The Special Edition Jaguar XJ50
For the past 50 years, one Jaguar model has graced roadways around the world. Defining what a luxury car should be, the Jaguar XJ is the perfect combination of cutting-edge technology, sporting vehicle dynamics and ageless, opulent beauty.
Celebrating its golden anniversary, Jaguar released the limited edition XJ50. A benchmark luxury sedan, the XJ set a high standard for power, offering one of the first and only V12 engines in a 4-door sedan. In fact, for several years, it reigned as the fastest 4-seater on the market, changing lives with a top speed of 140 mph. Over 8 generations, the XJ set trends with innovations like the J-gate gear shifter and the first-of-its-kind self-leveling suspension.
Representing the pinnacle of luxury automotive achievement, Velocity Honolulu is honored to be part of the automakers roots and continues to celebrate the classic automobiles that have built such an amazing brand.
In 2018, the Jaguar XJ is still at the cusp of luxury automotive performance and design.
Spanning half a century, the Jaguar XJ remains true to its heritage with a wonderful balance of beautiful design, intelligent performance and indulgent luxury that ensures it stands out from the crowd. This is a car worth celebrating and the XJ50 pays homage to a giant within the Jaguar brand that we believe is one of the world’s most stylish sporting saloons.
- Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design
Offering unprecedented power, the XJ50’s longer wheelbase houses a 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline V6 to produce 340 horsepower, available in either rear- or all-wheel-drive. For the more power-hungry, buyers can also opt for a 470-hp 5.0-liter supercharged gas V8 with rear-wheel drive.
Inside and out, the XJ50 will stand out from the standard XJ, thanks to unique badging in the front and side vents and illuminated tread plates, as well as an XJ50 logo on the center armrest. Other design distinctions include 20-inch Venom wheels with gloss black diamond turned finish, gloss black front grille, and Autobiography-style front and rear bumpers on the exterior, and the inside gets updates with aluminum gearshift paddles, bright metal pedals, and diamond-quilted seats with an embossed Jaguar leaper on the headrests.
If you are looking for that special luxury sedan that attracts attention, the iconic 50th Anniversary Jaguar XJ50 will fit the bill. Being the XJ50 is a “special edition” and only made in a limited quantity, Velocity Honolulu invites you to contact our sales staff today to begin your XJ50 experience.
TIME and Ally Financial Honor Honolulu Dealer
Nicolai Is One Of 51 Dealers To Be Recognized
Brad Nicolai, president of Velocity Honolulu, has been nominated for the 2019 TIME and Ally Financial Dealer of the Year Award. Nicolai is one of a select group of 51 dealer nominees from across the United States who will be recognized at the National Automobile Dealers Association Show in San Francisco on January 25, 2019.
TIME Publisher Jorg Stratmann and Ally Financial President of Auto Finance Doug Timmerman made the announcement. The TIME Dealer of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious – and highly coveted – honors of the automobile industry. The nominees are not only successful automobile dealers, but are pillars of the community as evidenced by their long-standing commitment to public service. Now in its 50 th year, the award committee chooses 51 auto dealers
from a field of more than 16,000 dealers nationwide.
From our humble beginnings…
Nicolai, 43, graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu and did his undergraduate studies at Boston College in Massachusetts. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also did undergraduate studies in Florence, Italy, at the Lorenzo de Medici Italian International Institute.
After earning his B.S. in Marketing, Nicolai worked at Penfold Motors in Melbourne, Australia. In 1998, he joined his father, Joe Nicolai, at the latter’s company, JN Group.
“From our humble beginnings on a dirt lot, we still maintain the same entrepreneurial and creative approach to business, taking us to the forefront of sustainable design and experiential retail,” said the younger Nicolai about his father’s company, which began in 1961 selling pre-owned cars.
Today, Brad Nicolai oversees Velocity Honolulu, a new concept in luxury shopping, dining and residential living. It is home to 16 brands of high-end automobiles and motorcycles, top-of-the-line retail shops, fine dining and luxury apartments. Velocity Honolulu was the first developer in Hawaii to receive LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environment Design – certification for its residential complex, Symphony Honolulu.
“My desire to do things differently and to learn from others outside our industry inspired me to intern for a real estate company during the summers while also working at the dealership. This sparked my interest in creating an amenity-rich mixed-use development,” said Nicolai.
Deep Commitment To The Community
The JN Group is a strong supporter of the United States Armed Forces. They donate to several programs that provide services to our nation’s heroes. Some of these programs are the United States Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (U.S. Army MWR), the Honolulu Navy League and the Association of the United States Army. JN Group stores are collection centers for Toys for Tots.
