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    General Motors Plans More Cuts

      The sale of Opel/Vauxhall was only the beginning

    General Motors seems being in a cutting mood as it drives to improve its profit margins and stock price. Last week saw the sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Group and it's only the beginning said GM CEO Mary Barra.

    Automotive News reports that GM is considering reducing investments in North American cars and "select" international markets according to a chart that was shared during a conference call with analysts last week. The chart says these two earned a spot on the chopping block due to low profit potential and weak strength in franchises.

    "There's a little bit more work that we're doing in the international markets. Our overall philosophy is that every country, every market segment has to earn its cost of capital," Barra said on the conference call. 

    Barra and GM President Dan Ammann declined to go into details about these plans.

    GM has already made significant changes in terms of their international operations by ending or reducing operations Australia, Indonesia, Russia, and Thailand. The automaker has also scaled back plans in India. The comments made during the call suggest more cuts could take place here and possibly elsewhere.

    As for 'reducing investments in North American cars', this likely means GM is taking a hard look at various segments in passenger car segment. With consumers trending towards utility vehicles and trucks, sales of passenger cars have been falling precipitously. As of March 1st, dealers had four month's worth of inventory of cars, compared to an 81-day supply for light trucks and less than 60-days for full-size SUVs. GM could walk away from certain segments such as compacts or full-size sedans, or delay investments in certain models.

    These moves will allow GM to funnel money into models that make more money, and returning capital to shareholders.

    "That's an immediate opportunity for us to reward shareholders without changing the risk profile of the company or our ability to manage through a downturn," GM CFO Chuck Stevens said.

    Analysts are mixed on GM's plans.

    "It takes a lot of discipline to shift away from a volume-is-king kind of mentality," she said. "In the end, that's going to make a better GM -- a longer-standing company that's not only more profitable but more relevant," said Rebecca Lindland, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book to Automotive News.

    John Murphy, an analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch isn't so sure about this plan.

    "It appears that GM's recent decision-making has become much more short-term-focused and, in our opinion, could create challenges for the company in the coming years," Murphy wrote in a report.

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    Low ass margin on India. Seriously. Their population is less than China's but their condensing of the population requires mostly small cars.. and it isn't exactly the luxury car capitol either.. S.America political BS is hurting its economy. 

    Its hard to speculate on this. GM does not want to get caught in the legendary 1996 debacle where they cut all their full-size cars and moved to SUVs.. of course back then no one had really heard of a car based SUV called CUV. Not to mention at this point CUVs are getting similar fuel economy as their counterparts in cars. I could see the Impala being merged into a niche RWD vehicle.. (Chevy Impala merges with Chevy SS anyone?) The Lacrosse and Regal become one.. with the Regal being the loser since the PSA deal.. but then again they have gone on record as saying that this next gen Regal/Commodore would not be affected. The Sonic/Spark thing I saw coming. Seriously.. why buy the tweener Sonic when U could buy the actual smaller and cheaper Spark or the Sonic's taller self Trax? I called this hard.. and said it on GMI and MTForum that it made no sense from a marketing point of view to not simply call the TRAX the SONIC TRX (trim) and reap the reward of sales being a marketer.  The Sonic is a cool as lil whip.. but I'm sure GM is making more off the Spark (and Trax) because it is being built by non-UAW labor while the Sonic is being built here. 

    Buick.. I could see after the NG Regal (if it still comes) runs its course, the Buick line-up being one LaX, a global Hatchback, and at least two more CUVs to go along with the Encore, Envision, and Enclave. Why???

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    Cars accounted for 38.3 percent of GM's U.S. sales in 2013 but just 25.3 percent in the first two months of this year. 

    Chevy.. The nixing of the Impala or merging it into a RWD based Omega (or AlphaL [current CTS]), death of Sonic or merging of it with Spark... I kinda see these two like I saw the insanity back in the day of having the Beretta and Corsica in the same line-up. I can see a fleshing out of the EV Bolt and PHEV Volt into another sized variant. Expect to see one more CUV or SUV coming in between the Nox and Traverse.

