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Land Rover Teases New 3-Row Discovery

Second “Disco” to make Paris debut.

by on Sep.06, 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery will make its debut this month in Paris, but won't go on sale until mid-2017.

Land Rover’s line-up of mid-range sport-utility vehicles is about to get a bit bigger. Actually, quite a bit bigger, considering the new model set to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show will be a three-row, seven-seater.

The British maker is offering up just this one tease image and it suggests that the new Land Rover Discovery will pick up the more tapered shape of the popular Range Rover Evoq, rather than the classic, “Disco” box.

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It is also expected to move a fair bit more up-market than the old SUV, adding a larger model to complement the Discovery Sport that came to market little more than a year ago.  Land Rover has also made it clear we’ll see a third model bearing the Disco badge in the not-too-distant future.


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 Skips the US; Will Set up New Assembly Plant in Slovakia

New factory to open in 2018.

by on Aug.11, 2015

The Jaguar F-Pace could be one of the vehicles planned for the Slovakian plant.

Jaguar Land Rover, which some expected to set up a new assembly plant in North America, has instead set its sights on a location in Slovakia.

The move would offer the Indian-owned but British-based JLR the opportunity to not only expand production as sales surge but also sharply cut labor costs. It would become the latest in a growing list of assembly operations outside the UK for the luxury maker.

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“With its established premium automotive industry, Slovakia is an attractive potential development opportunity for us,” says Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, in a statement. “The new factory will complement our existing facilities in the (United Kingdom), China, India and the one under construction in Brazil.”


Jaguar Land Rover to Add Diesels Across Line-up

Fuel economy advantage of up to 25%, maker claims.

by on Jan.11, 2015

The new JLR diesels will first appear in versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.

Aiming to catch up to key German rivals, British luxury maker Jaguar Land Rover will launch a new line-up of diesels that will eventually be offered across its line-up, the automaker announced during a media preview just before the opening of the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

The new 6-cylinder “oil burners” will first appear in versions of the top-line Range Rover, and are expected to offer as much as a 25% improvement in fuel economy over the comparable gasoline option currently available. They’ll also deliver a significant boost in torque.

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Based on the new Ingenium powertrain architecture JLR has developed since spinning off from Ford Motor Co., the diesels will be shared by both luxury brands.

“We intend to roll out fuel-efficient diesel powered vehicles across Jaguar and Land Rover lineups on virtually every model over the next 3 years,” said Joe Eberhardt, the president and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America.


Land Rover Reveals All-New Discovery Sport

3-row SUV to be first in a new “family” of Disco models.

by on Sep.03, 2014

The new Sport model will be the first of a new "family" of Discovery models from Land Rover.

It’s a new age of Discovery for Land Rover.

Following up on the popular concept vehicle it revealed during the New York Auto Show last April, the British SUV maker has revealed a “pivotal” new model underpinning Land Rover’s new product strategy. The new Sport model will be one of several new utes expected to share the Discovery badge.

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“The launch of Discovery Sport is a pivotal moment in the 66-year history of Land Rover,” said Phil Popham, marketing director of the Jaguar Land Rover Group. “Not only does it mark the introduction of the first new member of our expanding Discovery family, it also brings the versatility of 5+2 seating to the compact premium SUV market.”


Jaguar: Revolution Under the Hood

Smaller engines – and possibly a new small car -- could redefine British brand.

by on Feb.08, 2013

Jaguar-Land Rover North America's Andy Goss.

Long known for its powerful but gas-guzzling V-8s and V-12s, Jaguar is moving quickly on the development of more fuel-efficient small displacement engines as prepares to challenge its bigger luxury rivals, the maker’s chief U.S. executive said  during an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show.

Andrew Goss, president of Jaguar-Land Rover of North America, also said the company was working on the development of diesel engines and hybrid powertrains, which will help bolster the company’s fuel-economy record.

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The development of the more fuel-efficient technologies is part of the British maker’s long-range plan to compete on all fronts with highly successful German brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi around the world and Lexus in the United States. “We are determined to make Jaguar a much more significant player in the luxury market,” he said during the Chicago Auto Show’s keynote session.


Jaguar Land Rover to Close a West Midlands Plant

Labor union attacks management as incompetent.

by on Sep.24, 2009

Old style British labor woes confront new Indian owner.

Traditional British labor strife confronts new Indian owner Tata over cost cutting.

The labor union representing Jaguar Land Rover workers publicly attacked its management today over plans to close one of two plants in the West Midlands, even though the company claims the planned consolidation by the middle of next decade will not result in the loss of jobs.

The Indian-owned luxury vehicle maker is also seeking to restructure or eliminate pensions, create a multi-tiered wage structure that could cut wages by as much as 20%, and expand low-cost country sourcing.

New vehicle sales of Jaguar and Land Rover are down globally by 30%. This has resulted in manufacturing capacity utilization of less than 60% at the struggling company, which was losing money for decades when Ford Motor owned it, well before the current economic crisis.

Tata, the Mumbai-based owner said it ran up consolidated net losses for the year to March of 25 billion rupees (£315 m) compared to net profits of 21.68 billion rupees a year ago.

Unite, the labor union representing workers, said, “Earlier this year, this company and our union agreed a framework agreement intended to support JLR through this tough economic period. Our members said then that JLR could not be trusted to uphold that agreement. Today this has proven to be true.”

The Unite national secretary for the automotive sector, Dave Osborne, went on to say, “by far the biggest liability is the company’s leadership team.”

“Well, Unite’s members will not be paying for management’s incompetence and we will not stand by while those responsible continue to wreck havoc on this business,” Osborne concluded. It is unknown if he is related the John Osborne, one of a group of “angry young men” who wrote Look Back in Anger for the London stage.

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It appears that the bloody trade disputes that post-war  British car companies excelled at is about to reappear as one of the main topics in Britain’s “red top” tabloids.

The latest row was triggered by huge, unsustainable losses at both Jaguar and Land Rover as the global Great Recession drags on, and Tata’s ongoing need to cut costs.


Land Rover Confirms Plans for Small Range Rover

British maker plans for “greener and sustainable” future.

by on Sep.24, 2009

Land Rover will turn the LRX concept into a 2011 Range Rover that it promises will be the smallest, lightest vehicle it has ever produced.

Land Rover will turn the LRX concept into a 2011 Range Rover that it promises will be the smallest, lightest vehicle it has ever produced.

Land Rover is confirming plans to put the well-received LRX concept vehicle into production, with its expected to reach showrooms, sometime in 2011, as the third model in the premium Range Rover line-up.

Smaller and more fuel-efficient than the other two models, the launch of the LRX is designed to not only expand the appeal of the overall Land Rover brand, but shift it towards a “greener and (more) sustainable” business model, company officials declared, earlier today.

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Like all sport-utility vehicle manufacturers, Land Rover has seen a significant shift in public attitude, in recent years.  Though the basic utility of SUVs may still appeal, consumers are seeking better mileage and lower emissions, demands also being made by regulators in the U.S., Europe and other key markets.