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Automotive industry shaken in wake of emissions scandal

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Volkswagen stirs up the automotive industry with emission testing scandal

Volkswagen has today confirmed that the number of vehicles in the UK fitted with the same software behind the diesel emissions scandal, is nearly 1.2 million. This means that the UK is the second most-affected country to have the cheating vehicles re-called, in what is officially the biggest recall of vehicles in history.

Whilst most of the focus has surrounded Volkswagen, other automotive makers such as Audi and Skoda have also confirmed to containing the same software. Audi has said that at least 2.1 million of its diesel-powered cars are affected and they are currently working at full speed to determine a technical solution. Skoda has said 1.2 million of its cars are involved.

In light of this scandal its no surprise then that industry commentators have suggested that other major car-makers may be at fault. Jaguar Land Rover were one of the first to distance themselves from the scandal by making it clear that they do not use any emissions defeat software. The firm reiterated their goal of producing cleaner vehicles and do so by employing 8,000 engineers and technologists across their advanced engineering and design centres in the West Midlands. 

A spokesman for JLR said: “Our latest cars are the cleanest ever and customers who buy vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover can be confident that they will be fully compliant with all EU and US emissions regulations; that they will adopt the latest technology to control emissions and they will be helping improve air quality and meeting CO2 and emission targets.”

The total cost of the investigation undertaken by by VW will be £4.6 billion. It is unclear at this stage what the total cost will be world-wide.

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Exclusive picture of the Jaguar F-PACE revealed ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

The F-PACE ready for launch

Tonight Jaguar will showcase its first ever SUV – the F-PACE – in a dramatic launch ceremony at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The F-Pace has been described by Jaguar as “a performance crossover, blending exhilarating performance with intuitive technology and class leading practicality”. Nothing can be further than the truth when we look at pictures of the F-PACE, which were revealed last week at Chengdu Motor Show in China. The F-PACE combines the performance of the F-Type sports car and the same aluminium intensive architecture as the XE saloon, but the dynamic look of the car makes the F-PACE the first of its kind.

Design Director, Ian Callum, sums the F-PACE up perfectly, “The Jaguar F-PACE inspired by the F-TYPE, represents the perfect balance of style, performance and practicality. It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-PACE is our family sports car.”

The F-PACE will go into production at JLR’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands, creating an additional 1300 new jobs. It is expected the car will go on sale in 2016 but the price tag remains unknown.

The countdown to the official launch is nearly over. Watch the dramatic launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show at 7.15pm BST on Jaguar’s website.