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Jaguar Land Rover achieves highest ever sales in 2016

Jaguar Land Rover’s thriving organization is proof that foreign ownership require not be feared. The Tata-owned British firm has had its ideal ever sales in a full year in 2016, when it sold 583,313 automobiles, up 20% from 2015. It also marked a seventh successive year of growth, and 2016 figures are virtually triple 2009’s.

The final month in the year contributed tremendously to the final tally. Sales in December were up 12% year-on-year with 55,375 units. In China, December sales have been up 36%, the strongest ever monthly overall performance on record.

Europe is nevertheless JLR’s largest sales area, with 138,695 units in 2016, up 26% y-o-y. In its house market place of UK, the two brands sold a combined 117,571 units (up 17%), the best ever on record. Sales have been up 31% in China and 25% in North America.

“This has been a considerable year for JLR, with updated models being introduced across the range, as effectively as the completely new Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Jaguar F-Pace (both have been launched right here last year as effectively, click on the hyperlinks for a lot more). It is particularly pleasing to see the Jaguar brand setting impressive new sales records,” said Andy Goss, JLR group sales operations director.

“Customer response has been extremely positive, resulting in record retails across most of our essential regions. These final results mark substantial methods in JLR’s approach to turn out to be a truly worldwide business and meet the increasing international demand for its two iconic brands. I’m confident that in 2017 our British line-up will continue to expand and delight in markets across the globe,” he added.

Zooming in, the Jaguar brand achieved 77% larger sales in 2016, with 148,730 autos sold. It is the very best ever displaying by Jaguar, driven by sales of the its first SUV, the F-Pace, and the XE and XF saloons. The trio propelled the leaping cat to be the fastest increasing premium brand in the US, outpacing the sector by 116%.

Land Rover sold 434,583 automobiles in 2016, up 8%. The ideal-seller for the year was the Discovery Sport with 122,460 units.

It was also a substantial year for the expansion of the company’s manufacturing footprint to support continued development, with construction starting on the 1st British manufacturing facility in Slovakia, and the opening of the company’s new factory in Itatiaia, Brazil. Jaguar also introduced the XF L, the first model developed exclusively for Chinese consumers, last year.

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GALLERY: Land Rover Discovery Sport
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New-automobile top quality in Malaysia up by 18% from 2015, gap between national/non-national automobiles narrowest ever

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New-vehicle top quality in Malaysia has improved by 18% from 2015, according to the J.D. Energy 2016 Malaysia Initial Good quality Study (IQS). The largest improvement in the 14 year history of the study has also narrowed the gap among national and non-national brands to the smallest it has ever been.

As in the past, the study examines new-car quality for the duration of the first two to six months of ownership, and measures more than 200 problem symptoms covering eight car elements, these getting automobile exterior, driving expertise, functions/controls/displays, audio/entertainment/navigation, seats, HVAC, vehicle interior and engine/transmission.

All problems are summarised as the number of issues reported per 100 cars (PP100). A reduce PP100 score indicates a lower price of difficulty incidence and higher functionality.

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This year saw an improvement in initial quality across all eight difficulty categories measured in the study, with engine/ transmission registering the greatest reduction in issues. Vehicle exterior continues to be the category with the most reported troubles, a trend that has continued from the starting of the study in 2003.

Overall initial top quality for 2016 was 69 PP100, a far cry from the 259 PP100 registered in 2003. The study added that although the initial good quality score for non-national brands is still much better at 54 PP100, national brands, with a score of 83 PP100, are closing the gap.

In a span of 14 years, the gap in between national and non-national makes has shrunk to just 29 PP100 from 146 PP100. The study added that the year-over-year price at which national makes are improving outpaces that of non-national makes, at 18% vs. 16%, respectively.

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Interestingly, the study also identified that there are distinct groups of car owners that knowledge a higher incidence of problems with their autos. For instance, men report more issues than ladies (79 PP100 vs 56 PP100 respectively).

Additionally, owners who normally have four passengers in their car report an typical of 73 PP100, compared with 54 PP100 for these who drive their automobile alone. Owners with more than 10 years of driving experience are also far more prone to report problems, compared to these with no more than 10 years of driving encounter (85 PP 100 vs 55 PP100 respectively).

As was the case with the 2015 study, the top 3 most regularly cited problems have been ‘excessive wind noise’ (4.six PP100), followed by ‘air conditioning doesn’t get cold enough and rapidly enough’ (two.7 PP100) and ‘noisy brakes’ (2.5 PP100). Owners of MPV and vans reported the most troubles at 79 PP100, although high quality in this segment has enhanced from 90 PP100 in 2015.

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In terms of specifics, a total of 39 models had been examined in the study, and two Toyota models, one particular Mazda and a single Perodua model have been ranked highest in their respective segments.

The Toyota Vios ranked highest in the entry midsize segment (48 PP100), even though the Toyota Avanza was number one particular in the MPV/Van segment (52 PP100) for the eighth consecutive year. The Perodua Myvi aced the compact segment (73 PP100), and the Mazda CX-5 was ranked highest in the SUV segment (41 PP100).

The 2016 IQS involved a total of 39 passenger automobile, pickup and utility automobile models from 12 brands, and was primarily based on responses from 2,436 new-vehicle owners who bought their vehicle amongst August 2015 and June 2016. The study was fielded in between February and August this year.

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