Jaguar vs. Mercedes Chicken | Jaguar XJ vs. Mercedes S-Class

Jaguar vs. Mercedes chicken video teases the Mercedes S-Class Magic Body Control. And emerges the ultimate competition; Mercedes S-Class vs Jaguar XJ and the winner is Mercedes S-Class, unfortunately. Because, the new S-Class is the biggest gadget on this planet and it has every kind of technology that features on an Airbus. Except, emergency slides and reverse thrust and oxygen masks and pressurised cabin. But I am expecting to see these technologies on up-coming S-Class.
Anyway Jaguar USA decided to tease or make fun of the Mercedes S-Class’s very creative advertisement for the Magic Body Control that features a chicken. 
And what is Magic Body Control? It is basically, the most sophisticated suspension system on this planet. I think Mars Curiosity Rover has a very better system but it is on Mars at the moment and driven by aliens. The Magic Body Control scans the road with stereo cameras (I really don’t know why two cameras) and adjusts the suspension according to road conditions to offer the maximum comfort. Magic Body Control is more advanced version of Active Body Control (ABC). This technology is based hydraulic suspension and offers the Rolls Royce comfort with a lower price tag. Literally, S-Class is like an Easy Jet ticket when you compare with Rolls Royce Phantom.
On the other side is the Jaguar XJ from 2004, sorry 2013. Unfortunately, Jaguar XJ is not in gadget category. It offers some how technology but all those technologies were already available on W220 S-Class that revealed on 1998! Despite the aging technology of XJ, it looks way better and made from aluminium. And offers more sportive driving experience. And Jaguar wanted to receive benefit from the sportive driving character by teasing the Mercedes S-Class’s Magic Body Control technology. 
Fine, you are right Mercedes packs up the best technology with a very boring design. They call conservative, I called it boring. You cannot associate a S-Class with a young person. Even though the gadget lovers will love the S-Class but they will be hesitating own one due its face. On the other hand, Jaguar XJ looks amazing but that’s all. It cannot detect a speed bump and adjust the firmness of suspension or detect a bicycle on the road and break, cannot drive by itself on traffic jam, cannot stop itself by pre-sensing a crash. XJ is more emotional car.
Anyway, Jaguar will become viral and I am contributing to that. However, being viral will help to increase sales? Don’t think so. Which one I would buy? Audi A8.
And next post will be, how to be the top of blacklist of press officers in three steps :)


New Photos of Maserati Quattroporte

New Maserati Quattroporte, now it is stronger to compete with the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ. However, Quattroporte is a bit niche car when you compare with these vehicles. You cannot spot a Quattroporte very often, does not offer wide range of engines and still delivers the racing heritage.

Also, people who buy Quattroporte are different than the people who buy its competitors. Quattroporte is the Italian passion on wheels and it always does look cool.

Now, there are new photos of Maserati Quattroporte!

By the way, Quattroporte is powered by a 3-lt V6 engine with 410 HP and 550 Nm of torque. The engine is coupled with 8-speed automatic gearbox. Maserati only needs 5,1 seconds for rear-wheel to reach 100 km/h and 4,9 seconds for all-wheel drive to reach 100 km/h. Top speed is not limited; rear-wheel drive can achieve 285 km/h and all-wheel drive 283 km/h

By the way, new Maserati Quattroporte is available with all-wheel drive option for better traction.
















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Cars in James Bond Skyfall

James Bond Skyfall, I have just watched the movie and I wanted to write about the cars in the movie. Because, there are more cars placed in Skyfall that you imagine.
The list starts with Land Rover Defender and Audi A4. Then JaguarXJ as you expected, then we Range Rover as usual. China sequences starts with Mercedes S500 (S550 for US market) and the taxi was a Volkswagen Passat. And we saw Land Discovery 4 as police vehicles and as a normal vehicle. I totally forgot the wrecked Volkswagen Beetles in the Turkey.
The London Police was driving Kia Optima, Sportage and Opel/VauxhallAstra. I really don’t know whether the London Police drives Kia or not! And the fire trucks were Dennis, a British classic. Later on, Bond left the Jaguar XJ and moved away with the Aston Martin DB5.
If there are more cars, I will update the post later. It was quite hard to keep up with in the Skyfall :)

