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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments

News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....

ANALYSIS - supercharged Jaguar XF

The XE began what is turning out to to be a major sales revival for Jaguar. Now, the addition of the XF is adding momentum - UK market brand...


Glenn Brooks | 18 Mar 2016

Jaguar's worldwide sales were up by 50% in February, and by 47% for the year to date, thanks in no small part to the XE. The brand's new best seller now has some revisions for the 2017 model year, aimed at keeping that momentum going.


Glenn Brooks | 13 Jan 2016

How often do any of us get into the driver's seat of a car and do a double take at the calibrations on the speedo? Indeed, the correct answer being not often enough. The 2016 F-TYPE R AWD hatchback has just thrilled me with its display going all the way to 340km/h.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Dec 2015

The really interesting stuff all happened as this week drew to a close - yesterday Volkswagen 'fessed up over the 'dieselgate' scandal and, today, Tata Motors' English luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover finally confirmed the location for its new manufacturing plant.


Graeme Roberts | 9 Oct 2015

We'll permit ourselves a small 'told you so' this week after Jaguar Land Rover finally confirmed it would build the Range Rover Evoque in Brazil from early 2016, as well as the previously confirmed Land Rover Discovery Sport - which Our Man in Brazil first reported last May. JLR had said earlier it would only do 'new' models at the plant, but our sources said otherwise, and it makes sense to do the country's top selling JLR model locally as it (a) gets the price down, increases supply and frees up capacity at the Halewood, England, mother ship. And the high local content encouraged in Brazil allows local variation to suit market needs. JLR also now makes the Evoque at a joint venture in China (again, this gets the price down in a tax-protected market) and also assembles some models in India (ditto). All of which frees up UK capacity.

Latest Interviews

Chris Wright | 15 Jul 2015

The Frankfurt motor show will be the launch pad for a very important Jaguar, the F-Pace SUV, vital for the brand in the US and Chinese markets, and a car chief designer Ian Callum "swore I'd never do".


Guest author | 20 May 2015

Mike O'Driscoll, Group CEO of Williams, leads a brand that is well known for its motorsports activity and Formula One participation. However, the firm is now eyeing more consultancy business and looking further afield for opportunities. Ian Adcock caught up with him to hear more.

Latest News

Graeme Roberts | 28 Apr 2016

Just days after its former owner, Ford, announced it recycles as much as 20m pounds of stamping scrap each month using a closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, now-Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover said it had reclaimed over 50,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap, the equivalent weight of 200,000 XE body shells, back into the production process during 2015/16.


Dave Leggett | 11 Apr 2016

Jaguar Land Rover has launched ‘InMotion’, a new technology business that builds apps and on-demand services to "overcome modern travel and transport challenges", it says.


Graeme Roberts | 4 Mar 2016

Jaguar Land Rover Canada has snared Audi Canada president Wolfgang Hoffmann to be its president from 7 March, 2016, responsible for overseeing the brands' operations.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Feb 2016

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is taking part in a research project that, it claims, will help future autonomous vehicles drive naturally like human drivers, rather than like robots.


Graeme Roberts | 21 Jan 2016

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is now Britain's biggest vehicle producer with its 489,923 units built in 2015 (up from 449,507 in 2014) nudging ahead of Nissan's 476,589 (500,238).


Graeme Roberts | 21 Jan 2016

Software provider Access said its NetFront Browser NX Automotive Profile browser has been chosen for the Jaguar Land Rover next generation connected infotainment system InControl Touch Pro, used across the latest range of vehicles.


Graeme Roberts | 8 Jan 2016

Tata Motors luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover booked a record 487,065 retail sales in 2015, up 5% year on year. It was the sixth successive year of growth with retails in 2015 more than double those in 2009.


Fernando Calmon | 21 Dec 2015

The first pre-production Brazilian Range Rover Evoque has left the line at the new Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro state, assembly plant 174km (108 miles) west of Rio de Janeiro City. The automaker so far has kept to its planned local output timetable and plant inauguration is set for March 2016.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Dec 2015

European new car sales experienced a 27th consecutive month of growth during November 2015 with volume up 13.5% year on year, the second largest rise this year, according to analysts at JATO Dynamics. This followed a significant slowing of growth during October as a consequence of smaller increases in the 'Big Five' EU markets.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Dec 2015

Jaguar Land Rover on Friday (11 December) confirmed it would be the first British carmaker to open a factory in Slovakia.


Graeme Roberts | 4 Dec 2015

Jaguar Land Rover workers reportedly have questioned owner Tata's commitment to the UK after the Indian conglomerate cut thousands of jobs at its British steel making operation as a result of the crisis in that industry.


Graeme Roberts | 3 Dec 2015

Jaguar Land Rover reportedly is negotiating to buy the historic home of British motorsport - the Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Dec 2015

Construction has been completed on German owned Brose UK’s new GBP35m factory in Coventry, England, which will supply Jaguar Land Rover.


Dave Leggett | 24 Nov 2015

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has said it will invest GBP450m to double the size of its UK engine manufacturing plant.


Graeme Roberts | 24 Nov 2015

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will post a lower pre-tax profit in 2015 than in the previous fiscal year, its CEO has said, due to major investments and an explosion at China's Tianjin port that destroyed thousands of its cars.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Nov 2015

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has reportedly launched project Leap 4.5, which aims to cut costs by GBP4.5bn (US$6.8bn) and manufacture 1m cars each year by 2020.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Nov 2015

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) reportedly will enter into an agreement with Slovakia by the end of 2015 to set up a car manufacturing plant there.


Dave Leggett | 29 Oct 2015

he organisers of the 2016 Invictus Games have announced that Jaguar Land Rover will be the presenting partner for the world's largest international adaptive sporting event. The 2016 Invictus Games will be held in Orlando, Florida from 8th-12th May and will host 500 military athletes from 15 nations.


Dave Leggett | 16 Oct 2015

Tata Motors Group global wholesale sales reached 97,102 units in September, higher by 21% over September 2014.


Graeme Roberts | 5 Oct 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has (finally) confirmed that the Range Rover Evoque would join the Land Rover Discovery Sport in assembly at its new factory in Itatiaia, Brazil - as first reported by just-auto last May. The first locally made Evoque - a model line that accounts for about 60% of JLR sales in Brazil - is expected off line early in 2016.


Graeme Roberts | 16 Sep 2015

A small UK automotive supplier of insulation materials to Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Honda and VW Group has doubled its staff since moving into new premises last year as part of a GBP6m expansion programme. Automotive Insulations (AI), part of the British owned Autins Group, has taken on around 80 staff over the past 12 months, both on the shop floor and in administrative positions to help meet growing demand from vehicle manufacturers.


Graeme Roberts | 15 Sep 2015

The launch of Jaguar's F-Pace at the Frankfurt show triggers GBP120m of further investment at the Tata Motors luxury car unit Jaguar Land Rover’s flagship Solihull manufacturing plant, the automaker said. This third model showcases the flexibility of the GBP1.5bn lightweight aluminium architecture.

Latest blogs

Graeme Roberts | 26 Feb 2016

A lot of good stuff involving charities goes on behind the automaking scenes here in England.


Graeme Roberts | 6 Jan 2015

While various parties figure out What To Do with the Hoegh Osaka and its valuable cargo of Jaguar Land Rover, Mini, Rolls-Royce and JCB products, here's how things turned out the last time we covered such an event.

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Jaguar Land Rover: Adapting the original SUV & turning middle class Britishness into a business asset

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