Jaguar announces specification and UK pricing for new F-TYPE COUPÉ

The all-aluminium F-TYPE Coupé – the most dynamically capable, performance-focused sports car that Jaguar has ever produced – is available in three versions: F-TYPE R, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE.

  • The new F-TYPE Coupé is the most dynamically capable, performance-focused, production Jaguar ever
  • The model line-up is headlined by the F-TYPE R Coupé, its 550PS/680Nm 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine enabling acceleration from 0-60mph in 4.0-seconds, and a top speed of 186mph (limited)
  • The F-TYPE R Coupé features Jaguar’s second-generation Electronic Active Differential which works in parallel with a new Torque Vectoring by braking system to deliver enhanced agility and exploitable handling at the limit
  • F-TYPE Coupé builds on Jaguar’s industry-leading expertise in aluminium delivering torsional rigidity of 33,000 Nm/degree – it is the most torsionally rigid production Jaguar ever
  • The all-aluminium F-TYPE Coupé embodies the uncompromised design vision of the award-winning C-X16 concept
  • F-TYPE S Coupé and F-TYPE Coupé models complete the range, powered respectively by 380PS and 340PS versions of Jaguar’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine, giving 0-60mph in 4.8/5.1-seconds and top speeds of 171/161mph
  • F-TYPE Coupé price starts at £51,235 on-the-road (OTR)
  • F-TYPE S Coupé from £60,235 and F-TYPE R Coupé priced at £85,000 OTR
  • A Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system – featuring 398/380mm discs front/rear – is optional on both F-TYPE R and F-TYPE S Coupé models
  • All engines drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission with full manual sequential control via steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central SportShift lever
  • The F-TYPE Coupé has up to 407-litres* of boot space – easily accommodating two sets of golf clubs – the tailgate being available with power assisted opening
  • The F-TYPE Coupé range complements the existing 2013 ‘World Car Design of the Year’ award-winning F-TYPE Convertible model line-up of F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S

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Grange Swindon saves the day for prom goers

By Tom Nuttall, Brand Manager, Grange Swindon

I overheard Mary-Ann on the phone to a customer explaining that we don’t lend out cars for special occasions and when she put the phone down I asked what the call was about.

Mrs Leat had arranged for a Bentley Continental to take her son Connor and friends, Ryan and Jade, to the school leaving prom.  On the Wednesday, two days before the prom, Mrs Leat rang to arrange the final details only to be told the company had gone bankrupt.  She rang around many garages in despair offering £500 for a nice car to take the three teenagers to their prom.  She had encountered countless knock backs during her calls to the prestige dealers in Swindon.

I rang her to get a feel of the situation.  She explained everything whilst in tears.  She felt she had let her son down and was left with a helpless feeling that nothing could be done at such short notice.  I asked her to come down and see me and we would see what we could do.

Upon arrival, a very teary eyed Mrs Leat got out of the car along with Connor and came into the dealership.   I walked them around the site and told her to pick whichever one she wanted and I would drive her.  Mrs Leat erupted into tears again.  Connor chose the XK convertible at first but then due to Jade’s ball gown had to have a rethink and went for the XJ.

Mrs Leat then offered me £500 which we declined and said it was our gift.   Again crying she left the dealership.  Thirty minutes later I received a phone call from the Swindon Advertiser.   It turned out Mrs Leat had some connections and had asked the Advertiser to do an article on us.

The following day Mrs Leat, Connor, Ryan and Jade all came to the dealership along with a reporter and a photographer to take a photo shoot that went on the front page and page 3 of the paper.  It was at that point I told them the good news that we were now not taking them to the prom in the XJ.   Bernard Harris and Alan Pritchard had each volunteered to give up their Friday night as well and we took them in 3 separate cars: F-TYPE 5.0 S, F-TYPE 3.0 S and XK Convertible.  Needless to say they arrived in style and were the talk of the prom having starred on the front page of the town paper that day.

