Record Jaguar sales in 2017

by Lawrence Cooper January 12, 2018, 1:10
Record Jaguar sales in 2017

The company's seventh successive year of sales growth was driven by the introduction of new models into new and existing segments, increased uptake of its Wolverhampton-made Ingenium clean diesel and petrol engines and the development of its manufacturing operations around the world to increase capacity.

Jaguar sales were up by 20% to 178,601 cars in what is the brand's strongest full-year performance to date, thanks largely to bumper sales of the Jaguar F-Pace, XE and XF.

The group also said: 'Growth in China and the United States of America helped offset the impact of hard market conditions in the European, UK and Overseas markets.

'There is something charming about the fact that exactly 70 years ago this vehicle would have been undergoing its final adjustments before being prepared for the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch - where the world first saw the shape that's now immediately recognised as a Land Rover'.

Jaguar Land Rover, owned by the Indian conglomerate Tata, produces about 530,000 cars from factories in Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood, near Liverpool.

Carmakers in Britain say the government's plan to increase levy on new diesel cars as part of the greening efforts, will only add to weakening consumer confidence in the wake of Brexit and pull down auto sales across the country.

To mark its 70th anniversary this year, Land Rover is beginning 2018 by restoring one of the three pre-production Land Rovers that had been shown at the model's launch at the 1948 Amsterdam motor show - a auto that had been missing for 63 years before being rediscovered recently.

Looking ahead to 2018, MrGoss said: "While there will be further challenges facing our industry, there are also exciting times ahead for Jaguar Land Rover".

Mr Goss said that 'We employ 40,000 people with thousands more in the supply chain.

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