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Whitley 3 September 2014
Four friends are set to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with Land Rover’s Galactic Discovery competition, a ground-breaking on-line search for a group of aspiring astronauts to go on the ultimate adventure. The incredible Virgin Galactic space flight prize was announced to audiences around the world through a film featuring a group of the world’s greatest-living adventurers and personalities, including Sir Richard Branson, Bear Grylls and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. It will be the first time that a competition has offered the chance for a group of four friends to win a trip to space. The winners will be among the first pioneering travellers to view the earth from space and experience out-of-seat zero gravity.
The extraordinary opportunity is being offered by Land Rover and Virgin Galactic to mark the reveal of the New Discovery Sport, a compact and versatile SUV and first of a new Discovery family. The car was unveiled to the world in a film shot at Spaceport America, New Mexico, which will be the base for Virgin Galactic’s sub-orbital space flights. The film forms part of Land Rover’s biggest ever digitally-led campaign, debuting the New Discovery Sport exclusively to an online audience for the first time. Over the next four months, the brand will harness the power of social media, PR and digital marketing across 40 countries to launch the New Discovery Sport and seek out the world’s most adventurous spirits. The campaign will culminate with the announcement of the four winners in December 2014.
Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group Marketing Director, said: “Only Land Rover could offer this incredible opportunity: the chance to win the most spectacular group journey of a lifetime. Our heritage is rooted in adventure, exploration and a desire to go above and beyond, and nothing embodies this spirit of discovery more than a trip to space.”
British adventurer and Land Rover ambassador, Bear Grylls, will play a hands-on role in helping the winning group prepare for their voyage beyond the final frontier. He said: “This prize really is the ultimate adventure of a lifetime. I’ve stood on top of Mount Everest and looked up at the black above me, thinking ‘there’s only one place higher to go now’. As humans, it is in our DNA to go where people have never been before, and now four friends have the opportunity to do that.”
Land Rover has assembled a group of experienced adventurers and personalities to back the Galactic Discovery mission, including legendary British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes; entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson; and former actress and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna. Each of the stars brings their adventurous spirit, gravitas and wisdom to the launch film, which can be viewed Click here
To enter the competition, aspiring astronauts from across the globe are being asked to produce a 30-second video, or a still image, that demonstrates their spirit of adventure, choose three friends to join them on their space adventure and submit it via Land Rover’s website (http://www.landrover.com/gotospace). Land Rover expects to receive tens of thousands of entries from over 40 countries across the globe.
The Galactic Discovery collaboration signals the next phase of two pioneering companies – Land Rover and Virgin Galactic – working together to push the boundaries of travel and adventure for the next generation. A global partnership between the brands was announced in New York in April this year, and when flights begin, a fleet of Land Rovers will play a key role in Virgin Galactic’s space experience, with future astronauts driving in the vehicles from the spaceport in New Mexico to the spaceship to begin their trip across the final frontier.
George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, said: “We share the same spirit of adventure and exploration as Land Rover and it inspires everything we do. Democratising space and giving individuals around the world from all walks of life an opportunity to see the Earth from above is at the heart of our mission as a spaceline.”
Land Rover and Virgin Galactic are now exploring potential collaborations, projects and the development of immersive experiences for customers. They are also actively working together on joint STEM education programmes, which encourage young people to aspire to a future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Both brands see the huge potential to develop their partnership to inspire others and motivate more young people to pursue careers in these vitally important fields.
Land Rover Galactic Discovery has been launched in celebration of the unveiling of the New Discovery Sport, the world’s most versatile premium compact SUV, and the first member of the new Discovery family.
Whitley, 27th August 2014
Round 5 of the Defender Challenge by Bowler series takes place this weekend as part of the Woodpecker Rally in Shropshire. Motorsport fans will see six teams compete for top honours, as the inaugural Defender Challenge by Bowler rally series will form an integral part of the Woodpecker Stages event for the first time. Teams will be based at Ludlow Racecourse, where scrutineering will take place as well as the official start and finish of the race and awards presentations activity. The all gravel rally course will test the teams and their Bowler-prepared Land Rover Defender 90 vehicles across 43 stage miles and some of the best forest stages in the country.
Heading into Round 5, father and son team Rob and Jonny Harford lead the Championship by just one point from Edd Cobley, who recorded his third victory of the season in the previous round at the Welsh Hill Rally.
Edd Cobley said: “With just three stages to go, it’s exciting to be in contention for the Championship. It’s been a fantastic debut series for the Defender Challenge and with a great sense of camaraderie between all the drivers; we’re looking forward to another race weekend.
“Weather conditions made the previous round in Wales incredibly tough, but the Defender handled everything that was thrown its way and we were delighted to top the podium. I’m expecting another tough test at the Woodpecker Stages, but come rain or shine we will be ready to race and looking to top the podium again.”
Race2Recovery also head to Shropshire in good spirits as they push for a fourth consecutive podium finish. The team is comprised of a number of people with disabilities and received backing from long-term partner Land Rover to enable them to compete in the series. Race2Recovery team member Ben Gott said: “We are continuing to grow as a team and are learning a lot from taking part in our first race series. It’s great to see co-driver Stephanie Boddez gaining more experience and confidence with every round. We’re looking forward to the challenge of securing another podium finish in Ludlow, and the final stages of the Defender Challenge.”
2014 is the inaugural year of the Defender Challenge by Bowler race series, which features seven rounds, held across the UK. The series has been created to offer competitors a clear pathway to progress to further international rally raid competition such as the Africa Race and Dakar Rally.
Drew Bowler, Managing Director of Bowler Motorsport will make his rally debut when competing in this weekend’s stage. He said: “With just three rounds to go, the Defender Challenge by Bowler series is really hotting up. The first four rounds have provided some great rallying and we looking forward to seeing six teams tackle the testing all-gravel course in Ludlow.”
People wishing to find out more information about the Defender Challenge by Bowler should visit: www.bowlermotorsport.com or, to get a taste of the action, watch the highlights video from Round 4 click here
13 June 2014
Whitley, UK, 13 June 2014 Land Rover has claimed double honours in the Tow Car Awards. The Discovery remains the pre-eminent car in its class and becomes the most successful car in the history of the awards with its seventh class win in eight years. The Range Rover Sport is the first recipient of a new Money No Object Award.
The Discovery 3.0 SDV6 XS once again proved itself the class of the field in the 1900kg+ category, continuing to perform better than all its rivals, including more recently launched competitors. It is Discovery’s fifth consecutive win and its seventh award in eight years, a record unmatched by any other vehicle.
