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(Some Guy)   Jaguar and Land Rover decide to copy Volkswagen's strategy of putting 4 rings on a Golf and charging $10,000 more   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Land Rovers, Jaguars, golf, Volkswagen  
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3764 clicks; posted to Business » on 06 Nov 2012 at 4:22 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-06 06:58:17 AM  
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This is what GM has done for decades. This is also what British Leyland (owner of Jaguar and Land Rover for years) failed to do. At one point in the seventies BL had cars in the mid sized saloon market including the Morris Marina, Austin Allegro, Austin Maxi and Triumph Dolemite, and they all had unique platforms and engines. Ditto the larger saloons by Austin, Rover and Triumph.
Triumph spent lots of money building their own 3.0 V8 for the Stag even though Rover had a fantastic 3.5 V8 already, and the Triumph engines unreliability doomed the Stag.
Jaguar engineers developed a new XJ range and deliberately made the engine bay too narrow to take the Rover V8 since they had decided not to use their V12, only straight six's, and they didn't want BL forcing them to fit a Rover engine. Then BMW bought out a V12, Mercedes bought out a V12 and Jaguar had a brand new model that they couldn't fit their V12 in...
2012-11-06 04:29:29 AM  
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The most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on the street is this :

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Yes, this is an Aston Martin, an Aston Martin Cygnet to be precise, which is actually a rebadged Toyota iQ. It sells for 48.000 dollars, almost three times the price of the iQ. The only changes are tweaks to the exterior and interior.
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