Jaguar Land Rover launches the Discovery Sport with a 2.2-litre SD4 four-cylinder diesel engine
Jaguar Land Rover this week launched its baby 4×4, the Discovery Sport and promises to send four prospective customers into orbit with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space project.
Then on Monday it will unveil the Jaguar XE, a mid-sized sports saloon at a swish premiere before it heads to next month’s Paris Motor Show.
The £30,000 XE — a rival to BMW’s big-selling 3-series — promises a frugal 75 mpg and CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km.
The maker says the new Jaguar Land Rover can wade through water up to a depth of around 2ft
The baby ‘Disco’, meanwhile, replaces the Freelander and is a boost for the firm’s Halewood plant on Merseyside.
Priced from £32,395 to £42,995, it goes on sale in January alongside the existing full-size sevenseater Discovery.
The launch model will feature an efficient, yet powerful, 2.2-litre SD4 four-cylinder diesel engine, and advanced nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions. The maker says it can wade through water up to a depth of around 2ft.
The accompanying space flight competition asks aspiring astronauts and 4×4 drivers to produce a 30-second video or still image that demonstrates their spirit of adventure, then name three friends to join them on their adventure and submit it at landrover.com/gotospace.
If you are going to customise a Sixties Jaguar Mark II and give it a modern twist that nevertheless remains true to the spirit of the original, it helps to be Jaguar Land Rover’s design chief.
So after Ian Callum created one for himself, he’s now giving others a chance to share his passion, provided they can stump up between £350,000 and £375,000.
CMC, the classic car specialist that carried out the work, will produce a limited-edition run of the ‘Jaguar Mark 2 by Callum’. As well as an opulent period design, the cars will have contemporary essential features such as satnav, a flip-out touchscreen display and reversing camera.
Next weekend’s Goodwood Revival will recreate the spirit of the summer of ’64 with a a Friday morning parade led by Quadrophenia star Phil Daniels
Grab your leathers and Fred Perry shirts. Fifty years after the summer of ’64 saw Mods and Rockers fight it out at seaside resorts along the South Coast, next weekend’s Goodwood Revival will recreate the spirit with a Brighton Pier installation and a Friday morning parade led by Quadrophenia star Phil Daniels (above). Worth watching? You better, you better, you bet: goodwood.com.
Women who feel intimidated or patronised when they take their car for a service or repair can take heart — help is at hand.
Mechanic Caroline Lake has written a car manual to help women fight sexist treatment.
The owner of Caroline’s Cars in Norfolk believes her new Haynes Women’s Car DIY Manual (Haynes, £21.99) will help more women understand car maintenance by de-mystifying the technology and debunking off-putting jargon.
She says: ‘The patronising and intimidating environment of many garages makes women feel uncomfortable. Cars aren’t rocket science and women have all the necessary skills to understand the mechanics fully. I’m hoping my book can start a revolution.’
The new Mazda MX-5 is the latest incarnation of the Japanese roadster that in 1989 reinvented the spirit of the traditional British sports car
Mazda unveiled its brand-new MX-5 this week — looking sleeker and lighter after undergoing a strict weight-loss regime.
It’s the latest incarnation of the Japanese roadster that in 1989 reinvented the spirit of the traditional British sports car, drawing inspiration from classic models such as the MGs and Lotus Elans of the Sixties. This fourth generation of the two-seater, pictured left, is 100kg lighter than its predecessor. It was launched simultaneously in Barcelona, the U.S. and Japan, and arrives here next year.
More than 947,000 MX-5s have been produced over the past quarter century and it holds the Guinness world record as the all-time best-selling two-seater sports car.