Jaguar has finally decided to put
their C-X17 crossover concept into production. The C-X17 crossover concept will
be called the F-PACE and will be a part of their production model range from
2016 at their Solihull facility in the UK.
The legendary designer Ian Callum,
Director of Design for Jaguar said that due to the overwhelming response to the
C-X17 concept in 2014, Jaguar was compelled to put it into production. The
F-PACE has been inspired by the F-TYPE and will blend in the performance of a
sports car with the practicality of an SUV while sporting sporty sports car
exterior and a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. “The F-Pace
is our family sports car.”
Jaguar is celebrating their 80th
anniversary in 2015 and the F-PACE is just a way of proving the long and rich
heritage the marquee from England has over its 80 years of existence. As far as
Jaguar has revealed, the F-PACE has now begun its engineering and development
testing programme, and some of the technical bits and details that the F-PACE
will have (as far as we know) is that it will be a five seater, an aluminium
body with some “advanced suspension system”. The F-PACE will also have an all
wheel drive system. We presume engine power output to be north of 500bhp, since
it is inspired by the F-TYPE.
But why 2016? Why not 2015? Or
tomorrow? We want it now!
Jaguar Land Rover Reports Strong Full Year Sales For 2014
Jaguar Land Rover has in 2014 retailed
462,678 vehicles, up 9 pc over the previous year. This is the company’s 5th
successive year of growth in sales.
Commenting on the full year
performance Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director
said: “Jaguar Land Rover has once again
outperformed prior year performance, with retails up across all of our key
regions. With 12 significant new product
actions planned for 2015 and the introduction of the new Jaguar XE and the Land
Rover Discovery Sport, we anticipate retailing over half a million vehicles for
the first time in the company’s history.
“2014 has been a year of significant
achievements for Jaguar Land Rover, recognised by more than 100 international
awards. We aim to make 2015 even better, by creating ever more exciting cars
that deliver great customer experiences.”
Of its total sales, the China region
accounted for 122,010 units, up 28 pc; 96,505 for Overseas, up 1pc; 86,310 in
Europe, up 3pc; 82,872 in the UK, up 7pc and 74,981 in North America, up 2pc.
Land Rover had its best ever year with
sales reaching 381,108, up 9 pc year-on-year. The company sold more Range
Rovers, Range Rover Sports and Range Rover Evoques in 2014 than ever before, on
the back of continued strong customer demand.
Jaguar sales were up 6pc for the year,
retailing 81,570 vehicles.
Jaguar Land Rover Announces 1,300 New Uk Jobs
Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans
to create 1,300 new jobs as it continues to accelerate its industry-leading
expertise in aluminium and lightweight technologies. The news comes following
confirmation that the UK’s largest manufacturing investor will add a further
new Jaguar model to its product portfolio. The Jaguar performance crossover,
set to go on sale in 2016, follows the Jaguar XE into the new facilities within
the world-renowned Solihull plant.
This latest announcement from the
Detroit auto show will see Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull manufacturing plant
continue to develop its world-class capability in aluminium vehicle
construction for which the company is synonymous. All this was stated in a
press release issued by the company.