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10 Hottest Debuts at the 2015 NY Auto Show

Compacts and full-size luxury; hybrids and high-performance supercars.

by on Apr.06, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 makes its NY debut.

The turnstiles are now open at New York’s Jacob Javits convention center, spinning rapidly as the crowds rush in to check out all the new sheet metal on display at the annual NY International Auto Show. team was on hand for all the unveilings at last week’s media preview, a two-day extravaganza that saw more than two dozen different unveilings. Some of the new models played it safe, others are simply forgettable. But there also were plenty of surprises and significant debuts.

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Here’s our list of the Top 10 Debuts at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. Click on the product names for more complete coverage.

New Jaguar XF Gets Larger, Lighter, Faster

Coupe-like sedan takes aim at major German luxury brands.

by on Mar.31, 2015

A Jaguar XF appears to float above the ground during its official NY unveiling on Tuesday in NY.

After offering a tease of the new XF during a daring tightrope drive across the Thames River in London, Jaguar has again taken the wraps off the new mid-lux sedan during a New York Auto Show preview – this time revealing some intriguing details.

The new “aluminum-intensive” model gets much larger inside, resolving long-running complaints about its previously cramped interior. At the same time, it gets lighter and, Jaguar promises, significantly faster.


“In creating the all-new XF, as a design team, we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity,” proclaimed Jaguar chief of design Ian Callum, adding that, “Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose – nothing is superfluous.”


Jaguar Rides a Tightrope with New 2016 XF

Complete redesign is lighter, roomier, more powerful.

by on Mar.24, 2015

A new Jaguar XF makes its high-wire debut in a drive 800 feet above the river in London.

As it rolls out a procession of new products aimed at rebuilding its position in the global luxury market, Jaguar has been riding a tightrope – quite literally, with the first showing of the newly redesigned 2016 Jaguar XF.

With movie stuntman Jim Dowdell behind the wheel, the new sedan rolled across a pair of wires strung nearly 800 feet above the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf. The daring stunt came a week before the official debut of the new Jaguar XF at the New York International Auto Show.

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“Over my 35 years in the industry I’ve driven Jaguar vehicles on many Hollywood movie sets,” recalled Dowdell. “However, the biggest test for me on this stunt was the unpredictability of the elements. Potential oscillation in the high-wires from wind speeds meant it added a real challenge. The wires are only 34 mm (about 1.3 inches) in diameter so the journey required absolute precision, balance and control.”


Jaguar Offers First Look at Next-Gen XF

New sport sedan set for high-wire intro.

by on Mar.18, 2015

A birdseye view of the 2016 Jaguar XF.

After an eight-year run, Jaguar plans to replace its mid-range XF sport sedan later this year with an all-new model. And while we’ll have to wait until the New York Auto Show to get a full look at what’s coming, the British maker is offering a couple images designed to tease the imagination.

That said, Jaguar intends to build some excitement ahead of the official public launch. British stuntman Jim Dowdall, a veteran of numerous Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones adventure flicks, will drive a new XF across two 1.3-inch wires suspended high above water in London next week.

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As with other recent additions and updates to its line-up, Jaguar confirms it will opt for an all-new, aluminum-intensive architecture for the new XF, a platform that will be shared with the upcoming Jaguar XE sedan.


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 Downsizes Engine Line-Up

Adds first U.S. 4-cylinder, and a supercharged V-6 for big XJ.

by on Jun.29, 2012

The 2013 Jaguar XJ will swap its 5.0-liter V-8 for a supercharged V-6.

Bigger is better, or so the traditional logic has gone when it comes to the luxury market – and especially powertrain options.  But facing tough new emissions and mileage mandates – and shifting consumer demand – manufacturers like Jaguar are downsizing both their vehicle lines and their engine offerings.

The British marque has revealed plans to offer its first-ever inline-four in the U.S. market for 2013.  And the coming model-year will also see Jaguar replace the 5.0-liter V-8 in its XJ flagship with a new supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.

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Among other powertrain news for 2013, the British luxury marque will introduce a new 8-speed automatic and will add Stop/Start technology.  The latter feature – already being offered by such high-line brands as Porsche and BMW – automatically shuts off the engine when idling, say, at a stop light. The engine instantly fires back up when the driver’s foot lifts off the brake.


Jaguar Bringing XF Sportbrake to Geneva

Images of wagon leak ahead of Geneva.

by on Feb.28, 2012

An image of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake leaked ahead of schedule, it seems.

The long-awaited Jaguar XF Sportbrake will be rolling into Geneva’s PALExpo Convention Center next week, it seems, and thanks to a brochure falling into the wrong hands we’ve got these preliminary pics to show our readers before we get a look at the wagon in the flesh, so to speak, at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Considering the strong popularity of station wagons – aka “shooting brakes” in Brit-speak – it’s a surprise that it has taken Jaguar so long to bring into its line-up after a few false starts over the decades.

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But the maker is now on a roll, along with its British sibling Land Rover, and between them they plan more than three dozen new products, variants and major powertrain launches before mid-decade, according to senior company officials.

The brochure images – which align with recent spy shots – reveal that from the B-pillar forward Jaguar has maintained the basic look of the XF sedan.  But from mid-body back it’s all-new, including the use of black-out trim that appears lifted from the bigger Jaguar XJ.


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…)

First Look: 2012 Jaguar XF, XF-R and XKR-S

Brits celebrate 50th anniversary of the classic E-Type.

by on Apr.20, 2011

The new 186 mph Jaguar XKR-S.

There will be plenty of reasons to celebrate on the Jaguar stand at the New York Auto Show, this year.  The maker will not only mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of its classic E-Type sports car but will also roll out a significant update of its current midsize “saloon car,” the XF.

Putting a premium on performance, the Brits will have several new muscle cars to unveil, as well, including both the XFR and the 186 mph XKR-S

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With the new offerings, “Jaguar is at full strength,” contends the maker’s design chief Ian Callum – though there remain plenty of rumblings that even more product is in the works, notably a downsized “entry luxury” sedan that will eventually replace the largely unloved X-Type.

The maker has received a far more positive response to its sporty XF, which helped reframe the design equation for Jaguar when it made its debut several years back.


First Look: Jaguar B99

Bertone’s glimpse of the future for the British marque.

by on Feb.22, 2011

The Bertone-designed Jaguar B99 makes its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

There’s plenty to celebrate with the upcoming debut of the Jaguar B99, the Bertone-designed concept scheduled to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show marking the company’s 99th anniversary.

The deep red show car also provides a strong hint of what’s to come when Jaguar gets back into the small luxury car segment with a much-needed replacement for the mostly unloved X-Type sedan.

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Roughly 15 feet, nose-to-tail and slotting into the D-segment, the B99 might seem a conservative design, at first blush, with a wee bit of heritage carried over from the classic XJ.  But a closer look reveals some distinctive touches, notably the unusual barn doors – or rear suicide doors, if you so prefer.  They look large but are actually only about half the size of those up front.

The familiar grille of the mid-range XF is carried over, as is, of course, the Leaper hood ornament.  And, in keeping with Jaguar’s focus on light, fuel-efficient luxury cars, the B99 also opts for an aluminum body and chassis.