Welcome to our regular news round-up relating to all things Jaguar Land Rover.
We look at some of the stories from around the world about Britain’s biggest car maker, which has its global headquarters in Coventry.
It continues to be an extremely challenging time for the car maker as the automotive industry struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CoventryLive has been writing extensively about the Whitley-based company.
The biggest event for the company was the resumption of UK production.
This is a phased restart and the first vehicle production got underway at the Solihull plant on Monday May 18.
The previous week Ingenium engine production had resumed at the company’s engine factory near Wolverhampton.
The resumption was covered extensively across the media, including CoventryLive.
Coverage detailed the special social distancing and safety measures that have been introduced.
Following the restart the first car rolling off the production line in Solihull (a Range Rover) was also celebrated.
CoventryLive also reported that although dealerships remain shut, it is still possible to buy a Jaguar or Land Rover vehicle – either used or new – online.
Returning to the theme of production restarting, we also took in in-depth look at there production has restarted and where it has yet to start.
Elsewhere Jaguar Land Rover made the news as part of calls for some sort of government incentive scheme, like the popular scrappage scheme, to help car makers and dealers kick-start business following the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Buxton Advertiser reported that Jaguar Land Rover bosses were joining this call, along with those at other car companies – including Ford.
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Despite the challenges facing the automotive sector all car makers continue to look to the future and new models.
Jaguar Land Rover has a number in the pipeline, including a long wheelbase version of the Range Rover Evoque.
The ‘stretched’ Evoque was covered by Autoevolution, which had spy shots of a camouflaged prototype of the seven-seater model being tested.
The report said it is due to arrive in 2022.
This is how Jaguar Land Rover workers are returning to work
Jaguar Land Rover has revealed details of how its employees will be working safely as the car maker resumes production.
The Coventry car maker has introduced a host of new working practices in order to counter Covid-19.
The car maker has revealed details of new measures introduced at its Solihull plant, traditionally the home of Land Rover.
They include using thermal imaging equipment to check workers’ temperatures and providing PPE equipment.
The temperature checks are just one of many measures the car maker has adopted at its Solihull plant and workers with two high temperature readings will be sent home and given NHS contact in case they are infected with the virus.
PPE will be worn at certain production line areas, when social distancing cannot be observed. Visors or masks will be made available to every employee if they need them.
Hand sanitiser has been produced on site in 100ml refillable bottles.
In addition ‘safe’ seats next to screens have been installed in communal areas along with ‘enhanced’ cleaning routines.
You can read the full CoventryLive report here.
First social distancing-made Land Rover rolls off the production line
The first Land Rover made under new social distancing measures has rolled off the production line at the Coventry car maker’s factory in Solihull.
The Range Rover model was the first vehicle made following the recent temporary pause in production due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Effective social distancing, hygiene and health monitoring measures are now in place at the Lode Lane plant following an extensive review of all production lines, engineering facilities, office areas and communal spaces.
It is part of a phased return to manufacturing for the company, with employees’ health and wellbeing are at the centre of the plan.
Measures include temperature checks with thermal cameras, a two-metre distance between people wherever possible, personal protective equipment where that is not the case, the introduction of one-way systems and enhanced cleaning.
You can read the full CoventryLive story here.
How you can still buy a Jaguar Land Rover vehicle during lockdown
Jaguar Land Rover’s dealerships might remain closed as the lockdown continues but you can still buy a vehicle from the Coventry car maker’s line-up.
Following a trial period and a staged rollout, Jaguar Land Rover has expanded its online sales offering in light of coronavirus restrictions.
It means customers can browse, build and order online from the safety of their own home.
And it is not just new vehicles that are available. Would-be buyers can also browse pre-owned stock available throughout the UK retailer network.
Since the trial went live on the Jaguar and Land Rover UK websites this month more than 3.3 million shoppers have already taken part in the online experience.
You can read the full CoventryLive write-up here.
Which JLR factories are back to work and which ones aren’t
Jaguar Land Rover was one of the first companies to warn of the impact Covid-19 was likely to have.
It affected the Coventry car maker’s operations in China and Jaguar Land Rover warned it would impact on vehicle sales and financial performance.
That was before the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK, and after it did Jaguar Land Rover temporarily halted production.
It has now commenced a phased resumption of production, with things really getting into gear this week as workers returned to the car maker’s factory in Solihull.
It followed the introduction of a raft of new social distancing measures and on Tuesday May 19 the first post social distancing model – a Range Rover – rolled off the Solihull production line.
So, where is the company at in terms of its operations – both in the UK and globally? Where are workers back to work, to what extent and where are they yet to start back?
You can read the full CoventryLive report here.
Calls for car scrappage scheme to help revive UK industry
The Buxton Advertiser reported how car makers – including Jaguar Land Rover and Ford – are calling for a government incentive scheme to kick-start the industry.
Matt Allan wrote: « The UK Government should consider a car scrappage scheme to help protect the country’s industry, according to several leading car makers.
“Andy Barratt, managing director of Ford of Britain, has warned that without some form of incentive to stimulate the new car market it could be forced to end production at both of its UK factories.
“Senior figures from Jaguar Land Rover and the owners of Vauxhall have also said some stimulus is needed to revive the market.
“Mr Barratt told ITV News: “It’s Ford’s view that it is necessary we have stimulus in the market to help customers come back with confidence.”
You can read the full Buxton Advertiser report here.
2022 Range Rover Evoque LWB Spied With Seven Seats, Familiar Exterior Design
Autoevolution had spy shots of a camouflaged long-wheelbase Range Rover Evoque being tested.
Its report said: “The Evoque is Range Rover’s best-selling nameplate, make no mistake about that. Not only is it the brand’s cheapest and smallest utility vehicle, but the Evoque also happens to be one of the sexiest compact crossovers on the market.
“Seven years of production later, the second generation entered the scene on an evolution of the original’s D8 platform.
“You only need to look at the US sales figures from 2019 to understand how popular the Evoque is in this SUV-driven market. Of the 94,736 vehicles sold by Land Rover, the baby Range Rover sold 11,529 examples.
“This got JLR thinking about how to maximize the appeal of the Evoque, and the answer to that question is pretty obvious from the headline and photo gallery. Indeed, a long-wheelbase Evoque with three rows of seats for seven people is currently in the works, scheduled to go roll out as a 2022 model year.
“Camouflaged from the roof to the rocker panels, the prototype in the photo gallery does look strange when you compare it to the regular-wheelbase Evoque with seating for five people. More or less inspired by compact three-row crossovers such as the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, the newcomer should also carry over the powertrain and transmission options from the 2020 and 2021 models.”
You can read the full Autoevolution report and see the pictures here.