The new head of design at Jaguar says he’d like to add a second sportscar – alongside the recently facelifted F-Type – to the British firm’s range.
Speaking to Auto Express, Julian Thomson, who recently moved into the role of director of design at Jaguar, suggested there was space for another model alongside the F-Type.
“Jaguar will always build sports cars. I’d love to do more than one,” he told the publication.
“In this day and age of electrification and autonomous technology, a part of me thinks there may be a resurgence of people enjoying transportation for transportation’s sake and driving for driving’s sake.
“Whether that makes the market bigger I don’t know, but I think there is a threat to volume production cars and they are going to struggle to find a position on what they do. I’d hope that truly special and luxury cars, sports cars, will find a place where they have the option to be more exotic,” Thomson said.
He was diplomatic when asked whether Jaguar would consider co-developing a new sportscar with a second automaker (as BMW and Toyota did with the Z4 roadster and Supra).
“It depends what that car is really and depends what you’re trying to create. The industry is all about collaboration these days and we’d welcome the opportunity to do that.
“But it has to be a real Jaguar; I’d hate to do something where each party has to compromise to create an average result.”
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