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Honda Takes a Tip from Superman

Patent application reveals system that could spot pedestrians around corners.

by on Sep.14, 2016

The Honda patent would allow a motorist to see beyond the normal line of sight.

You wouldn’t have to be Superman to have extra-human vision, at least not if Honda has its way.

The third-largest Japanese automaker has revealed a system it is developing that would allow a driver to see things – notably pedestrians – who might by hidden behind a truck or building but walking towards an intersection.

The concept uses a variety of sensors to look beyond a driver’s normal line of sight and then display a warning on the windshield using a Head-Up Display, or HUD. Considering pedestrians fatalities have been rising sharply in recent years, the technology could have a major impact on safety.

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A new patent application filed by Honda illustrates the way the concept works. It is designed to watch out for pedestrians as the vehicle approaches an intersection. Sensors – including some of the same ones that might eventually be used to allow a vehicle to drive autonomously – can look beyond the normal line of sight.


Jaguar Returns to Racing with New I-Type Electric

British maker set to join Formula E series

by on Sep.08, 2016

Jaguar will develop its own powertrain for the I-Type.

After a pouting absence following its failure in Formula 1, Jaguar is readying a return to racing, but don’t expect to hear the screech of a new V-10 or turbo engine. Jaguar’s all-new I-Type racer will move in near silence as part of the Formula E series.

The British maker will team up with – appropriately enough – battery and electronics giant Panasonic for the groundbreaking electric racing series. The partners pulled the covers off their new racer today, dubbing it I-Type 1. It will be driven in anger for the first time on October 9th, when the new Formula E season gets underway in Hong Kong.

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Considering its long motor sports history, which reached apogee on the circuit of Le Mans with legendary models like the C- and D-Types and, later, the XJR-19, why Formula E. Because, said team chairman Gerd Mauser, it’s “an innovative series with competitive, close racing in front of urban audiences. It develops EV tech and helps change the perception of electric cars.”


Jaguar Brings Back the 1957 XKSS

British maker plans only nine of the $1.4 million replicas.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The Jaguar XKSS reappears after 60 years.

When a fire struck the Jaguar plant in March 1957, it destroyed the last of a batch of D-Type race cars that were going to be converted to street vehicles, and nearly doomed the British maker in the process.

Nearly six decades later, Jaguar says it will build the nine XKSS models it was never able to produce, selling them for a “severe” 1 million British pounds, or about $1.4 million at the current exchange rate.

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“We will now build the nine XKSS cars that never saw the light of day,” said Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the unit that primarily focuses on providing parts and restoring old vehicles for their owners.


Jaguar Smashes Through 200 MPH Barrier with New F-Type SVR

First look ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut.

by on Feb.17, 2016

The F-Type SVR will hit 200 in coupe trim, but can only muster 195 mph with the ragtop.

Jaguar scored a big hit with the launch of its F-Type convertible three years ago, but it hasn’t been resting on its laurels, steadily adding new ragtop and convertible variants meant to boost performance and build demand.

The latest twist comes with the debut of the Jaguar yF-Type SVR – the first version capable of hitting 200 mph. Officially, the public won’t get a first look until early next month, when the British maker rolls out the new supercar at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but we’ve gotten our digital hands on some details and a few images ahead of that official debut.

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“Our objective was to take everything that our customers love about F-Type – the performance, the handling, the sound, the design – and take it to a whole new level,” says John Edwards, the managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “It’s a 200-mph all-weather supercar.”


200 MPH Jaguar F-Type SVR to Make Geneva Debut

New model looks to do 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.

by on Jan.27, 2016

The new Jaguar F-Type SVR is expected to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Jaguar is set to crack the 200 mph barrier with the debut of the new F-Type SVR at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The British maker has acknowledged the upcoming debut of the sports car’s latest iteration. What it’s not quite ready to confirm is that the Jaguar F-Type SVR will match the 0 to 60 times of the limited-edition Project 7 hypercar. That would mean something on the order of 3.6 seconds, according to reports out of the UK.

