Last leg? Jaguar loses $715 million in 2006
[Source: The Detroit News]
Of course, Jag execs sound upbeat, trumpeting the postiive reception of the XK and XKR sport coupes, as well as the C-XF concept that debuted in Detroit. In fact, Bibiano Boerio, the managing director of Jaguar Cars, told the Detroit News that her brand's slumping sales are a good thing. Her reasoning? Lower sales allows the brand to return to its roots of building higher priced niche vehicles in lower volumes. OK. Presumably the upcoming XF that's set to replace the S-Type will be the first model charged with restoring the brand's luster and attracting bigger wallets into showrooms. Though the X-Type will not be cancelled altogether, it will make way in Jaguar's biggest markets, Germany, Japan and the U.S., for the XF to become the new, much more expensive entry model.
But seriously, how determined can Ford be to turn itself around when it insists on maintaining a brand that will lose untold millions over the next three years? In a perfect world, it would be great if a buyer came along for Aston Martin and allowed Jaguar to comfortably move upmarket, but Ford's out of time on this one. It's time to drown the cat and take its ninth life.
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