JLR tells staff to 'get on your bike'

JLR tells staff to 'get on your bike'

30/07/2010 in All News

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Jaguar Land Rover has launched a "Cycle to Work" scheme as part of a sustainability strategy to encourage employees to take a greener approach to travelling to work.

The scheme will provide employees with the opportunity to make savings on the cost of a new cycle and safety equipment, which will be achieved by taking advantage of income tax and national insurance contributions savings through a salary sacrifice agreement.


The company has chosen an organisation called Cyclescheme as partners to the initiative.

Cyclescheme are a specialised service provider who work closely with a network of local retailers and provide a bespoke support team to deal with employees' queries.

By choosing Cyclescheme Jaguar Land Rover will ensure that employees have the optimum choice of cycle brands.

The scheme is part of the Government's Green Travel Plan and to participate employees will undertake a hire agreement paying either a weekly or monthly amount, which will be deducted from their salary prior to normal tax and NI deductions.

Roadshows will take place across Jaguar Land Rover sites during the month of August to support employees with the application and ordering process.

Des Thurlby, HR director said, "We are delighted to be able to launch the Cycle to Work scheme at Jaguar Land Rover. As well as making a contribution to reducing our carbon footprint, cycling to work is a healthier option and we hope this scheme will inspire employees to think all the time about sustainability and the environment."

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Jaguar's updated model range looks more confident and profitable without the compact X-Type which dominated sales but did little for the bottom line.

The new XJ and particularly the XF are enjoying sales success, although volumes are under pressure in 2011.

2012 will bring renewed potential for growth when the XF gets a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that will deliver expected model sales growth of 10%.

Also in the pipeline is a potential all-new replacement for the X-Type. At the opposite end of the spectrum Jaguar has confirmed that it will build its C-X75 petrol-electric hybrid supercar in partnership with Williams, the Formula 1 team.

The model was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in September 2010 but a production version will now go on sale in 2013 priced from £840,000. There will be just 250 examples available worldwide.

The C-X75 features four 195bhp electric motors – one for each wheel – linked with highly boosted petrol engine.

The 780bhp car will reach 0-62mph in less than three seconds and Jaguar claims it will have less than 99g/km of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Land Rover

Land Rover already looked relatively recession proof even before the arrival of the Evoque prompted frenzied press coverage around the world.

Land Rover expects its Range Rover models, including the Evoque, to account for more than half of its total sales volume in the long-term.

The Evoque compact SUV is the third model in its Range Rover line-up, and it is seeking to make more of its status as a prestige SUV maker as well as its heritage as a functionality-led 4x4 manufacturer.

The challenge is to ensure the brand retains its core off-road values, particularly with its plans for an eye-catching replacement for the ageing, utilitarian Defender planned for 2015.

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