Perhaps the best tribute to Jaguar comes from the Japanese. They who
are, for the most part dismissive of most Western cars, place the
Jag on a lofty pedestal. Despite the country’s temporary economic
difficulties, Jaguar sales remain as buoyant as ever. And Jaguar,
for its part is not sitting on its laurels.
The company has
introduced two advanced technologies, which it claims provide major
improvements in driving comfort and convenience.
The new Adaptive
Cruise Control (ACC) system employs microwave radar technology to
enable the driver to keep a set distance from the vehicle in front.
The Digital Versatile Disc (DVD-ROM) satellite navigation system delivers highly
accurate and instantaneous positional information.
Of the 2000 model
year range, Jonathan Browning, Jag’s MD said: “ Jaguar’s
product-led expansion in Europe, a key element in the company’s
growth strategy, continues in 1999 with record sales in all major
markets. Currently, Jaguar sales in Europe are up 100 percent
compared with 1998, fuelled by the success of the new S-TYPE sports
The 2000 model year
XJ and YK Series will build on this success. The intelligent
application of innovative technology delivers class leading quality,
safety, security and value for money, reaffirming Jaguar’s
reputation as a rational purchase proposition.”
One of the key
elements of this innovative technology is Adaptive Cruise Control. How does
this “ultimate in driving comfort and convenience” work?
Over to Jaguar’s
technical spokesperson: “The system eliminates the need to
manually adjust the set cruising speed, or disengage the system to
avoid encroaching on slower preceding traffic in the same lane. ACC
keeps a constant time gap to the vehicle it is following, or cruises
at a constant speed if the lane ahead is empty.”
Central to the
system is the ‘Forewarn’ microwave radar range sensor from
Delphi Automotive Systems, which measures the distance and relative
speeds of preceding vehicles. Based on that information, ACC adjusts
the throttle and, to a limited extent, the brakes, in order to
maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front. When the lane
ahead is clear, the car automatically resumes the cruising speed
until another, slower moving vehicle is detected.
Jaguar says that
with ACC engaged, it is quite possible to drive long distances
without ever touching the accelerator or brake. “The result is a
relaxing drive – and a relaxed yet alert driver.” Absolutely
vital, the Jaguar is so voluptuously comfortable and of such a
serene temperament that some of a somnolent disposition may be
tempted to take it for granted. Jaguar has taken the appropriate
measures to protect these wayward elements against themselves and
other road users.
version of this report also appears in the May 15, 2000 issue of the
New World newspaper.