Press Report : Jaguar looking at BMW 3 Series rival again
Diana T. Kurylko, Automotive News Europe, 1st February, 2011
Jaguar may develop a small sedan to compete with BMW’s 3 Series – something it tried a decade ago with little success.
Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s new Global Brand Director, says Jaguar is considering a small sports car that could also be offered as a sedan. “We need different models. We need lower-priced models,” said Hallmark, a former head of Volkswagen AG’s VW brand in the U.S.
Hallmark imagines a small sedan below the XF that could compete against the 3 Series or the Audi A4/A5. “We need to play in that world,” Hallmark said. Jaguar needs a small sports car for image and a sedan for volume, he said. “We have to do both. Whether we do one, two or three body styles, we can still decide. But we have to be in the lower price.” However, with regard to the timing of any launch, he commented: “We are at the beginning of that process, four-plus years before we see the first launch.”
Jaguar’s previous attempt at a small sedan, the Ford Mondeo-based X-TYPE that debuted in Europe 10 years ago, but was a sales disappointment. Production for the U.S. ended in 2007. Hallmark said Jaguar won’t make that mistake again.
“We don’t want to be fighting it out in the fleet business with little engines and small wheels and discounted 25 percent,” he said. “If we go into the smaller car market, we want to build elegant cars with great technology that give a sense of occasion and position us above that competition – where Jaguar should be.”
[Source: Automotive News Europe]