    Cadillac is , ironically, safe in GROWING its line-up.. the necessity of it in GM's portfolio is pure profit and legitimacy. Expect ATS to become CT3, CTS to become CT5, CT6 to get even more plush, CT8 to arrive, and possibly still a CT7.. all by 2020. CUVs? XT4 is already running around, XT5 doing great.. XT7 is supposed to be coming, and of course I can't see them touching the Escalade formula

    GMC. I could see a rethink on  the BIG Acadia.. maybe a new name or Acadia XL.. I can still envision a revisit to the H3. 

     

     

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    This is good news, cut profit losing departments, scale down and consolidate the cars. Improve the CUV and SUV / Trucks are fine for GM. Build and grow a Wrangler competitor and bring back a few hot SUV/CUV's like the Trailblazer SS, Syclone and Typhoon.

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    75 % of sales being truck and utility is a telling number, and that could grow too.  If only 20% of their sales are passenger car by 2020, then a lot of passenger car lines are going to get dumped.  Sonic, Impala, Regal, ATS would be easy cuts.   Or merge Spark and Sonic into one vehicle some how.  Even Lacrosse is in a rapidly shrinking segment, the next Gen Lacrosse maybe goes down in size to become their version of the Malibu if Buick is to have only 1 car, it probably has to be more middle sized. 

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    2 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    75 % of sales being truck and utility is a telling number, and that could grow too.  If only 20% of their sales are passenger car by 2020, then a lot of passenger car lines are going to get dumped.  Sonic, Impala, Regal, ATS would be easy cuts.   Or merge Spark and Sonic into one vehicle some how.  Even Lacrosse is in a rapidly shrinking segment, the next Gen Lacrosse maybe goes down in size to become their version of the Malibu if Buick is to have only 1 car, it probably has to be more middle sized. 

    Thanks for pretty much repeating my every word/

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    11 hours ago, daves87rs said:

    Not surprised, As rumors have been floating around for a while..

     

    Goodbye Impy, Sonic.

    Also expecting some factory closings as well........

     

    I just don't see the Impala going away again.. It would be foolish to concede the large car crown to Taurus or Avalon. Especially when it is just so damn great of a car. Again.. I see platform sharing with the CT6 or CTS being the absolute best way to further economies of scale within the company. Frankly I would have already had the rumors swirling about a RWD Impala as the SS was being killed. It really makes no financial sense to have one vehicle sitting on a doable platform like Omega. U already have under utilization of one platform over at team Corvette. The Omega based Impala with a 2.0L, 3.6L and TT 3.6L (420HP) or LT1 SS and.. an LT4 650HP SSR would be the stuff of dreams. It would effectively wear a Hellcat's ass out.

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    I hope CAFE standards are relaxed soon.  I would love to see Americans be able to purchase a Bolt and an Impala SS with LT4 engine out of the same showroom... along with a diesel Colorado and a 6.2L Silverado shortbed regular cab sport truck.

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    I question how relaxed they would be, I actually expect them to stay the same but have the time to meet the higher numbers pushed out.

    NY is doing free 220V home charger, no sales tax and $2K rebate for buying an EV. The push is on as I expect more states to push to get people out of ICE and into EV.

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    I honestly don't think they should be relaxed as much as push the dates back. I think the goals and standards should be kept high to push a high standard but I also think companies need the time and market to change enough to even have a chance. If nobody wants to buy an EV because they're too scared of change then it's awfully difficult to push a company to make something people are too scared to buy.

    15 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    I question how relaxed they would be, I actually expect them to stay the same but have the time to meet the higher numbers pushed out.

    NY is doing free 220V home charger, no sales tax and $2K rebate for buying an EV. The push is on as I expect more states to push to get people out of ICE and into EV.

    Completely agree. I should have just read your post before typing, lol.

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    The following states have no sales tax:

    Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon

    The following states have sales tax but you do not pay when you buy an EV.

    Washington, California, New York, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia

    Amazing how many states allow you to buy an EV and not pay sales tax plus have plenty of other incentives. 

