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Chinese Automaker Jiangling Forced to Stop Production of its Range Rover Evoque Copy

Chinese Automaker Jiangling Forced to Stop Production of its Range Rover Evoque Copy

Land Rover finally wins legal battle against Chinese copycat company

Jaguar Land Rover has been fighting a lengthy and tedious legal battle against Jiangling Motor Corporation (JMC) from China it initiated when the company launched a model that very closely resembled its Range Rover Evoque. The copycat model is called the Landwind X7, and it has been in production uninterrupted since 2015, but now, a Beijing court has ordered the automaker to stop making the X7.

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Jaguar is Working On a Technology To Counter Motion Sickness

Jaguar is Working On a Technology To Counter Motion Sickness

This is a worldwide problem and looks like JLR has a solution for it

Motion sickness is way more common than you can imagine. As per industry research, more than 70-percent of people suffer from motion sickness, and Jaguar Land-Rover believes it can counter this problem and reduce it by 60-percent. To do so, the automaker has come up with a technology that will come as standard on all of its future cars.

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A Combination of Poor Diesel Sales and Brexit Leads to Jaguar Land Rover Job Cuts and Reduced Production

A Combination of Poor Diesel Sales and Brexit Leads to Jaguar Land Rover Job Cuts and Reduced Production

The looming uncertainty of Brexit is becoming a real problem for the British car brands

2018 hasn’t been a good year for Jaguar Land Rover. The automaker is reporting massive declines in sales volume as fears over Brexit begin to take hold of the company. The decline in demand for diesel models has also contributed to the stagnant sales, forcing the automaker to slash as many as 1,000 jobs and reduce production output in the U.K.

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Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Because weather, CES, and automaker influence

The Detroit Auto Show is on the cusp of a long-overdue decision that will effectively move the show out of the winter doldrums of January into a later month with a far more inviting climate. Nothing is official yet, but there’s growing momentum that America’s most esteemed auto show will be moved from January to October beginning in 2020. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is scheduled to vote on uprooting the show from its winter roots and moving it to the fall.

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The Most Useful Land Rover Defender Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

The Most Useful Land Rover Defender Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

Forget those Swiss Army Knives, the Land Rover Defender multi-tool is here to save the day

The Land Rover Defender was known for being one of the most functional cars in the world. It was built to drive on any road surface and its all-world toughness has become one of its most enduring features. Unfortunately, the Defender is in a bit of an influx today as Land Rover prepares to launch the next-generation model. Fear not, though, because there is a Land Rover Defender that’s currently on the market that has no shortage of useful functions. Best of all, it costs under $20. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Land Rover Defender multitool device.

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Jaguar Land Rover Might Be Buying Two Italian Exotic Brands

Jaguar Land Rover Might Be Buying Two Italian Exotic Brands

Speculation based on rumors, but whose to say its wrong?

Jaguar Land Rover has come a long way since 2008 and its days under Ford Motor Company. The iconic British brands went from life support to thriving over the last decade – all thanks to the Tata Group, the Indian automotive conglomerate that saved the brands from extinction. Well, it seems sources close to the automaker told Bloomberg that JLR is seeking to buy other luxury automotive brands, all with the support and financial backing of Tata.

That rumor is all well and good, both as a sign of JLR’s health and Tata’s goal of expansion. But the question still remains: what luxury automotive brands are in need of the Tata treatment? Gabe Beita Kiser of Carbuzz makes the very astute call of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Both Italian brands are currently owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. FCA’s frontman Sergio Marchionne has been rather public about his wishes to partner FCA with another automaker, or at least sell off a few of its brands. As of right now, Alfa Romeo is fighting tooth and nail trying to re-enter the American market with two all-new vehicles, the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. Things aren’t going so hot, but Alfa continues to hang on. Maserati, on the other hand, is like the forgotten toy under Sergio’s bed. It’s a brand with a rich history and great potential, yet its practically stagnate. Could Jaguar Land Rover turn Alfa Romeo and Maserati around, all while under the watchful eye of Tata? It seems like a match made in vehicular heaven.