The judges declared: “It is going to take a really superb car to beat the Discovery. Power, performance, stability, practicality – it has the lot.”
The experienced panel which put the Land Rover to the test were impressed by the ease with which it tackles towing duties, in particular its “confident and decisive” overtaking and “smooth, unflustered” manner in which it can be slowed, regardless of the weight of caravan attached. It also excelled in lane changing, motorway cruising and hill starts.
The new Money No Object Award was bestowed on the Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, praised by the judges as a “phenomenal tow car”.
They concluded: “Put price aside for a moment, you won’t find a more capable heavyweight tow car. Dawdling traffic won’t be in the way for long, as the sprint from 30-60mph takes just 9.6 seconds, even with a big twin-axle caravan in tow.” The Range Rover Sport’s stability was the stand-out factor, demonstrated in the awards’ lane-change test. “Towing at 60mph feels like 40mph in the Sport, and the Range Rover seemed impervious to crosswinds, even at speeds that would have your collar felt on a British motorway,” the judges noted.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: “These awards are a great reward for the strength of Land Rover design and engineering. “Discovery continues to set the benchmark for its class, in spite of the arrival of newer rivals on the market, and with Range Rover Sport we are delighted that independent experts consider it offers the ultimate combination of prestige, luxury and performance.”
7 June 2014
Southwell, Nottinghamshire – Saturday 7th June, 2014: Sherwood Forest came alive this weekend as the Defender Challenge by Bowler delighted spectators at the 55th Dukeries Rally in Nottinghamshire. Seven teams lined-up in their Bowler-prepared Land Rover Defender 90 vehicles for Round 3 of the series, which aims to provide a pathway for teams who aspire to compete in the toughest races in the world, such as the Dakar and the Africa Race.
Edd Cobley and his co-driver Allan Jackson took top honours after a thrilling day’s racing through the tough forest gravel tracks and dirt roads of Nottinghamshire’s famous Sherwood Forest.
Teams set off from Southwell Racecourse before 44 miles of stage racing saw the skills of drivers and co-drivers tested across a route incorporating forest areas such as Watchwood, Sherwood Pines and Blidworth Woods. Heavy rain throughout the morning meant track conditions were very slippery with all competitors reporting difficult stretches requiring absolute concentration. So difficult were the conditions, that the overall rally had a 30 per cent DNF (Did Not Finish) rate. All seven Defenders completed the entire course.
The popular Race2Recovery, well-known for their previous record-breaking Dakar exploits, had been looking to build on their debut victory in Round 2. Driver Quin Evans, and navigator Stephanie Boddez took 2nd place in class. The team is using the series to train up new recruits including civilians and people from the military who have suffered injury or illness and are looking for a way to inspire their rehabilitation.
Speaking at the finish line, Edd Cobley said: “I had a fantastic day and despite the conditions, felt really comfortable in the car. The surfaces were a real challenge varying from loose tarmac to gravel to pine leaves which feel just like ice. Allan has been brilliant and we have overtaken quite a few of the rally cars out on stage. “To take a second win after three stages is absolutely brilliant and above all the atmosphere and camaraderie between all the competitors is fantastic – it’s been a really enjoyable event.”
Reflecting on a strong day of racing, Quin Evans from Race2Recovery who finished second said: “Another great day and another great result. Stephanie has been learning to read the pace notes and we have performed really well. There really is no better way to pick up the skills and build confidence.”
Speaking at the finish line, Jon Chester, Brand Director, Bowler said: “The weather made conditions remarkably challenging today and everyone experienced the fine balance between pace and finishing the race. The Defenders performed exceptionally well with all seven vehicles making it to the finish line in a race where there was a very high level of attrition.“We look forward to the next round in July which will be the Challenge’s first Hill rally and will further test the driving and navigation skills of all the competitors.”
With four rounds still remaining, the teams are set to meet further challenges across a demanding blend of hill rallies and stage rallies spread across South Wales, Shropshire and Dorset, before the final round takes place in Scotland in mid-November. Entrants will also have the option of competing in additional rallies in Europe and North Africa alongside the Bowler Works team. People wishing to find out more information about the Defender Challenge by Bowler should visit: www.bowlermotorsport.com. Updates during the race can be found on the @LandroverUKPR twitter feed.
22 May 2014
Land Rover’s Discovery Vision Concept, revealed at this year’s New York Motor Show in April, will make its Midlands debut at this weekend’s Eastnor Land Rover Show at Eastnor Castle’s Deer Park.
This year’s show will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the iconic Land Rover Discovery. Marking over 1 million sales to date, the very first off-the-line production model from 1989 will be displayed for the first time alongside the Vision Concept on the Land Rover Experience stand.
As its name suggests, the Discovery Vision Concept hints at Land Rover's technology and design direction for a future family of Discovery vehicles. On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May, it will be on display in the stunning countryside surroundings of the Deer Park, with Eastnor Castle as its back-drop.
21 May 2014
This year’s Eastnor Land Rover Show will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Land Rover Discovery with a very special model – the very first off the production line in 1989 when it returns to Eastnor Castle’s Deer Park on the early dates of 24th and 25th May. The three door estate Discovery with a four cylinder diesel turbo direct injection engine has the registration mark F981 ENV and is just one of the vehicles on the Land Rover Experience Eastnor stand at the two-day show. Along with other celebrated Land Rovers, Land Rover Experience Eastnor will also showcase its Mini Terrapod demonstration unit and have a range of miniature Land Rovers for those children under 10 years to enjoy.
With Eastnor Land Rover Show held at the ancestral home of Land Rovers off road testing ground, Land Rover Experience is offering visitors can enjoy a self-drive session – be it the scenic route or, for the more experienced off-roaders, the adventurous trail into the depths of the Eastnor Estate. Each session costs £55 and must be booked in advance by calling Land Rover Experience Eastnor on 01531 638779.
Come for the day or for the entire weekend to soak up the electric atmosphere of this event as the show offers excellent camping facilities as well as campers enjoying live music, licensed bar and good food - all in the company of other Landy enthusiasts. Camping is available on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th with the site including a separate family campsite area. Advanced tickets start from £10 per adult and a family can take advantage of a weekend of camping and entertainment from as little as £50. Children under the age of 15 years can visit for free with each paying adult and car parking is free. Eastnor Land Rover Show is open from 9am until 5pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May 2014. For more information on Eastnor Land Rover Show visit www.eastnorlandrovershow.com.