Land Rover Defender
Audi A4
Jaguar XJ
Range Rover

Mercedes S-Class
Volkswagen Passat
Land Rover Discovery 4
Volkwagen Beetle
Kia Optima
Kia Sportage
Opel / Vauxhall Astra
Aston Martin DB5
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United Artists, Land Rover, Kia, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar


Jaguar XF, XJ with All-Wheel Drive

Jaguar XF and XJ are now available with all-wheel drive option, revealed at Pebble Beach. Jaguar was the only company does not offer all-wheel drive option in premium segment despite the engagement with Land Rover. Now it is available with XF and XJ but only with 3-lt V6 petrol engine (340 PS) and this leads no proper market share in emerging markets, where the customers have more tendencies on diesels.
Honestly, within in existing petrol prices level and increasing demand to diesel vehicles, Jaguar should have offered the all-wheel drive option with diesel engines. Thus, Jaguar could have more competitive power.
Jaguar’s all-wheel drive can split the torque 50/50 among front and rear, 8-speed automatic gearbox with auto start/stop is available.
Hope to see all-wheel drive rest of the engine range.

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Jaguar XJ and Sunny Day

Jaguar XJ and sunny day. It is quite impossible to see this combination in UK, but I managed to do it :) Probably the best pictures of XJ in my portfolio!
This Jaguar XJ is short wheel base and the rear leg room is not that big! Never go for short wheel base for big sedans! XJ is powered by a 3-lt turbo diesel with 275 PS and 600 Nm of torque, 6 seconds to 100 kph (62 mph).


Jaguar XJ Supercharged: Again

Jaguar XJ Supercharged, I mentioned about XJ before and I don’t like to repeat the same topic. However, I really love the XJ Supercharged! It is one of the best alternatives to Maserati Quattroporte. I do know that XJ diesel models are largely driven by a chauffeur, instead of the owner. However, XJ Supercharged is a car that has to be driven by its owner!
The supercharged V8, sportive chassis, communicative steering wheel instantly change your perception and you think that XJ is not a big car! I think that the perfect word to describe Jaguar XJ Supercharged, it does not feel like it is big. Therefore, XJ is fun to drive.
I know, German rivals may offer more options but they are more expensive. XJ looks amazing, drives great, passionate, good priced and does not feel big. If you don’t care about petrol price, go buy one!

·         Acceleration 0-to-60 mph
·         Max. speed – mph
·         Max. power – (EEC PS) @ rpm
·         Torque – (EEC Nm) @rpm
·         Driven wheels
· 4.7 secs
·  Limited to 155
· 510@4000
· 625@2000
· Rear
·         Engine  
·         CO2 g/km
·         Combined Fuel Economy (mpg)
·         Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)
·         Kerb Vehicle Weight (kg)
·         Insurance Group
· AJ-V8 Gen III
· 289 g/km
· 23.4mpg
· 85
· 1892
· 50


Jaguar XJ Taxi

Jaguar XJ Supersport is the most powerful XJ model by its 5-lt supercharged engine with 510PS of power. Unfortunately, these figures are not suitable for a taxi. It would be too expensive to run and pointlessly powerful! It is similar to use Louis Vuitton luggage set to travel around the world in economic class. However, Louis Vuitton luggage set has a place to be used and Jaguar XJ has a place to be driven as a taxi.
Recently Jaguar revealed a taxi for Nürburgring, XJ Supersport with Sport and Speed Pack (The Sport pack sounds a bit funny after Supersport). Sport pack provides, sport seats and exterior changes to emphasise sportive character. Speed Pack increase the speed limit from 250 KPH (155 MPH) to 280 KPH (174 MPH). As this XJ will be taxiing around the one of the brutal circuits in the world, the interior features a roll cage with four-point seatbelts!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find information about what XJ Nürburgring Taxi will do but I am sure it will be similar to BMW’s M5 Nürburgring Taxi. BMW was offering a quick lap with the M5 around the circuit. Probably, Jaguar will offer the same.