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“The new F-Type SVR is the first series production Jaguar car to be developed by Special Vehicle Operations and benefits from everything we know about precision engineering, performance and design,” said John Edwards, managing director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. (more…)

Jaguar-Land Rover Not Ready to Plug In

by on Nov.25, 2015

A Jaguar F-Type with JLR CEO Ralf Speth and Tata Motors founder Ratan Tata.

When it revealed a trio of battery-based prototypes, collectively known as Concept_e, in September, Jaguar Land Rover appeared ready to join key rivals set to electrify their luxury line-ups.

But talk of plug-in and pure battery-electric SUVs and sedans may be a bit premature, according to JLR Chief Executive Ralf Speth. While “it is clear” the British maker will eventually have to go that route to meet tough new global emissions and mileage mandates, “it will take quite a while,” he told during an interview.

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“There is only one way you have to go” because of the new rules, said Speth, but JLR is waiting for improved batteries and an expanded charging infrastructure before it makes a serious push into electrification beyond the diesel hybrid Land Rover model it introduced in Europe.


Jaguar Land Rover Unveiling Three New Models in LA

Evoque Convertible, US version of XE sedan and F-Pace CUV all on tap.

by on Nov.11, 2015

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible shown during a London sneak preview this week.

It will take some fast talking by officials from Jaguar Land Rover when they get their turn in the spotlight next week. The British maker plans to introduce three new models during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show media preview.

They cover a wide mix of offerings, each aimed at broadening the reach of the traditionally narrow JLR line-up. That includes the first auto show appearance of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the unveiling of the U.S.-spec Jaguar XE sedan, and the first North American appearance of the Jaguar F-Pace crossover-utility vehicle.

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The three new models emerge from the largest capital investment program in Jaguar Land Rover history, the Indian-owned automaker spending about 3 billion British pounds, or $4.5 billion, annually on both product development and the opening of new plants in China, India, Brazil and Slovakia.


Jaguar Land Rover Slashing Costs, Targeting 1 Mil Sales

JLR planning to take a great “Leap.”

by on Nov.09, 2015

One giant leap...for JLR?

Jaguar Land Rover wants to slash nearly $7 billion in expenses even as it launches more products aimed at doubling its global sales by the end of the decade.

The project has been dubbed “Leap 4.5,” a nod to the “Leaper,” the familiar feline logo of the Jaguar side of the company. The 4.5 refers to the 4.5 billion pounds in cost savings targeted by the Indian-owned automaker. That works out to about $6.8 billion at current exchange rates.

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The plan does not call for any job cuts, according to a report in London’s Sunday Times, but it would see a slowdown in the aggressive hiring program of recent years. No cuts are planned for JLR’s capital spending budget, either.


Jaguar Going Electric with E-Pace

British luxury brand working up its first battery car.

by on Oct.30, 2015

Jaguar's F-Pace could be the first of several JLR vehicles with EV variants.

Jaguar appears ready to join the rapidly growing list of luxury brands planning to offer long-range electric vehicles.

Several senior officials contacted by confirmed an electric vehicle program is underway, and it could result in a variant of the new Jaguar F-Pace SUV, in this case renamed the E-Pace.

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“Plans are still developing,” said one source, asking not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the topic. But others stressed that Jaguar will need a variety of new, higher-mileage technologies, ranging from diesel to hybrid to pure battery-electric, to meet tough global emissions and fuel economy standards. (more…)

Jaguar Land Rover Sticking to Diesel Guns

VW controversy won’t change brand’s plans.

by on Oct.01, 2015

Volkswagen's diesel scandal won't impact the plans of Janguar Land Rover, which expects to have diesel options for all models by 2017.

Jaguar Land Rover, which is eager to grow, is moving forward with its plans to introduce more vehicles with diesel engines in the U.S. despite the scandal that has surrounded Volkswagen AG since it was found to have used special software to defeat emission tests for diesel-powered cars.

“We’re not going to change our strategy,” Jaguar Land Rover North America President Joe Eberhardt said after speech to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. “You have to deal with the situation as it arises.”

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Eberhardt, noted that even before Volkswagen was discovered to have cheated on tests required by the U.S. Clean Air Act, diesel fuel was more expensive than gasoline so there was always at least one downside to diesel. (more…)