Jaguar Hopes This Car Will Rock the World

Jaguar's last compact sedan, the Ford-derived X-Type, left luxury buyers seriously unimpressed. Jaguar hopes its new car will do better. Photo credit: Jaguar Cars

Ever since India's Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM  ) bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford (NYSE: F  ) in 2008, one big question has been asked: Would Tata be willing (and able) to make the big investments needed to make Jaguar a competitive global luxury brand?

One part of that is being answered now, as Jaguar says it has the go-ahead to produce a much-needed new model, a compact luxury sedan to rival BMW's (NASDAQOTH: BAMXF  ) 3-Series. In this video, contributor John Rosevear explains why the new baby Jag is so important to the company's chances -- and fills you in on when we can expect to see the new car hit dealers.

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  • Report this Comment On July 24, 2013, at 10:56 PM, bcweir wrote:

    Someone please tell me that Tata Motors isn't serious about recycling this mid-90's throwback Jaguar X-Type as a serious competitor to the current 3-series. Are these Indians "high," or did they forget that this isn't 1995?

  • Report this Comment On July 25, 2013, at 7:15 AM, TMFMarlowe wrote:

    @bcweir: You didn't watch the video, did you? (The answer is no, of course they're not reviving the X-Type.)

    John Rosevear

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John Rosevear is the senior auto specialist for John has been writing about the auto business and investing for over 20 years, and for The Motley Fool since 2007.

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