vocational qualifications up to sponsored degrees.

Ian Harnett, Purchasing Director at Jaguar Land Rover commented, “Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for global growth which will see our vehicle volumes increasing over the next few years, providing many opportunities to our supply chain. We have long-term, strategic relationships with our suppliers and are keen to support them in all areas of business. By sharing our best practices in training and developing future talent, we hope to give them a crucial insight into how Jaguar Land Rover addresses these challenges which will help them strengthen their capability and support their business growth.”

Heath Cade HR Director from supplier Stadco added, “Stadco has been supplying parts to Jaguar Land Rover for over 30 years and has an excellent working relationship with the company. The Supplier Skills Forum was of particular interest to us as we seek to inspire and employ the most talented people to be part of the future development of Stadco. This event provided an excellent insight into best practice skills programmes from Jaguar Land Rover and its suppliers. This will enable us to maximise opportunities like apprenticeships and graduate programmes to address the skills gaps that Stadco and the automotive industry as a whole is facing.”

 

JAGUAR LAND ROVER

  • Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for sustainable growth and profitability.
  • In 2013, Jaguar Land Rover sold 425,006 vehicles, up 19%. Of that, Jaguar sold 76,668 vehicles and Land Rover sold 348,338 vehicles.  In the first half of 2014, Jaguar Land Rover sold 351,153 vehicles, up 12%
  • Jaguar Land Rover will invest £3.5 to £3.7bn in product creation and capital expenditure, in the financial year to March 2015.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s largest exporters and generates in the region of 85% of its revenue from exports. The company has a worldwide network of 2,520 dealers, spanning more than 170 countries.
  • In the 12 months to 31 March 2014, Jaguar Land Rover generated profit before tax of £2.5bn with revenues of £19.4bn.

 

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