    Full list of incentives here:

    http://www.ncsl.org/research/energy/state-electric-vehicle-incentives-state-chart.aspx

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    9 hours ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

    I just don't see the Impala going away again.. It would be foolish to concede the large car crown to Taurus or Avalon. Especially when it is just so damn great of a car. Again.. I see platform sharing with the CT6 or CTS being the absolute best way to further economies of scale within the company. Frankly I would have already had the rumors swirling about a RWD Impala as the SS was being killed. It really makes no financial sense to have one vehicle sitting on a doable platform like Omega. U already have under utilization of one platform over at team Corvette. The Omega based Impala with a 2.0L, 3.6L and TT 3.6L (420HP) or LT1 SS and.. an LT4 650HP SSR would be the stuff of dreams. It would effectively wear a Hellcat's ass out.

    Big cars are dead my friend. It's called saving money at this point....the other two mentioned are on their out as well, most likely replaced by CUVs. I agree, I like the Impy a lot, and would love to see an SS version...would be nice if they could treat us to the old holden parts bin...... But-there are no plans for the Impala past 2019.....same as the Sonic....

    I would also think that one of those two caddies are gone as well.....

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    1 hour ago, daves87rs said:

    Big cars are dead my friend. It's called saving money at this point....the other two mentioned are on their out as well, most likely replaced by CUVs. I agree, I like the Impy a lot, and would love to see an SS version...would be nice if they could treat us to the old holden parts bin...... But-there are no plans for the Impala past 2019.....same as the Sonic....

    I would also think that one of those two caddies are gone as well.....

    Hold up.. U are saying U thing either the CTS or CT6 is dead NG??? Doubt it seriously. The CTS certainly is in for a name change but Cadillavc knows that a 5series competitor is a necessity... The CT8 will remain while I could see the XTS dying. The Impala.. I'm not sure, but optimistic that GM doesn't pull a 1996 all over again.. because whether they are efficient as or not, CUVs are not perceived as such, thus GM would be foolish to put all those eggs in a brittle basket. Its literally the reason why we have the Avalon today.. an answer to the question that GM thought it had answered when it killed the Fleetwood, Roadmaster, Impala/Caprice, and Olds Cruiser

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    The future is going to be all about being efficient and cost effective. 

    The keys will be to do more with less and make it so you can make changes even faster.

    I fear companies like PSA and VW will at some point collapse under their own weight. 

    Note we already saw GM, Chrysler and even Ford do this already. A large economic down turn will kill the largest company.

    while it is cool to have a zillion models and address every segment this path is no longer sustainable. Development cast are too high as are operating cost. 

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    Just taking the Sonic, for example.  Instead of a comprehensive redesign like the Spark and Cruze enjoy, the Sonic was given a half-hearted facelift that has been panned by fans of the car (although I think it's an improvement).  You know GM is aware of the unique design features that made the car a hit, so they erased those features... and they're building the Bolt in the same plant... coincidence?  It could be argued they're purposely sabotaging the Sonic in order to make room for the Bolt.

    With the Impala... it got a knock-out beautiful design as a send-off, so people would remember it fondly... you know GM is tuned into future trends many years in advance... the migration to CUV's was expected... maybe not to the extent and the speed at which people turned, but they knew it was coming.

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    12 hours ago, daves87rs said:

    Big cars are dead my friend. It's called saving money at this point....the other two mentioned are on their out as well, most likely replaced by CUVs. I agree, I like the Impy a lot, and would love to see an SS version...would be nice if they could treat us to the old holden parts bin...... But-there are no plans for the Impala past 2019.....same as the Sonic....

    I would also think that one of those two caddies are gone as well.....

     

    11 hours ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

    Hold up.. U are saying U thing either the CTS or CT6 is dead NG??? Doubt it seriously. The CTS certainly is in for a name change but Cadillavc knows that a 5series competitor is a necessity... The CT8 will remain while I could see the XTS dying. The Impala.. I'm not sure, but optimistic that GM doesn't pull a 1996 all over again.. because whether they are efficient as or not, CUVs are not perceived as such, thus GM would be foolish to put all those eggs in a brittle basket. Its literally the reason why we have the Avalon today.. an answer to the question that GM thought it had answered when it killed the Fleetwood, Roadmaster, Impala/Caprice, and Olds Cruiser

    If Cadillac was to kill off a big car, I would say the XTS would go as they bring in more CUVs. ATS & CTS will stay and become a CT#, CT6 is here to stay also.

