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Jaguar North America announces 2002 S-TYPE Sport at the 2001 Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2001 - Jaguar North America is introducing the 2002 S-TYPE Sport at the Chicago Auto Show -- a sportier version of the current S-TYPE for the true driving enthusiast. The S-TYPE Sport will be available in the United States, Canada and Mexico -- in the fall of 2001.

"In 2000, Jaguar reached record sales in North America selling 24,507 S-TYPEs," said Mike O'Driscoll, President of Jaguar North America. "The S-TYPE Sport will build on this success by offering a derivative with more emphasis on a sportier appearance and dynamic performance."

The S-TYPE Sport will subtly restyle the car's interior and exterior, staying in line with Jaguar's tradition of delivering high levels of craftsmanship, sportiness and luxury. The car reflects the taste of a younger generation who are looking for a sporty premium mid-size sedan.

The S-TYPE Sport is instantly recognizable by it's body color trim, including a color keyed grill surround, bumper blades and trunk plinth that will complement the following S-TYPE colors -- Anthracite (black), Carnival (red) and Platinum (silver). The body color trim will replace the chrome components on the standard S-TYPE. Also a part of sport package, are 17-inch sport alloy wheels and Pirelli P 235/50ZR17 tires. These subtle but effective changes give a whole new slant on the S-TYPE's appearance, with the "Anthracite" model offering a certain 'stealth-like' appearance.

Interior features on the S-TYPE Sport include darker tones and perforated Connolly leather sports seats, emphasizing its sporting spirit and contemporary feel. The interior sports a gray stained bird's eye maple wood trim, a leather sport steering wheel, perforated Connolly leather seats, warm charcoal colored upper fascia molding and warm charcoal carpets and floor mats.

The S-TYPE's Sport also delivers Jaguar's unique adaptive damping system -- the Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) system -- currently available on the XK and XJ series. CATS optimizes ride and handling by using two-stage adaptive dampers under electronic control to increase roll stiffness and ride refinement. The CATS dampers have two sets of characteristics that are controlled by an Electronic Control Unit (ECU). CATS includes two vertical accelerometers, an under-hood lateral accelerometer and a brake switch that enable the ECU to adjust the damper settings to suit the driving conditions in micro-seconds, thereby optimizing ride and handling. The result is a unique combination of agile handling, outstanding ride comfort and driver control…for every driving enthusiast.
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