Infiniti is the separate premium vehicle division of Nissan, in a similiar way that the Lexus brand is to Toyota. It officially began selling vehicles at the end of the 1980s, and the original marketing strategy was to target the premium vehicle segments in the United States that would not have otherwise fitted in with Nissan's more mainstream image.
Now an established worldwide brand in the premium sector, Infiniti make a range of cars with the Q prefix, or QX to denote the SUV/crossover variant. From 2016, Infiniti started manufacturing the Q30 model, known as a 'premium active compact', at Nissan's Sunderland plant, to be followed by the QX30, a premium active crossover.
Although it can trace its roots back as far as 1922, the first car to be called a Jaguar was the SS Jaguar 2.5 litre saloon, launched in 1935. Since then the name Jaguar has become synonymous with the development and production of fast, beautifully designed sports and saloon cars. The old company slogan of 'Grace, Space and Pace' could still be said to hold true to Jaguar's current ethos.
The following decades saw Jaguar produce many iconic models, the E-Type and Mark II probably the most fondly remembered, and enjoy some great achievements on the race track. Now, after several changes of ownership over the past few years, Jaguar is enjoying great success again under its new owners, since 2008, of Tata Motors of India.
They now build the XE, XF, XJ, F-TYPE and F-PACE model ranges at their factories in Castle Bromwich and Solihull, Birmingham.
Jensen has been a name in the UK's automotive industry for around 80 years, most well known for the production of highly distinctive GT cars. Perhaps the most iconic of these was the Jensen Interceptor which was originally built from 1966 until the company ceased trading in 1976. There was even an advanced 4WD version called the FF, which was only made in small numbers.
Over the following years, after various changes of ownership and limited car building, Jensen International Automotive (JIA) was formed in 2010, with a majority shareholding from the succesful and highly respected entrepreneur, Sir Charles Dunstone. The new company is beginning to make a name for itself by producing the Jensen Interceptor R, which is basically a 'new' and modernised version of the original GT car. Based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, JIA is taking commissions to build this car in either normally aspirated, supercharged and convertible guise.
In 2017, JIA launched the Range Rover Chieftan, which is a serious re-engineering and re-design of the Classic Range Rover.
The first Land Rover made its debut in 1948. It was designed with brilliant simplicity for extraordinary ability and unrivalled strength and durability. In fact, over six decades on it is estimated that two-thirds of all these incredible vehicles are still at work - many of them in some of the most extreme conditions and inhospitable places on earth.
The Land Rover was the product of continuous evolution and refinement in the 1950s and 1960s and it took the lead in the emerging market for four-wheel drive vehicles. In keeping with the forward-thinking philosophy that founded Land Rover, a radical, entirely new product was introduced in 1970 and created its very own vehicle category. This overnight sensation was the very first Range Rover. It had all the capability of a Land Rover with the comfort and performance of an on-road car.
This culture of innovation has developed ever since with both Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles: new models, more refinement, more innovative technology, more efficiency and fewer emissions. Land Rover will remain in the forefront of advanced design - the new small Range Rover is a testament to the vision that takes the company forward and keeps it at the cutting edge of technology and engineering.
LEVC, standing for London Electric Vehicle Company, is the new name for the maker of the London black cab, and replaces its predecessor The London Taxi Company. Under various guises this company has been responsible for making this iconic vehicle for over seventy years. LEVC is a subsidiary of the Chinese company Geely, which also owns Volvo and holds a majority stake in Lotus Cars.
Now based in a new, purpose-built 37,000 sq ft factory in Ansty near Coventry, LEVC has recently launched it replacement for the current TX4 model, the electric, range extended TX. This taxi is new from the ground up and is an electric powered, range extended vehicle designed to meet London's latest stringent emission regulations for London taxis.