Texas auto dealership Jaguar Plano earned the top rank in the first Automotive News\' list of the \"100 Best Dealerships To Work For.\" Jaguar Plano has a “help the client” mantra. It gives $50 gasoline cards to its employees for doing the right thing. The award was given last Wednesday in Chicago at the Ritz Carlton. U.S. and Canadian stores had applied for the recognition.
The Best Companies Group screened extensive surveys that the stores had filled out and then chose the top 100 dealerships. Kenneth Schnitzer, the chairman of Jaguar Plano parent Park Place Dealerships, a 16-store chain of luxury franchises in Texas and Nevada, said that it’s vital to take care of your workers since they get the job done daily.
They interact with the customers and they fix the cars. Mike Cuzzo, general manager of the dealership, said that this was an “amazing accomplishment” and that the store’s success is credited to a “good owner and good people.\" The past few years for the Jaguar Plano workers have been eventful. Service writer Garry Shewbirt said that in 2009 during his first year at the store in Dallas, the business had dropped.
The dealership was involved in a legal dispute with Jaguar, which had alleged that the owner and some of its workers committed warranty-claim fraud. Shewbirt said that at that point, he was about to find something else. However, Park Place Dealerships bought the store in May 2010 and instantly invested $1 million in a new showroom and other restorations. It fixed broken equipment and brought in new tools as well. Training was given to workers, including technicians who used to spend for their own training.
The latest resurrection of the Jaguar XJ is as elegant and as groundbreaking as the original car to bear the nameplate, which design was penned by no less than Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. Thus, just like the original, the Jaguar XJ features a revolutionary design as made suitable to appeal to the customers of the modern world. Moreover, the latest Jaguar XJ serves as an indication of the singular sense of purpose behind the vision for the future of Jaguar, as conceived by Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum.
Thanks to its full-length panoramic glass roof, the interior gets more natural light than usual, resulting to a strong perception of spaciousness for its occupants. This panoramic glass roof allowed the new XJ to feature coupé-like profile and aggressive stance like its Jaguar siblings of the present and past.
Making possible for the new Jaguar XJ to achieve such design and styling is the platform that underpins it as well as the carmaker’s pioneering construction techniques. The new Jaguar XJ sits on a lightweight aluminum structure, which is composed of 50-percent recycled materials. This platform doesn’t only deliver greater levels of fuel efficiency and emissions, but it has also allowed the Jaguar XJ to minimize its carbon footprint.
Using aluminum as one of the materials in the new Jaguar XJ allowed it to save an average of 150 kg of weight (compared to rivals). This weight savings improved both agility and dynamics of the new XJ, as backed by a lineup of powerful yet efficient engines, just like the new 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine that is available in selected markets. All engines are mated to a shift-by-wire, six-speed automatic gearbox, with controls implemented through the JaguarDrive Selector or steering wheel-mounted paddles.