    9 hours ago, hyperv6 said:

    The future is going to be all about being efficient and cost effective. 

    The keys will be to do more with less and make it so you can make changes even faster.

    I fear companies like PSA and VW will at some point collapse under their own weight. 

    Note we already saw GM, Chrysler and even Ford do this already. A large economic down turn will kill the largest company.

    while it is cool to have a zillion models and address every segment this path is no longer sustainable. Development cast are too high as are operating cost. 

    :roflmao: You right CAST cost way too much money!

    • Thanks for the laugh as I really needed it this morning for HUMP Day! :P 
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    2 hours ago, dfelt said:

     

    If Cadillac was to kill off a big car, I would say the XTS would go as they bring in more CUVs. ATS & CTS will stay and become a CT#, CT6 is here to stay also.

    :roflmao: You right CAST cost way too much money!

    • Thanks for the laugh as I really needed it this morning for HUMP Day! :P 

    Thanks my pad auto incorrect.

    53 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

    Why would Cadillac cancel the XTS, their top selling Sedan? 

    That makes as much sense as someone driving an XA10 

    Because that does not represent the kind of product Cadillac wants or needs to improve their image.

    Also you have the Lacrosse sitting there ready to take that segment as it is already in that price and segment.

    Just because it is selling does not mean it is really repairing the image of Cadillac.

    While it may appear counter productive to do in the short term it will fix the long term problem of perceived image and also help funnel customers to Buick for this kind of car.

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    1 hour ago, FordCosworth said:

    Why would Cadillac cancel the XTS, their top selling Sedan? 

    That makes as much sense as someone driving an XA10 

    Because in the end scenario the XTS's sales could be sent over to the CT6. People aren't buying the XTS over the CT6 because its a better car.. nor is it really a "softer" cushier ride. Anyone who has been in a CT6 will attest to it being the right up there with any other as far as ride.. with handling to boot

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    2 hours ago, FordCosworth said:

    Why would Cadillac cancel the XTS, their top selling Sedan? 

    That makes as much sense as someone driving an XA10 

    Simple, the XTS does not meet the future long term plans of Cadillac and their product line. Many other products can cover the XTS sales plus the CT# product line will take over for this any way. 

    ATS, CTS, XTS are all dead in the near term replaced by the much better planned CT# product line which will have a much more uniform marketing plan.

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    The XTS and Impala being on the chopping block is fairly obvious. If the XTS goes, so does the Impala... and probably Lacrosse next time around.  Think about it, the Epsilon chassis can't have that much life left to it. It's solid, but exceptionally heavy for the class even after the latest round of weight cutting, and too narrow for the cars they are trying to use it on.  This is my own conjecture but, I'd expect one last refresh for the Impala and XTS, while the Lacrosse is already on it's last iteration on this platform before all three head off to the great used car lot in the sky.   After that, who knows?  Maybe greater use of the next generation of Alpha or Omega?

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    The main problem I see with this plan is that it means that GM might be moving away from models that only sell in one market (like the US) in favor of models that sell globally.  While that might work for something like a Cruze or Encore, some models are very market specific... like Suburban and Tahoe.  The fascination with high volumes at the expense of variety greatly hurts consumer choice.

    Yes... I'm still stewing about the cancelation of the Avalanche.... it still makes no sense.

     

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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The main problem I see with this plan is that it means that GM might be moving away from models that only sell in one market (like the US) in favor of models that sell globally.  While that might work for something like a Cruze or Encore, some models are very market specific... like Suburban and Tahoe.  The fascination with high volumes at the expense of variety greatly hurts consumer choice.

    Yes... I'm still stewing about the cancelation of the Avalanche.... it still makes no sense.

     

    None at all.. except for some reason I think that the Avalanche had a HUMMER-ISH perception about it. Makes no sense I kno.. but some people saw it and instantly thought DINOSAUR and not in terms of age.. but heft. Ironically it is no smaller than the Suburban it was built off. Sales, along with the EXT were phenomenal in fact.. as was Hummer overall. GM could have spent less simply marketing them as efficient as the competition or even its own platform mates, but it chopped them instead. AGAIN.. who couldn't see a positive reception for a H3 and H3T with a Diesel in it getting 28MPG? How about a Duramax powered Avy or EXT?

