Jaguar Pilots “Carpe” Subscription Lease Vehicle Service

Jaguar/Land Rover is putting its newest commercial offering via its InMotion Ventures arm—this service will be a subscription based lease program on select vehicles. The service will be tested in the company’s home market of the UK before possibly branching out to other markets.

One pricing example the company gave was 1,134 pounds a month for a Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV. That included local taxes. For something like a Range Rover Sport, one is looking at 2,224 pounds a month. Carpe launched in the UK, officially, after its trial run from Jan-May this year.

JLR noted that the successful trial tells them that there is a demand for more flexible leasing. Something between a rental car and a 2-3 year lease. JLR wants to expand the available packages. Once JLR tests its home market with various packages and vehicles (like the Jag F-type or the I-Pace full electric), it may consider other markets.

JLR is falling in line behind other high-end automakers like Volvo, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in offering this kind of short-term leasing based on a monthly fee. Carpe contracts are 12 months, unlimited mileage, and no deposit is needed.



Under Pressure Regulatory Pressure Jaguar Culls Its Heard

Auto maker Jaguar is eliminating the its XE and XF S models, which employ their supercharged 6-cylinder engine. Jaguar sited poor sales as well as emissions regulations as their reasoning. The nearest replacements are the 300 models which employ Jag’s 296bhp 4-cylinder turbo. The same engine from their entry level F-Type.

In the wake of these model eliminations we might see more V6 models taken off-market. Much of this could be related to new emissions tests that have increasingly tough targets for automakers to meet, Jaguar may need to eliminate more models to help bring down the companies average CO2 output.

A Jaguar spokesman said: “We have introduced the 296bhp 2.0L Ingenium, our most powerful four-cylinder engine yet, at a better price point [than the S models] which we are directing customers to, [so that they are] still getting a Jaguar driving experience but more efficiently.”

Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type is a 2 passenger high-performance sports car. You can get a coupe or convertible. It features supercharged engines and advanced braking technology.

The Coupe comes in F-Type, F-Type Premium, F-Type S, F-Type S AWD, F-Type R, F-Type SVR, and F-type British Design Edition. Prices for the Coupe range from $61,400 to $125,950 base price.

The Convertible models are the same with prices ranging from $65,400 to $128,800 base price.

Here is Motor Trend’s review of the SVR

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Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace is a 5 passenger SUV. It was inspired by the Jaguar F-Type, so it performs like a sports car. It has a 33.5 cubic-foot cargo space in back, connectivity through it’s InControl® system. The Jaguar F-Pace Models include the F-Pace, the F-Pace Premium, F-Pace Prestige, F-Pace R-Sport, F-Pace S, and F-Pace First Edition. They run in price from $40,990 to $69,700 base price.

Here is a review of the Jaguar F-Pace crossover SUV

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Jaguar XJ

First off you can choose either a standard or long wheelbase on this model. This is a full-size 5 passenger luxury sedan. It features quilted seats and rear seat entertainment system. Choose from XJ R-Sport, XJ R-Sport AWD, XJ Supercharged, XJR, XJL Portfolio, XJL Portfolio AWD, XJL Supercharged, XJR LWB. Expect to pay from $74,400 to $121,000 base price.

Here is a closer look at the XJL:

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James Bond Cars: Casino Royale

Movie 19: Casino Royale (2006)
In this next film starring Daniel Craig as 007, Bond investigates the funding of terrorism. He kills a bomb-maker and takes his cell. He finds a text that is traced to Alex Dimitrios and Le Chiffre. Bond foils LeChiffre’s plan to destroy the Skyfleet airliner prototype. Le Chiffre finds himself in a poker game at the Casino Royale to try to recoup his loss but Bond is there to beat him aided by HM Treasury member Vesper Lynd.

Lynd and Bond are both kidnapped by Le Chiffre after the game. Lynd is ransomed and Bond is tortured. Le Chiffre is killed by a liaison between Le Chiffre and his clients. The winnings were never repaid to the Treasury so Bond establishes that Lynd was a double agent. As he goes after her he is attacked and the liaison takes the money. Bond eventually finds and captures White.

Now for the cars: once again we see the Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martin DBS V12, Bond damages a 1930 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre in a car chase with Le Chiffre driving a Citroen Traction Avant. Miami Police are seen driving a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and Bond also drives a Ford Mondeo 2.5 Litre ST. Le Chiffre and Mr. White are both seen driving their Jaguar XJ8s.

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A new use for luxury cars

In Omaha, Nebraska they have found a new use for late model luxury cars. Usually taken to local car shows, local car dealers are now helping sell real estate by bringing their cars to mansions for their open-houses. This adds “curb appeal” to prospective buyers of the houses valued at $1,000,000 or higher. This is taking “staging” a house one step further. Bringing in late model cars, like a Jaguar or BMW gives a sneak-peak at the lastest models and may possibly help local auto sales. They see it as exposure and promotion.

Maybe someone will even buy a car with the house, Jody.

~ Joe Victor