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New Land Rover Defender wins major industry award

The new Land Rover Defender has claimed a major automotive industry honour at the World Car Awards.

The new Defender has been declared the 2021 World Car Design of the Year.

The Defender emerged triumphant in a vote by 93 international journalists from 28 countries that make up the World Car Awards jury panel.

It is the sixth World Car Design of the Year win for Jaguar Land Rover, placing the Coventry car maker at the top of the awards’ design league table, with no other manufacturer claiming as many.

The coveted award has previously been won by the Jaguar

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Jaguar Land Rover composites project to advance EV lightweighting, reduce emissions

Photo Credit: Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover (Whitley, U.K.) is preparing for future electric vehicles (EVs) with advanced lightweight composite research that the company says will help deliver increased range, greater performance and a more dynamic drive.

The Tucana project is a four year program with a goal to make the U.K. a world leader in low-carbon technology, by preventing 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions between 2023 and 2032. This is expected to be achieved by accelerating mainstream use of EVs and lighter vehicles for decreased tailpipe emissions and reduced energy consumption of electrified powertrains.

The research

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Bigger Land Rover Defender confirmed by JLR

LONDON — Jaguar Land Rover executives have confirmed that the long-body 130 version of the Land Rover Defender is still in the product plan and will go on sale within the next 18 months.

Plans to include the Defender 130 in the model lineup were leaked ahead of the launch of the two shorter versions in 2019, but the third variant has never been officially confirmed by Land Rover.

The new model will boost sales outside Europe, Chief Financial Officer Adrian Mardell said. “The Defender 130 will hit a sweet spot in North America, China and also the Middle East,

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JLR axed electric Land Rover, Jaguar on MLA platform to focus on better tech

JLR is looking for a partner for a new electric platform for future battery-powered Jaguars.

The reason for cutting the MLA-mid program was partly because it would not have helped JLR make deep enough emissions cuts, Mardell said. “Reimagine is about being one step ahead on compliance. The current MLA program would not have done that for us,” he said. “We would have been in catch-up in this compliance and that just isn’t good enough in this industry today.”

JLR said on Jan. 29 that it now expects a fine of 35 million pounds for missing its 2020 European Union

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Jaguar Land Rover will shed a quarter of its production capacity

Jaguar Land Rover will slash its manufacturing capacity by 25 percent over five years and write off investment in products it’s decided to scrap under new CEO Thierry Bollore.

The British carmaker will take a non-cash charge of about 1 billion pounds ($1.4 billion) in the quarter ending in March related to higher previous spending and projects it won’t complete, according to an investor presentation. The company said last week it was calling off plans to build a battery-powered replacement of the Jaguar XJ sedan.

The Tata Motors Ltd.-owned manufacturer’s new business plan under Bollore, 57, includes making the Jaguar

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Jaguar Land Rover quality issues ‘cost company 100,000 sales,’ CEO says

LONDON — Jaguar Land Rover loses more than 100,000 sales annually due to customer perception of quality issues with its models, CEO Thierry Bollore said.

JLR has long struggled to have the same quality standards as its rivals, but the company has made “dramatic improvements” on reliability recently, Bollore told investors on a call on Friday.

“The dissatisfaction of our customers was really detrimental to our natural volume. The missed opportunities today are massive,” he said. “It’s more than 100,000 healthy sales that we could perform.”

Land Rover came second last in the most recent JD Power survey in the

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