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      Mr N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc commented: “The Reimagine strategy takes Jaguar Land Rover on a significant path of acceleration in harmony with the vision and sustainability priorities of the wider Tata Group. Together, we will help Jaguar realise its potential, reinforce Land Rover’s timeless appeal and collectively become a symbol of a truly responsible business for its customers, society and the planet.”
      Mr Bolloré concluded: “As a human-centred company, we can, and will, move much faster and with clear purpose of not just reimagining modern luxury but defining it for two distinct brands. Brands that present emotionally unique designs, pieces of art if you like, but all with connected technologies and responsible materials that collectively set new standards in ownership. We are reimagining a new modern luxury by design.”

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    • By William Maley
      Jaguar Land Rover hasn't been doing very well for the past few years. Numerous issues such as poor sales in China, demand for diesel powered vehicles dropping, and the pandemic have put the automaker in a difficult place. This morning in the United Kingdom, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Thierry Bolloré announced plans to make Jaguar an electric only brand by 2025; Land Rover to launch six electric models; and to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2039.
      "We are harnessing those ingredients today to reimagine the business, the two brands and the customer experience of tomorrow. The Reimagine strategy allows us to enhance and celebrate that uniqueness like never before. Together, we can design an even more sustainable and positive impact on the world around us," Bolloré said in a statement.
      Jaguar

      Out of the two brands, Jaguar is hurting the most. Sales have dropped like a rock due to people stepping away from sedans and diesel powertrains. Bolloré's plan has the brand moving to an all-electric lineup by 2025. Not many details were released or talked about during the press conference this morning. What we do know is,
      Future models will utilize a new modular electric platform, known as the Electric Modular Architecture (EMA). The planned XJ replacement, rumored to go electric has been canceled. Likely reason for the cancelation is the platform that was going to be used for this model likely didn't scale to other models. Jaguar did say the XJ name could appear again on a future model. Automotive News (Subscription Required) reports that Jaguar will also move away from SUV-styled vehicles, likely meaning the end of the E and F-Pace. Land Rover

