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Jaguar’s Legendary XKSS Comes Back to Life

"I had to build in those idiosyncracies."

by on Nov.21, 2016

Kevin Riches led the team that created the nine Jaguar XKSS continuation cars.

The fire moved quickly, and with devastating results, leaving little more than ashes and molten metal where Jaguar’s Brown’s Lane factory once stood.

The disaster that struck on February 12, 1957 nearly destroyed the British maker and ruined its plans to build 25 XKSS roadsters, basically a road-going version of the D-Type race car that had dominated Le Mans for much of the mid-decade. Only 16 had been completed, the remaining nine still in various stages of production.

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But nearly 60 years later, the remaining cars will finally be completed, thanks to the British marque’s Jaguar Classic division. It’s not the first time an automaker has tried to revive one of its historic models. There are a number of recreations and plenty of “restomods.” What Jaguar has come up with is an amazingly precise continuation, accurate down to the five different type of rivets used on the original 16 roadsters.

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I-Pace Just First Step in Jaguar Electrification Plans

As much as 40 to 50% of its models could soon be battery-based.

by on Nov.16, 2016

Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, estimates that as much as 50% of Jaguar Land Rover's sales will be battery electric vehicles.

It took only a matter of minutes for the first buyer to reserve one of the new Jaguar I-Pace battery-electric vehicles, clicking on the “I Want” button added to the British maker’s website following the debut of a concept version at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

That was reassuring news for Jaguar’s top management team which authorized the costly development project that will see the production version of the I-Pace roll into showrooms in 2018. And the electric SUV is likely to be only the first in a wave of new battery-based models for both Jaguar and its sibling Land Rover brand, according to CEO Ralf Speth.

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As much as “40 to 50%” of the Jaguar Land Rover line-up could use hybrid, plug-in or full battery-electric propulsion by 2020, Speth hinted during a conversation with a handful of journalists at the L.A. Auto Show. And while he declined to discuss specific plans, he acknowledged that the company did not develop the unique platform underpinning the I-Pace just for one product. (more…)

Jaguar I-Pace Concept Delivers Range, Performance

Production model set to reach showrooms by 2018.

by on Nov.15, 2016

The Jaguar I-Pace concept borrows from Tesla's design that pushes the battery packs into the floor to save space and improve handling.

Jaguar has been shaking things up since being sold to India’s Tata a few years back. The 2017 model-year brings the debut of the F-Pace, the British marque’s first sport-utility vehicle. And it won’t be the last, though the Jaguar I-Pace will push a very different boundary.

Making its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, the Jaguar concept is a thinly disguised version of its first battery-electric vehicle, a long-range, high-performance SUV set to reach showrooms in late 2018.

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The British marque isn’t simply stuffing batteries and electric motors into an existing platform, however. The Jaguar I-Pace Concept reveals a distinctive, cab-forward design meant to maximize the benefits of battery propulsion. That means neck-snapping acceleration as well as “class-above” passenger and cargo space. (more…)

First Drive: 2017 Jaguar XE

British marque ready to compete with best luxury offerings in its class.

by on Nov.01, 2016

The new 2017 Jaguar XE is ready to take on the standard bearers in the luxury segment.

Once something of an endangered species on the American road, Jaguar has made a comeback with a series of handsome new vehicles that have caught the attention of luxury buyers who are looking for something fashionably different.

Eager to expand its range, the British marque has made the new Jaguar XE capable of holding its own with the cars built by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Lexus.

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On the inside of the XE, Jaguar’s designers, mindful of the Audi’s finely crafted interiors, have given the XE a luxurious feel that is built around an array of carefully chosen materials and well-crafted features that are nicely combined to create a space that is at once functional and elegant. (more…)

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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 TheDetroitBureau.com 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.

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