NEW TEAMS CONFIRMED FOR ROUND 2 OF DEFENDER CHALLENGE BY BOWLER AS SERIES HEADS TO SOMERSET STAGES RALLY
10 April 2014
Whitley, Warwickshire, Thursday 10th April 2014: The second round of the Defender Challenge by Bowler rally series will take place this weekend on Saturday 12th April at the Somerset Stages Rally. The rally will mark the introduction of a number of new teams to the series, including the Land Rover sponsored Race2Recovery team of injured soldiers and civilians who made history when they became the first ever disabled team to complete the Dakar rally.
The Somerset Stages Rally is the South West’s premier forest rally, with teams starting in Minehead at 08:00 before competing across Exmoor National Park and the surrounding area. The event incorporates a number of classes, including the Defender Challenge by Bowler series along with the ASWMC Championship, BTRDA Championship and MSA English Rally Championship.
The Defender Challenge by Bowler rally series, launched this year, incorporates racing across seven rounds, with teams required to compete in a minimum of five rounds. The series aims to provide a pathway for both novice and experienced drivers to progress to top rally raid events such as the Dakar. Three new teams have been added to Round two, including Race2Recovery whose entry has been supported by long-term sponsor Land Rover.
Race2Recovery is using the series as a platform to train up new injured recruits to the team and to gain further rallying experience ahead of future Dakar challenges. Team founder, retired Captain Tony Harris, has been confirmed as the team’s driver for this weekend’s race. He will be partnered by co-driver Rich Mitchell, a rally enthusiast who in 2012, along with his wife, donated all their wedding gifts to Race2Recovery’s fundraising campaign for the Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre.
Speaking ahead of Round two, Tony Harris said: “I’m delighted to be behind the wheel for Race2Recovery’s entry into the Defender Challenge by Bowler. Our primary sponsor, Land Rover has been with us since the beginning and played a huge role in us completing the Dakar in 2013 and 2014. We’re delighted they have extended their support by enabling us to compete in such an exciting and unique rally series.
“Race2Recovery was set up to provide injured soldiers with a platform to help their recovery and inspire others who may be recovering from injury or illness. Our entry into the Defender Challenge by Bowler allows us to expand the team to train up new recruits, enhance our rallying experience and also widen our new recruits to people who have been injured or ill in all walks of life, not just in the military. It also provides us with a great chance to compete on home soil in front of the UK rally fans who have been so supportive of our team to date.”
Other new entrants featuring in Round 2 of the Defender Challenge by Bowler include
“Race2Recovery was set up to provide injured soldiers with a platform to help their recovery and inspire others Round 1 of the series, which took place in March at the Mid-Wales Stages Rally, saw five teams battle through extremely wet conditions with driver Edd Cobley and co-driver Allan Jackson claiming a well-deserved first place after finishing with a time of 66.16.5. Highlights of the action can be viewed online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry6akXMvYeU
“Race2Recovery was set up to provide injured soldiers with a platform to help their recovery and inspire others People wishing to find out more information about the Defender Challenge by Bowler should visit: www.bowlermotorsport.com. Updates during the race can be found on the @LandroverUKPR twitter feed.
4 March 2014
The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s global vehicle line-up, entering the growing small SUV segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for. Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle created to attract youthful and adventurous customers around the world to the Jeep brand.
“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4x4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Renegade symbolises the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”
Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to two all-new 4x4 systems
Innovation is also at the forefront of any new Jeep vehicle, and the Renegade is the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – all to provide Jeep Renegade 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy. The system instantly engages when 4x4 traction is needed.
Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition.
Trail Rated: Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 model
A global Jeep design for a rapidly growing global brand
The result is the all-new 2015 Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available My Sky open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.
All-new interior exudes a rugged and energetic appearance
The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodised design accents and inspired colours are derived from extreme sports equipment, while the newly familiar “X” shapes inspired by its roof and tail lamps add to Renegade’s Tek-Tonic interior look. Additionally, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.
My Sky: continuing Jeep open-air freedom since 1941
With a manual removable, or removable with premium power tilt/slide feature, the segment-exclusive My Sky roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fibreglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both My Sky roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.
Best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics
With its fully independent suspension capable of up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation and 220 mm (8.7 inches) of ground clearance (Trailhawk), Renegade raises the bar in the small SUV segment with best-in-class off-road capability.
Extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations enable the all-new 2015 Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.
The all-new Renegade is the first Jeep to integrate Koni’s frequency selective damping (FSD) front and rear strut system. This damping system enables the Jeep Renegade to deliver world-class road-holding and handling characteristics.
Designed for global markets: 16 powertrain combinations
World’s first small SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
Segment-exclusive technologies once found only on higher classed SUVs
Renegade features up to 70 advanced safety and security features
Jeep brand’s global resources
NEW DEFENDER CHALLENGE BY BOWLER SERIES GETS UNDERWAY WITH COMPETITIVE FIRST ROUND AT MID WALES STAGES RALLY
3 March 2014
Newtown, Wales, March 2014: The inaugural round of the Defender Challenge by Bowler one-make rally series officially began this weekend as the first teams to enter the competition rolled up to the start line in Newtown, Mid Wales, as part of Sunday’s Mid Wales Stages rally.
The culmination of a challenging first round, dogged by consistent rain, saw Edd Cobley and co-driver Allan Jackson claim a well-deserved first place after clocking a time of 66.16.5. Also showing decent pace in their first competitive stage rally were Damian Taft and co-driver Simon Taft, posting a time of 78.13.5, closely followed by Andrew Wicklow and Simon Armstrong in third with 79.05.9.
The 55 mile route saw teams race over forest roads and hillside tracks through areas including Pikes Peak and Sweet Lamb. Across five stages the drivers were able to hone their skills, driving on a mix of terrain including over loose gravel and through muddy tracks, with the rain creating slippery surfaces in places to provide a further test.
The day wasn’t without incident, with the wet weather increasing throughout the day to challenge all drivers. On one of the last turns on Stage 4, driver Richard Hayward (car 302) slid out of a corner before mounting a bank and hitting a tree, sustaining transmission damage in the process of trying to return to the course. In the spirit of the Defender Challenge, racer Damien Taft (car 303) had slowed down to check if Hayward needed assistance before continuing, with Hayward and his co-driver Matt Lister able to get their vehicle back on the road. Hayward was able to complete the stage and, whilst the crew worked through the service to successfully get the car running, it transpired that the time taken to get the vehicle out of the ditch meant Hayward was over his time allocation so couldn’t progress to the final stage.