      Land Rover isn't going to dive in quickly as Jaguar into EVs. The plan is to continue offering a mix of powertrains, but with a heavy focus on electrification. Six all-electric models are planned to be launched by 2030, with the first model coming out in 2024. No word on what that model would be, but our guess is possibly a Range Rover EV. Land Rover will use Electric Modular Architecture for EVs, alongside the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) for hybrids. The goal is to have 60 percent of Land Rover sales be for electrics by 2030.
      Other Details
      Jaguar Land Rover said that it would keep all three of its U.K. plans open, but the Castle Bromwich plant(home to Jaguar XE, XF, and F-Type production) has a unclear future.
      “First we will continue production of our existing nameplates built there to the end of their lifecycle. Then we will explore opportunities to refurbish the plant, which could benefit from the consolidation of businesses scattered across the Midlands,” said Bolloré.
      Jaguar Land Rover is also planning on moving their executive team and other major management positions to a centralized location in Gaydon, and work more closely with their parent company, Tata Group.
      Source: Jaguar Land Rover
      Jaguar Land Rover reimagines the future of modern luxury by design
      New global strategy – Reimagine – announced for the British company under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Bolloré A sustainability-rich reimagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and positive societal impact Start of journey to become a net zero carbon business by 2039 Reimagination of Jaguar as an all-electric luxury brand from 2025 to ‘realise its unique potential’ In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants as it continues to be the world leader of luxury SUVs All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates to be available in pure electric form by end of the decade; first all-electric Land Rover model in 2024 Clean-hydrogen fuel-cell power being developed in preparation for future demand Streamlined structure to deliver greater agility and promote an efficiency of focus Global manufacturing and assembly footprint to be retained, rightsized, repurposed and reorganised Collaborations and knowledge-sharing with industry leaders, in particular from within the wider Tata Group will allow the company to explore potential synergies on clean energy, connected services, data and software development leadership On a path towards double-digit EBIT margin and positive cash flow, with an ambition to achieve positive cash net-of-debt by 2025 with a value creation approach delivering quality and profit-over-volume Gaydon, UK - Monday 15th February 2021:
      A vision of modern luxury by design
      Jaguar Land Rover will reimagine the future of modern luxury by design through its two distinct, British brands.
      Set against a canvas of true sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover will become a more agile creator of the world’s most desirable luxury vehicles and services for the most discerning of customers. A strategy that is designed to create a new benchmark in environmental, societal and community impact for a luxury business.
      “Jaguar Land Rover is unique in the global automotive industry. Designers of peerless models, an unrivalled understanding of the future luxury needs of its customers, emotionally rich brand equity, a spirit of Britishness and unrivalled access to leading global players in technology and sustainability within the wider Tata Group.
      “We are harnessing those ingredients today to reimagine the business, the two brands and the customer experience of tomorrow. The Reimagine strategy allows us to enhance and celebrate that uniqueness like never before. Together, we can design an even more sustainable and positive impact on the world around us,” said Mr Bolloré.
      Two distinct modern luxury brands with sustainability at the centre
      At the heart of its Reimagine plan will be the electrification of both Land Rover and Jaguar brands on separate architectures with two clear, unique personalities.
      In a Land Rover, vehicle and driver are united by adventure. By breaking new ground, confronting new challenges and not being content with the expected, Land Rover truly helps people to go ‘Above and Beyond’. In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants as it continues to be the world leader of luxury SUVs through its three families of Range Rover, Discovery and Defender. The first all-electric variant will arrive in 2024.
      By the middle of the decade, Jaguar will have undergone a renaissance to emerge as a pure electric luxury brand with a dramatically beautiful new portfolio of emotionally engaging designs and pioneering next-generation technologies. Jaguar will exist to make life extraordinary by creating dramatically beautiful automotive experiences that leave its customers feeling unique and rewarded. Although the nameplate may be retained, the planned Jaguar XJ replacement will not form part of the line-up, as the brand looks to realise its unique potential.
      Jaguar and Land Rover will offer pure electric power, nameplate by nameplate, by 2030. By this time, in addition to 100% of Jaguar sales, it is anticipated that around 60% of Land Rovers sold will be equipped with zero tailpipe powertrains.
      Jaguar Land Rover’s aim is to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039. As part of this ambition, the company is also preparing for the expected adoption of clean fuel-cell power in line with a maturing of the hydrogen economy. Development is already underway with prototypes arriving on UK roads within the next 12 months as part of the long-term investment programme.
      Sustainability that delivers a new benchmark in environmental and societal impact for the luxury sector is fundamental to the success of Reimagine. A new centralised team will be empowered to build on and accelerate pioneering innovations in materiality, engineering, manufacturing, services and circular economy investments. 
      Annual commitments of circa £2.5bn will include investments in electrification technologies and the development of connected services to enhance the journey and experiences of customers, alongside data-centric technologies that will further improve their ownership ecosystem.
      Proven services like the flexible PIVOTAL subscription model (which has grown 750% during the fiscal year), born out of Jaguar Land Rover’s incubator and investor arm, InMotion, will now be rolled out to other markets following a successful launch in the UK.
      Quality and efficiency
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover establish new benchmark standards in quality and efficiency for the luxury sector by rightsizing, repurposing and reorganising.
