Care for a bit more proof that the Jaguar Land Rover portfolio of vehicles is the best it's ever been? Well, the Indian-owned pair of brands saw a record year in 2013, while 2014 has seen a 14-percent increase in sales. The crazy thing is, though, is that figure could be even higher, provided the company had the production capacity.

JLR is running a six-month waiting list on two of its most popular models, the Range Rover Sport (above) and Range Rover. According to Mark White, the company's chief technologist for body engineering, the blame can be placed on the paint shop at the company's Solihull factory, in the UK.

"We will probably max out the paint shop before we max out the body shop. Putting the second body shop in has given us the flexibility to ebb and flow the different models that go through there and meet the capacity demands we've got," White told Automotive News. "However, you always hit a bottleneck somewhere. And the paint shop is probably going to be the next biggest obstacle."

The problem, meanwhile, doesn't have an easy solution, particularly as the company prepares to kick off production of the Jaguar XE.

White told AN that the new, smaller sedan "will only add to the problem," before adding that, "It's a nice problem to have, making more cars than you can actually get through the paint shop."


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      Merc1
      • 4 Months Ago

      A bunch of BS when it comes to Jaguar.  There aren't any waiting lists for any Jaguar.  Dealers have plenty of everything they make, except the XFR-S.  Even the F-Types are just sitting around.  Land Rover is the star of this duo.


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        Steve007
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Merc1

        I can't find many F--type coupes. Where are they sitting?

          mreich80
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Steve007

          I work at Jaguar of Orlando and we have 10 F type Coupes in stock including a coupe R models. 

      Wetstuff
      • 4 Months Ago

      Ha-Ha... It used to be you were on a list for Roadside Assistance ...that is, 'till the guys from India bought it.  Maybe they could make a bid for GM.   

      Tstag
      • 4 Months Ago

      Jags sales will pick up with the arrival of the XE and the SUV. Part of their problem is that you need a large enough range to get your brand noticed and Jag hasn't got one. 

      Lucky Stars
      • 4 Months Ago

      Nice cars the evoque in particular is the only nice looking small cuv out there. Although I give nod to xc60 as best looking right sized cuv. Lets get some diesels, I would not buy another range rover with the horrid mpg.

      SethG
      • 4 Months Ago

      Interesting to see no mention of the Evoque. I wonder if it's still selling in the numbers it was initially. I'm not seeing nearly as many on the road as a year ago and I have one relative who has and Evoque and some buyer's remorse. She loved the styling at first but after a year + with it she doesn't find it to be as special as she hoped.

        Jason
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SethG
        Glass roof doesn't open, and it can barely crack 7 seconds 0-60.  Those are the deal breakers for me, especially now that the Macan exists and has pretty good off road ability and better features (pano sunroof that OPENS, better nav/infotainment system and screen, heated and ventilated seats, 0-60 in 5.1 seconds or faster)
        Hernan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SethG

        I've always thought it was too small and high priced. It's pretty, but you've got to live with it, too.

        foxx
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SethG

        Women ahh!!!

      Lachmund
      • 4 Months Ago

      well done!

      raughle1
      • 4 Months Ago

      These things fail the reliability and value tests for me, but if they didn't I wouldn't hesitate to jump onto a 6-month wait list for a Range Rover Sport.  Just a really elegant design.  Best they've ever done. 

      Richard
      • 4 Months Ago

      Nasdaq double (!) what it was in 2008....record prices for collectables. . Can you say...peak?

        Hernan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Richard

        I don't know about peak - the Defender still needs to come out which if they don't screw it up should be HUGE, along with all the new Discovery-series variants, and the XE and Jaguar SUV.

      Mrgreat
      • 4 Months Ago

      Pollution regulations won't get in their way in India

      Joey Franklin
      • 4 Months Ago

      I wish the XE looked a little more like the F type than the XF but should still be a nice looking car. If its as good dynamically as they are claiming it and the new c class should give bmw fits. Where is the new a4 in all this too?

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