Design review: Jaguar XE

The all-new XE is one of the most significant products launches in Jaguar’s modern-day history. Under the ownership of India’s Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover appears to be going from strength to strength. And much like the small Evoque at sister brand Land Rover, this orms part of the company’s quest for ‘white space’ products that have global appeal and will open the marque to a wider audience. We caught up with Wayne Burgess, Jaguar... Read More

Jaguar Project 7 at Goodwood

‘We declare that the splendour of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed,’ F. T. Marinetti wrote in the 1909 Futurist manifesto. ‘A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with explosive breath … a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire…’ Speed. There is something at once modern, advanced, sexy, almost superhuman about it – notwithstanding its... Read More

Review: Jaguar F-Type Coupé

The F-Type Coupé is a sports car for the non-conformist. Jaguar says its latest product is the ‘progressive alternative’ – an alternative to the likes of the Porsche 911, a car that tends to dominate this market. ‘It represents Jaguar’s return to proper sports cars,’ notes Wayne Darley, global brand manager. It is the marque’s contemporary interpretation of the E-Type, a car that came to define Jaguar half a... Read More

Students interpret Jaguar design

This is an inspired take on Jaguar design by Royal College of Art students Ewan Gallimore and Claire Miller created for Clerkenwell Design Week 2013, which opened this week. The initial brief, put forward by Jaguar’s advanced studio in the UK to vehicle and textile design students, was to create a joint exterior and interior form study that expresses their vision of the marque’s future design language in either a sports or luxury context. #gallery-4... Read More

Designer talk: Ian Callum on Jaguar design

On the eve of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show Dr Ralf Speth told a small group of media representatives of his company’s triumphant year. The Jaguar Land Rover chief executive officer revealed plans to invest £2.75 billion in product development to support the launch of eight new and refreshed products this year, including the Jaguar F-Type and the introduction of the world’s first nine-speed gearbox in the Land Rover product line-up. He also... Read More

Julian Thomson on the Jaguar F-Type

These are images of the upcoming F-Type, a contemporary take on arguably Jaguar’s most notable car, the E-Type. This convertible sports car is a meticulously executed product that successfully avoids making retro references to its predecessor. I caught up a little while ago with director of advanced design, Julian Thomson, who explained the design thinking: ‘We study Jaguar design through our heritage, we look at the background of what’s... Read More

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week, in its third year, is establishing itself on London’s design calendar.  The event turns this creative-focused area of London into an exhibition space with numerous product launches, installations, screenings, talks and of course parties. It is a mini Milan Furniture Fair of sorts attracting both local and international designers, and design lovers. Over at the event’s hub in the Farmiloe Building – a former... Read More

Ian Callum on Jaguar design

Jaguar design suffered under Ford. The giant American carmaker that owned the niche British firm from 1989 to 2008 replaced Jaguar’s quirky identity with a non-descript generic one. Thankfully under new owner India’s Tata we are progressively seeing a return of the lost magic that made Jaguar cars so evocative. The current design, however, is very much down to Ian Callum’s vision that is drawing on the marque’s rich heritage to... Read More

Jaguar’s quirky cabin design

Jaguar is undergoing a design renaissance – its latest concept the C-X75 a clear indication of the quintessentially British marque’s confident design language that nods to its rich design history – think the iconic E-Type – whilst discovering what defines ‘Britishness’ in this century. The interior has been the focal point of current Jaguar design where there is a clever juxtaposition of high technology, taken from the world of electronic... Read More