Speaking at the finish point, Edd Cobley (car 301), 34, said: “Today was absolutely fantastic. The Defender performed as it always performs, a brilliant drive and a great car. There were a few interesting moments on some of the hairpins but we had a really good day. We had great support from the organisers and from Bowler and I think we surprised a fair few people by nipping at people’s heels on the stage. In these wet conditions the Defender was in its element.”
Speaking as he crossed the line, driver Damien Taft (car 303), 47 from Enville, said: “Today’s racing was awesome. We really progressed as the day went on and we got better stage by stage. The Defender was fantastic, it performed brilliantly. As our first round in the competition we couldn’t have wished for anymore.”
Taft added: “For me, this is a first chance to get involved with Land Rover since I last competed which was twenty years ago in the Camel Trophy. I had the idea I wanted to rally again and the Defender Challenge provides the ideal step towards racing in the Dakar.”
Speaking at the service centre, Drew Bowler, Managing Director of Bowler Motorsport, said: “We couldn’t be happier with how Round 1 of the Defender Challenge by Bowler has gone. The cars performed really well and the drivers have clearly enjoyed themselves, with a number of them developing through the day. The weather delivered some interesting challenges but we all did what we set out to do and the drivers are now up and running on the pathway to rally raid. The organisation of today’s event was fantastic and we were all delighted with our welcome from the organisers, the other teams and the spectators.”
Across the remaining six rounds, competitors will face a demanding blend of hill rallies and stage rallies spread across South Wales, Somerset, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Dorset, before the final round takes place in Scotland in mid-November. Entrants will also have the option of competing in additional rallies in Europe and North Africa alongside the Bowler Works team.
More teams are set to be added ahead of the second race of the series, with a total of up to 15 cars due to compete in this year’s series. Each team must take part in a minimum of five of the seven rounds, with their top five placings counting towards the final standings.
The ultimate aim of the series is to provide a route for teams to progress to top rally raid competitions such as the Dakar and the Africa Race, a pathway previously non-existent for drivers and teams aspiring to compete in the world’s toughest races. Competing in the Defender Challenge by Bowler are drivers with experience of races such as the Dakar, the Dubai Desert Challenge, and drivers for whom this will be their first stage rally. For Damien Taft, this was his first motorsport event since representing the UK in the 1994 Camel Trophy. In addition, Richard Hayward is a previous Dakar competitor and a second place finisher in the former London-Dakar race. Other drivers, such as Steve Richards and Andrew Wicklow, were racing in their first ever stage rally event, both with the aim of developing their skills and gaining the required licence to compete in the Dakar.
All competitors drive Bowler-prepared Land Rover Defender 90 vehicles that have been expertly modified for safety, performance and durability. The modifications to the competing Land Rover Defender 90 vehicles include a full MSA / FIA certified roll cage, fire extinguisher system, racing seats and harnesses, light-weight Bowler wheels, a full Bowler racing suspension system with bespoke springs and heavy duty racing dampers and an engine tuned to 175hp that delivers 450Nm of torque.
The Defender Challenge is a ‘class’ within existing rally events where total entries of all classes will be between 80 and 130 cars (including the Defender Challenge cars). These events vary in distance and duration, but all will give the team (driver, navigator, service crew) an introductory experience of national level motorsport. Completion of the series will gain the driver their National B rally licence, and attendance at some of Bowlers’ overseas races will allow this to be converted into the International licence required for events such as the Dakar.
People wishing to find out more information about the Defender Challenge by Bowler should visit: www.bowlermotorsport.com. Updates during the race can be found on the @LandroverUKPR twitter feed.
29 November 2013
Chunky, tough and perfectly at home with the rough stuff, it was probably only a matter of time before Duster was hooked up with a quad bike. In fact, in Access trim, some could say the similarities run even deeper. No radio. Air con. Or, even alloy wheels. But it’s probably the most honest off-roader this side of a Land Rover Defender, wearing its fit-for-purpose style with pride. Dacia’s flagship model is the perfect workhorse. Even so, just occasionally, its owners might hanker after something just as hardy, but a little more compact. Cue the ATV Pack. Available to buy through official Dacia Retailers, it comprises a Yahama Grizzly ATV, towbar and Ifor Williams P8e trailer with ramp, the offer can be tweaked perfectly to suit customer needs. Having said that, three combinations are expected to account for the bulk of orders. Firstly, the off-roading option, for both modes of transport. For £7,800 (including VAT), Duster customers, be they custodians of a 4x2 or 4x4 version, will be able to add a Yamaha ATV Grizzly 350 4WD. Teaming it with this country’s most affordable off-roader, Access 4x4 (£11,095), brings it in well under 20 grand. Or, £18,895 to be exact. The most popular option is expected to be the Ambiance dCi 110 4x4, combined with the same quad bike for £21,495.
At the other end of the price spectrum, the two-wheel-drive Yamaha Grizzly 125 can be hooked up as part of a £5,400 offer. Adding it to the entry Duster 4x4 for example, would mean a total outlay of just £16,495. Ensuring that no owners miss out on the fun, the ATV Pack can be specified with any version of Duster, as well as both new and used. A full Yamaha dealer product handover and a free rider training course endorsed by EASI (European ATV Safety Initiative) are also thrown into the deal. Farmers, like all businessmen, will be able to claim back the VAT element of the ATV Pack. Sadly though, not on the car. Dacia’s Duster SUV has been rigorously engineered to cope with challenging terrain and climates right across the globe. Backing up its go-anywhere ability, is Alliance partner Nissan’s 4x4 system with selectable three modes, 2WD, Auto or Lock. Allied to which is an especially short first gear that helps with hill starts, steep descents and towing. In contrast, Yamaha’s Grizzly line-up, or quad bike to you and me, is Europe’s best-selling utility ATV range. Its 348cc engine (Grizzly 350) gives it an impressive turn of speed, plus it includes the proven On-Comand® 2WD/4WD system and a towing capacity of 500kg.
Dacia, the “smart buy” offshoot of Renault, has made an enemy of the unnecessary and makes a simple range of cleverly designed, high quality vehicles. Its jaw-dropping prices are clear and straightforward, whether you buy its cars online at the Dacia Store on www.dacia.co.uk or through your local dealer. All of the latest range information is available at www.dacia.co.uk, 150 Dacia Retailers across the UK, or, by calling 0844 335 1111.
ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER SPORT LEADS LAND ROVER SUCCESS IN 4X4 MAGAZINE AWARDS AS THE 2014 4X4 OF THE YEAR
25 November 2013
Presenting the results in the winter issue of 4x4 Magazine, Editor Nigel Fryatt said: “The Range Rover Sport is a worthy winner of the prestigious 2014 4x4 of the Year award. Indeed it is such a significant vehicle that you wonder if it is the best product ever to come from the Land Rover stable, of any era.” After putting the Range Rover Sport through its paces, the judges gave it an unmatched 90 per cent score, highlighting the 3.0-litre SDV6 engine, on-road handling, off-road prowess, towing ability, comfort and design as its stand-out features. Their report hailed the model as the “revelation of the premium group, if not the whole test” and made special reference to the quality of the Terrain Response 2 system for tackling all kinds of off-road scenarios. Where on-road performance is concerned, they declared the Range Rover Sport is “a pure pleasure to drive” and referenced the contribution made by its independent air suspension on ride quality.
The Range Rover Evoque once again demonstrated that Land Rover’s advanced styling and premium quality are not at the expense of true all-terrain performance. Evoque was the class of the “Top Range” field in the awards test, netting an 88 per cent score from the judges. They appreciated its “boldly styled and superbly crafted interior” and the fact it has “the handling feel of a sport car half its size”. Design, on-road handling and off-road competence were singled out as the qualities defining its success. Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks, said: “These awards are very much appreciated, not least because 4x4 Magazine subjects its awards contenders to such rigorous, expert scrutiny. “The results help demonstrate that we are successfully pushing the boundaries of all-terrain vehicle engineering and design to address the changing requirements of today’s customers. We have a great heritage, but it is vital that we continue to build on that foundation with models like Evoque, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that deliver in terms of style, premium quality and on-road handling as well as fundamental all-terrain capabilities.”
15 November 2013
“The Jeep Wrangler remains 4x4 Magazine’s Hardcore Class champion. It effortlessly demonstrates its off-road capabilities with immense power and torque, while delivering a gorgeously low, first crawler gear for when finesse is needed,” says Nigel Fryatt, editor, 4x4 Magazine. “All this in a comfortable, well equipped interior. Our only real criticism? There should be more of them around.” “It's the classic 4x4 vehicle that is instantly recognisable the world over. The Jeep Wrangler is the essence of what Jeep stands for and we're honoured to receive a top award such as the Hardcore 4x4 of the Year," says Steve Zanlunghi, managing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK. "We're especially happy to win in consecutive years as it speaks volumes for the design and capability of the current generation Wrangler."
The diesel-powered, automatic Wrangler returns 34.9 mpg (34.0 mpg 4-door) on the combined cycle and has a CO2 figure of 213 g/km (217 g/km 4-door). Prices start at £27,315 OTR for the two-door Wrangler 2.8 CRD Sahara, rising to £31,670 OTR for the four-door 2.8 CRD Overland Axle +. Now with lower emissions of 198 g/km together with fuel consumption of up to 37.7 mpg (combined), the new Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel range also offers real value in terms of running costs. The new Grand Cherokee range starts at £36,995 (OTR) for the 3.0 CRD V6 CRD Laredo, rising to £49,495 (OTR) for the 3.0 V6 CRD Summit.
4 November 2013
The drive team completed the journey from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates in 10 hours and 22 minutes at an average speed of 51.87 mph (81.87 km/h), covering a distance of 849km – the route dictated by the conditions on the ground. The time was set by a standard production new Range Rover Sport with a 510PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, running standard tyres. The only modification to the vehicle was the fitment of an underbody protection plate. The vehicle was driven by Land Rover driver Moi Torrallardona, a 47 year-old Spanish off-road racer with extensive experience of the Dakar Rally, in which he competed for ten successive years with a best finish of 6th overall.
Torrallardona said: “The challenge of the desert is like nothing else, it is a brutal, unforgiving and sometimes deadly environment. Desert driving requires a unique combination of speed, finesse and technical skill. It is crucial that you tackle the dunes with precision. Knowing the right time to go full throttle and the right time to slow down, takes experience and clear judgement. This unique way of driving requires a vehicle which has the same skillset – it must be both incredibly fast but also agile, responsive and well planted. The Range Rover Sport is exactly that. It is massively capable and is truly the best tool for conquering the desert.” The team encountered a constantly challenging landscape including vast sand flats, soft dunes and epic canyons. They set off at first light on November 3rd and finished the challenge 10 hours later on the border as the sun was setting. The challenge is the second that the new Range Rover Sport has completed in recent months, following its record hill climb for a production SUV at Pikes Peak back in June. These feats are part of a series of global driving challenges in which the Range Rover Sport is pushed to new limits.
The Empty Quarter spans four countries in the Arabic Peninsula: Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Temperatures regularly rise above 50°C and any crossing, no matter how well organised, must be approached with extreme caution.
28 October 2013
It’s the first time in the nine year-old competition that Land Rover has come out in top place cementing the revolutionary aluminium-bodied fourth generation Range Rover as the most refined and technically advanced SUV ever. Land Rover was presented with the traditional winner’s prize, a genuine North country miner’s lamp, after NGMW secretary, Alan Domville, described the luxury off-roader as “having no equal”. He said: “Despite having first entered the market place 43 years ago, its success across the world has made it an outstanding showcase for British engineering and design skills.”
Nick Rogers, Range Rover’s Vehicle Line Director said: “Land Rover is absolutely delighted to have won this coveted award for the all-new Range Rover. The team has worked tirelessly to produce the most capable and most luxurious Land Rover ever and the award is a testament to their passion for innovation and perfection.”
LAND ROVER RAISES EXCLUSIVITY OF RANGE ROVER WITH INTRODUCTION OF LONG WHEELBASE AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY BLACK
28 October 2013
The first Range Rover long wheelbase in 20 years, this new model will cater for a growing group of consumers looking for the ultimate SUV, and a unique alternative to the traditional long wheelbase saloon cars in the segment. Clever packaging has increased rear legroom by 140mm for rear seat passengers, boosted recline to 17 degrees and executive seating package provides enhanced comfort and space. The new Range Rover Autobiography Black makes its debut at the Dubai motor show in early November. It represents the pinnacle of desirability to bring even higher levels of refinement to the world’s finest luxury SUV. The interior has been carefully crafted and tailored to meet customer needs with subtle but distinctive exterior detailing and is appointed and finished with the highest quality leathers and materials.
