Aston Martin has announced the appointment of Joerg Ross as Chief Engineer, Powertrain. He joins Aston Martin from Maserati where he served as Head of Advanced Powertrain. On his appointment, Joerg Ross said: "I'm delighted to be joining Aston Martin at what is an exciting time for the brand. The company is at a significant point in its history, with the recent announcement of its first all-electric car the RapidE. I'm excited to play a part in developing Aston Martin's future vehicle strategy." Ross has spent more than 25 years in the automotive industry and held senior management positions at IAV, Scuderia Ferrari F1 and Ford as well as his most recent position at Maserati. He will now be responsible for the development of Aston Martin's engines, transmissions and electrification, and will be based at the company's headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.
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.
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the Vantage AMR has been confirmed as being the first series production derivative of Aston Martin's new race-inspired performance range. The AMR brand has two distinct tiers: series production limited-edition models such as the new Vantage AMR sit at its entry point, while an extensively modified AMR Pro model will sit at the pinnacle of the range. The Vantage AMRs are offered both with 430bhp V8 or 595bhp1 - up from 565bhp - V12 powertrain options. Vantage AMR is available in four striking AMR exterior schemes: Stratus White with an Orange graphic; Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic; Zaffre Blue with Red graphic; and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. And there are different interior schemes with a combination of leather and Alcantara for the Vantage AMR Coupes and all-leather for the Vantage AMR Roadsters. The Global Vantage AMR production is limited to just 300 cars: 100 V12 and 200 V8.
Designed, developed and built in the UK, the Jaguar F-PACE was named World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year by a panel of 75 influential motoring journalists from all over the world in April. And you'll be able to see it at the London Motor Show from 4-7 May. Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: "The Jaguar F-PACE is one of the greatest British automotive success stories and the fastest-selling Jaguar ever. It's only right that the car and both of the trophies it won are displayed here in the UK at the London Motor Show for the whole nation to see." Jaguar's first performance SUV is designed and developed in the UK and built at Solihull. It is already the most searched Jaguar ever in the UK with 4.4 million unique page views of F-PACE content since launch. The Jaguar F-PACE, priced from £34,730 is available to order now at Jaguar UK retailers. The London Motor Show takes place at Battersea Evolution from 4-7 May.
The Jaguar I-PACE concept electric vehicle has made its first public display on the roads around London's Olympic Park. "The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic," said Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar. "With the I-PACE Concept we've torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package." The I-PACE will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in around 4 seconds and its 90kWh lithium-ion battery will have a range of more than 500km. These will have an 80 per cent charge achievement in just 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging. Both front and rear axles have compact, lightweight electric motors that give a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, with the benefits of all-wheel drive. It will be a true Jaguar and a true drivers' car. As Callum says: "The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived." Full information on the I-PACE Concept can be found on the Jaguar UK media site. To be one of the first owners, go to jaguar.co.uk and click the 'I want one' button.
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."
Aston Martin's new Vanquish S has been launched and continues the progress of this illustrious model to keep it one to watch on the nation's roads. Both inside and out the looks and performance have been enhanced to make this driver's car a car to carry on driving. Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President & CEO said: "From the moment the original Vanquish was launched it became a modern icon. It propelled Aston Martin from an era of hand-built cars to one where craftsmanship and technology combined to create a new kind of great British GT. "In its second generation the Vanquish maintained that momentum with huge engineering advances such as its all-carbon fibre bodywork and compelling, contemporary styling. Now, the Vanquish S takes things a step further, confidently asserting itself within the Aston Martin range and distinguishing itself from the new DB11. A spectacular machine in every sense, the Vanquish S is a magnificent addition to our range." Vanquish S is available in both Coupe and Volante and recommended retail price starts from £199,950 in the UK.
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.
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