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16th July, 2013

  • Jaguar Land Rover showcased its past, present and future at the Coronation Festival
  • Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid prototype took centre stage
  • Exclusive collection of Royal heritage vehicles displayed

Jaguar Land Rover celebrated automotive innovation with a display of vehicles representing the best of British engineering over the last six decades at the Coronation Festival in London (England) – 11th to 14th July.

As the only automotive manufacturer to hold Royal Warrants from all three Grantors, Jaguar Land Rover showcased vehicles which highlighted the company’s world-class capability in developing pioneering products and technologies with the Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid super car prototype taking centre stage in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

The C-X75 is a state-of-the-art hybrid super car with the efficiency of a low-emissions city car representing the pinnacle of the company’s engineering and design expertise. The great achievements in the development of C-X75 prototypes - including cutting-edge hybrid technologies, carbon composite materials and advanced design solutions pioneered in association with Williams Advanced Engineering - will be utilised in other areas of research and development, innovative future products and next-generation engineering for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

This is the latest example of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to delivering technical excellence through product and technological innovation. Jaguar Land Rover has more than 7,000 designers and engineers dedicated to delivering the pioneering automotive innovations which have become synonymous with its vehicles throughout the decades. For Land Rover these innovations include the first SUV with Electronic Traction Control, anti-lock brakes and Stop/Start technologies and industry-first applications of adjustable air suspension, Hill Descent Control and Terrain Response®. For Jaguar these innovations include the development of the modern disc brake first seen on the Jaguar C-TYPE and more recently, the first pyrotechnic deployable bonnet safety feature on the Jaguar XK and the first aluminium monocoque body on the XJ.

Two of the latest additions to both the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges - the F-TYPE and the all-new Range Rover, were also displayed at the Festival and offer further examples of the company’s pioneering use of aluminium technology. The F-TYPE showcases the fourth generation of Jaguar's acclaimed lightweight aluminium architecture whilst the Range Rover is the world's first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure and is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg.

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Highlighting Jaguar and Land Rover’s rich lineage will be a specially selected collection of heritage vehicles. This bespoke line-up represents Jaguar Land Rover’s 60 years of service to the Royal Family, with each car telling its own unique story. Amongst them are the 1953 Land Rover Royal ceremonial vehicle known as State IV which was part of a fleet which accompanied Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on a six month Commonwealth tour soon after the coronation, and a 1955 Jaguar Mark VIIM saloon used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother for her private motoring from 1955 until 1973.

These cars along with a 1949 Land Rover series I Troop review, a 1966 Land Rover series II Military Escort, two Royal review Range Rovers from 1974 and 2002, a 1961 Jaguar E-TYPE Series I and a 2002 Daimler X308 Super V8 Saloon were transported along The Queen’s 1953 Coronation route as they took part in a celebratory cavalcade through the iconic streets of London from Horse Guards Parade to Admiralty Arch and Westminster Abbey.

The Coronation Festival which took place in the gardens of Buckingham Palace from 11th to 14th July is a celebration of innovation, excellence and industry through trade and craft. Uniquely it will be the first time that more than 200 companies who hold Royal Warrants of Appointment have been brought together in this way to showcase their goods, services and skills.

Jaguar Land Rover displays at the Coronation Festival: (copyright image)
Jaguar XF 2-litre
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Jaguar Land Rover Stand

Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid super car prototype
Jaguar F-TYPE
Jaguar XF Sportbrake
All-new Range Rover
Range Rover Evoque

Buckingham Palace Rose Garden

1948 Land Rover Series I
1953 Land Rover Royal ceremonial vehicle known as State IV
1955 Jaguar Mark VIIM Saloon
1974 Royal review Range Rover
1961 Jaguar E-TYPE Series I
2012 Jaguar XJ Semi-State Limousine
2013 Range Rover Sport

Jaguar and Land Rover have been granted the following Royal Warrants:

Royal Warrants of Appointment first granted to Land Rover
1951 HM King George VI
1955 HM The Queen
1964 HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
1981 HRH The Prince of Wales
1987 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Royal Warrants of Appointment first granted to Jaguar

1951 HM The Queen (transferred to the present Queen on her accession in 1952)
1964 HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
1987 HRH The Prince of Wales
2012 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

About the Coronation Festival:

The Royal Warrant Holders Association hosted the Coronation Festival, which showcased over 200 of the companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales.

The Coronation Festival is a unique event which forms part of The Queen's Programme in the 60th anniversary year of the Coronation.

The Coronation Festival Gala was broadcast in a special programme for BBC Radio 2, and for a one off TV special on BBC One.



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