Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Jaguar XF

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 70 model-year 2013-14 Jaguar XF luxury sedans manufactured between Oct. 18, 2012, and Feb. 25, 2014

The Problem: The right-hand brake pipe may wear against a bracket on the rear subframe, which could cause the brake pipe to wear through and leak brake fluid; this could lengthen braking distances, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Jaguar will notify owners starting July 29, and dealers will inspect the rear brake pipe for signs of wear, manipulate the bracket on the rear subframe, and inspect and replace the rear brake pipes if wear is visible. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Jaguar at 855-524-8278, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Jaguar XJ

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Vehicles Affected: About 70 model-year 2013 Jaguar XJ luxury sedans manufactured between May 21, 2012, and July 10, 2012

The Problem: The generic software calibration installed on the vehicles' restraints control module may not meet the specification for proper operation of the supplemental restraint system, putting occupants at increased risk of injury in a crash.

The Fix: Jaguar will begin notifying owners July 29, and dealers will upload new software for the restraints control module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Jaguar at 855-524-8278, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Photo Gallery: Jaguar F-Type Project 7

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Jaguar has confirmed that it intends to build 250 examples of the 2013 F-Type Project 7 concept car for sale to the public, using its Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team to handle the assembly of the custom two-seat roadster. Inspired by the 60th anniversary of the LeMans-winning Jaguar D-type race car, the F-Type Project 7 features handmade carbon- fiber aerodynamic aids and a unique suspension, as well as the most powerful engine Jaguar has ever put in a car: a 575-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an eight- speed automatic transmission. Jaguar says it will propel the Project 7 from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph, making it the fastest car Jaguar has ever produced.

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Several high-performance features will be standard on the Project 7, including carbon- ceramic brakes, a torque vectoring system and race-inspired seats. The only roof will be a stowable fabric strip that stretches from the top of the windshield and accommodates the D-type-inspired fairing behind the driver's head. It will be fully road-legal, however, and even features a trunk that holds 7 cubic feet of luggage.

The first examples of the new Project 7 will be delivered to customers in mid-2015, and it will make its public debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England on Thursday. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Check out the gallery below.

By Aaron Bragman | June 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

Porsche Flies, Fiat Flails in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

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Porsche, Jaguar and Lexus topped J.D. Power's 2014 Initial Quality Study. Porsche and Lexus were among the top three brands in 2013, while Jaguar jumped seven spots to land at No. 2. And at the other end, Fiat, Jeep and Mitsubishi had the worst results. Two of those three — Mitsubishi and Fiat — were among 2013's bottom-feeders.

2011 Models Less Reliable Than 2010 Vehicles, J.D. Power Study Finds

IQS, one of several influential J.D. Power studies, is now in its 28th year. It expresses quality as problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. A lower score is better. Among 32 brands surveyed this year, Porsche led with just 74 problems — and Fiat was last, at 206.

"Porsche has three vehicles that are best-in-segment," Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. auto quality at the company, told us. Those include the 911, Panamera and Boxster. Two others — the Cayenne and Cayman — were top nominated in their segments.

By Kelsey Mays | June 18, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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A bout of sunny weather coincided with a bumper crop of test convertibles this spring — our drive of the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata was followed by a stint in the droptop version of Jaguar's newest car, the F-Type. We tested the 495-horsepower, supercharged V-8 model of the rear-wheel-drive soft-top roadster in eye-popping Italian Racing Red, matching its eye-popping $103,820 sticker price after options and destination. 

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Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder called this cat "a tour de force of eager power, engaging dynamics and head-turning looks." Click here for the full review and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears. 

By Jennifer Geiger | June 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jaguar F-Type Video

With the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, the British luxury automaker returns to the pure-sports-car game after a decades-long absence. Is Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder impressed enough by its Darth Vader-inspired visage and 4.2-second zero-to-60-mph sprint to welcome Jaguar back with open arms? Watch the video.

By Matt Schmitz | June 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2013-14 Jaguar XF

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,589 model-year 2013-14 versions of the XF sedan. Only cars manufactured May through October 2013 and equipped with 2.0-liter engines are affected.

The Problem: The charge air cooler's hose clamp could loosen and fall out of position. If it detaches, the engine could stall, and the driver would lose steering and braking assistance, increasing the risk of a crash. This is an expansion of a previous recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Jaguar will notify owners starting in late May. Owners can contact Jaguar at 800-452-4827 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Jaguar XJ, XF, XK

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Vehicles Affected: About 297 model-year 2013-2014 Jaguar XJ sedans, XF sedans and XK sports cars

The Problem: The toe links, which control the alignment of the rear wheels, can separate from the rear subframe. This could cause a loss of vehicle stability and directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Jaguar will notify owners starting around May 27, and dealers will replace the nut and washer assembly on the rear toe links for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Jaguar at 855-524-8278, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Jaguar XF, XJ

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Vehicles Affected: Three model-year 2013 Jaguar XF and XJ luxury sedans manufactured between March 26, 2013, and April 10, 2013.

The Problem: The certification label — which specifies the required gross vehicle weight rating, gross axle weight rating front and rear, manufacture date and country of manufacture — is missing. If the certification label does not specify all of the necessary info or the vehicle weight range, the vehicle could be overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Jaguar will notify owners starting April 24, and dealers will reacquire the vehicles and provide a replacement vehicle, or a full refund of the purchase, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can contact Jaguar at 855-524-8278, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 8, 2014 | Comments (3)

Jaguar's 3 Series-Fighter Finally Announced, Named

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Jaguar announced today that an all-new midsize sedan is on the way for 2015, and it will be called the Jaguar XE.

The company also revealed that the new car will be based on an aluminum chassis with new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. There was no mention if these will be turbocharged engines, but we assume they will be because the automaker claims they're "all-new." It sounds like Jaguar is ditching the turbo 2.0-liter in the current XF sedan.

Related: The $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge: Results

Jaguar also said there would be a "full range" of engine choices, including one topping 186 mph, so this BMW 3 Series competitor will likely pack more than just a four-cylinder.

Jaguar has been without a car in this segment since the much-maligned X-Type was discontinued in 2009. It enters a competitive segment with not only the 3 Series but also a redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the soon-to-be-updated Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Volvo S60, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS 250 and Acura's new TLX.

The only XE image that Jaguar released (above) doesn't look remarkably different from the XF sedan, but we'll see more when the production versions are revealed "later this year."

By David Thomas | March 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

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