Jaguar F-Type resulted to £2.8 billion in sourcing contracts

Article by Anita Panait, on May 13, 2013

The Jaguar F-TYPE customer car – which started rolling out from Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich plant on May 9, 2013 -- has brought a total of £2.8 billion in contracts with over 270 companies around the world, of which over £1.5 billion were placed with 116 companies in the United Kingdom. The contracts were awarded after a global competitive tendering exercise on parts sourcing for the Jaguar F-TYPE customer car.

The production of the vehicle allowed Jaguar Land Rover to create nearly 9,000 new jobs in the UK over the last two years, including 2,000 new engineers, of which 350 were tasked to directly support the new F-TYPE. The contracts awarded to support the Jaguar F-TYPE may result to thousands of additional skilled jobs across the automotive supply chain in the UK.

Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover’s Purchasing Director, remarked that as one of the leading investors in automotive research and development in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover generates several billion pounds of economic activity every year in the country.

He said that the recent announcement demonstrates that the carmaker is working with world-class suppliers to strengthen the UK automotive supply base and support its plans for growth in the future.

Exports to over 170 countries account for nearly $11 billion of Jaguar Land Rover’s annual revenues, making the carmaker one of the largest exporters in the UK by value. The carmaker expects to export over 75% of Jaguar F-TYPE vehicles built, with around half of them marketed to the United States. Other major markets for the Jaguar F-TYPE include the UK and Germany.

Curvy and muscular are words often used to describe Jaguar cars. This tradition has been maintained and propelled further by the new F-Type with its modern and bold design vocabulary. Its side and top-down looks are defined by two bold strokes, also known as "heartlines". The first or the main heartline starts from the sharp top crease of the fender line and then runs down the blade cutting across the shark-like gills on both sides of the grille.

This heartline assists in sharp turning maneuvers by giving sight lines to the driver. Highlighted by the headlamp design, the heartline guides the eye along the top of the front fender then to the door then it delicately fades towards the back of the car.

More lines further bring out the beauty of the Jaguar F-Type. Two lines, the sweeping line and the feature line, run from the side vent, and these help heighten the sense of speed of the Jaguar F-Type. The car also comes with a distinct “lightcatcher” surface above the sill which gives off a fuselage effect as it makes it possible for the side of the F-Type to be wrapped around by the door surface.

There is another line, the second “heartline”, which also plays an important role in the appearance and performance of the Jaguar F-Type. The second heartline gives the Jaguar F-Type a muscular look with the line sweeping around the car’s rear. An additional essential feature of the Jaguar F-Type is the active rear spoiler that not only reduces aerodynamic lift, but also regulates the car when it speeds up.

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