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Land Rover Defender: Death and revival

The replacement for the Defender could be JLR’s greatest challenge, says Ray Hutton...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Range Rover Evoque Brazil build

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 Br...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2016 Land Rover Discovery & L462

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.

Jakarta Auto Show Report

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.

Slovakia plant could lift JLR over 1m a year

Calum MacRae | 13 Aug 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's announcement that it is planning a production plant at Nitra in Slovakia potentially raises its capacity by as much as 300,000 units a year. Calum MacRae considers the announcement in the context of the company's plant-model mix, its future growth strategy and outlines why the first model to be built in Slovakia could be the next Defender.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Craig Diem, BWI Group

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.

INTERVIEW: Ford CEO Alan Mulally

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.

Latest News

Jaguar Land Rover expands engine plant capacity

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.

Chinese explosion, investments, lower JLR profit

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.

JLR launches Leap 4.5 cost cut plan

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.

JLR to sign Slovakia plant deal by end of 2015

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.

JLR becomes partner of 2016 Invictus Games

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.

Tata Motors wholesales up 21% in September

Dave Leggett | 16 Oct 2015

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

JLR confirms Brazil plant will assemble Evoque

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.

Supplier doubles staff in a year

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.

F-Pace triggers GBP120m spend at Jaguar Solihull

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.

Land Rover shows 'warm air blanket'

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.

JLR and GKN show off innovative EV ideas

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.

2015 CHENGDU SHOW: World premieres

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.

JLR expects Indian sales to treble

Graeme Roberts | 7 Sep 2015

Jaguar Land Rover expects its India sales to more than triple on the back of "a tremendous response" to the launch of the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Jaguar Land Rover scraps Saudi plant plan

Dave Leggett | 3 Sep 2015

The Financial Times reports that Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover has, according to sources, scrapped plans for a manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia.

Land Rover develops 'see-through trailer' concept

Graeme Roberts | 2 Sep 2015

Tata Motors luxury and utility vehicle unit Land Rover is developing a 'see-through trailer' concept that, it claims, would completely remove the blind spot created when towing a caravan or trailer. This transparent view would allow the driver to clearly see vehicles coming up behind and help driver confidence by improving visibility whilst manoeuvring.

Tata Motors to introduce new Sumo in 2018

Graeme Roberts | 1 Sep 2015

Tata Motors has been working on the next generation Sumo which is expected on sale in 2018.

EXCLUSIVE: SsangYong’s secret Jeep Renegade rival

Glenn Brooks | 25 Aug 2015

SsangYong's unfolding strategy as a crossover and SUV specialist brand in the style of Jeep, Land Rover and Haval has been confirmed to by a company insider. The source has also revealed that a small SUV will be added to the range in 2017.

JLR expects "many" of 5,800 Tianjin cars damaged

Simon Warburton | 21 Aug 2015

Jaguar Land Rover says it expects many of its 5,800 vehicles kept at the Port of Tianjin to have been damaged, although is unable to quantify the exact number.

Jaguar Land Rover reports July sales down 3%

Dave Leggett | 13 Aug 2015

Jaguar Land Rover reports that its global July retail sales were 3% down on last year at 33,239 units. Year-to-date sales to the end of July were reported at 272,451 units, 1% below the same period of last year.

JLR announces plan for Slovakia plant

Dave Leggett | 11 Aug 2015

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has taken a step towards increasing its production capacity in Europe with the signing of a letter of intent for a new vehicle production plant in the Slovak Republic.

JLR clarifies ASEAN expansion goals

Graeme Roberts | 3 Aug 2015

Tata Motors' luxury car units Jaguar Land Rover has clarified its thoughts on local assembly in the ASEAN region following local media reports in July.

JLR mulls ASEAN assembly plant

Tony Pugliese | 21 Jul 2015

Tata Motors' luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is studying the feasibility of setting up a regional assembly plant in South-east Asia, according to reports in Thailand.

Latest blogs

Range Rover Evoque's Chinese clone

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.

The crusher, sale, or resale?

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.

Company research

Land Rover Dealers (UK) - Industry Report

Land Rover Dealers (UK) - Industry Report

Plimsoll’s UK Land Rover Dealers (UK) analysis is the most definitive and accurate study of the UK Land Rover Dealers (UK) sector in 2013. The report is split into two sections and uses both a writte...

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Global electric light vehicles market- forecasts to 2018

Global electric light vehicles market- forecasts to 2018

This QUBE report from just-auto provides a comprehensive overview of the global electrified vehicles sector, major OEM developments, top 14 markets, technology trends and market projections. Use this...

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Tata Motors Ltd. (India)

Tata Motors Ltd. (India)

This report presents quick facts about Tata Motors Ltd., which is principally involved in the Manufacture and Distribution of Automobiles....

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