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Automaker News Moves to Edmunds.com

By Jeff Hester December 14, 2011
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Thank you for your interest in Edmunds.com's coverage and analysis of carmakers. AutoObserver.com is being integrated into a new area of Edmunds.com. Coverage of carmakers now can be found at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/. To stay connected via social media as well, please follow Edmunds.com on Twitter@edmunds and fan... more

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Jaguar to Build 250 C-X75 Hybrid Supercars

By Scott Doggett May 6, 2011

Jaguar rocked the automotive world last September at the Paris Auto Show when it unveiled the C-X75 concept, a 4-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid supercar the automaker said was equipped with four electric motors putting out 780 horsepower and fueled in part by electricity generated by a pair of thermos-sized jet-style gas turbines. The vehicle was, Jaguar spokesmen reminded reporters weeks later, just a concept. more

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Jaguar Races To Fill Segments, Chase Niches

By AutoObserver Staff April 11, 2011

"We're playing catch-up," says Jaguar's brand director Adrian Hallmark of the company's race to broaden its product offering. Jaguar’s product development program has never been busier, says design director Ian Callum, who among other things, is hard at work on a new SUV that will take Jaguar into segments previously untrodden. After years of offering a relatively narrow range and derivative line-ups that don’t always suit the markets the company is present in, Hallmark, Callum and colleagues will oversee the arrival not only of that SUV, but also a model to take on the more expensive versions of the more

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Los Angeles Auto Show Heralds Uncertain but Hopeful New Year

By Bill Visnic November 16, 2010

There is much hopeful and upbeat as the Los Angeles auto show opens to the media today. Automakers are making an increasingly credible collective effort to open a new era of advanced, more-efficient and more environmentally friendly personal mobility. There's a growing sense such a transformation might even evolve into profitable business. And, of course, there's the rebound - so far a stunted, jerky one, but 2010 will be kinder to the auto industry than was 2009. Many automakers, however, still are licking wounds from the protracted recession, the battle for market share is more cutthroat than ever and more

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New Models Drive Luxury Sales in October; Momentum Continues for Others

By Michelle Krebs November 2, 2010

 October sales reports began rolling in Tuesday and, as predicted, the rate of sales could be the highest of the year.  The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of sales is forecasted by Edmunds.com to be close to 12 million units. "However," cautioned Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds.com's director of industry analysis, "the actual sales volume will be low. October probably will be the third lowest month for actual unit sales, behind January and February." And that's typical. Edmunds.com's analysis of sales trends from 2002 through 2009 shows October traditionally is the third worst month of the year; January is the worst, November more

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Jaguar to Keep British Factories Open, Adopting 2-Tier Wages

By Bill Visnic October 15, 2010

Jaguar-Land Rover owner Tata Motors announced today that the company will not close the company's storied Castle Bromwich, U.K. manufacturing facilities after all, deciding instead that a new uptick in sales - along with a fresh labor agreement with its unions - justifies ditching an earlier plan to consolidate the operations of Castle Bromwich with a longstanding Rover facility in Solihull. Jaguar's new labor contract provides for newly hired workers to start at lower rates and lower shift premiums than for existing workers, while delivering a 5-percent pay raise this year. Tata reportedly said it will invest more the more

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Q&A With Tata's COO Carl-Peter Forster

By Karl Brauer October 15, 2010

As niche premium brands in a struggling world economy, it's not unreasonable to assume both Jaguar and Land Rover face a challenging future at best, an uncertain one at worst. But you wouldn't know it after speaking with the brands' COO, Carl-Peter Forster of India-based Jaguar/Land Rover owner Tata Motors. Tata purchased the iconic British nameplates on March 26, 2008, and Forster joined the company in February of this year after leaving General Motors Co. as president of General Motors Europe. Forster is in charge of not only Jaguar- Land Rover but all of Tata's products worldwide, including trucks more

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Paris Show Opens To Press Today with Extreme, Green Themes

By Bill Visnic September 29, 2010

Nobody can say there isn't variety on offer as the Paris motor show kicks off for the press today and tomorrow. Environmental improvements are the way to go these days, trumping the big-horsepower swillers that used to be relied upon to captivate the press, and while the Paris show definitely is chock-full of green work, there are a few high-performance goodies to remind that it is a major international auto show, after all. more

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The Substitution Effect: New and Premium Cars Lose Share

By Karl Brauer September 8, 2010

The recession may not have changed everything about the auto business - but it's changed just about everything. And here's the one that currently is hurting automakers at the most fundamental level: buyers who in normal times would have been snapping up new vehicles now are shopping the used-car market. And those who were cracking open the wallet for a premium badge are shifting to less-indulgent, less high-falutin brands. This "substitution effect" is what many analysts expected as a plausible outcome of extensive unemployment, under-employment and a drastic downshifting of household consumption. What largely wasn't expected is how extensively more

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J.D. Power: Vehicle Dependability Improves Industry-Wide; Caddy DTS, Porsche Tops

By Bill Visnic March 18, 2010

Overall vehicle dependability has improved 7 percent and for the first time in more than a decade, a domestic vehicle is the industry's dependability leader, says the latest Vehicle Dependability Study from J.D. Power and Associates. Power's latest version of its widely-watched dependability study was based on 52,000 responses from owners about their experience over the last year with their 3-year-old, 2007-model vehicles. General Motors Co.'s Cadillac DTS was the study's leader, beating all individual models with 76 problems per 100 vehicles; the industry average was 155 problems per 100 vehicles, a 7-percent improvement over the average 165 PP100 more

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