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Grange Jaguar Exeter – The UK’s Number 1 Jaguar Sales Dealer

Jaguar has announced the results for the 2012 Sales Dealer of the Year, a programme which is designed to identify the best performing dealerships in the network. We are very pleased to say that two of our businesses were ranked in the top 10, Welwyn Garden City and Grange Exeter, with this being Exeter’s second consecutive year in the top 10, only this time Exeter were ranked number 1 in the UK.

The results are based on Jaguar’s ‘balanced scorecard’ which covers eight key areas of any Sales department across a 12 month period, New and Used Vehicle Sales Vs Objective, Guest Satisfaction Scores, Departmental Financial Contribution, Registration Market Share, Finance Penetration, Competency/Training Levels and finally, Physical and Telephone Mystery Shops.

Scott Pomery said “this is a tremendous result for everyone concerned and is a reflection of Alastair Mills’s management of his team, Steve Robinson, Helen Blackhall, Matt Robbins and Lorraine Lane.” “The award reflects not only the whole team’s skills and abilities but the consistent way they have delivered against all of the objectives set.” “I believe that they have demonstrated the knowledge and care to over achieve against not only Jaguar’s exacting standards, but also against our own Four Pillars and therefore the award is a fitting result”.

The new Jaguar F-TYPE launch event at Grange Swindon

Many guests enjoyed an evening at Grange Swindon with light refreshments as they viewed the new F–TYPE, and had an opportunity to test drive the new car.

Ever since the breathtaking Jaguar C-X16 Concept appeared in 2011, sports car lovers everywhere have been waiting with bated breath for the production reality…and since April 2012 when F-TYPE was given the green light, more than 70,000 people with a passion for performance have expressed their serious interest!

This new car has amazing looks and the very latest technology. F-TYPE V8 S is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged engine that will carry it from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 186mph. With an 8-speed, Quickshift automatic gearbox, a lightweight aluminium body and the availability of Dynamic Launch Mode on V6 S, F-TYPE is a car that, just loves to be driven.

We now have the first pure, undiluted two-seater sports car since the E-Type was launched 50 years ago: the true spiritual successor to a global icon. Auto Express said:

“The F-TYPE has been worth the wait. It’s a world class 21st-century sports car that more than lives up to its illustrious predecessors.”

Exert from letter to Grange Swindon:

I just wanted to congratulate you on hosting a most engaging evening for the launch of the F-TYPE, and to thank you for your invitation and generous hospitality.

There was a good attendance, all having a genuine interest in the event with a really buzzing atmosphere. However most of all I felt they were
paying tribute to the Swindon Grange dealership in particular which you lead so superbly. The F-TYPE is a fabulous car, and one I am quite likely to own at some point – particularly if you are able to look after me as you did when purchasing my XFS – for which I still have fond memories. Although I left Jaguar this year for the Maserati, I am still a Jag man at heart, and will be back when I get over my mid-life crises.

Jaguar Is Number One Star Performer In J.D. Power And Associates / What Car? 2013 Survey

Jaguar is the number one automotive brand in the UK, according to data collated in the Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Survey (VOSS) and Land Rover is one of the most improved brands in 6th place and entering the top ten list of manufacturers for the first time.

Data from this survey is analysed by J.D Power and Associates in partnership with the definitive UK car buying guide; What Car?, who together have identified Jaguar as Best Brand in the UK for the second successive year and named Land Rover as their 2013 ‘Star Brand’.

Jaguar also claimed top spot for its XF model in the J.D Power and Associates / What Car? survey Executive Car category. The XF is Jaguar’s highest-selling product and has received more than 100 international awards since its launch. The XF was given five-star ratings for performance, service and running costs. Owners commented that they didn’t regret spending a single penny on their Jaguar XF, rating it as ‘excellent’ across all categories.

Participants in the J.D. Power / What Car? survey noted the high levels of comfort in the XF, citing its luxurious interior and intuitive controls.

Jaguar UK dealers received commendation in the study, and were reported to be helpful, accommodating and provide servicing and repair work at reasonable costs.

