Jaguar rules out platform sharing and a new SUV; entry-level saloon under consideration

Jaguar will not contemplate sharing platforms with any other manufacturers, according to Tata Motors boss Carl-Peter Forster.

“We have extremely good people and we can do things for ourselves,” he told Autocar.

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Forster also admitted that the company was now seriously considering a car smaller than an XF. However, he believes Jag shouldn’t be “stepping down” to a Merc A-class or Mini-size car in the near future.

Forster also added that because of clashes with Land Rover, Jaguar should not contemplate ever making an SUV. He did admit though that a sporty crossover car was one of the many possible new models currently being debated internally.

Jaguar made waves at the Paris motor show with a surprise ultra-low emissions supercar. The C-X75 has an experimental powertrain with four 195bhp electric motors, one at each wheel.

Read more about the Jaguar C-X75 concept, plus see Paris show pics

They give a combined 780bhp and 1180lb ft of torque, and provide for zero-emissions running, dynamics-enhancing torque vectoring, and pace that even an XJ220 couldn’t match: 0-62mph in 3.4sec, 0-100mph in 5.5sec and 0-186mph in a Veyron-beating 15.7sec.

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11 October 2010

Damn, no Jag countryman or shooting brake versions, come on Foster you're betraying the German roots, wie kannst du es wagen!!

11 October 2010

How about outright selling their platforms to rival manufacturers? If I remember rightly there was some news about a year ago that they were planning on selling their platforms to certain members of the Fiat group (of which Ratan Tata is on the board), such as Alfa and Maserati.

11 October 2010

If they can be profitable doing it themselves, then great. But it does fly in the face of what nearly every other manufacturer seems to think for the sort of volume they sell.

11 October 2010

[quote disco.stu]But it does fly in the face of what nearly every other manufacturer seems to think for the sort of volume they sell.[/quote] Indeed, though JLR is not the only one refusing it... on the other hand, if India continues to emerge at its current pace, than the luxury market may boom like in China and Tata could drive JLR to market leader there - and that could provide healthy growth to sustain the business plan.

11 October 2010

Jaguar and Land Rover clearly want to send a message that going forward they won't go down market for their platforms. Unlike Audi with VW and Lexus with Toyota. Brave, but classy.

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