JLR round-up: I-Pace review, latest financial results and more

Welcome to our regular news round-up relating to all things Jaguar Land Rover.

We look at some of the stories about Britain’s biggest car maker, which has its global headquarters in Coventry.

It continues to be a challenging time for the company as the automotive industry struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic but there’s also plenty to look forward to in 2021.

As always CoventryLive has been writing about the Whitley-based company.

Since our last round-up our coverage has included our review of Jaguar Land Rover’s first all-electric car – the Jaguar I-Pace.

We also covered the sad news of the death of a Jaguar Land Rover employee after contracting Covid-19.

Some corporate news saw the appointment of design chief Gerry McGovern to the Jaguar Land Rover board.

The end of the week saw the company reveal its latest financial results covering the final three months of 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover’s first electric car – our verdict on what it is like to drive



Jaguar I-Pace

There’s no doubt the world’s car makers are on the journey to electrification.

It’s a long road – and an expensive one for the companies involved – but it’s a road that must be taken and there’s no turning back.

The shift from internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electric power represents one of the biggest seismic shifts in the automotive industry’s history.

Some car makers are further along that road than others and it’s a road that one car maker (Tesla) has taken exclusively.

The fact Tesla is now the most valuable car maker in the world, while at the same time being one of the youngest, speaks volumes.

Spending the billions that is required poses a challenge for a company like Jaguar Land Rover.

It might be Britain’s biggest car maker but it is small in global terms.

So far it has just one all electric model in the shape of the Jaguar I-Pace but it’s fair to say it’s a good one.



The I-Pace has won multiple awards – and deservedly so.

For a start it looks fabulous. It’s an SUV but it manages to combine added height and stature with coupe styling sublimely, in a way that no other manufacturer has yet managed.

I recall seeing prototypes on the road locally before its launch and being gobsmacked by its striking good looks.

But looks are just part of the I-Pace’s appeal and its essential USP is that it is Jaguar Land Rover’s first EV.

It isn’t cheap but EVs involve paying a premium anyway over ICE models and the I-Pace is also very much in the luxury car bracket anyway – irrespective of its electric credentials.

If you’ve never driven an electric car before it’s surprisingly simply and the I-Pace is no exception.

You can read the full review here.

Jaguar Land Rover worker dies after catching coronavirus



JLR site in Lode Lane Solihull

A Jaguar Land Rover worker has died after contracting Covid-19 it has been revealed.

The employee who died is understood to be a middle-aged man who worked at the Solihull plant.

The Coventry car maker said it had “sadly lost a friend and colleague to Covid-19”.

The employee who died worked at the Lode Lane factory and was 48 years old, BirminghamLive reports.

It is unclear where the worker – who has not been named – actually caught the virus.

The death follows concerns by some Jaguar Land Rover workers over alleged Covid safety breaches at the Solihull plant where West Midlands Police visited twice in the space of a week.

But the company has been cleared of any breaches following police visits on January 7 and 13. Officers who visited said they were “satisfied all safety measures and precautions were in place and being adhered to.”

Speaking on Friday January 24 a Jaguar Land Rover spokesman said: “We can confirm that we sadly lost a friend and colleague to Covid-19 earlier this week.

“Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time.”

You can read the full story here.

Design chief and Cov Kid Gerry McGovern joins the Jaguar Land Rover board



Gerry McGovern. Image: Ryan Maybury

Jaguar Land Rover’s design supremo and acclaimed Cov Kid Gerry McGovern has joined the board of Jaguar Land Rover.

The appointment of Professor McGovern to the board of management was announced by Jaguar Land Rover CEO Thierry Bolloré .

Formerly Land Rover’s design boss, in October last year Mr McGovern was appointed to the new executive position of Jaguar Land Rover chief creative officer

The company said that appointment signalled the importance of design leadership to the Coventry car maker’s future.

Speaking about Mr McGovern’s appointment to the board of management a spokesman said: “As Jaguar Land Rover continues to transform its business at pace and redefine its strategic direction, this crucial addition to the boardroom further emphasises the vital importance of creativity to the ongoing prosperity of Jaguar Land Rover.”

Mr Bolloré said “Gerry’s expanded chief creative officer accountabilities include leadership of the design functions of both Jaguar and Land Rover, enhancing and developing the character, distinction and personality of each with his usual passion and energy.

“Also, to continue to elevate and protect our two great brands, Gerry’s role will now include creative direction across all of Jaguar and Land Rover’s global visual communications, ensuring a consistent look and feel, befitting each of their distinctive characters. »

You can read the full story here.

Jaguar Land Rover reveals latest financial results – and it’s good news



Jaguar Land Rover makes a statement with new site in South West London

Jaguar Land Rover has released its latest financial results – and it’s good news for the Coventry car maker as it announced profits in the hundreds of millions.

The results for the three-month period to the end of December show the company made a pre-tax profit of £439m.

That represents a huge increase of £374m on the previous quarter (July to September 2020) and an increase of £121m on the October to December period in 2019.

Revenues for the latest three-month reporting period were £6 billion, up £1.6 billion from the previous quarter, though still lower than pre-Covid levels a year ago.

Jaguar Land Rover also revealed a third quarter of the financial year positive free cash flow of £562 million.

The period also saw the continuation of Jaguar Land Rover’s Charge+ transformation programme with cost savings totalling £0.4 billion between October and December last year.

That mean that so far this financial year the car maker has made savings of £2.2 billion.

You can read the full story here.

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