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Mr Jaguar
04-07-2004, 03:18 PM
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<b>Jaguar North America Unveils the Concept Eight at the 2004 New York Auto Show</b>

Known for its beautiful concept cars, Jaguar sprung a surprise at the 2004 New York International Automobile Show with the unveiling of the special Concept Eight show car.

Designed to showcase the spacious rear passenger compartment of the new long wheelbase XJ production models, the Concept Eight features a special set of individual rear seats and a host of unique features for discerning rear seat passengers.

Features that set the Concept Eight apart include a long wheelbase aluminum body, Conker nubuck and aniline leather interior, Purple Haze paint finish, a full-length glass roof, 21-inch alloy wheels, and individual rear lounge seating.

The Concept Eight also has machined aluminum body side vents, aluminum tailpipes, seat-back mounted video screens with DVD system, 860-watt Alpine® 8.2 audio system, a cooler box to chill a bottle of Mumm® champagne for the Waterford®-designed Jaguar champagne flutes, and aluminum trim including shift gate and sill plates. It also includes Dunhill® writing pens, address books, and Leica® D-LuxTM digital cameras secured in the front seat head restraints behind the folding video screens.

"The Concept Eight is not about cramming in half an hour's work on the way to and from the airport," said Julian Thomson, Head of Jaguar Advanced Design. "It is a car that exudes British good taste and calmness. It has a very relaxed but contemporary feel about it. Jaguar is not an 'all work and no play' company and the Concept Eight reflects that. When you ride in it you should get the same feeling of well being that you would enjoy if you stayed in a boutique hotel."
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johncalifornia
04-07-2004, 10:07 PM
Huggy bear, you will recall, was a TV-show pimp. And this car looks like nothing more than a British version of a pimpmobile.

How about those aluminum side vents? Hideous beyond belief, or what? I can only pray that this "concept car" is not representative of things to come from Julian Thomson, Jaguar's recently hired head of design. We car buffs know how much damage an "visionary" can do to a respected manufacturer's image, and the last car anybody wants to see Bangled is the Jaguar XJ-series.
John Mulvihill, technical writer, San Francisco Bay Area
1998 XJ8, Anthracite/Charcoal

RickKap
04-08-2004, 12:27 AM
What Julian Thomson and other Jaguar stylists do to Jaguar concept cars and production cars does not even compare with what Chris Bangle and his friends do to BMWs. I'm not crazy about those side vents but at least they look better than the ones on the BMW M5 concept. Take a look this tasteless BMW 7 series:

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BMW M5s (and BMWs in general!) used to be subtle and understated. Farewell Famous Five!


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