The Nicolai Family created the Castiglione a Casauria Foundation, named after the small Italian town where Brad Nicolai’s grandparents hail from, and through which JN Group gives back to charities; big and small alike. They host blood drives regularly at their dealerships. Additionally, they support the Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, which advocates early childhood literacy; American Red Cross of Hawaii; Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii; Doctors Without Borders; Friends of Kewalos, which protects and preserves Kewalos Basin Park; Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation; Hawaii Foodbank; Hawaiian Humane Society; Lanakila Meals on Wheels; Moanalua Gardens Foundation, which preserves the native culture and environment of Hawaii; REHAB Foundation, which supports the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific to help people with physical and cognitive disabilities; Teach for America and YMCA of Honolulu, among others.
Dealers are nominated by executives of state and metro dealers from around the nation. The award is sponsored by TIME and Ally Financial with the cooperation of NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan selects one finalist from each region and one National Dealer of the Year. The top 3 finalists receive $5,000 for their favorite charity and the winner gets an additional $10,000 for charity.
Ally also donates $1,000 to each of the 51 nominees to contribute to the charity of their choice.
Land Rover Offers New Features for Four-Legged Friends
Some of us don’t drive top-of-the-line Land Rover models just to enjoy by ourselves. We also want our entire families to enjoy legendary luxury… even our furry family members. That’s why Velocity Honolulu thinks you’ll love the latest pet-friendly accessories available from Land Rover.
Keep your pet safe, happy and comfortable with some thoughtful accessories from Land Rover, such as a spill-resistant water bowl, access ramp, foldable pet carrier, tailored quilted load space liner and a portable rinse system to protect your cargo area (also useful for washing off muddy gear or bikes). These accessories are made to fit the entire Land Rover lineup. They can either be purchased together in the Pet Pack or as individual accessories.
For more information about these new Land Rover Pet Pack products, contact us online or visit Velocity Honolulu in person at 888 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813. Image Credit: Land Rover
Steering The ROAD AHEAD
Jaguar Combines Modern Tech and Classic Style in New Conversion
Jaguar engineers aren’t just the world’s greatest carmakers; they’re also incredible artists. There’s no better proof of that than their latest masterpiece, the E-type Zero: a recreation of a classic Jaguar model with modern power. Bringing rich history back to life, the results were so popular that Jaguar Classic will now offer conversions for collectors.
One of the most appealing vehicles you’ll see on the road today, the Jaguar E- type Zero (classic models pictured below) sold from 1961 to 1975; and its beauty, power and affordability helped establish the brand as one of the world’s leading carmakers. In fact, the model gained such popularity over the years, it has become a sought-after icon by car collectors from every corner of the globe. Also known as the XK-E, the E-type featured James Bond-level style and suave; and its track-inspired engineering produced a top speed of 150 mph and a sub-7- second 0 to 60 time. It inspired many industry-wide changes to automotive engineering, and it has been named on multiple top lists including “Top Sports Cars of the 1960s” and the “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. You may have even seen this legend on the screen in Austin Powers and Mad Men.
Last year, Jaguar Classic rebuilt one of these mint condition E-types with modern all-electric technology. The goal was to produce “the most beautiful electric car in the world;” the result was the E-type Zero. The team debuted this creation at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September of 2017. In theory, the concept was simple: take the all-electric guts from the new Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, and install it all in a classic Series 1 E-type body. A high-tech 40kWh battery replaces the classic E- type ’s six- cylinder petrol XK engine (literally with the same placement and weight) and a modified instrumentation and fascia offers the latest touchscreen infotainment amenities. Unique LED lights also replace the old bulbs, but they’re designed to compliment the classic look while providing modern illumination.
Own a classic E-type? Well, here’s the best news of all. Jaguar Classic will convert your E-type to all electric, too. Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, Tim Hannig, explained the decision:
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic. E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”
The Classic team will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK. An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible, and the instrumentation and infotainment feature is optional.
If you want to get the state-of-the-art all electric or hybrid power in a modern Jaguar body, we have several new models to show you. Contact our sales staff or visit us in person at Velocity Honolulu, and we’ll introduce you to these modern marvels of automotive efficiency.
Image Credit: Jaguar
The Future Never Performed So Good
A Look At The Jaguar Land Rover Lineup
The future looks bright for Jaguar Land Rover as electrifying changes are on the horizon. Starting in 2020, all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be offered with an electrified/electric powertrain. Looking forward to 2024 for Jaguar, we’ll see the addition of another SUV, the super-luxe J-Pace. For Land Rover, we’ll see the long-awaited return of the legendary Defender and a new all-electric, all-road version of the Range Rover, as well as the next generation Evoque. All of these models will be defined on the new high-grade aluminum platform, known as the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA).
