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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.


Glenn Brooks | 24 Aug 2015

It might be more than a decade old but the Discovery is still one of the best four by fours that money can buy - constant development, including the latest Euro 6 compliant diesel engine, has ensured that.


Tony Pugliese | 21 Aug 2015

The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in BSD, a new commercial centre some 30km west of central Jakarta. Tony Pugliese was there.


Dave Leggett | 14 Aug 2015

The big news this week was that Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to build a 300,000-unit capacity plant in Slovakia. We knew that a plant in Central/Eastern Europe was under consideration as part of the Tata-owned premium firm's fairly ambitious growth plans.

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Matthew Beecham | 13 Jan 2015

BWI Group’s MagneRide suspension systems are being increasingly featured in top end cars. In the EU they work on high end integration of chassis components with advanced control and sensory systems to produce vehicles that take safety, ride dynamics and sophistication to a new level. Conversely, BWI also work within the advancing Chinese market that sits in a very different end of the spectrum, where basic safety and control devices like ABS and ESC are just starting to take hold, and where AEB and autonomous driving are concepts reserved for the very top layer of the social elite who can afford to import EU and NA models. Matthew Beecham spoke to Craig Diem, BWI Group, Director – Strategic Planning about how the Group deals with the different challenges that these markets bring.


Dave Leggett | 28 May 2014

Alan Mulally's tenure as Ford's CEO has seen the company evolve in line with his vision of 'One Ford'. He also successfully guided Ford through recession and has generally been lauded by investors. He passes the reins over to Mark Fields in July. Dave Leggett caught up with him on the London leg of his Ford circuit farewell tour of Europe.

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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.


Graeme Roberts | 10 Sep 2015

Revealing its ‘Warm Air Blanket’ research, Tata Motors' luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover said the new technology could "dramatically reduce the energy consumed when heating a vehicle". Other innovations to reduce vehicle weight include concept seats 30% lighter than they are today and components made from carbon fibre mixed with flax. The automaker also wants to replace wiring looms and electrical components with innovative wafer-thin printed electronic circuits, currently used in curved televisions.


Graeme Roberts | 9 Sep 2015

Tata Motors' luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover revealed some of the new and innovative low and zero emission powertrain technologies it is researching at this year’s CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event. Three Concept_e research demonstrators showcased the research which includes a new unique high performance, modular electric drive module (eDM) developed in-house.


Glenn Brooks | 7 Sep 2015

The media preview of CDMS 2015, the 18th Chengdu motor show, took place on 3 September. The following vehicles and concepts were world premieres.

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Dave Leggett | 21 Apr 2015

Jiangling brand Landwind is causing waves at Shanghai with its X7 SUV that bears a very strong resemblance to Land Rover's hugely successful Range Rover Evoque.


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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