Is the Jaguar XJ the hottest cat on the road?

How good is the 2011 Jaguar XJ? The Wall Street Journal checked out the new Jag and saying that they liked it is an understatement. They were first enamored by the beauty of this elegant machine but that is where the admiration was just scratching the surface. Once inside and behind the wheel the driver was clearly blown away with the power and smoothness that combined for a refined and invigorating experience. The description of their time in this sedan and passion for this piece of art on 4 wheels is clearly something car companies can only dream about in a review but I guess that’s what Jaguars are supposed to do to us. Jags are sexy, smooth and strong (things that some argue have been missing lately) and the 2011 XJ is really what the company needed to bring it up to the podium with the superstars in the luxury sedan segment.

From the 1,200-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system to all of the high tech amenities wrapped in an incredible package the daring design by Jaguar has apparently hit the mark with the Journal.

From the Wall Street Journal:

I clearly remember the moment nearly one year ago when I first laid eyes on Jaguar’s new XJ sedan, and felt as though I’d been impaled on some gorgeous aluminum tusk. What a fantastic looking automobile. On any aesthetic scale you’d care to calibrate—modernity, chic, formal grace, raw carnality—this thing simply obliterates the competition, just grinds their bones. Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of Bavarians.

From that moment until this week, when I finally slid behind the wheel of the company’s flagship sedan, I sort of held my breath. Recent Jaguars—the XK coupe and XF sedan—have been very decent cars but always felt as if they missed greatness by a few millimeters. The 2011 XJ couldn’t possibly, as a machine, live up to all this sculptured sin.

Read the full article here.

  

GM will threaten bankruptcy if it doesn’t get more aid

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The auto bailout helped to keep GM and Chrysler on life support, but GM will make it clear in it’s plan to be filed this week with the government that more money will be needed in order to avert bankruptcy.

General Motors Corp. will offer the government the choice of giving it billions more in bailout money or seeing it file for bankruptcy when it presents a restructuring plan next week, according to a report published Saturday.

The online edition of The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, said the competing choices present a dilemma for the Obama administration, which may fear seeing the industrial icon carmaker fall into bankruptcy and cut more jobs if it’s refused more aid.

The government has already committed $13.4 billion to GM as part of a federally-funded bailout. The automaker is expected to include its call for more funds in a restructuring plan it’s required to submit to the Treasury Department by Tuesday, though the company isn’t expected to include a dollar amount, according to the Wall Street Journal report.

However, Treasury Department officials believe GM needs at least $5 billion more in loans to keep operating beyond the first quarter, according to the report.

The key will be the plan laid out by GM. Will it have real concessions from bondholders and the union?

  

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