As Jaguar showed its three newest cars, Jaguar's design boss Ian Callum spoke to Autocar.co.uk at the British Motor Show today.
The XKR coupé was the main attraction of Jaguar's stand and represents a significant step for the company in the eyes of its spiritual guardian and design chief.
How do you feel about Jaguar's current status, with the launch of the XKR?I feel excited. I'm very happy the XK is selling well, obviously [4000 cars have been delivered and Jaguar has another 4000 orders]. I feel we’ve got pace, but I feel the same about Jaguar as I did five years ago.
How has Jaguar changed since then?It’s caught up with my aspirations for it. I feel the same, but now it is much nearer to representing how I feel about it. The difficulty now is continuing to get it to where it should be – I’d say we’re one third of the way there, perhaps almost halfway.
How long do you think it will take you to get there?I’ve always said that it’s five years to start to change something and ten years to actually do it. I’ve been with Jaguar for six years.