Jaguar cars have been the pride of England for decades. The company was founded in Blackpool in 1922 and later moved its production plant to Coventry. Over the years, it went though a string of ownerships and is presently owned by the Indian based Tata motors.
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The first jaguar cars were not an instant hit because of the small 2.5 liter engine, however, by the 50s Jaguar had steadily redesigned the cars and developed elegant sports cars and luxury saloons. Because of increasing competition from other luxury car manufacturers, Jaguar could not compete financially. Later in the 60s and 70s, Jaguar merged with British Motor Corporation, Austin Morris, Triumph, British Leyland and lately Tata.
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Despite the stylish elegant cars, Jaguar has always been struggling financially. The dearth of luxury European cars made competition was difficult and Jaguar was never able to establish itself abroad. The chief reason was the lack of buyers.
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In 1989, Ford took over the ownership and this relationship lasted till 2007. Many people wanted to buy the Jaguar ownership but not the combined Land Rover operations also run by Ford. Finally in 2008, Tata took over the entire company.
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Jaguar has always made great cars. Known as the Mark IV and V, they were widely sold in the 40s and 50s. Over the years, the Mark series was improvised and the cars became more compact. After the Mark X, the XJ series was developed. Jaguar cars also became very successful on the racing circuit. Today, Jaguar cars are no longer on the racing circuit primarily due to costs.
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The most elite car of the Jaguar cars carry the logo Vanden Plas or Daimler (rest of the world) on the number plates.
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In 2000, Jaguar models included the C XF. The CX E and C XJ models are planned for 2010. Like all other car manufactures Jaguar has also been hit by the recession. Sales worldwide are down and the future at the moment is uncertain. The car will survive because it has a solid reputation of efficiency and power- the only question is how many will be produced each year.
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Although there are many new harmonisation laws across the European Union , each country still has its own unique way of identifying the vehicles registered in each country. The only common element is the blue border on the left edge of the number plate with the EU flag and country of origin and even this is optional in many member country. This article compares some of the member countries display of car registrations.
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Beginning with England, number plates have black digits on white background ( front ) and yellow background ( rear ) with EU border optional number plates generally stay with the car during its lifetime.The numbering system has 7 digits with age and area identifiers.The first two digits are alpha characters and depict the area the car was first registered the next two are numbers giving the year of registration and the last three letters are random.France is adopting a new system in 2008 of 7 digits comprising two letters three numbers and two letters all purely random any area identify will be by a logo on the blue strip at the right hand side of the plate.The number plates will remain with the car during its life. France's current system comprises 3 or 4 numbers then two letters the two numbers , the last two numbers are the area identifier and if a car moves areas it is re-registered.Similar to England the digits are black on a white background for the front plate and black on yellow for the rear.
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Spain adopted a new system in 2000 which comprises 4 numbers the 3 letters , black digits on white backgrounds front and rear, although the last 3 letters can give an indication of where and when the car was first registered it is not as blatant as the old system where the first two letters of the registration number indicated the capital city of the region concerned e.g M for Madrid and MA for Malaga.The blue EU border at the left hand side is compulsory on new number plates but was optional on the old system.Germany adopted its current system after re-unification in 1990 with a maximum of 8 black digits on a white background.