British premium automaker Jaguar Land Rover recently appointed company veteran Nick Rogers to serve as the company’s new worldwide engineering chief, succeeding Wolfgang Ziebart in the position.
Jaguar Land Rover, a subsidiary of India’s Tata Motors, announced in a statement that Rogers will have board member functions and responsibilities overseeing the carmaker’s global engineering operations and he will report directly to the company’s chief executive officer Ralf Speth. Ziebart, 65, had been the automaker’s engineering chief since 2013 after serving with BMW for 23 years, as well as passing by parts makers Continental and Infineon. The company said that Ziebart would remain with the company, tasked to lead technology development from now on. Meanwhile, Rogers, 47, will assume the position in April – finishing his current attributions as Land Rover’s global vehicle architecture director. He was before that vehicle line director for Range Rover and was involved in the development and launch of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, two very successful products for the British automaker.
Jaguar Land Rover is currently developing a product launch strategy that calls for the expansion of the ranges with new products. For example, the company introduced the XE entry-level Jaguar sedan, made out of aluminum, to fill the role previously held by the flopping X-Type. Jaguar is also ready to enter Land Rover’s territory, with the upcoming F-Pace sport crossover. The automaker is spending at least 3 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) through March 31, 2016 to develop and introduce 12 new models and in five years the tally of new or upgraded models will jump to 50.
Via Automotive News Europe