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Jaguar Land Rover's New Nomenclature Is Actually Easy To Understand

Jaguar Land Rover’s New Nomenclature Is Actually Easy To Understand

Take notes, Audi!

Changing model names in the auto industry on the fly is actually a pretty difficult thing. An automaker who decides to adopt a change risks confusing its existing clientele, not to mention future buyers who may end up being turned off by the sheer confusion brought about by the new names. Take Audi, for example. The German automaker announced a new naming structure for all of its models, and all-around confusion has been the overwhelming response to it. As it turns out, Jaguar Land Rover is also planning to adopt a new nomenclature for its models and, wouldn’t you know it, the proposed changes are actually easy to understand.

Word of JLR’s plans come from a reader from Auto Express who spotted a Jaguar F-Type prototype that was wearing a badge reading “P380 AWD.” As it turns out, there’s more to the badge than meets the eye as the alphanumeric combination actually points to a new naming structure that both Jaguar and Land Rover are planning for their respective models. According to Auto Express, it is believed that in the case of the “P380 AWD,” the “P” stands for petrol while the “380” refers to the amount of horsepower the model has. The AWD reference is self-explanatory. In the case of the Range Rover Velar, it is believed that it will adopt the “D180” name, meaning that it’s running on a diesel engine and has 180 horsepower on tap. Likewise, the range-topping unit will also feature a “P380” nomenclature based on the model having the same engine and output as the F-Type. Even Jaguar’s upcoming electric vehicles will adopt the same naming strategy, including the Jaguar I-Pace, which is reportedly getting badged as the “E400.” And as far as Land Rover’s various hybrid models are concerned, the thought process would be for them to get “H” badges.

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Jaguar Land Rover Contemplates a Big Move That Could Shake the Very Core of the Auto Industry

Jaguar Land Rover Contemplates a Big Move That Could Shake the Very Core of the Auto Industry

Parent firm Tata Motors has reportedly green-lit the shopping spree

Jaguar Land Rover is in the market for a new auto brand, and it’s not just gunning for any manufacturer. Nope. JLR is shooting for the big boys as it’s being reported that the company is looking to acquire a marque brand in an effort to diversify its lineup. The report comes from Bloomberg, which cited sources saying that on top of being on the lookout for an international auto brand, the company is also weighing options on potential purchases of technology firms that can complement the company’s efforts in being a leader in electric technology and autonomous driving systems.

JLR’s push for expansion reportedly has the green light of parent company Tata Motors, which is sitting on a staggering amount of cash amounting to around $6.1 billion. The immediate plan is to use that money to add new products to the fold, whether it’s an established automaker, new technologies, or increased manufacturing capacity. As for the end goal, Tata believes that it needs to build off of the success of Jaguar and Land Rover - the two companies account for 78 percent of Tata Motors’ revenue - by growing its portfolio in the auto scene. It’s still unclear which auto brands JLR is looking into purchasing, but the important thing is that it has the blessing from Tata to start doing some shopping. And, if it just so happens that JLR is going to need extra finances to close a potential acquisition, the mothership is more than willing to provide the financial support to make it happen. Don’t look now, but JLR could be on the verge of shaking up the auto industry.

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Victoria Beckham Didn't Design The Range Rover Evoque After All

Victoria Beckham Didn’t Design The Range Rover Evoque After All

Guess we won’t have to worry about Beckham having any design input on future Land Rover models

The truth finally comes out, at least for those who probably weren’t aware of it from the very beginning. Victoria Beckham, the ex-Spice Girl and current Mrs. David Beckham, was in no way responsible for the design of the Range Rover Evoque. In fact, Beckham didn’t even do much in the way of actually designing the Evoque, so says the man who actually did design the SUV. Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern minced no words in finally clarifying a years-old rumor, telling The Daily Mail that Beckham exaggerated the role she played in designing the Evoque.