Land Rover has shown consistent steady improvement in the survey climbing to 6th place from 12th in 2012 and 14th place in 2011.

The Land Rover Discovery was the best performing nameplate for Land Rover up 29 places and coming top of its class for reliability. The Land Rover Freelander also showed improvement scoring particularly well in terms of ownership experience.

The study considered the opinions of over 16,000 UK car owners who rated 116 car models from 28 brands. Chas Hallett, What Car? Editor-in-Chief said: “Once again we have received a great response to this year’s annual JD Power / What Car? survey. This clearly shows that car owners are eager to provide manufacturers with feedback on their experiences. It is fantastic to see two British car manufacturers perform so well. Jaguar is triumphant for the second year running in the study – owners gave Jaguar cars – and slick customer service from its dealers – a big thumbs up”.

Chas continued “Freelander owners noted improved dealer service and less onerous overheads. Meanwhile, the Discovery gave drivers a less taxing time, with 30% fewer faults reported; in fact, the SUV led its field for reliability.”

Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “Jaguar and Land Rover have excelled in the results of this study and we are proud that our cars and dealer network have performed so well.

“The new car market is fiercely competitive and to have a British manufacturer placed as the top automotive brand by UK car buyers for the second year in a row is a phenomenal achievement. We aim to offer customers outstanding products through an aggressive growth plan, made possible by sustainable investment in design, engineering and manufacturing here in Great Britain.”

JAGUAR IS NAMED NUMBER ONE MANUFACTURER IN J.D. POWER SURVEY

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Jaguar has been announced as the Number One manufacturer in the J.D. Power and Associates/What Car? 2012 UK Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study (VOSS).

The study was based on the evaluations of nearly 18,000 individuals in the UK after an average of two years ownership. Every aspect of vehicle ownership was rated from performance, design and comfort to quality, reliability, cost of ownership, economy and dealer service satisfaction. The resulting data allowed the study to be the most comprehensive of its kind.

As well as heading the rankings for manufacturers, Jaguar was also successful in the individual categories.  The XF gained 15 places within 12-months to claim the ‘Executive Car of the Year’ title.

The 2012 result marks the culmination of a steady rise in owner satisfaction, Jaguar having finished third in the 2011 survey.

‘This is a great accolade for everyone at Jaguar,’ said What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett. ‘This study shows that customers are really satisfied with their Jaguars, a hugely important feat for any car maker.’

Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, commented: ‘To be awarded the Number One spot by JD Power is a huge honour – not only for the staff of the 90 Jaguar dealers in the UK but for the circa 2,000 employees at the Castle Bromwich factory and the talented designers and engineers based in Warwickshire whose determination, attention to detail and commitment to quality have delivered this result.’

Grant McPherson, Director of Operations, Jaguar Castle Bromwich, commented: ‘Every member of the Castle Bromwich team, including our suppliers, aims to exceed the expectations of our customers. This Award is fitting recognition of their outstanding efforts over the years. Quality is at the heart of the Jaguar manufacturing process and it’s encouraging to see we are headed in the right direction. We will continue to apply our focus on improvement and the delivery of premium quality products as we look ahead to the next Jaguar models to come onto the market, including the new XF Sportbrake and F-TYPE.’

Jaguar continues to perform strongly in the UK with a 56 per cent rise in sales reported in April 2012.

JAGUAR IS NAMED NUMBER ONE MANUFACTURER IN UK J.D. POWER SURVEY

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What Car? Magazine editor-in-chief, Chas Hallett, commented: ‘This is a great accolade for everyone at Jaguar. This study shows that customers are really satisfied with their Jaguars, a hugely important feat for any car maker.’

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, commented:‘It’s tremendous to have such customer recognition of our commitment to delivering quality, technology and a world-class ownership experience. This is a huge accomplishment and a tremendous honour to achieve the Number One spot. Now we’re at this point, we will work with even greater energy to sustain this performance.’

Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, commented: ‘To be awarded the Number One spot by JD Power is a huge honour – not only for the staff of the 90 Jaguar dealers in the UK but for the 2,000 employees at the Castle Bromwich factory and the talented designers and engineers based in Warwickshire whose determination, attention to detail and commitment to quality have delivered this result.’

Grant McPherson, Director of Operations, Jaguar Castle Bromwich, commented:‘Every member of the Castle Bromwich team, including our suppliers, aims to exceed the expectations of our customers. This Award is fitting recognition of their outstanding efforts over the years. Quality is at the heart of the Jaguar manufacturing process and it’s encouraging to see we are headed in the right direction. We will continue to apply our focus on improvement and delivering premium quality products as we look ahead to the next Jaguar models to come onto the market, including the new XF Sportbrake and F-TYPE.’

David Lewis, National Sales Director, Jaguar Cars: ‘We have worked incredibly hard to deliver the high standards of care and professionalism within our dealers that our customers rightly expect. I’m proud that the 90-strong network has been recognised with such a prestigious Award – this is an excellent starting point for what promises to be an exciting 12-months ahead for Jaguar.’

JAGUAR IS NAMED NUMBER ONE MANUFACTURER IN UK J.D. POWER SURVEY

KEY FACTS:

J.D. Power 2012 ranking for manufacturers:
J.D. Power 2011 ranking for manufacturers:
Previous winner:
Highest placed Jaguar car:
Number of awards won by the XF:
Volume seller:
Number of Jaguars sold in the UK in 2011:
Sales for Jan – March 2012 in the UK:
Private/fleet split in 2011:
Factory:
Models built there:
Future models to be built at Castle Bromwich:
Production in 2011:
Global sales for Jaguar in 2011:
1
3
Lexus (holder of the title for 11 years)
The XF: second place (+15 versus 2011)
102
XF
13,787
4,020
10,632 private sales / 3,155 fleet sales
Castle Bromwich, Birmingham
XF, XJ, XK
XF Sportbrake, F-TYPE
49,932
50,678

Visit one of our Grange Jaguar dealerships at the following locations:

Jaguar Brentwood

Jaguar Croydon

Jaguar Exeter

Jaguar Swindon

Jaguar Welwyn

A Life of Luxury – The Jaguar XJ Ultimate

The New Jaguar XJ Ultimate is the most luxurious and expensive version of Jaguar’s big saloon yet. It arrives in the UK in November and is expected to be approximately £120,000.

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Work in luxury, relax in total comfort. Stretch out and let XJ Ultimate indulge you with everything at your fingertips. There’s the table that gracefully rises out of the centre console, the beautifully styled bottle chiller and the iPads docked in the backs of the front seats. A special place that you can call your own, XJ Ultimate is utterly distinctive.

Stretch out on the sumptuous semi-aniline leather of either of the two individually tailored rear seats. Offering recline, heating/cooling as well as four-way lumbar adjust, they can even treat you to a massage. The semi-aniline leather also extends to the front seats. A chauffeur switch can automatically fold the front passenger seat away offering maximum space for the rear seats.

Adding to the dramatic interior design is an electrically powered table. It rises gracefully from the centre console and can be rotated left or right as required. The rear section of the centre console also houses a 75cl bottle chiller for cooling drinks to the optimum temperature. Two handcrafted Goran Hongell ‘Aarne’ Champagne glasses are provided as standard with XJ Ultimate. The console also docks the Touch-screen Rear Seat Entertainment system remote control as well as rear climate controls and an array of connectors for any portable devices.

XJ Ultimate makes no compromise in quality in even its slightest touches such as the exquisite brushed aluminium clock, the brilliant LED courtesy lighting for rear passengers, or even the leather umbrella retainer points in the boot. At night experience the tranquillity of the cool phosphor blue illumination delineating the interior features, framing the treadplates, JaguarDrive Selector™, Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), and door architecture.

The new Jaguar XJ Ultimate will be available in Grange Jaguar Brentwood, Exeter, Swindon & Welwyn when it arrives in the UK.

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