September 4 marked the 85th anniversary of Jaguar Cars, founded by Sir William Lyons in 1922 on his 21st birthday. Since then, Jaguar has evolved from the production of motorcycle sidecars to one of the world's leading manufacturers of sports cars and premium saloons.
William Lyons began in a tiny garage producing one motorcycle sidecar a week with his partner, William Walmsley who left the company in 1934. Over the years, the business boomed and became a cultural icon, producing some of the most aristocratic and stylish cars ever built. The most famous are the legendary E-type of 1961, the Le Mans winning D-type of 1955 and the XJ series of sedans.
The Jaguar model range has changed over the past few years, and most recently the company announced the new XF, which will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 11 September.
The XF is a four-door Jaguar that fuses the style and performance of a sports car with the refinement, space and sophistication of a luxury sedan. With the visual excitement of a coupe, but room inside for five adults, the XF is a car that will provide a truly engaging driving experience for all.
The new XF enters the range in the niche previously occupied by the original XJ Series 1 launched in 1968.
Featuring the new JaguarDrive SelectorTM with the option of manual selection through Jaguar Sequential ShiftTM, the XF is available in Europe with a 2.7-litre V6 twin-turbocharged diesel, a 3.0-litre V6 and a naturally aspirated or supercharged 4.2 V8. The first cars will be delivered to customers in March 2008.