On first getting into the 2009 Jaguar XF, the car seems like the ultimate in automotive tech. A red backlight on the engine start button pulses with a heartbeat cadence. Push it, and panels over the air vents open up while the shift dial rises from the console. That's right, a shift dial. Recognizing that most automatic transmissions are electronically controlled, the XF does away with a big legacy shifter, opting for a big dial that you turn to the different drive modes. The touch-screen interface uses a nicely designed set of menus, reminiscent of the LCARS computer interface … Read more
Just like the Web, CNET is a world wide company, with local offices that cater to their own countries. We just did some catching up with our colleagues across the pond, and thought we would post links to all of their Car Tech videos. Watch host Rory Reid drive a set of cars where the steering wheel is on the wrong side.
My name is Gary and I have recently been brought on board here at Cnet to share my enthusiasm for cars with you. To give you a little background about myself, I am originally from Dayton, Ohio. I have a father who really knows his cars. He's the kind of guy who can see a vintage car and tell me it's year, make and model - and nine times out of 10 he'd be right. Being in an automotive town (Dayton was home to a GM plant for decades), I grew up around a lot of people … Read more
Ford confirmed Thursday that the company is considering an offer to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover subsidiaries to Tata Motors of India.
"Ford is committed to focused negotiations at a more detailed level with Tata Motors concerning the potential sale of the combined Jaguar-Land Rover business," Lewis Booth, an executive vice president at Ford, said in a statement.
"There is still a considerable amount of work to do, and while no final decision has been made, we will proceed with further substantive discussions with Tata Motors over the forthcoming weeks with a view to … Read more
Figuring that owners of the iPhone and iPod touch are probably a good source of potential customers for its new XF sedan, Jaguar has launched a multimedia magazine to promote its forthcoming model designed specifically for Apple's touch-screen devices. The custom site, which was designed by 29HD Network, features some pretty snazzy-looking photos and videos of the new Big Cat in action that have been edited specifically for the iPhone/iPod Touch widescreen display. Check it out at jxfphone.com.
Christmas came early last week as we got the 2008 Jaguar XKR Convertible into the CNET Car Tech garage. The supercharged soft-top version of the XK is currently the most expensive car in Jag's lineup, and our tester came with a price tag north of $100,000. For that kind of money, we were expecting a lot, and the beautiful Big Cat didn't disappoint. The XKR comes with blistering performance thanks to a blown 4.2-liter V-8, as well as some advanced tech features, including as-standard nav and adaptive radar cruise control. Check out our full review of the 2008 Jaguar XKR Convertible.… Read more
Jaguar is a brand with quite a bit of history, and as such has retained some of its basic body styles for decades. But no more. The company is undergoing a major change as it redesigns its cars for the new millennium. The XK got a makeover that had some comparing it with Aston Martins. That was the coupe, and now comes the sedan. Jaguar's new XF is a beautiful and thoroughly modern car, with a design suggesting Bentley and Maserati. Even better, it will sell for substantially less than those cars, while having interior components never seen outside … Read more
Jaguar announced Friday that it will be offering a diesel engine with automatic transmission option for the 2008 Jaguar X-Type.
The 2.2-liter diesel engine will come with a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as the Jaguar Sequential Shift.
The car, which is available in both left and right hand drive, will be available in the U.K. in March 2008 and in Europe in April 2008. No word yet on a U.S. release.
Premium car audio systems from Bose and Mark Levinson are all too commonplace, so it's about time one of the world's leading high-end speaker manufacturers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) joined the fray with its all-new system for Jaguar's gorgeous XF sedan. At a joint press event last week in New York City Jaguar and Bowers & Wilkins showed an advance prototype of the 2008 XF model.
Unlike most car audio/auto manufacturer relationships where the audio supplier is forced to work with the "leftover" spaces to place its speakers and electronics, Bower & … Read more
The Discovery Channel airs a one-hour special this Saturday night, October 6, about the incredibly rare and classic cars in Ralph Lauren's collection. Didn't know Ralph Lauren was a car collector? He has more interests than designing clothes, and in this special you will get to see cars from a collection that's usually kept far from the public eye.
Among our favorites is the 1929 Blower Bentley because, according to Ian Fleming's books, it was what James Bond drove. The Blower Bentley is a big touring car with a 4.5 liter engine. Blower refers to … Read more