“I’ve forgotten more than that woman will ever know about designing – to be a car designer takes years,” McGovern said in the most direct and emphatic take-down of Beckham’s rumored involvement in the design of the SUV. The design chief was apparently irked when Beckham told the world during the Evoque’s unveiling in China five years ago that she was the one who designed the car and wasn’t mindful of the fact that she was only there to lend her name and star power to the crossover. To be fair, Beckham did have some input on the Evoque, although that was limited to the special edition model that bore her name. Even then, the company briefed the former pop star that the alterations she could make would be limited to “restrained color and detail changes” and not actually overhauling the car’s overall design. So there you have it. The mystery surrounding Victoria Beckham’s involvement in the actual design of the Range Rover Evoque has been answered.

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Land Rover Sets Sights On Competing Against The Bentley Bentayga

Land Rover Sets Sights On Competing Against The Bentley Bentayga

British automaker certainly has the know-how to make it a compelling possibility

Land Rover has been around long enough that nobody should ever question the automaker’s SUV pedigree. But as it is in the auto industry, there’s enough room for even Land Rover to improve on its current status. That appears to be what the company is thinking about these days with the explosion in popularity of the ultra-luxury SUV segment. While the market is still in its infancy, the Bentley Bentayga has been killing it, and Land Rover appears to be keen on joining in on the fun with its own ultra-luxury SUV.

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern even alluded to this, telling Automotive News Europe that the company is open to the idea of developing a legitimate range-topping model of the Range Rover that can compete directly with the Bentayga. McGovern even points out that the Range Rover sub-brand has a “big expanse across its price range,” making it easy to step up its game with a model that falls in the range of the extremely popular Bentley SUV. A look at the price disparity between the top-of-the-line Range Rover LWB (starts at $140,995) and the Bentley Bentayga ($229,100) and it’s easy to see why Land Rover is so intrigued by the idea of an ultra luxury Range Rover. The question now is whether the U.K.-based automaker will follow through on these perceived plans. A business case can certainly be made considering how the ultra-luxury SUV market is shaping up to be, and if there’s one company that can legitimately say it has the tools and the pedigree to make it happen, it’s Land Rover.

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Jaguar Land Rover's SVO Division Needs To Be Recognized As One Of The Best In The Business

Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO Division Needs To Be Recognized As One Of The Best In The Business

With new projects like the XE SV Project 8, SVO deserves its time in the spotlight

A few days ago, Jaguar released a special edition version of the XE compact sedan. Most of you may have heard or read about it, but its unveiling wasn’t met with the same “break-the-Internet” vibe as similar products released by Ferrari (the Ferrari J50) and Lamborghini (the Lamborghini Centenerio). Part of it isn’t Jaguar’s fault because a car like the XE SV Project 8 doesn’t illicit the same level of awe as the J50 and the Centenerio. But how much of it is related to Jaguar and SVO not getting the respect it feels it deserves?

There’s an element of truth in the rationale that Jaguar is slowly building its name back to relevance after years of toiling in mediocrity. It’s done a remarkable job in recent years, but there’s still some level of hesitancy when it comes to believing that Jaguar has returned to the level of rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The introduction of SVO, or as it’s really called, Special Vehicles Operations, is meant to bring that Jaguar name closer to the marque. This is where a car like the XE SV Project 8 comes into the picture, and if you haven’t been a fan of SVO’s work in the past, then you will be once you see what this juiced-up XE compact sedan is fully capable of. The full scope of details covering the XE SV Project 8 will be revealed when it makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the end of the month.

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JLR Is Bringing Virtual Reality Into Its Showrooms

JLR Is Bringing Virtual Reality Into Its Showrooms

New technology promises to enrich the car buying experience

Jaguar Land Rover is planning a major revamp of its dealerships, and included in the updates will be the implementation of virtual reality technology to enhance the car-buying experience.

That’s the latest from Automotive News, which spoke with Jaguar Land Rover’s North America CEO Joe Eberhardt at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

“We will have some virtual reality experiences in our dealerships. I think that will be a big part of the showroom experience,” Eberhardt told the news outlet, adding that VR is best suited for engaging customers prior to the arrival of a new model.

Conceivably, the technology can be used to check out a cabin space in a variety of different trim levels and colors, and it would allow potential buyers to look at certain models not currently in stock at one particular dealer.

