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Jaguar F-Type Scares Away Its Older Brother

August 12th, 2014

2014 Jaguar F-Type V8-S

Both of my little brothers outshined me when we were kids. One could pitch a fastball better than I could ever dream, and the other could jump over a 6-foot bar while I struggled to hop over a parking stripe.

It’s not a good feeling to get trumped by a little brother.

With the introduction of the Jaguar F-Type as a new little brother to the legendary XK-Series, the big XK may have come to the end of the road.

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Kit Cars Make a Case, But Used Is Better Option

March 20th, 2012

Ford GT40 kit car

I went to junior high school around the corner from a Lamborghini.

In 7th grade a friend pointed to a house with a closed garage door and said, “There’s a Lamborghini in that garage.” I didn’t believe him, because I never saw it. The garage door was always closed. Every day I’d look, hoping to catch a glimpse of a real Lamborghini. Then, one day…

A bright red, low-slung angular Lamborghini Countach sat in the driveway. I was in awe. It was the first Lamborghini I’d ever seen.

Or was it?

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Under Indian Ownership, Jaguar Claws Back

March 2nd, 2012

Jaguar C-X16

Prepare yourself for a litter-ful of cat cliches, because this blog is about to go feral!

In 2008, Jaguar had the meow of a newborn kitten. It was hard to watch, as I’d been a Jag fan for years, lusting after the sweet curves of the E-Type, snapping my head at any sighting of an XK and then, finally, buying a new 2004 X-Type. That X-Type, though, is one reason things were going downhill. The car was a sales disaster. Things looked bad for Jaguar. So bad, in fact, the once-regal British motor company was purchased by an unknown company in, of all places, India.

Many wrote Jaguar off.

I wondered if Tata Motors, the Indian firm with the funny name, could save the embattled Brits. As soon as the new Jaguar XF showed its ferocious face, I knew my beloved Jag would not only be okay, but once again roar back toward the top of the luxury game. The redesigned XJ and XK further proved my gut feelings.

Today, Jaguar is primed to become a player in luxury sales charts. And more new cars, and good news, are on the way.

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Cars Coming Soon: Jaguar XE, Porsche 928 and… Groupon Car Deals?

July 14th, 2011

For the first time in many, many years, Jaguar is on a roll.

The XJ, finally, is a serious executive machine instead of an outdated heritage car. The XK sports car remains one of the most beautiful vehicles in the world, and the XF provides a midlevel luxury sedan on par with the BMW 5 Series.

What Jag’s been missing is a competitor to the Porsche Boxster, which should be remedied in early 2013 with the Jaguar XE.

AutoExpress has some spyshots of what appears to be a test mule hot-weather testing right here in the U.S. (there’s been plenty of opportunity for that, right?). The car will sit on a shortened XK chassis, likely feature a range of V6 powerplants and even boast a performance-heavy “R” version.

Not one to sit idle, Porsche will reportedly fill a gap that’s been missing in its lineup since the glorious 928 faded away in 1995 with, well, a new 928!

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Cars Aging Gracefully: Better-Than-New Modern Classics

March 4th, 2011

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

There’s a cold, dark and ugly secret lurking behind almost every new car:

Buy one today, and it’s almost guaranteed to look dated and old tomorrow.

Most new cars simply don’t age well, which is why most models get refreshed every 3-5 years. Soon the brand-new, cutting-edge source of pride you once displayed in the driveway, freshly washed, will sit in the garage under a coat of mud splatter and road salt as a $500-per-month testament to how quickly car design goes out of style.

Some cars, on the other hand, have proven to look just as good today as when they first graced the showroom floor.

Keep reading for a list of cars that have aged gracefully, and a prediction for which 2011 models might hold up, design-wise, until 2020 and beyond.

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