“With the addition of the Range Rover long wheelbase to our portfolio of luxury SUVs, customers can now choose a vehicle that offers superior levels of interior space and comfort to compete in a market dominated by saloon cars up until this point. “The Range Rover Autobiography Black is our most luxurious specification yet. It epitomises sophisticated design with immaculate attention to detail. The subtle, elegant and luxurious finishing touches combine with a first class experience for both driver and passengers to deliver new levels of exclusivity to our customers,” says Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover.
Both derivatives exude Land Rover’s renowned breadth of capability and performance with first customer deliveries from March 2014 for the long wheelbase and August 2014 for the Range Rover Autobiography Black.
23 October 2013
SsangYong is gaining a solid reputation for producing strong, comprehensively equipped and extremely well priced vehicles and this latest addition to the range further underlines this. Noted for being an extremely competent off-roader, Rexton W is the third iteration of the Rexton, a car that has won customers and admiration around the world since its launch in 2001. Building on this pedigree, the new car uses a body on frame construction for maximum strength - the accepted approach for a ‘proper’ off-roader - and double wishbone and coil spring suspension to the front, and a five link rigid axle with coil springs at the rear.
Commented Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK: “With prices starting from only £21,995, this new car has an almost unrivalled position in the 4x4 sector, particularly as prices for our Korean and Japanese competitors have migrated steadily upwards over recent years. “Built on a proper ladder chassis, Rexton W is a serious off-roader, yet with all the equipment and creature comforts expected of an urban cruiser. At such an amazing price point, not only do you get a lot of car for the money, but you also have the reassurance of an industry-leading 5 year limitless mileage warranty for complete peace of mind.”
22 October 2013
Exclusively finished in Crystal Black Silica paint, the XV Black offers a number of visual additions unique to the special edition model, which are designed to boost the car’s rugged, go-anywhere appeal. These include front, rear and side silver-resin underguards, front and rear mudflaps, a cargo step panel and a foldable cargo tray. Inside, the Black model is fitted with heavy-duty rubber floor mats. The All-Wheel-Drive XV Black is priced at £24,495 (on-the-road) for the 2.0i Lineartronic and £24,995 for the 2.0 Boxer diesel, and is based on the existing SE model. Motorists will pay just £1,000 for all the extras fitted as standard to the XV Black, which – if fitted separately as options to other models in the range – would total over £1,600, meaning the new Limited Edition model offers both exclusivity and value for money.
The XV enjoys a class-leading five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating and at 90%, one of the highest scores for child occupant protection ever recorded, making it ideal for young families. Perfectly suited to everyday use in an urban or out of town environment, the ‘go anywhere’ XV combines the highest ground clearance of any vehicle in its segment with the lowest centre of gravity. Efficient engines and lightweight body mean the XV is able to return a 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and emits only 146 g/km CO2 (2.0-litre diesel models). The new XV Black Limited Edition features Subaru’s typically generous standard equipment levels, including Subaru’s standard-fit Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, providing world-class hazard avoidance capabilities. Other standard features include front, side, curtain and knee airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, heated front seats, wiper de-icers, cruise control, folding door mirrors, dual-zone air-conditioning, rear view safety camera, Bluetooth, HID headlamps, and rear privacy glass.
21 October 2013
Much expected by dealers and customers in a region forecasted to be its largest global market, Outlander PHEV has already achieved over 10,000 signed orders across Europe since December 2012. Managing a fine balance between production capacity and overall demand, MMC will launch Outlander PHEV sequentially in Europe, starting with selected PHEV markets (The Netherlands, Nordic countries, etc) from this month onwards.
Quite competitive (purchase price and running costs), the EU-specs Outlander PHEV only differs from its Japanese market equivalent in complying with mandatory EU regulations and with a chassis fine-tuned to better suit European driving style.
As a reminder, essential EU market performance figures for the (permanent electric ”Twin Motor 4WD”) Outlander PHEV include:
Neither a mere adaptation of an existing Internal Combustion Engined (ICE) vehicle, nor a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid EV high tech showcase, Outlander PHEV is rather a further variant of New Outlander – next to the petrol or diesel options - and developed as such from the start of the program: a unique / no-compromise proposal in the industry…. The first self-power generating Twin Motor (permanent) 4WD Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Outlander PHEV meets its market at a time of profound changes in the mindset of global customers, vindicating Mitsubishi Motors’ claim of 20% of its production made of electric/hybrid/plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020.
11 October 2013
The Subaru Forester beat 21 other SUVs to take first place during Motor Trend’s exhaustive testing process, with models graded according to six criteria: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Intended Function, Efficiency, Safety and Value. The new Forester scored highly in all categories. Motor Trendeditor-in-chief Ed Loh commented: “Smart design, thoughtful engineering, and a compelling performance on-road and off were the keys to the Forester’s win. Our editors were particularly impressed by the powerful yet efficient turbocharged engines, the intelligent and sporty CVT transmission, and the excellent visibility and interior package. Practical, affordable, efficient and fun-to-drive – the Forester truly ticked every box.”
The new Forester went on sale in the UK in May 2013, and builds upon the model’s reputation as a modern, rugged SUV with improved performance, safety and efficiency and a more spacious and better appointed cabin. Since the UK launch, sales of the new model have been strong, with particularly high demand for the XT Turbo model which is bucking the market trend for diesel SUV sales, equipped as it is with a 240ps 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine delivering smooth and strong pulling power both on and off-road. To find out more about the new Subaru Forester and the rest of Subaru’s range of All-Wheel Drive models, visit www.subaru.co.uk
9 October 2013
The Tiguan now starts at an amazing £21,750, with £2,750 towards customers’ finance deposit through Solutions. Opt for the Tiguan Match, and the value gets even better, thanks to a comprehensive standard equipment list that includes 17-inch ‘New Orleans’ alloy wheels, Park Assist (as well as front and rear parking sensors), 2Zone climate control, an RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation system, DAB radio, MDI multi-device interface with iPod and USB connectivity, Bluetooth, automatic lights and wipers and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel. Monthly payments for the Tiguan Match start from just £275.
Moving up to the luxurious Touareg SE, there are savings of up to £5,000 to be had, with monthly payments starting from just £435. Equipment highlights for the Touareg SE include 19-inch ‘Salamanca’ alloy wheels; leather upholstery; ‘Burr Walnut’ trim, RNS 850 touchscreen satellite navigation system with 8-inch display, DAB radio, MDI and Bluetooth; automatic lights and wipers; front and rear parking sensors and electrically folding door mirrors.
