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.
It was a second weekend of success for Aston Martin Racing, as drivers Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda took the V8 Vantage GTE number 98 car to victory. After converting a pole position start into victory last week in Austin, they repeated that success in the latest 6-hour FIA World Endurance Championship round in Fuji, Japan. It means they are in a very strong position with just two rounds to go. It was a great start from opening driver Pedro Lamy which was built on by both Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda. So much so that at the three hour mark, when all the trio had driven their first stint, they had a lead of over one lap on the rest of the field. Lauda said: "It's great to win two in a row, following the one in Austin. We had a really clean race, great pitstops and the car setup was fantastic making it really easy to drive over the stint." Pedro Lamy added: "I just kept pushing towards the end and the car was in a nice condition throughout the whole of my final stint. I really worked hard to maintain my focus with the lead I had." It was solid consistent driving by all three divers that made sure of the victory. Team Principle Paul Howarth commented how the team are now hungry for the next round in three weeks time in China. "We'll continue to push and aim to place ourselves in the strongest position in the championship table for the finale in Bahrain." This weekend's result means that Aston Martin have reduced the gap to the Italian AF Corse team in the GTE Am championship to just 33 points, with a maximum of 52 still up for grabs in the final two rounds.
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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