“I think there’s definitely a space for that, and we’re working on that as we speak,” Eberhardt said in regards to the various use of the technology. “It will never replace the real dealer experience, but it will have a big role, a very prominent role in the sales process going forward.”

According to Automotive News, JLR is currently updating its dealerships to include a new “arch store design,” creating a space that will include both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. The first such redesigned dealership was opened recently in Darien, Connecticut.

Additionally, JLR is looking into different ways of connecting online and in-store shopping.

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Range Rover Launches The Most Luxurious Road Trip On Earth

Range Rover Launches The Most Luxurious Road Trip On Earth

Ever feel like taking a 21-day trip around the world to visit exotic locations while wrapped in the comforting arms of five-star luxury? Well, Land Rover’s Range Rover brand has teamed up with Abercrombie & Kent, the high-end travel agency that operates across the globe. Of course, with such a combination, you can rest easy knowing you’ll have plenty of seat time in a Range Rover – or more specifically, Range Rover’s latest and most luxurious model, the SVAutobiography Edition.

The all-inclusive trip is fully customizable to your liking, but includes traveling to five continents and eight countries. The trip starts in London, moves to Monaco then Provence, then a drive to Portofino followed by a day on the Italian Riviera. By day five, you’re taking in the sunset from a private yacht. Day seven involves a private helicopter picnic. Ten days into the journey, you’re driving the SVAutobiography through the Atlas Mountains in North Africa followed by a transatlantic flight to Las Vegas. From Vegas, a two hour drive to Monument Valley in Utah. Yet another helicopter tour gives you a birds-eye view of Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

After a few other stops, an overnight flight to Sydney, Australia, where you’ll get a VIP tour of the Sydney Opera House and exclusive climbing experience on the Sydney Bridge. Leaving Australia for Tasmania has you and your travel partner driving two hours on the island nation’s prettiest roads. The trip concludes with a flight back to London.

Of course, all this doesn’t come cheap. Range Rover and Abercrombie & Kent are charging £100,000 per person, or roughly $143,000 U.S. dollars at current exchange rates. All told, expect to spend around $290,000 for the vacation for two. Whew!

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Jaguar Land Rover Could Buy Silverstone Race Track

Jaguar Land Rover Could Buy Silverstone Race Track

Imagine being an Automaker with a site like Silverstone as the heart of your whole operation. You would have plenty of space for offices and development of new vehicles. It seems like the most beneficial part of the whole concept is having an on-site track at your disposal. Well that could be in Jaguar Land Rover’s future, as the company is currently deciding whether or not to place a bid on the British race track.

Apparently, JLR has put some work into considering the bid, as it has been reported that the company would develop offices for 1,000 staff, along with facilities for 700 engineers. Outside of that, Silverstone would also become the home of JLR’s experience center, a heritage center, a museum, and even a hotel.

A recent report from Financial Times has said that property consultants Cushman and Wakefield have been tapped by JLR to assess the property and provide the realistic financial valuation for the track. According to the report, JLR may invest up to 52 million pounds – nearly $78.5 million. Assumingly, that includes the initial bid of 22.7 million pounds (about $34 million) that JLR may place in the near future.

So far, JLR has declined to offer any specific statement, only that the company is evaluating a wide range of opportunities. If JLR does follow through with placing a bid and happens to acquire the property, the site would still be operated as a race track by its current operator – The British Racing Drivers’ Club. According to Silverstone, it has not received a formal offer at this time.

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Its Electric Drive Module Technology

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Its Electric Drive Module Technology

Now that Tesla has proven there’s a market for premium electric vehicles , more established manufacturers are scrambling to develop new platforms and drivetrains for electric cars. Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed it has a full-electric luxury car in the works , and Audi’s electric 2017 Audi Q6 E-Tron SUV is imminent. Now Jaguar Land Rover is getting in on the action with three new Concept_e research demonstrators that incorporate electric power.

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Land Rover Defender Production Reportedly Extended

Land Rover Defender Production Reportedly Extended

The demise of the iconic Land Rover Defender might happen later than expected. That’s according to a worker in the Defender’s Lode Land factory who told the Birmingham Post demand for the SUV has soared since Land Rover announced it would end production in 2015. Now the factory must work into 2016 to fill the orders.

