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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.

GALLERY: Jaguar F-Pace

GALLERY: Land Rover Discovery Sport
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Jaguar Land Rover to construct electric automobiles in the UK

Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth has said that he wants the brand’s future variety of electric vehicles to be manufactured in the UK. It is a move that could produce up to 10,000 new jobs at the company, a report in the Monetary Times has recommended.

In a speech addressed to automotive leaders and politicians, Speth mentioned his ambition was to double JLR’s production to about 1million automobiles by the end of the decade. Even so, this would only be possible if JLR was in a position to overcome ‘infrastructure and capacity issues’.

• New Jaguar I-Pace to get SVR treatment

In the identical time frame, JLR has also said that it wants at least half of its automobile to be produced accessible with the alternative of some sort of electrification.

JLR demonstrated its push towards electric vehicles with the I-Pace notion at the recent Los Angeles Motor Show. The production version will arrive in 2018 but will be built in Graz, Austria. Beating the electric SUV into showrooms, although, will be plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

The news comes as a additional increase the UK automotive manufacturing sector and follows on from Nissan’s decision to expand production at its UK facility in Sunderland in spite of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. 

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“The door’s left open for makers to uncover cheaper land & workers abroad”

An inspired selection brought the British motor business to Greenwich, South London, on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is a crying shame, then, that the public wasn’t told about the exhibition by the Thames. The setting was appropriate, the climate was proper and the automobiles were proper. 

I fear the presence of a Government Minister, Sajid Javid, may have transformed what could and ought to have been a good automobile fest for all into a needlessly higher-security operation for a man and his ministerial limo. 

• London Motor Show 2016 to bring key automobile shows back to capital

The Organization Secretary seemed out of his depth and mentioned subsequent to practically nothing in the course of his desperately brief formal ‘speech’, which demonstrated how out of touch British politicians are with a single of our largest and most essential manufacturing industries. 

Land Rover Discovery - front tracking

These of us in attendance were subjected to his irrelevant views on a certain Tv programme and its former presenter. But what we wanted and deserved was, for example, his take on the expanding difficulty of UK-based manufacturers producing new plants and jobs overseas rather of here.  

The official position of his department is “companies have to make their personal industrial decisions”. In other words, the door’s left open for automobile makers who’ve traditionally built in Britain to uncover less expensive land, builders and car workers abroad. And they will… it’s worrying. 

Jaguar XF Portfolio - nose

On a brighter note, we can be proud of the 10 new Brits on stage: the Aston Martin Rapide (built in Gaydon), Bentley Flying Spur (Crewe), Honda Civic Kind R (Swindon), Jaguar XF (Castle Bromwich), Variety Rover (Solihull), MINI Clubman (Cowley), Nissan Qashqai (Sunderland), Rolls-Royce Dawn (Goodwood), Toyota Auris Hybrid Touring Sports (Burnaston) and Vauxhall Astra (Ellesmere Port). However, the reality remains that every one particular of these ‘Brit’ brands is now foreign owned. 

Maybe this explains why when these automobiles appeared in Greenwich, they did so against a backdrop of half a Union Jack. Large mistake. No other nation would dare show just 50 per cent of its flag when promoting its items – or come to believe of it, anything else. So why Britain is falling into this trap (see www.gov.uk/britainisgreat) is beyond me.  

Thankfully, the open-to-all London Motor Show hits yet another portion of the capital, Battersea, inside seven months. Anticipated to be proudly flying over the occasion will be an complete Union Jack.

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