First Jaguar XF rolls off the production line
The first of the luxury four-door sports saloons - a Vapour Grey 4.2 liter SV8 - has been donated to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust collection and will go on display alongside some of the most prestigious members of the marque's stable including the oldest surviving Daimler, the 1897 Grafton Phaeton and the last E-Type, built in 1974.
More than 500 employees from the plant gathered to watch Sir William Lyons' grandson, Michael Quinn, drive the car off the end of the Trim and Final production line.
Jaguar has invested significantly in the Castle Bromwich plant with the aim of ensuring that the new XF is built to even higher standards than the S-TYPE.
Available in various engine configurations ranging from a 2.7-liter V6 diesel (0-100kph in 8.2 secs and a top speed of 229 kph) to the 4.2 liter supercharged V8 petrol ( 0-100kph in 5.4 secs and a top speed electronically limited to 250kph) model, the new Jag packs in array of technology including Cornering Brake Control, Engine Drag Torque Control, Understeer Control Logic (which decelerates the car and helps to restore grip to the front wheels when required) and a digital touch screen that maintains the cars clean lines into the interior by eliminating many of the buttons and switches on the dash.
The Jaguar XF will be exported from Castle Bromwich to 66 markets worldwide with the first UK customers taking delivery of their cars in March next year. The range starts with the Luxury 2.7 litre diesel at £33,900 rising to £54,900 for the 4.2 litre Supercharged 'SV8'.