Terms and conditions apply. For full details and examples of finance options available, see www.volkswagen.co.uk or visit your local Volkswagen Retailer.
2 October 2013
Toyota Touch 2 multimedia
Building on the success of the Toyota Touch touchscreen multimedia system, which is now widely available across the Toyota range, 2014 Land Cruiser gains the latest Toyota Touch 2 system. The new system improves screen resolution by a factor of four, and introduces smartphone style ‘drag and swipe’ gesture technology for improved operation. Developments have been made to the provision and accuracy of traffic information with the adoption of Tom Tom Real Time Traffic alerts. Destination selection has been improved with the use of Google Street View functionality, allowing users to see a high resolution image of their destination before selection. No other mainstream manufacturer currently offers this feature in the UK. Tom Tom Real Time Traffic and Google Street View are pre-installed on Toyota Touch 2 and are available free of charge for one year from purchase of the car.
30 September 2013
SsangYong Korando SE
At just £14,995 it is the lowest priced 2-litre diesel crossover
2 tonne towing capability
5 years limitless mileage warranty
SsangYong - the longest established Korean vehicle manufacturer Styled by Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design, the Korando SE is powered by an advanced and robust 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 360Nm of torque with CO² emissions of 147g/km and developing maximum power of 149ps@4,000rpm, while also providing a full two tonne towing capability. The SE features a level of equipment you would normally expect from much more expensive cars, including Electronic stability programme (ESP) with Hill Start Assist, Active Rollover Protection (ARP) and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). It also comes equipped with a number of luxury touches including roof rails, tinted glass and rear parking sensors, while inside there are electric windows front and rear, a leather covered steering wheel and gear shift, air conditioning, cruise control and a Kenwood MP3 CD & RDS radio with iPod & Bluetooth, remote audio controls and six speakers.
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954 it is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 50 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations soon to be announced.
20 September 2013
For only £20 more per month, buyers can upgrade to attractive Ambiance 4x2 spec with the fuel-sipping 1.5 dCi 110 engine. The mid-level version brings a series of creature comforts such as 4x20W radio CD, Bluetooth, AUX/USB connection and electric front windows. The range-topping Lauréate, simply priced at a further £20 per month for the 4x2 dCi 110 version, offers a heady mix of air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors and leather steering wheel. Its chunky looks are beefed up with the addition of alloy wheels, plus satin chrome styling touches and roof bars too. Incredibly, for unbeatable peace of mind motoring, all Dusters even come with free servicing (3 years/60,000 miles). Dacia has clearly struck a chord with budget-conscious new and used car buyers up and down the country. Year-to-date, Duster is already in fifth place for retail SUV sales (C-SUV segment), outselling well-established competitors such as the Ford Kuga and Skoda Yeti.
Its success undoubtedly comes down to more than mere affordability though. Its stylish SUV scores high on practicality and reliability, together with low-running costs and fuel-efficient engines. It’s got a roomy cabin and huge boot to round off its tempting package. Plus, the bonus of rugged off-road capability in its 4x4 guises. Dacia’s jaw-dropping prices are clear and straightforward, whether you buy online at the online Dacia Store or through your local retailer. All of the latest range information, plus full finance offer terms and conditions, are available at www.dacia.co.uk www.dacia.co.uk, 150 Dacia sites across the UK, or, by calling 0844 335 1111.
10 September 2013
At the same time as enhancing its predecessor's go-anywhere credibility, new X-Trail takes inspiration from Nissan's market-leading crossovers - Qashqai, Juke and Murano - to create the ultimate, all weather, highly capable, modern family vehicle. New X-Trail is just as tough and accomplished as the previous generation model, but adds crossover style and efficiency, exciting design, innovative technology and exceptional comfort to set a new benchmark in the fiercely competitive C-SUV market.
A hugely important car for Nissan, X-Trail will be built at nine different manufacturing sites around the world for a vast array of markets, with other market versions also revealed today. After its global reveal, new X-Trail will be launched in the first quarter of 2014 with worldwide sales starting in July 2014. Globally, its predecessor was one of the company's biggest selling vehicles and the new version is expected to make a significant contribution to Nissan Power 88, the company's mid-term business plan covering fiscal years 2011-2016.
JEEP WRANGLER POLAR: THE NEW LIMITED-EDITION MODEL OF THE ICONIC JEEP WRANGLER CELEBRATES WINTER DRIVING 4X4 CAPABILITY
3 September 2013
Jeep Wrangler Polar takes its cue from the severe climate and extreme conditions that characterise the Antarctic region. The "Polar" badge located on the vehicle's side shows off the 78° S and 106° E coordinates that correspond to the location of Vostok in Antarctica: the exact point where the absolute severest temperature in the world was recorded at -89.2° C (-128.56° F). Thus the theme of winter that in the past inspired the creation of highly appreciated special series now returns in the making of this new special-edition model. The winter theme is what lies behind the choice of the Wrangler Polar's unique styling cues suggesting class-leading capabilities and the use of distinctive interior colours and details that recall features from the Antarctic region.
The new Jeep Wrangler Polar was designed to express the freedom of going beyond the known limits to venture into unexplored territories: an experience that only Wrangler enthusiasts can enjoy, thanks to the reliability and safety granted by a vehicle featuring benchmark technology and unmatched off-road expertise achieved in more than seventy years of history. With its hostile routes and severe climate, the Antarctic region offers the driving conditions that the iconic Jeep Wrangler was engineered to conquer.
Based on the Jeep Wrangler Sahara model, the exterior of the new Wrangler Polar boasts unique features that contribute to distinguish it aesthetically from all the other models in the Jeep lineup. First of all, the new front grille, featuring unique Gloss Black accents on the lamp throats, and the new hard spare-tyre cover are both new styling cues introduced specifically for this limited-edition model. Further exterior appointments characterizing the Wrangler Polar are the Powerdome hood and the body-colour hardtop with deep-tint sunscreen glass. A Gloss Black Jeep logo above the front grille and Gloss Black 18" alloy wheels enhance the distinctive look of the vehicle. Completing the exterior appointment of the new Jeep Wrangler Polar special-edition model is the unique, three-colour bonnet decal, featuring the outline of mountains, and the black fuel-filler door from Mopar.
Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler 4-Door are available in the Sahara, Overland and Rubicon trim levels and are all powered by the 2.8-litre turbo diesel Common-Rail engine featuring Stop/Start technology. The 3.6-litre V-6 petrol engine is available on special order in the UK.
