USA: It is being reported that, Land Rover’s North American chief, Chris Marchand, has revealed that the 2013 Range Rover is already sold out for the next six to twelve months as strong global demand means supplies are already tight only two months into the vehicle’s launch. This has created a situation where Land Rover didn’t even bother bringing the base model, which lists at $83,500 including destination, to the USA where the cheapest model is currently the HSE at $88,545.
UK: JLR sold 34,877 vehicles during the first month of 2013, an increase of 32% versus the same period last year. January sales were up across every major market with sales up 74% in China, 46% in Asia Pacific, 33% in the UK, 24% in North America and 10% in Europe. Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Group Sales Operations said, 'With one of the best month’s sales performances ever, both Jaguar and Land Rover brands have had a very strong start to the year. This reflects the introduction of the all-new Range Rover as well as the 2013 Model Year Jaguar XF and XJ models.'
In January, Land Rover sold 29,118 vehicles (up 31%), with increased sales of Freelander (up 57%), Range Rover (up 52% including prior model), Range Rover Evoque (up 32%), Range Rover Sport (up 17%) and Land Rover Discovery (up 14%). Land Rover sales were up in all major markets with record January sales in several, including the UK, USA and Germany.
USA: With Jaguar ranking second in the well respected JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) in the United States last year, commentators are asking why sister brand Land Rover continues being listed below the industry average. The 2012 JD Power IQS study showed Jaguar ranking second only to Lexus. With the industry average last year being 102 problems per 100 vehicles, the improvement for Jaguar was enormous, as it was ranked 20th in the 2011 study with 114 problems per 100 vehicles. Land Rover, however, remained well below the industry average in 2012 with an average of 119 problems per 100 vehicles, putting in the bottom half of the chart.
Jaguar Land Rover’s North American President and CEO, Andy Goss, on being asked why there’s such a disparity between the two British brands reportedly said, 'The issue is that so many changes are taking place. It’s interesting on Range Rover; one of the biggest issues in the survey were not per say of quality, it was a fact that for example the tailgate was not electric, and we got hammered in the IQS because of that,' Goss said. He went on to say, 'We even get different reactions to the same entertainment system on Jaguar and Land Rover – it’s a perception thing we need to overcome.'
Land Rover is taking the results very seriously, expecting to improve in the IQS rankings with the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
Jordan: Jaguar Land Rover MENA, has confirmed that sales of Land Rover vehicles were up 34% in 2012, with an increase of 27% on its Jaguar brand across the region. The announcement echoes Jaguar Land Rover's recently announced global retail sales growth of 30% in 2012, the best global sales performance in the company's history. The regional results were achieved due to a strong product line-up and update programs across its key nameplates. Jaguar Land Rover MENA also cited its decision to revitalize brand operations within strategic markets across the region as a key factor in driving the growth, resulting in improved service levels and customer facing processes. In addition, traditionally strong GCC markets such as KSA, Qatar and the UAE continued to maintain their growth position.
Commenting on the achievement, Robin Colgan, Managing Director for Jaguar Land Rover MENA, said, 'This performance cements Jaguar Land Rover's position as one of the leading premium automotive manufacturers in the region, and is testament to the success of the company's global strategy to invest in new products and innovation.'
In turn, Amjad Saeed, General Manager of Mahmoudia Motors, sole official dealer of the JJLR brands in Jordan, commented, 'JLR MENA's strategy is aimed at steadily enhancing its standing in local and regional markets, as well as applying innovative manufacturing techniques and introducing new cutting-edge features that cater to customers' evolving needs. As such, we are confident that 2013 will witness increased popularity for Jaguar and Land Rover cars across the region.'
China: Jaguar Land Rover China has been named the winner of the Rising Star category at the prestigious Cathay Pacific China Business Awards 2012, which took place at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Rising Star Award recognises dynamic and innovative businesses which have opened operations in China within the last five years and demonstrate entrepreneurial flair. 'We are honoured by the recognition from both the organiser and the judging panel. The award is a great encouragement for Jaguar Land Rover China and is highly valued by us,' said Bob Grace, President of Jaguar Land Rover China. 'We have developed rapidly following the establishment of the National Sales Company in China in 2010, and since then have tripled our yearly sales performance by 2012, a result of successful investments and sales network expansion, product launches, enhanced after-sales service, etc. We will enter 2013 armed with a long-term development strategy to further deepen our roots in China.'