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Jaguar Ready to Give C-X16 Show Car Nod for Production

Final decision may rest on response at LA Auto Show.

by on Nov.16, 2011

Jaguar will decide in a matter of weeks whether to produce the C-X16 sports car.

With its subtle stylistic link to the classic Jaguar E-Type, the British maker’s C-X16 concept has been winning rave reviews in recent months and company officials appear poised to give the show car the go for production “before the end of the year,” according to a senior Jaguar official.

A final decision will likely depend on the response the C-X16 gets when it goes on display at this week’s L.A. Auto Show, where it will vie for attention alongside the maker’s new XKR-S sports coupe.  Should management give the show car the nod it would almost certainly reach showrooms sometime during the 2013 calendar year, company officials confirmed.

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In production, Jaguar’s global brand boss Adrian Hallmark tells, it is highly likely that a special high-performance plug-in hybrid system will be among the C-X16’s powertrain options.  But Jaguar officials also stressed that the production version would likely lose a few of the distinctive features of the concept car, notably including the swing-open hatchback.