RALF SPETH: THIS IS YOUR JLR LIFE

CAR (UK) - - Wel­come -

2010

Ralf Speth, exBMW plat­form guru, be­comes CEO and in­her­its a Jaguar line-up of XF, XJ and XK, and five Land Rovers in­clud­ing Free­lander and ar­chaic De­fender

2011

The baby Range Rover – Evoque – is launched. Unique style is a smash hit that works won­ders for cash flow. JLR re­ports 208,000 to­tal sales for pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year. In­dian plant opens

2012

Fourth-gen Range Rover beats Rolls, As­ton, Fer­rari and Bent­ley in CAR test. In­no­va­tive Jag C-X75 con­cept killed by fi­nan­cial dol­drums

2013

Fi­nally, the F-Type dream is re­alised. CAR is first out­side JLR to drive the brawny road­ster, and we crash it. (Sorry.) New Range Rover Sport also goes alu­minium, and Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Oper­a­tions founded

2014

Jag XE re­vealed. Can it break 3-se­ries grip, we ask? Not with its sub-prime in­te­rior and rat­tly diesel. Six con­tin­u­a­tion cars bring E-Type Light­weight back from dead. Chi­nese Land Rover assem­bly starts

2015

Seven-seat Disco Sport hits full pro­duc­tion. New en­gine fac­tory opens. Jaguar launches XF Mk2 and shows first SUV, the F-Pace (be­low). JLR sales hit 487,065; prof­its reach £2bn

2016

Jaguar shows its elec­tric i-Pace con­cept, and re­turns to rac­ing in For­mula E. New Dis­cov­ery ar­rives. Brexit vote and Diesel­gate cast a huge shadow

2017

A Speth high point, as JLR posts a record 621,109 sales, of which 442k are Land Rovers. Velar be­comes the fourth Range Rover; Jag de­liv­ers E-Pace SUV, with elec­tric i-Pace fol­low­ing in 2018

2020

Speth an­nounces his re­tire­ment, as the tri­umphant new De­fender en­ters pro­duc­tion and coro­n­avirus strikes. His suc­ces­sor is Thierry Bol­loré, Carlos Ghosn’s for­mer right-hand man at Re­nault

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