Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on Friday reported a 5.9 per cent decline in total retail sales at 5,57,706 units last year as compared with 2018. The sales of Jaguar brand were at 1,61,601 units during the month, down 10.6 per cent, while Land Rover sales witnessed a dip of 3.8 per cent during the year as compared with 2018, Tata Motors said in a regulatory filing.
In December, JLR reported 1.3 per cent increase in total retail sales at 52,814 units as compared to the year-ago period in 2018. The sales of Jaguar brand were at 13,372 units during the month, down 17.3 per cent from December 2018. Land Rover sales stood at 39,442 units, up 9.6 per cent from the same month last year, it added. “2019 was a year of two halves for Jaguar Land Rover.
Over the last six months, we saw a marked improvement in China, where intensive work with our retailers, combined with significant process and product improvements are starting to gain traction,” JLR Chief Commercial Officer Felix Brautigam said.
Elsewhere, adverse market conditions continued to affect the industry but encouragingly in North America the company closed last year successfully with a new record year, he added. In December, company’s retail sales were boosted by China (up 26.3 per cent year-on-year), a sixth successive month of double-digit growth, Brautigam said.
Soon after the global debut of Jaguar F-Pace SVR at the new 2018 New York Auto Show, select dealers in India have started accepting bookings for the new model. Yes, you read it right. The F-Pace SVR, which has been engineered by JLR's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, will hit the Indian market soon.
However, Jaguar Land Rover India is yet to officially announce the launch date for the F-Pace SVR. According to a report of NDTV’s carandbike, the deliveries for Jaguar F-Pace SVR has been slated for 2020. Visually, Jaguar F-Pace gets cosmetic updates along with improvements to the chassis and aerodynamics.
Inside, the new model includes SVR body kit, Lozenge quilted leather upholstery with SVR embossing, SVR steering wheel, and aluminium paddle shifters. The SUV rides 21-inch forged alloy wheels that are 25 mm wider at the rear for better handling.
Under the hood, Jaguar F-Pace SVR comes equipped with the 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine that churns out 542 bhp between 6000-6500 rpm and a meaty 680 Nm of peak torque available between 2500-5500 rpm. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a SportShift Selector.