Welcome to our regular news round-up relating to all things Jaguar Land Rover.
We look at some of the stories about Britain’s biggest car maker, which has its global headquarters in Coventry.
It continues to be an extremely challenging time for the car maker as the automotive industry struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As always CoventryLive has been writing about the Whitley-based company.
Since our last round-up our coverage has included news about the electrification of the Range Rover Velar and 28 coronavirus cases being confirmed at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory.
We also reported on an exciting new role at a Coventry automotive specialist for former Jaguar designer Wayne Burgess.
Elsewhere in the world there has been quite a bit of talk about a patent being lodged for a Jaguar electric supercar.
Jaguar Land Rover’s electric journey continues with the latest Velar
The Range Rover Velar has received an upgrade with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version available for the first time.
The move is part of a refresh for the model which sits between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport in the Range Rover family.
Jaguar Land Rover is in the midst of a process of electrification of its model range and the Velar refresh forms part of that and means the Range Rover family is now fully electrified.
The Plug-In Hybrid Range Rover Velar ‘P400e’ offers customers all-electric range of 33 miles and CO2 emissions of 49g/km.
In addition 48-volt mild hybrids are also available across the Velar range.
The Velar makeover also sees new infotainment technology and new design features.
You can read the full CoventryLive story here.
Jaguar Land Rover confirms 28 coronavirus cases at Solihull base
Car giant Jaguar Land Rover has revealed that 28 workers at its Solihull factory have tested positive for Covid-19.
Infected workers are now self-isolating after the number of cases grew from four to 11 from a section of the paint shop at Lode Lane – but that number has grown to 28 as of yesterday (Tuesday, September 22).
Four workers from the confirmed cases are understood to have returned to work today (September 23) after their 14-day isolation, which leaves 24 at home.
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JLR has also revealed there has been a “small number” of “isolated cases” at its sites in Castle Bromwich and Wolverhampton. The manufacturing giant is due to confirm the amount of cases shortly.
A JLR spokeswoman told our colleagues at BirminghamLive: “We, like the rest of the country, are seeing some isolated cases of Covid-19. We can confirm that a small number of employees based at our Solihull manufacturing facility have tested positive for Covid-19 and are self-isolating.
You can read the full CoventryLove story here.
Former Jaguar Land Rover designer hired by Coventry automotive specialist to create the cars of the future
An acclaimed automotive designer – who worked for Jaguar Land Rover and other leading car makers – has joined a Coventry firm which is helping to create the cars of the future.
Wayne Burgess, who studied industrial design and transportation at Coventry University, is to oversee Paramex’s expanding design operations.
Paramex is a global design and engineering consultancy based at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Business Innovation Centre in Binley.
The company has recently expanded at the site to create a new design studio.
Established in 1999, Paramex is currently undergoing a period of accelerated growth and is poised to move into its new facilities in Binley.
Mr Burgess has been appointed as Paramex’s chief design officer.
You can read the full CoventryLive story here.
Leaked Jaguar e-supercar patent images look like a modern XJ220 remake
Quite a few automotive publications and websites around the world had the story about a patent being filed for a Jaguar e- supercar.
The car evokes memories of the XJ220 and perhaps heralds a return a return to the supercar arena arena for Jaguar after it ditched the C-X75.
Here’s what Autoevolution had to say.
“For all its illustrious history, nobody really associates the notion of a supercar with the Jaguar name, even though the British manufacturer did arguably make at least one in the unmistakable shape of the XJ220.
Footage of the Land Rover Defender 90, for which the order book opened recently
“That car came out of nowhere, and just to prove how unusual it was for Jaguar, it took the company more than twenty years to at least begin to think about making something similar again. That would be the C-X75, the hybrid concept car planned to receive a limited production run, but canceled due to the ongoing economic crisis.
“That scenario might just have repeated itself, though we have no way of knowing for sure what the company’s plans were for this model pictured here. The images came to life thanks to a 7thMustang forum user who stumbled across them. According to his description, Jaguar had registered the unnamed model with the EUIPO (European Intellectual Property Office) a year ago and with the corresponding Chinese organization earlier this year.”
You can read the dull Autoevolution report here.