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Jaguar Scrubs Plans for C-X75 Supercar

“The wrong time” for a $1.5 million automobile.

by on Dec.12, 2012

Jaguar has killed the closely-watched C-X75 supercar project but hopes to reuse some of its technology.

Jaguar has decided to cancel production plans for the high-tech C-X75 supercar, contending that it is “the wrong time” to bring out a vehicle that could push upwards of $1.5 million considering the current global economic situation.

The C-X75 concept won wide praise for both its design and technology when it debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Several months later, Jaguar officials announced plans to produce the plug-in hybrid, albeit replacing the show car’s twin turbine generators with a more conventional internal combustion engine.

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Despite nearly two years of development, the program has now been nixed, Jaguar’s global brand chief Adrian Hallmark told Britain’s Autocar, though five running prototypes will be completed by May 2013.

“We feel we could make the car work, but looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar,” Hallmark told the magazine. “This is backed up by other products from us that people are screaming out for.”


Jaguar “Chills Out” With New AWD Line-Up

Adding an “emotional fulcrum” – and more product to come.

by on Aug.16, 2012

Jaguar's new all-wheel-drive XJ goes through cold-weather testing.

Considering the record-breaking heat that’s scorched much of the country one might expect a significant turnout as Jaguar’s “Chill NY” event gets underway in New York this week.  The event, which gives Big Apple residents the opportunity to skate inside what the maker bills as a “life-size snow globe,” will also feature celebrities Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Johnny Weir.

But Jaguar is hoping the real attraction will be the chance to get a first look at the maker’s newest models, all-wheel-drive versions of its flagship  XJ and smaller XF sedans – products the maker expects to give the brand a massive sales boost in the months ahead.

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The arrival of the first AWD models since the old X-Type was abandoned is part of a broader product roll-out that also includes the addition of Jaguar’s new V-6 line-up.  Taking together, “This is a massive deal,” contends Andy Goss, president and CEO of Jaguar-Land Rover North America, “because the market has migrated away from V-8s to V-6 engines, (and another)  big problem for us has been we didn’t have all-wheel-drive.“


Jaguar Land Rover to Open Plant in China

Tata expected to double investment in JLR this year.

by on Feb.23, 2012

Jaguar has lots of new product coming and some of those models - perhaps the production version of the C-X75 - could be assembled at a new plant in China.

Jaguar and its truckmaking partner Land Rover have agreed to set up a plant in China, currently the world’s fastest-growing luxury auto market.

As with other foreign makers, Jaguar Land Rover will enter into a joint venture with one of the many local Chinese automotive companies.  While JLR’s parent, the Indian Tata Motors, has declined to reveal who the partner is the luxury maker was known to be talking to China’s ambitious Chery Automobile as recently as last autumn.

Jaguar has been struggling to plant itself into the luxury mainstream despite adding a number of new models to the line-up, such as the totally redesigned XJ sedan, the flagship model debuting in late 2010.  Land Rover has had a bit better luck with offerings such as the all-new Evoq – which was named North American Truck of the Year in January.

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But both brands are betting they can gain a leg up by going local in China, circumventing stiff duties on imported automotive products.

Specific details are being withheld until China’s regulators give the proposed deal their blessing, said Tata Motors’ chief financial officer C Ramakrishnan.


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.”