Jaguar Admits Past Mistake, Plans for Successful Future

2008 Jaguar X-Type

Seeing your personal car attacked in the press never feels good. Seeing your personal car attacked by the automaker that built it feels even less good.

Few cars have been derided like the 2002-2008 Jaguar X-Type. Originally conceived to take on the BMW 3 Series, the small Jag failed, quite miserably, to even give the Bimmer a run for its money. So, yes, as a BMW-killer, the car failed. However, as a small, good-looking, fun and reliable sedan, the X-Type hit the nail on the head.

It seems, though, that even Jaguar is embarrassed by the X-Type and has dismissed the car as a mistake.


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If You Want to Really Drive, Buy Used

2004 Jaguar X-Type

2004 Jaguar X-Type

Fun to drive and nice to drive are two very different things.

The 2013 Subaru Legacy is about as advanced as an affordable midsize car can get. The top-of-the-line trim is swathed in leather, connects wirelessly to your iPhone and drives all by itself.

Seriously, the Legacy is just a few steps away from letting you set your destination, climb into the back seat and take a nap until you get there.

I could go on and on about how great the Legacy is, but there’s a certain dynamic that is missing while behind the wheel:

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Cars Coming Soon: Buick Grand National and Jaguar X-Type Successors

Buick GNX rendering

The new Buick GNX?

Is it possible to mention the Buick Grand National without also mentioning Lord Vader, as made famous by Motor Trend in the mid-1980s? No, no it isn’t. So, I thought I’d get the reference out of the way so we can focus on the importance of some exciting news:

The Grand National, GNX and T-Type will reportedly come back into Buick’s stable after nearly three decades of absence.

If you’re like me, one of your first thoughts upon hearing this news is wondering if GM will simply offer a blacked-out Regal with the GNX nameplate, hope to attract some sentimental fans from the 1980s and call it good. However, this looks like the real deal, complete with a new RWD platform from the hot-selling Cadillac ATS and power that could reach, or even exceed, 400 hp.

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Lots of Favorite Cars, but Loyal to None

Lexus RX 330

My favorite road-tripping car, at least until the next one comes along

I’ve never been one to devote myself to a single brand, unless you count my fanboy devotion to Apple. Between my iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPod nano, iPod Touch and iPad, it’s possible that iMight have an iProblem.

I have yet to find a car brand that has the same effect on me, which is odd, considering I like cars way more than I like tech. I can count no fewer than eight different car brands I have owned over the years, and that’s just in my adult life. Count the cars I drove, but didn’t personally own, as a teenager, and that increases by at least two.

Lexus, Jaguar, Honda, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Subaru and Suzuki have all, at some point in my life, shared a space in my garage. Some of those makes I’ve owned twice, but that’s as deep as my loyalty goes. Do I have a favorite? That all depends on what I used the car for. I wonder if I’m alone in my wishy-washy devotion to car brands. Do other CarGurus readers tend to pick one brand and stick with it?

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