Posts Tagged ‘XJ’

2011 Jaguar XJL

January 4th, 2011 No comments

More Than Just A Pretty Face

     The XJ hasn’t been a contender for years. Even when the last generation stepped forward with advanced aluminum intensive construction for the 2004 model year, a ho-hum base engine, tired styling and uninspired interior guaranteed it would never light up the radar of discriminating luxury sedan buyers. The XJ’s disastrous reception forced Jaguar management to sever its retro stranglehold and turn to maestro of design Ian Callum to develop a modern design language, which we first saw on the svelte, but still traditional, XF. For the flagship XJ Callum pushes the envelope even further and blesses the big cat with a distinctive presence that we think will finally draw curious consumers to Jaguar showrooms. After a week with a long-wheelbase XJ we’re confident they’re going to like what they find. Read more…

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2010 Jaguar XJL (Design Critique)

December 30th, 2010 No comments

      After nearly two decades of unprofitableness under the ownership of Ford, Jaguar management has been quite eager to re-establish the British brand as a viable automaker. Jaguars have long been considered beautiful cars, but somehow that has failed to make them sell in volumes that would make the brand profitable. Starting with the XF, Jaguar has attempted to bring some modern shapes and designs into the fold, abandoning the overtly classic looking S-type and XJ sedans. The new XJ and XJL are an even greater departure from classic Jaguar sedans. Where the XF was a departure for Jaguar, it would have been a controversial design for any automaker due to its unconventionally styled D-pillar. It is a shame that the designers felt compelled to push the boundaries of automotive design, because the rest of the XJ design seems to work quite well. Read more…

2005 Jaguar XJ8 Super

February 17th, 2010 No comments

       Ever wonder what it’s like to be royalty?
     It’s hard to imagine that kind of life — living in an opulent palace, having a courtly staff catering to your every whim, mingling with the world’s finest people, fending off the paparazzi and having your most embarrassing moments show up at the supermarket check-out line. Read more…

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AT’s Photo Spotlight

February 14th, 2010 No comments

2004 Jaguar XJ at the 2004 NAIAS.

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