      Central to that journey, and in order to establish different personalities for the two brands, is the new architecture strategy. 
      Land Rover will use the forthcoming flex Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). It will deliver electrified internal combustion engines (ICE) and full electric variants as the company evolves its product line-up in the future. In addition, Land Rover will also use pure electric biased Electric Modular Architecture (EMA) which will also support advanced electrified ICE.
      Future Jaguar models will be built exclusively on a pure electric architecture.
      Reimagine is designed to deliver simplification too. By consolidating the number of platforms and models being produced per plant, the company will be able to establish new benchmark standards in efficient scale and quality for the luxury sector. Such an approach will help rationalise sourcing and accelerate investments in local circular economy supply chains.
      From a core manufacturing perspective that means Jaguar Land Rover will retain its plant and assembly facilities in the home UK market and around the world. As well as being the manufacturer of the MLA architecture, Solihull, West Midlands will also be the home to the future advanced Jaguar pure electric platform. 
      Key partners including Trade Unions, retailers and those in the supply chain will continue to play a vital part of the extended new Jaguar Land Rover ecosystem and its journey towards reimagining the future of modern luxury.
      ReFocus to a more agile operation
      As evidenced with the latest financial results, Jaguar Land Rover has a strong foundation on which to build a sustainable and resilient business for its customers and their communities, partners, employees, shareholders and the environment.
      Driving this transformation is the recently launched Refocus programme, by consolidating existing initiatives like Charge+ with new cross-functional activities.
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover right-size, repurpose and reorganise into a more agile operation. The creation of a flatter structure is designed to empower employees to create and deliver at speed and with clear purpose.
      To accelerate this efficiency of focus, the company will substantially reduce and rationalise its non-manufacturing infrastructure in the UK. Gaydon will become the symbol of this effort – the ‘reactor’ of the business - with the Executive Team and other management functions moving into the one location to aid frictionless cooperation and agile decision-making.  
      Leapfrog to leadership with Tata Group
      In order to realise its vision of modern luxury mobility with confidence, the company will curate closer collaboration and knowledge-sharing with Tata Group companies to enhance sustainability and reduce emissions as well as sharing best practice in next-generation technology, data and software development leadership. Jaguar Land Rover has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, in which Tata Sons is the largest shareholder, since 2008.
      “We have so many ingredients from within. It is a unique opportunity,” said Mr Bolloré. “Others have to rely solely on external partnerships and compromise, but we have frictionless access that will allow us to lean forward with confidence and at speed.”
      Bringing all these ingredients together, Jaguar Land Rover is on a path towards double-digit EBIT margins and positive cash flow, with an ambition to achieve positive cash net-of-debt by 2025. 
      Ultimately, Jaguar Land Rover aims to be one of the most profitable luxury manufacturers in the world.
      Mr N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc commented: “The Reimagine strategy takes Jaguar Land Rover on a significant path of acceleration in harmony with the vision and sustainability priorities of the wider Tata Group. Together, we will help Jaguar realise its potential, reinforce Land Rover’s timeless appeal and collectively become a symbol of a truly responsible business for its customers, society and the planet.”
      Mr Bolloré concluded: “As a human-centred company, we can, and will, move much faster and with clear purpose of not just reimagining modern luxury but defining it for two distinct brands. Brands that present emotionally unique designs, pieces of art if you like, but all with connected technologies and responsible materials that collectively set new standards in ownership. We are reimagining a new modern luxury by design.”
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    • By William Maley
      Yesterday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA officially merged to become Stellantis, the fourth-largest automaker in the world. But this merge has produced some consequences that need to be addressed. One of those being Peugeot's re-entry back in to the U.S.
      “We were last speaking about [Peugeot’s U.S. re-entry] a year and a half ago, before Stellantis. We can’t not take into account that in the coming days Peugeot will be part of this new world. I imagine in the coming months due to the new strategy we will have to adapt and reconsider all elements, including this one,” said Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato to Automotive News.
      A key reason for this reconsideration not wanting overlap brands in the U.S.
      This is a polar opposite to comments made last year by Larry Dominique, CEO of PSA North America.
      Imparto's focus for Peugeot in the near future is concentrating on its core markets - Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. There are also plans to get the brand back on track in China. As for the U.S., Imparto said it was "still on the table" down the road.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      Yesterday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA officially merged to become Stellantis, the fourth-largest automaker in the world. But this merge has produced some consequences that need to be addressed. One of those being Peugeot's re-entry back in to the U.S.
      “We were last speaking about [Peugeot’s U.S. re-entry] a year and a half ago, before Stellantis. We can’t not take into account that in the coming days Peugeot will be part of this new world. I imagine in the coming months due to the new strategy we will have to adapt and reconsider all elements, including this one,” said Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato to Automotive News.
      A key reason for this reconsideration not wanting overlap brands in the U.S.
      This is a polar opposite to comments made last year by Larry Dominique, CEO of PSA North America.
      Imparto's focus for Peugeot in the near future is concentrating on its core markets - Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. There are also plans to get the brand back on track in China. As for the U.S., Imparto said it was "still on the table" down the road.
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