CHICAGO -- Jaguar, Aston Martin, Volvo and Land Rover will share more parts, such as transmissions and electrical components, to boost profits, says a top executive at Premier Automotive Group.
For example, Bob Dover, COO of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover, said one six-speed automatic transmission will be used in all of Premier's medium-sized vehicles. He did not when it would be introduced.
The next-generation Range Rover, he said, will use Volvo's engine management system and electrical architecture. "Our aim is to get the brands to hunt together as a pack," Dover said during a speech at the Chicago Auto Show.
Dover also wants to install a Jaguar V-8 in the Range Rover, which is powered by a V-8 from BMW AG. He declined to say when the change will take place. He said the current vehicle was designed from the start to take the BMW V-8 and swapping in the Jaguar engine will entail major engineering work.
Dover said that Land Rover plans to test a small fleet of diesel-powered Range Rovers and Discoverys in the United States with the eventual goal of introducing them once low-sulfur diesel fuel arrives in late 2006.
Dover said low-sulfur fuel and after-treatment technology, such as particulate traps and filters for oxides of nitrogen, would enable diesel engines to meet upcoming emissions standards. Dover also said Land Rover is considering a hybrid powertrain - possibly diesel-electric -- for some markets.