Actually, the later Land Rovers and Jaguars use British/German designed engines based on the AJ-V8, which was designed in house at Aston Martin/Jaguar before Ford took over in 1998. Ford then used this design for the 4.0 V8 in the Lincoln series. Aston Martin also uses a much tweaked version of this motor. My own Jaguar XJ8 has this engine coupled to a ZF 5HP24. This car now has 163K on it and has been very reliable. The transmissions used in Rovers and Jags from the 1990's to now are German ZF models, except for the supercharged versions, which is a Mercedes unit, I believe. What Ford brought to the table was greater quality control expertise and of course development money.
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