China’s annual October Holiday has started today, the whole country will be on the move, eating and drinking with the family and then back home again. There won’t be much new news until next Friday so we will post extra many stories on strange and beautiful cars. Like this perfect Daimler V8 seen on a parking lot in front of a ‘business club’ near my house in Beijing! Wadde style these automachines had, looking royal in dark blue with fat tires and loads of chrome all over.
New news on the Jaguar Land-Rover – Chery joint venture. Earlier on we heard the combination will start making cars in 2014. They will make the Freelander, Evoque and a yet unknown Jaguar sedan. Chinese press reports today that there is much more. Read more »
The Chinese interwebs are red hot with pictures from what appears to be the production version of the upcoming Jaguar C-X75 hypercar. The pictures where leaked, or so the stories say, from the China patent office, which indeed is well known for its notoriously leaking anything.
With booming sales, China will soon overtake North America to become the second largest market for luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover after Britain, the company’s top executive predicted on Friday.
JLR Chief Executive Officer Ralf Speth told Xinhua that the company will increase investment in China to expand its sales network in the country and develop cars that best meet Chinese consumers’ demands.
Jaguar will offer a 247hp 2.0 four-cylinder turbo in the XJ and XF for the Chinese car market. The engine is exclusively for China and meant to pump up sales, the same 2.0 is already available in the China-market Land Rover Freelander. Price for the XJ will fall below 900.000 yuan (base V6: 968.000 yuan), price for the XF below 500.000 yuan (base V6: 598.000 yuan). The 2.0 turbo’d XJ and XF will arrive early next year. Via: 163.
Jaguar has launched the ‘London Commemorative Editions’, China-only limited editions based the XJL and the XF. Both cars were launched at the ‘Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau International Auto Show’, yez that one, in the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. The London Editions come with London-logo’s all over, a special white paint, special alloys, a special very black interior, special stitching on the seats, more London-logo’s and a 30.000 yuan higher price tag.
Jaguar Land Rover, the Indian-owned car manufacturer based in Britain, reported records sales driven by strong demand in China and other emerging markets, the company said on Tuesday. The luxury car maker made an annual pre-tax profit of 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) in the year ending March 2012, up from 1.12 billion pounds the previous year.
More details have emerged on the Chery-Jaguar-Land Rover joint venture. Chery and JLR reached an agreement on the joint venture in March and are now waiting for the final approval by the Chinese government. The plans are impressive and include an engine plant which will make engines especially for the Chinese market.
Production will start in 2014. Initial capacity of the car factory will be 130.000 cars annually, by 2020 capacity will reach 250.000 cars. In 2014 the joint venture plans to build 34.000 Range Rover Evoques, 43.000 Range Rover Freelanders and 23.000 Jaguar ‘sedans’, which type or types is yet unclear.
New spy shots from the new Range Rover testing in China, it will likely debut late this year and hit the market in early 2013. China is now the third biggest market worldwide for Range Rover so it wants to make sure the new car behaves on Chinese roads. The new Range Rover will also be longer for more space in the back, something that especially Chinese car buyers have been asking for.
The Jaguar XJL Ulitmate is the ultimate XJL when it comes to luxury for passengers in the back, perfectly so for China and no wonder it debuted at the Beijing Auto Show. This is the second XJ designed for the Chinese market, last year Jaguar sold out a limited ‘XJ Panorama Business Edition‘ in just a few months, this new Ultimate isn’t limited but will likely sell like hot rice anyway.