Jaguar Land Rover round-up: End of an era, a dealership like no other and an electric Land Rover


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 a wide range of topics.

We kicked-off with a story about a pretty amazing Land Rover, which is the subject of a new book.

The Land Rover Defender family
The Land Rover Defender family

JUE 477 was the first production Land-Rover, which was built in 1948.

Land-Rover number one was intended for presentation to King George VI, but actually ended up working on farms and mining sites in north east England.

It was lucky to survive, almost being broken-up for spares at one point.

The vehicle recently underwent a full restoration.

Jaguar Land Rover makes a statement with new site in South West London
Jaguar Land Rover makes a statement with new site in South West London

In other news we looked at Jaguar Land Rover’s newest dealership and a very special one at that.

Billed as the Coventry car maker’s first ‘Statement Site’ in the UK the new outlet is in South West London. 

It is only the second site of its kind globally and has been created in partnership with the Guy Salmon car dealership.

This week marked the departure of Jaguar Land Rover boss Sir Ralf Speth after ten years at the helm of Britain’s biggest car maker.

The Land Rover Festival in Solihull’s Mell Square. Chief Executive Dr Ralf Speth with Fred Bostock who worked on the Land Rover series 1 in 1948

Sir Ralf stepped down from his role as chief executive officer but will retain a place on the Tata Motors board.

It has been a rollercoaster ride for Jaguar Land Rover, with Sir Ralf steadying the ship during the early part of his tenure before overseeing a massive period of growth.

Latterly the company has had to go through tough times again.

As the automotive sector starts to pick up again Jaguar Land Rover announced a raft of exciting updates to its new Defender range.

Land Rover Defender P400e Plug-In Hybrid
Land Rover Defender P400e Plug-In Hybrid

The shorter wheelbase Defender 90 model can now be ordered for the first time and a new Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) powertrain has been added to the range.

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In addition a six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine is coming on stream, the commercial Hard Top models are joining the Defender family, a new X-Dynamic specification is being launched and more besides.

As Sir Ralf Speth stepped down and handed over the reins of Britain’s biggest car maker to Thierry Bolloré, we also looked into something significant he said prior to his departure.

Before he left Sir Ralf conducted an interview in which he revealed the first electric Land Rover vehicle was on the way.

So, what will the first electric Land Rover be?

We spoke to automotive expert Dr Charles Tennant about what might be in the pipeline.

The remarkable history and restoration of the world’s first production Land-Rover

Not many cars can claim to be the subject of their own book but an exception has rightly been made for a very special Land Rover vehicle.

JUE 477 was the very first production Land-Rover – the vehicle which went on to inspire an entire company.

Now a new book – entitled simply JUE 477 (the vehicle’s number plate) – tells the story of chassis number 860001, a vehicle of historic significance which was hidden away and rotting in a barn for almost four decades. 

Written by Martin Port and published by Porter Press International the book is being released this month.

JUE 477 went on show at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace on the outskirts of London from September 4-6.

It was there as part of the supporting cast for the first public outing of the Ineos Grenadier prototype – a vehicle that is being dubbed the spiritual successor to the Land Rover Defender.

Built in 1948, Land-Rover number one was intended for presentation to King George VI, but actually ended up working on farms and mining sites in north east England.

You can read the full story here.

See inside the new Jaguar Land Rover dealership that really is like no other

Jaguar Land Rover has opened the doors of a new dealership that really is like no other.

Billed as the Coventry car maker’s first ‘Statement Site’ in the UK the new outlet is in South West London. 

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It is only the second site of its kind globally and has been created in partnership with the Guy Salmon car dealership.

Jaguar Land Rover Thames Ditton has evolved and expanded over its 70-year lifespan and now the multi-million pound site in Sunbury-upon-Thames is where the company will reside as Guy Salmon South West London.

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A purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility, the new Statement Site sits on the border of Surrey and Greater London.

The finished facility represents a huge investment and was two years in the making.

It stands five floors high and spreads over a huge 17,000 sq m footprint with over 400 parking spaces.

You can read the full story here.

End of an era as Jaguar Land Rover boss signs off

Jaguar Land Rover boss Sir Ralf Speth has signed off after ten years at the helm of Britain’s biggest car maker.

Sir Ralf steps down from his role as chief executive officer but will retain a place on the Tata Motors board, which is the parent company of the Coventry-based company.

It has been a rollercoaster ride for Jaguar Land Rover, with the former BMW executive, who turns 65 this week, steadying the ship during the early part of his tenure before overseeing a massive period of growth.

Latterly the company has had to go through tough times again.

Like all car makers Jaguar Land Rover has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic but it had problems to contend with before that.

The company was coping with a number of difficulties before Covid-19 came along – with sales falling off a cliff in China, demand for diesel vehicles plummeting and the challenges posed by uncertainty over Brexit.

It seems likely that Sir Ralf will be remembered for the many highs experienced during his time at the helm rather than some of the more recent lows.

You can read the full story here.

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Jaguar Land Rover announces a raft of exciting new Defender updates

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a raft of exciting updates to its new Defender range.

The shorter wheelbase Defender 90 model can now be ordered for the first time and a new Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) powertrain has been added to the range.

In addition a six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine is coming on stream, the commercial Hard Top models are joining the Defender family, a new X-Dynamic specification is being launched and more besides.

As Jaguar Land Rover moves towards offering electrified versions of all its models the addition of a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model – the P400e – will be welcomed by many.

It combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 105kW electric motor.

The 404PS P400e delivers plenty of torque alongside low running costs, with CO2 emissions of just 74g/km and combined economy of 85.3mpg.

You can read the full story here.

Land Rover’s first electric vehicle is on the way but what will it be?

This picture highlights some of the design lines of the latest Range Rover Evoque but could a ‘Road Rover’ be coming soon?

Jaguar Land Rover’s former boss Sir Ralf Speth stepped down this week and handed over the reins of Britain’s biggest car maker to Thierry Bolloré.

Prior to his departure Sir Ralf conducted an interview in which he revealed the first electric Land Rover vehicle was on the way.

That is no great surprise in itself, the car maker has embarked on a process of electrification for some time, but interestingly so far it has only delivered one all-electric model – the Jaguar I-Pace.

So, what will the first electric Land Rover be?

Could it be an all-electric version of an existing model or will it be something that’s all-new.

In the same way that the Jaguar I-Pace was a groundbreaking creation it seems likely that Land Rover will follow a similar path – meaning the first electric land Rover will be something we haven’t seen before

Various possible new Land Rover models have been mooted of late – among them a ‘baby’ Land Rover that would sell for just £25,000 or even a ‘baby’ Range Rover.

However the other much talked about possible new model is what has been described as the ‘Road Rover’.

This would break from the Land Rover off-road tradition and be a vehicle with a more on-road focus.

The Road Rover being the first electric Land Rover is a view shared by Dr Charles Tennant, Land Rover’s former chief engineer, who shared his views with CoventryLive.

You can read the full write-up here.





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