Jaguar - X-Type
The Jaguar X-TYPE is an entry-level luxury car / compact executive car produced by the Ford owned British luxury marque Jaguar Cars since 2001. It is built on a modified version of the Ford CD132 platform, a British version of the Ford CDW27 platform, which is the base for the Ford Mondeo, and remains in production at Jaguar's Halewood facility in England. The X-TYPE is the smallest of the current Jaguar saloon (sedan) cars, and was designed to build on the success of the S-Type, although it takes many styling cues from the XJ series. Jaguar states that 10% of the parts are made by Jaguar, 20% are made by Ford, while the rest are made by subcontractors.
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Jaguar X-Type 
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The X-TYPE was designed as a direct competitor to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the similar styled Rover 75. Sales have been poor (more noticeably in foreign markets than in the UK), however, blamed on its resemblance to the larger XJ which was traditionally bought by older customers, not the younger ones that Jaguar craved.


Initially projected to surpass 100,000 annual sales, the X-TYPE peaked at 50,000 in 2003. Sales in the United States, its primary market, dropped from 21,542 in 2004 to 10,941 in 2005. BMW sold 106,950 3 Series cars in the U.S. in 2005, while Mercedes-Benz sold 60,658 C-Class cars and Audi sold 48,922 A4 and S4 models. For the 2006 model year, the front-wheel drive model was dropped for the North American market. Only the Lexus IS posted similarly disappointing sales. Despite these poor numbers, the X-TYPE is Jaguar's best-selling model, accounting for 36% of overall sales.  Due to poor sales and the loss of profits resulting from the continued devaluation of the USD vs. the GBP in recent years, Ford (owner of the Jaguar brand) announced in October 2007, that it is stopping sales of the X-Type in the United States. Stock is expected to last through the first quarter of 2008. However, the new generation X-TYPE will go on sale in the UK in March 2008 and in other European markets in April 2008. In Canada, where it is Jaguar's best-selling vehicle, expect it to be sold there.  


Source: Wikipedia.
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