In March 2001, Jaguar launched its most ambitious car to date, a new compact executive saloon to battle the BMW 3-Series, completing Jaguar’s three-tier saloon range. Its lineage was diverse, its design an engineer’s plaything, and wherever it went, it would stoke controversy. What follows is an insight into its engineering and design development, the ill fated derivatives, and the problems it faced up to its demise at the end of 2009. To truly understand the story, one must start with Jaguar’s growth spurt in 1998.
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Oh so close… IN MARCH 2001, Jaguar launched its most ambitious car to date, a new compact executive saloon to battle the BMW 3 Series, completing Jaguar’s three-tier saloon range. Its lineage was diverse, its design an engineer’s plaything, and wherever it went, it would stoke controversy. What follows is an insight into its engineering […]
Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian, turns his attention to Jaguar – and looks at its fall and rise in the 1990s, an era when the German manufacturers were beginning to take over the world. Here, in Part Four, he recalls the introduction of the X300-generation XJ6, and how it previewed the next generation of saloons to emerge from the company.
Liverpool Daily Post, 15th July, 2009 Halewood will cease production of the X-Type Jag at the end of this year with the loss of 300 jobs. Luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover also revealed plans to shut down production of the X-Type and Freelander models for at least three weeks between September and the end of […]
Jaguar has all-but confirmed that the X-Type won’t be replaced when it drops out of production in 2010, and a lack sales in the USA is probably the reason for this decision. But just because the Americans didn’t go for it, doesn’t mean it’s a bad car… and Ken Strachan, a man who’s been in […]
THE INDEPENDENT Car firms pin hopes on new models By Philip Thornton THE MOTOR industry will try to dispel the gloom caused by global economic turmoil when the United Kingdom’s biggest motor show opens today at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham. Ford, Rover and Jaguar, three of the largest foreign-owned car-makers with plants in […]
THE INDEPENDENT Jaguar to lead Ford expansion By DAVID BRIERLEY JAGUAR is to lead Ford’s worldwide expansion. That is the ambitious plan of Jac Nasser, who becomes Ford president and chief executive in January. Speaking at the Paris Motor Show, Mr Nasser proclaimed that the new S-Type would help to lift annual production at Jaguar […]
THE INDEPENDENT Halewood secures baby Jaguar with £50m DTI grant Michael Harrison and Gavin Green The British motor industry received a huge boost yesterday as a pounds 50m government grant secured production of the new baby Jaguar for the Ford Halewood plant on Merseyside while Toyota prepared to announce a multi-million pound expansion of its […]
THE INDEPENDENT Merseyside picked for Jaguar’s new small saloon car Gavin Green Jaguar will announce this week that its new small car will be built at the Halewood factory on Merseyside. The move is a huge fillip for Halewood, which was under threat following Ford’s decision to stop production of the Escort there from 2000. […]
Britain beats off German and US competition in bid to produce `baby’ Jaguar Barrie Clement Friday, 14 November 1997 Agreement has been reached to keep the production of all Jaguar cars in Britain. Barrie Clement, Labour Editor, finds unions expressing confidence that the new “mini-Jag” will be made on Merseyside. The Ford plant at Halewood […]