Jaguar Land Rover Classic enjoyed a double victory at the 2017 Octane Awards, held in London this week. The 'Legends Continued' Jaguar XKSS continuation was crowned 2017 Car of the Year and Jaguar Land Rover Classic also received the Manufacturer Heritage Collection of the Year accolade. "It is a huge honour to receive such a prestigious award for the XKSS," said Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, John Edwards. "It's 12 months to the day since the continuation Car Zero made its global debut in Los Angeles, and since then we have launched Range Rover and Jaguar Reborn restoration programmes and shown the inventive fully-electric Jaguar E-type Zero too." The Jaguar Classic team's meticulous attention to detail, for a fiendishly complicated project, saw the XKSS secure the most votes from Octane's magazine readers and website visitors.
There is a raft of new VW Crafter derivatives now available to order in Van Centres across the UK. Panel vans with 4MOTION all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox are now available, along with open body models in single and double cab variants. The all-new Crafter was designed from the bottom up to meet the needs of van operators, and now offers maximum flexibility as well as a comprehensive suite of innovative technologies. The addition of open body models to the range opens the door to conversions via Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' Recognised Converter scheme, meaning customers in the market for a Luton, dropside, tipper or other more unusual adaptation have the perfect base vehicle. Further derivatives will continue to join the line-up in 2018, including a 122 PS engine which will join the current 102, 140 and 177 PS powertrain options.
The shear pulling power of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery has been demonstrated in the Australian Outback, with the sight of a 110-tonne road train being towed by the renowned SUV. Land Rover took on the ultimate towing test by pulling the massive road train across a closed section of the Lasseter Highway in the remote Northern Territory, Australia. With 600Nm of torque, the Discovery Td6 is well suited to pulling heavy loads. The 258PS 3.0-litre single-turbo engine features low-pressure exhaust recirculation and a two-stage oil pump for improved responses, refinement and efficiency. As a result, the diesel model delivers CO2 emissions of 189g/km and fuel economy of 39.2mpg (7.2l/100 km).
Ford is updating its established Mondeo line-up with new sports and luxury models aimed at both fleet and private buyers, with the former seven series making up the Mondeo range being simplified to five. Owen Gregory, Ford of Britain fleet director, said: "We know Mondeo customers want their cars to stand out. This has propelled Mondeo drivers from core series to distinctly sporty and luxury-looking models. Making this easier and more affordable takes Mondeo into 2018 in style." All five models have navigation, DAB, autonomous braking to mitigate or avoid low-speed collisions at under 31mph, front/rear parking sensors and cruise control with speed limiter as standard. ST-Line series introduce extras including front, rear and side body styling, lowered sports suspension, Ford Power start button and darkened headliner. Privacy glass and 19in rock metallic alloy wheels are added on the ST-Line Edition.
For the fourth year running, Land Rover has teamed up with The Prince's Countryside Fund to award five entrepreneurial young people with a year's loan of a Land Rover Discovery. The winners are selected for their stand-out business plans, passion and dedication to making a difference in their local community. They are: Falmouth-based, Jenny Dunstan, founder of Jenny's Beef Ltd; Lucy and Chris Williams, who are setting up a Scottish tea company, Tulloch Tea; organic dairy farmer, Claire Howlett, from Bromyard; suckler cow farmer James Speers, who is president of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster; and finally, Lindale-based David Corrie-Close who, with his wife Bekka, has recently established the Horned Beef Company. Scott Dicken, Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: "We are pleased to be able to once again support five more young farmers through our bursary with The Prince's Countryside Fund. These young people are great advocates of the farming industry and their passion and dedication is a pleasure to see."
As many as 400 Land Rovers and 900 visitors gathered in the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu last Sunday, for an impressive line-up at Simply Land Rover. An unmissable treat for fans of Britain's legendary off-roader, the display featured the iconic Defender and Series I, II and III models, as well as the hugely successful Range Rover, Discovery and Freelander ranges. Beaulieu's Forest Drive was one of the highlights of the show for participants eager to try out their off-road driving skills. Simply Land Rover is one of eight Simply rallies in the 2017 Beaulieu season. Simply Jaguar is next on July 9th and Simply Smart is on November 12th. Each event celebrates a particular marque or motoring theme, giving enthusiasts and attraction visitors the chance to see some of their favourite machines close up. There's more information on the Beaulieu website - www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.
The Jaguar Range Rover family of easily recognised vehicles include the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Between them, they have transformed the fortunes of the UK's largest vehicle manufacturer. Now, a new model as joined the impressive line-up, the Velar. And in a real boost for the under pressure British car industry, the company confirmed that the Velar will be built exclusively at its flagship Solihull plant in the West Midlands. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: "The expansion of our product range and building this British designed and engineered car in the UK is a sign of our confidence in British manufacturing. We are leading the global premium car industry with our commitment to our home market and our heart, soul and headquarters will always be in the UK." Jaguar Land Rover accounts for 85 per cent of all premium cars produced in Britain and contributes £10bn to the UK economy every year. Last year, they sold 583,313 cars - more than one every minute, 44 per cent of which were Range Rovers. Production of the Jaguar Land Rover models in the UK supports more than 40,000 British jobs and there are a further 250,000 jobs working within the supply chain.
Jaguar Land Rover has set a new record in 2016, producing 1,727,471 vehicles. It means that they are the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain, accounting for more than 30% of all domestic car production last year. This underlines the improvement from the car manufacturer since 2009, when their total annual production was 158,000 units. Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director said: "Jaguar Land Rover has once again shown that investment in new models, skills and advanced technology are critically important to ensure Britain has a thriving automotive industry - even in the face of current uncertainty. "To be the UK's largest automotive business once again is a tremendous achievement. We are proud to call ourselves a British company and are committed to ensuring manufacturing remains the backbone of the British economy."
It was building for the future last month when the new Land Rover Discovery was launched at Packington Hall next to the largest Lego construction ever-created, all 5.8 million bricks worth! And now the independent industry body CAP is bringing good news to the fleet and leasing business as it is estimating that the new Land Rover Discovery will retain 59% of its residual value over three years or 36,000 miles. This is partly due to its 2.0 litre Ingenium engine which is of aluminium construction and therefore lighter and more efficient and gives a servicing interval of 21,000 miles or two years. According to Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar's Land Rover UK Managing Director: "The new Discovery is already proving to be immensely competitive against the established competition. High residuals and reduced running costs mean that Discovery customers can enjoy all the improved benefits over the outgoing Discovery and its peers for less." The new Land Rover Discovery can be ordered now, with UK deliveries to start in the spring. It's priced from £43,495 or £399 per month on the road.
Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's largest car manufacturer, today announced its best-ever September UK sales retailing 20,977 vehicles, up 31% on the same period in 2015. Both brands contributed to the strong performance, delivering their best September sales figures on record. Land Rover, spearheaded by the Range Rover Evoque, sold 14,556 vehicles, up 30%, while Jaguar sold 6,421 vehicles, surpassing the brand's previous best September in 2004. Jaguar has retailed 26,366 vehicles in the first nine months of 2016, up 47% on the same period last year while Land Rover has sold 66,978 vehicles, up 16%.
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