Jaguar just got bigger with the addition for the J-Pace. After the success of the increasingly larger SUV lineup of the I-Pace, E-Pace, and F-Pace, Jaguar will continue with the trend offering the largest and most luxurious SUV yet. The J-Pace will borrow from the DNA of the Range Rover’s bones and muscle with the I-Pace’s efficiency. No doubt Jaguar plans to include an all-electric—or at least a hybrid—version of the J-Pace, as the automaker has recently confirmed that it plans to offer at least one such model for every vehicle in its lineup. Details are still pretty scarce, but it looks like we’ll have to wait to hear more as we get closer to 2020 when the J-Pace is expected to hit the streets.
Land Rover Defender
Marking the automaker’s 70th anniversary back in April, Land Rover teased the resurrection of the Land Rover Defender. The Defender aims to emerge on the market sometime in 2019, and it will emulate the naming convention of its predecessors, the Defender 90 and 110, so named because of their 90- and 110-inch wheelbases. However, Land Rover has made it clear that the Defender will represent more than just a new model, it will make up the third pillar in the automaker’s family, joining the Range Rover and Discovery pillars. The Defender will have multiple variants, including long and compact wheel bases with even a pick-up version rumored.
All-new Range Rover
We’ll have to wait until 2021 to see the next generation of the legendary Range Rover; but we know that one of the biggest changes will be the addition of variants using 48V mild-hybrid Ingenium gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a fully electric version expected to follow in 2022.
The next-generation Evoque will also get the electric vehicle treatment. This new Evoque will sit on the MLA platform, so it loses a lot of weight but maintains rigidity. That weight-loss will come in handy with the new plug-in hybrid version of the Evoque, which will offer enviable savings in fuel economy and a considerable reduction in its carbon footprint. Land Rover claims that the stiffer body structure will also offer a more comfortable ride. In addition, rumor has it that the new Evoque will feature the “transparent hood” technology that Land Rover teased several years ago. This feature will combine external cameras with the interior HUD projection to offer an unprecedented view of the road ahead.
Discover Innovation Today
Patience is a virtue; but if you can’t wait until these new models hit the stores in coming years, then check out our current inventory to see the many new models ready to hit the street today. You can also contact our sales staff online to schedule a personal consultation.
Audi Honolulu Voted One of Hawaii’s Best in 2018
As a proud recipient of the “2018 Hawaii’s Best Award” from Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Audi Honolulu would like to personally thank guests like you for voting us into the winner’s circle.
With over 500,000-plus loyal readers, every year the Honolulu Star-Advertiser honors the island’s best as voted by its readers; and thanks to our loyal clients, we made it to the top of this year’s list! Winning this prestigious award is a great honor.
As we continue our commitment to finding our clients their perfect Audi matches, we also continue our dedication to making all of our on-site experiences only the highest in quality. From the purchase process to our state-of-the-art service center, your comfort and convenience are our primary concerns.
It is a privilege to be recognized for this award, and we thank you once again for your support and voting Audi Honolulu in as the winner of Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “2018 Hawaii’s Best Award.”
Please visit Audi Honolulu today and experience our commitment to you!
Land Rover Introduces The Plug-In Hybrid Range Rover Sport
2019 Range Rover Sport P400e
The day has finally come! A plug-in vehicle that will take you places a plug-in has never gone before. Drive off-road, electrified, with the 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e.
The Range Rover Sport, the more compact version of the Range Rover, offers the same versatility as its larger counterpart, but with a sportier body. Capable of sourcing some of its propulsion energy directly from its electrical grid, the P400e plug-in hybrid version uses the automaker’s 2.0-liter gasoline engine mated with an electric motor to produce a combined output of 398 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. Anyone concerned about sacrificing power for fuel-economy need not worry, this hybrid will launch from 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds, and it will hit a top speed of 137 mph.
The P400e can also run on electricity or electric mode alone, traveling as far as 31 miles at speeds of up to 85 mph on a single charge of the 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery. According to Land Rover, that single charge takes as little as 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 220-volt charger (pictured below). Such a charger can usually be found throughout urban areas (often for free) or installed in the home. Also, owners can use a smartphone app to check charging status or set up timed charging to take advantage of lower utility rates.
Drive The 2019 Plug-In Hybrid Range Rover Sport
Inside and out, the P400e will offer the same versatility and luxury that fans have come to expect from the Range Rover lineup, only with a much higher fuel economy and lower carbon footprint.
Visit Velocity Honolulu today to experience first-class customer service. We’re here to help you select the perfect model that fits your lifestyle.