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LV, Jaguar


Jaguar XJ with 2-lt Turbo Engine

Jaguar XJ with 2-lt four-cylinder turbo petrol engine. You didn’t read anything wrong or I didn’t type anything wrong! Jaguar is the first car company to offer a large saloon with a 2-lt petrol engine. This is a new path in automotive industry; for many years large saloons were offered with massive engines. At those years, there were no problems with fuel price, tight taxation and emission. However, things have changed and companies started to downsize their engines. First, Mercedes offered 2.2-lt diesel engine in current S-Class (a competitor of XJ) and now Jaguar reduced the size up to 2-lt but runs with petrol. For many people, these engines are insufficient, not fast enough and etc etc. However, things have changed. If you can surf on internet from your mobile phone, you shouldn’t complaining about the downsized engines. These engines provide the same level of performance with lower fuel consumption. 
Jaguar’s new 2-lt turbocharged engine produces 240 PS of power and 340 nm of torque. These figures used to be found in 3-lt engines. Now, thanks to turbo chargers and reduces friction inside the engine, a 2-lt pocket size engine can provide this huge amount of power. 
So what will happen? If Jaguar can manage to market this car properly in emerging markets like Turkey, Russia, China where the car taxation is really high. Many people will buy Jaguar XJ instead of BMW 7-Series, Mercedes S-Class or Audi A8. If you are not obsessed with German car’s electronic gadgets and willing to pay lots of money for them, Jaguar XJ will definitely satisfy your needs! 
This engine will also be available in Jaguar XF. What happens with engines are similar to this in fashion, moving from real leather to faux leather. And people does not stop buying Stella McCartney, because her shoes and bags are not from real leather!

Technical Information: 
2.0 I4 240 Turbocharged Petrol
Engine type:four-cylinder, in-line petrol, turbocharged
Capacity (cc):1999
Bore/stroke (mm):87.5/83.1
Peak power (PS@rpm):240@5500
Peak torque (Nm/lb ft@rpm):340/251@1800-4,000
0-60mph (secs):7.5 (in XF and XJ)*
Top speed (mph):150 (in XF and XJ)*
*Manufacturer’s estimates. All figures correct at time of going to press.

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Net-A-Porter, Jaguar


Jaguar XJ Ultimate iPad

Jaguar XJ Ultimate, a new line in Jaguar’s biggest car XJ. During the Beijing Auto Show, Jaguar revealed the Ultimate. It may not sound that different but the interior received a serious upgrade and became one of the best interior on market. Actually, the level of craftsmanship and quality look quite similar to Rolls Royce and Bentley. 
Like its competitors (Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8), Ultimate offers individual two seat at the rear, so you don’t have to get close with the other passenger. And best part is champagne chiller! I don’t know why the automotive industry is obsessed with champagne chiller, each luxury brand offers this features. So, if you are very rich and driven by a chauffeur, you have to drink champagne not water or anything else, champagne.
Jaguar also follows the trend of placing iPads inside car and Ultimate come with two iPads with wireless keyboard. The only problem will be, when people see the sharp screen of iPad and then they see the blur navigation and instrument panel screens of XJ, they might be disappointed with this. Because, Jaguar’s navigation and instrument panel screens are below the contemporary technology standards in terms of pixel per inches. When you have opportunity to compare with iPad, you will understand the difference.
I hope Jaguar will replace these screens soon!

If you want to know what is this pixel per inch, here is the answer!
Last generation iPad has 264 PPi!

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Jaguar Land Rover PR Event March 2012

Last week I had chance to attend Jaguar Land Rover’s press event to see their vehicle range. I previously heard about this event but, never had chance to attend. Hopefully, last week I managed it!
It started quite well from beginning, while I was walking down to the event I saw the camouflaged new Range Rover. Unfortunately, I was sleepy and not prepared to take a photo. Anyway, there were 24 different Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles. They provided different engine sizes in the whole range. Some of the engine option may not be seen on the streets! Such as Range Rover Supercharged! People prefer to buy diesel, instead of this petrol burner.
Being in a place with lots of cars is like being a chocolate factory when you are kid! I arrived to event as early as possible to avoid any congestion, like a kid runs to chocolate factory. And hopefully it wasn’t that crowded.
I will be writing more about the event and the car in following posts!
And I would like to thank all Land Rover and Jaguar PR team for their great hospitality.
Here is the list of the vehicles. Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery 4, Land Rover Defender, and Jaguar XF, XK, XKR, XKR-S, XJ, XJ L.
Next time, I will take better videos and more detailed photos.
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