Though Land Rover has yet to comment on the issue, the report says Defender production will continue at least until February 2016, with the chance it could be extended even further. “We have had a glut of orders and are going on until then,” said the unnamed worker. “Although I’ve been told that February is the definite cut-off date, someone else has said it could possibly go on until April.”

Roughly 450 workers on the single, daytime shift are now cranking out an average of 125 Defenders per day where output had originally averaged only 84 units. This new pace will put 2015’s production volume far past that of 2014 when only 17,781 Defenders were produced. Land Rover has yet to add additional shifts at the Lode Land factory, despite the influx of orders.

Land Rover has confirmed it is working on a replacement for the antiquated Defender, whose powertrain can’t pass Europe’s strict emissions standards and safety rankings leave much to be desired. This new and modern take on the Defender’s classic design will be built at a separate factory, likely in Poland, allowing the automaker to continue Defender production without the need to retool.

Interestingly enough, Land Rover is rumored to be investigating the possibility of continuing Defender production elsewhere in the world for markets not saddled with government regulations on emissions and safety. Though production wouldn’t happen in its original Midland location, the classic Defender does have a chance of living on past 2016. Still, the Defender’s days in Europe are numbered and its presence in the U.S. market will remain noticeably absent.

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Land Rover Range Rover Turns 45

Land Rover Range Rover Turns 45

Light the candles and pop the bubbly – Land Rover’s iconic Range Rover moniker turns 45 this week. The Range Rover currently sits atop nearly every other luxury SUV and crossover in terms of features, amenities, and sheer capabilities – both on an off the beaten path. The same can be said for the original Range Rover when it debuted in 1970.

Back then, SUVs were far more utilitarian in nature, constructed from steel with strong ladder frames, torquey engines, 4WD, and almost nothing to speak of in terms of creature comforts. The Range Rover changed all that. The original Range Rover, now known as the Classic, combined all the rugged, go-anywhere attributed with a plush interior normally found in a premium sedan of the day.

“Range Rover was the first luxury SUV in the world in 1970 and 45 years on it continues to lead the way, says Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Global Engineering Operations. “The latest model is the most desirable and sophisticated Land Rover ever, mixing peerless comfort with cutting edge technology to provide the ultimate luxury SUV experience.”

Obviously biased but speaking much truth, Rogers is right about the latest Range Rover’s comfort and technology. The current 2014 Range Rover combines some fairly sophisticated technology in order to provide a smooth ride on the highway, sporty experience in the twisties, and a surprisingly capable platform on the trail.

In the last 45 years, Range Rover has managed to maintain its direction and stay true to its original mission. There’s a lot to be said for that. So for history’s sake, let’s take a look at where the Range Rover came from and what interesting details lurk in its four generations.

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Jaguar Land Rover Considering U.S. Plant

Jaguar Land Rover Considering U.S. Plant

Ford and what is now known as Jaguar Land Rover parted ways back in 2008, but it looks like the 2015 Ford F-150 could help open the door to more success for the British automaker here in the U.S. According to Automotive News, JLR CEO Ralf Speth said that JLR is looking to open a production facility here in the U.S., and the F-150’s heavy use of aluminum is expected to improve the supply and quality of the lightweight metal produced domestically. Most Jaguar and Land Rover models extensively use aluminum for chassis and body components.

This facility would likely produce between 30,000 and 40,000 units annually, and production would be for the local market rather than export. With that in mind, it makes sense that Speth confirmed that a U.S.-built Jaguar or Land Rover would be a “premium crossover.” There’s been a lot of news out of the JLR camp in regards to such utility vehicles, including the 2016 Discovery Sport, an upcoming convertible version of the Evoque and even Jaguar’s first-ever SUV, the F-Pace.

While Speth did not indicate where JLR is looking to build its new facility, the article suggested that Georgia – the state that recently landed the new North American headquarters of Mercedes-Benz – is currently a frontrunner.

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