This was primarily because of continued “solid sales” of the F-PACE as well as the introduction of the Range Rover Velar, Jaguar XF Sportbrake and long wheel base Jaguar XFL in China, the company said.
Retail sales in September were up year-on-year in China (20.1%), North America (17.1%), Overseas markets (10.2%) and Europe (1.0%) but down 3.7% in the UK reflecting general market conditions.
“September saw a solid performance this month across both of our brands, thanks in large part to continued customer demand for the Jaguar F-PACE and Discovery Sport, as well as an impressive consumer response to the new Range Rover Velar,” said Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director.
Jaguar retail sales were 18,336 vehicles in September, up 3.9% on September 2016, primarily driven by continued solid sales of F-PACE and the introduction of the long wheel base XFL in China.
Land Rover retailed 46,761 vehicles in September, up 7.7% compared to September of last year, primarily reflecting the introduction of the new Range Rover Velar.
October will see the launch of the 2018 model of Range Rover Sport, which will be Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and marks a significant step on the company’s road to electrification, the company said.
JLR has its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, United Kingdom. The brands have long and complex histories prior to their merger, going back to the 1940s, first coming together in 1968 as part of the British Leyland conglomerate; and later existed independently of each other as subsidiaries of BMW and Ford Motor Company. Ford later acquired Land Rover from BMW in 2000 following the break-up of the former Rover Group; which was effectively the remainder of British Leyland.