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Jaguar May Be Planning 600-hp F-Type

by on Apr.17, 2013

Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum with the F-Type.

Expect to see a steady stream of Jaguar F-Type variants over the coming years, likely including an R-line model that could push the already beefy V-8 version of the sports car up into the 600-horsepower range, according to various sources.

“You can expect us to do things to maintain interest” in the F-Type, “rather than launch it and leave it,” Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global brand chief, told during the sports car’s first media drive in Pamplona, Spain.

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While Hallmark declined to offer specific details, he made it clear that Jaguar intends to take steps to enhance its performance credentials. The maker has been rapidly adding new R-line models in recent months, including the 550-horsepower Jaguar XJR, and the limited edition XKR-S GT.


Jaguar Land Rover Investing Big in Products, Technologies

Eight new products or significant technologies planned for this year.

by on Jan.16, 2013

Jaguar Land Rover is excited about the upcoming release of its F-Type sports car.

There’s plenty of good news for Jaguar Land Rover these days. Like most of the industry, sales are up. A raft of products and technologies are expected in the next few years, which should lead to even bigger sales increases. And its Indian owners are allowing the brands to spend the money to develop its new products.

It’s been almost five years since Tata Motors purchased JLR from Ford, effectively putting an end to Ford’s much publicized Premier Automotive Group.


Adrian Hallmark, global brand director and a member of the JLR executive committee, told in an exclusive interview that the automaker is in good shape to fulfill its aggressive goals.

Jaguar Will Price New F-Type Between Porsche’s Boxster and 911

All-wheel-drive, even higher performance versions likely to follow – but forget diesel.

by on Sep.26, 2012

Jaguar reveals what could be its most important new model in six decades, the F-Type.

Only the Brits would come to Paris to unveil a new convertible in the pouring rain. But Jaguar is hoping that the soggy send-off for the new F-Type sports car won’t dampen the reception for the long-awaited “spiritual successor” to the legendary Jaguar E-Type.

The new F-Type will get its official debut on Thursday, during the opening press day of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.  The maker offered relatively few details about the new sports car during the Wednesday sneak peek, but has gotten an inside look at Jaguar’s ambitious plans – which include a range of additional F-Type variants that will come to market during the new model’s likely 6- to 8-year lifecycle.

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Among other things, expect to see even more powerful versions of the Jaguar F-Type than the 495-horsepower supercharged V-8 that will reach showrooms early next year.  An all-wheel-drive model may very well be in the works, learned, though a diesel model is not in the cards.

Meanwhile, Jaguar hopes to capture as much as 10% of the global sports car market, Andy Goss, CEO of Jaguar-Land Rover North America revealed, in part by pricing the new F-Type between the Porsche Boxster and 911 models.


Jaguar Will Build 200 mph C-X75 Battery Supercar

"Green" supercar will get 30 miles on battery power.

by on May.06, 2011

Jaguar gives the C-X75 a go for production.

Bowing to strong public pressure, Jaguar has announced plans to put the well-received C-X75 supercar into production.

The striking 2-seater will use an extended-range electric drive system capable of running entirely on batteries – yet also able to launch from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds and reach speeds in excess of 200 mph.  But the maker has opted to go for a relatively conventional gasoline “extender” engine, rather than the futuristic twin turbine system that drove the original C-X75 concept vehicle.

“People expect Jaguar to be innovators – that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director, who only last month told that the British maker was hesitant to make the investment in a new supercar while it was pushing to launch more mainstream products such as a new entry-level luxury car to replace its old X-Type.

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But it appears Jaguar simply was overwhelmed by public reaction to the concept, first shown at last autumn’s Paris Motor Show.

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


Jaguar/Land Rover Planning 40 New Models, Variants and Major Technology Introductions

British brands plan to shift from niche to mainstream.

by on May.03, 2011

A production version of the striking C-X75 concept would push the number of new Jaguar models and variants to 41.

It has been a roller-coaster ride for Jaguar over the last 15 years, but now part of the ambitious Indian Tata Motors, the British automaker has some ambitious plans in the work along with its sibling Land Rover brand.

Senior company officials tell that the two brands will jointly be launching a major product assault over the next five years with the goal of lifting Jaguar and Land Rover out of their low-volume niches and planting them much more firmly in the luxury mainstream.

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“We’ll be launching 40 new cars, derivatives and (major) technologies from Jaguar/Land Rover in the next five years,” said Adrian Hallmark, who joined Jaguar as its Global Brand Director last October.

The list of new programs breaks down into three categories: (more…)

Hallmark Leaving Saab For Jaguar

Setback for Swedish carmaker’s revival.

by on Oct.19, 2010

Adrian Hallmark will leave Saab for Jaguar.

Just months after joining Sweden’s Saab as its marketing chief, Adrian Hallmark has tendered his resignation and will move to Jaguar.

The otherwise amicable announcement could pose problems for Saab, which is struggling to revive after former owner General Motors nearly shut it down earlier this year.

Hallmark’s departure – which won’t happen until the end of November – could put a monkey wrench into Saab’s plans to re-establish its global distribution network, a critical step in assuring the company’s survival, cautioned a source close to the Swedish company.

But his move to Jaguar will come at an equally critical time, with the automaker and its sibling Land Rover brand in the midst of developing their own global growth strategy.

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Hallmark’s decision to leave Saab wasn’t entirely surprising to those close to the British-born executive.  He has moved a number of times over the last decade, having bounced through a series of jobs with the Volkswagen Group that took him to the U.S., Asia and then Wolfsburg, Germany.

In fact, he initially decided to delay his family’s move to Sweden and was instead making the long-distance commute.