Jaguar Land Rover's head of product development, Wolfgang Ziebart, is guiding the rapid expansion of the Land Rover and Jaguar ranges. The former BMW product development chief shared details of the company's plans to expand its vehicle and engine lineups, while reducing CO2 emissions. He spoke with Automotive News Europe UK Correspondent Nick Gibbs.
How difficult will it be for Jaguar Land Rover to reach average CO2 emissions of 132g/km in Europe by 2020?
We don't need completely new inventions. The technology to meet the targets is available. For 2020, it will be very much about selecting which technical solutions are appropriate so that the targets are met, but at a cost that's within certain limits.
One analyst estimate said JLR could spend $1.1 billion a year by 2020 to hit global CO2 targets.
We're not going to spend more than other manufacturers. No one manufacturer has a particular advantage over the other. It will be challenging for larger vehicles, but it's also challenging for smaller vehicles in that they have less freedom to maneuver in terms of which technology you can bring.
JLR will launch more hybrids as well as its first plug-in hybrids. When will we see them?
We can’t talk about specific dates, but you can expect progress along the route we started with the current hybrid electric [system used in the Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid with the SDV6 diesel]. The share of electric power will increase and the combustion will be downsized so that you have more opportunity to drive electrically.