Spirit Jaguar Land Rover Opening New Showroom

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover Opens New Showroom In Sandyford

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover Opening New Showroom
Land Rover ambassador Brian O'Driscoll, Jaguar Land Rover Global CEO Dr. Ralf Speth, OHM CEO Declan McCourt and Jaguar ambassador and TV presenter Kathryn Thomas pictured at the opening of the new JLR showroom in Sandyford

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover celebrated the launch of a new 20,000 sq/ft showroom in Sandyford, Dublin, with a special event attended by Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth.

To celebrate the official opening, Dr. Speth joined the Spirit Jaguar Land Rover team in unveiling the new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, which made its public debut in Ireland.

RTE broadcaster and Jaguar ambassador, Kathryn Thomas, was MC for the evening and welcomed Land Rover Ambassador and former Irish Rugby International Brian O’Driscoll, as well as loyal Jaguar Land Rover customers and enthusiasts.

According to Spirit, the new showroom is the "ultimate reflection of the Jaguar Land Rover ethos, offering customers a truly premium sales and ownership experience". Over the last 12 months, the Spirit Jaguar Land Rover showroom has been "transformed into a landmark building in the local community with a warm, refined and eye-catching design," featuring free wi-fi, a coffee bar, a new colour and trim space and lounge-style waiting area.

The full range of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles can be displayed in the new showroom, in addition to an Approved used car showroom, accommodating 8 vehicles. In addition, electric charging points have been installed throughout the site to facilitate Jaguar Land Rover’s range of electric and hybrid models.

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover has also included new handover bays, where customers receive a VIP handover experience before driving straight out of the showroom.

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover Opening New Showroom
Guests explore the new Jaguar I-Pace at its unveiling at the new JLR showroom launch in Sandyford

Eddie Kavanagh, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Ireland, said: “This is another significant milestone in the redevelopment of our entire retailer network which will be complete later this year.  Jaguar Land Rover is enjoying a period of rapid growth with the introduction of several exciting new models, not least the ground-breaking new Jaguar I-PACE.  This new flagship facility is a fitting home for our fantastic range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.  I’d like to congratulate the team in Spirit Motor Group and wish them every success in the future.”

Jim Ryan, Dealer Principal at Spirit Jaguar Land Rover said: “This redevelopment is another essential step in our growth plans for Spirit Motor Group.  It further demonstrates our commitment to Jaguar Land Rover and our ambition to provide first class service and facilities for our valued Jaguar and Land Rover customers. We look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our flagship facility here in Sandyford.”

Jaguar Land Rover research centre ireland

Jaguar Land Rover Opening Software Engineering R&D Centre In Ireland

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to open a software engineering centre and create 150 jobs in Shannon, Ireland, in 2018.

Working alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering team in the UK, the Shannon facility has an important role to play in realising the company’s vision for electric and automated driving vehicles. It will develop new technologies to support electrification and self-driving features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Jaguar Land Rover has selected Shannon as it is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for current and future software engineering talent.

Nick Rogers, Executive Director of Product Engineering at JLR said, "Technical innovation lies at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover and our innovation is continuous. The new facility provides an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer future autonomous and electrification technologies."

"The heart of our business will always be in the UK. The creation of a team in Shannon strengthens our international engineering capabilities and complements our existing team of more than 10,000 engineers based in the UK."

Supported by the Irish Development Agency (IDA), the Shannon team will start by developing the next generation of electrical architecture as well as exploring advanced driver assistance systems features for future vehicles.

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The new Jaguar Land Rover centre will focus on software engineering

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said, "This is excellent news. Having a globally recognised company of such international standing will greatly enhance Shannon’s reputation as a Centre of Excellence for such business. The 150 jobs will be of significant benefit to Clare and the Midwest region. Attracting investment into regional locations is a key focus for IDA Ireland and this project shows how the particular strengths of regional locations can be harnessed to attract investments. I wish Jaguar Land Rover every success."

As a part of this development, Jaguar Land Rover has agreed a partnership with online education provider Udacity, which specialises in courses such as automated driving, artificial intelligence, robotics and data analytics. These courses will provide the skills to support Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering capabilities and ongoing technological innovation.

Jaguar Land Rover is working towards a cleaner future and all new vehicle lines will be offered with the option of electrification from 2020, giving customers even more choice. It will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across the model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. The first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale in 2018.

Jaguar Land Rover is looking for software engineers with experience in a range of disciplines such as artificial intelligence, safety critical systems and vehicle architecture.