3 September 2013
In recognition of the Discovery’s established identity, the refreshed exterior design for 2014 also incorporates a change of identity for the vehicle in many markets. For the first time ever, the name ‘Discovery’ name replaces ‘Land Rover’ on the bonnet and the number 4 will be removed from the tailgate leaving just the word ‘Discovery.’ Engine badging moves from the tailgate to an ingot mounted on each of the front doors. This sidebadging will reflect the engine type and appear as ‘SDV6’ in the UK market. In the USA and the Middle East the vehicle’s badging will remain as previous models.
Underlining Land Rover’s commitment to power with sustainability, the 2014 Discovery will continue to be available with the class-leading 256PS 3.0 SDV6 – with CO2 emissions reduced from 230g/km to 213g/km, and fuel consumption improved to 35.3mpg. All models are equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features for the 2014 Discovery include: Wade Sensing (a technology unique to Land Rover), Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection and T-junction Cameras. To align the 2014 Discovery with other Range Rover vehicles, it will be available with Meridian premium audio. The standard system features 8 speakers and 380 Watts of power, while the Meridian Surround system produces an impressive 825 Watts output and features 17 speakers.
2 September 2013
The Toyota Land Cruiser enjoys a global reputation as an ultimate go-anywhere vehicle, a status built on its formidable performance in the world’s toughest environments over more than 60 years. Throughout that time, Land Cruiser has been progressively developed to harness new technologies to extend its capabilities, both on-road and off, and to increase in customer appeal in terms of styling, equipment, comfort and practicality. Toyota has introduced a series of improvements that give Land Cruiser new styling, an improved interior and revised handling for the 2014 model year. The reworked design preserves the model’s distinctive identity, while the interior changes raise quality, convenience and ease of use. Detailed adjustments to the suspensions systems – both the standard set-up and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) featured on higher grade models – deliver even better stability and ride comfort.
The 2014 Land Cruiser will be introduced in the UK early next year; full details and specifications of the model range will be announced nearer the on-sale date.
30 August 2013
Jeep Compass also offers standard front-seat-mounted side airbags and available ParkView rear backup camera (standard on Limited models) in addition to the rich array of safety features assisting drivers both in the city and on off-road trails. An exciting new Compass North version joins the Sport and Limited trim levels already available in the Compass lineup. Thanks to a more refined exterior and premium interior features, the Limited model re-confirms its top-of the range position in the Compass lineup. Benchmark off-road capability in its category is provided by the full-time, active Freedom Drive I four-wheel drive system with lock mode, designed situations to give drivers year-round assurance through the ability to handle poor weather situations and low-traction. Engines on the 2014 Jeep Compass include the efficient 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine delivering 161 bhp and 320 Nm of torque and two petrol World Engines: the 2.4-litre that produces power of 168 bhp and torque of 220 Nm and the 2.0-litre providing 154 bhp and 190 Nm of torque.
The 2014 Jeep Compass has been available in many European markets in the following exterior colours: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, True Blue, Maximum Steel and Granite Chrystal (Limited only). The exterior of the 2014 Jeep Compass has been refined with specific updates that move the design forward. On the Limited version the front grille has been enhanced with a plated upper grille trim and mold-in-colour Billet Silver grille texture. The halogen headlamps now have a black inner bezel. The Limited and North models sport chrome fog lamp bezels. The rear has also received changes and features new tail lamps with a new “smoked” inner bezel and a plated chrome insert on the tailgate trim applique. New 18-inch polished face painted pocket aluminium wheels on Limited models (later this year) and a new “Jeep” badge on the tailgate complete the refreshed exterior design of Jeep Compass. The interior has also been tastefully upgraded with accents and trim that customers will appreciate. Improved features include a new interior trim option available on the Limited model and Dark Slate Grey perforated leather seating. The armrests and centre console lid are now wrapped in soft-touch materials. The instrument cluster overlay graphics have been updated on all trim levels. New satin chrome finish adorns the centre bezel, shifter bezel and pull cups and round out the interior design upgrades. Dark Slate Grey premium leather seats are standard on the Limited model.
28 August 2013
The upgrades underscore the car’s on-road stance and robust, “go-anywhere” character. “We built on the appeal of the original model and its proportions. Identity components such as the grille have been modernised. We have also strengthened the 4x4 cues of the vehicle, while keeping all its useful features. New Duster gets an even stronger character while retaining its initial DNA.” said David Durand, Head of Styling for the Entry range.
New roof bars with slatted supports underline the car’s SUV character, while new 16-inch “Dark Metal” alloy wheels and Mud and Snow tyres revitalise the profile of New Dacia Duster. At the back, new lights echo the styling cues of the front end, notably though the use of chrome. A chrome-plated tail pipe and new badging round out the exterior styling changes and further boost the car’s personality.
Visit www.media.renault.com on 9th September to find out all about New Duster and the Dacia stand in Hall 8 at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show.
21 August 2013
“We are excited to introduce the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Hybrids, the world’s first hybrid SUVs with legendary Land Rover capability. The addition of a smooth electric drive enhances refinement, cuts CO2 emissions and delivers staggering performance on a par with our SDV8 engine,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director. To demonstrate the capabilities of the new hybrids, three Range Rover Hybrids will embark tomorrow (Thursday, August 22) on an epic trip, from the home of the Range Rover brand in Solihull to the home of the parent company Tata, in Mumbai, India. This ‘Silk Trail 2013’ 16,000km expedition visits 12 countries and takes in some of the world’s most challenging roads, passes and trails, including part of the ancient, 4,000 mile Silk Road connecting Asia with the Mediterranean. These are the first hybrids to ever attempt this challenging route. The new Range Rover Hybrid powertrain features three driver-selectable modes and combines Land Rover’s popular 3-litre SDV6 diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor integrated with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The hybrid system, including lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor weighs less than 120kg.
The electric motor produces 170Nm torque to boost acceleration and drives the vehicle in EV Mode. The motor also acts as a generator, harvesting kinetic energy through regenerative braking, charging the battery when the vehicle is slowing. In driver-selectable EV mode the Range Rover Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 30mph (48km/h) for a range of up to one mile (1.6km) before the diesel engine seamlessly restarts. Together, output of the diesel engine and electric motor is 340PS at 4,000rpm and a class-leading 700Nm torque between 1,500-3,000rpm, resulting in stunning SDV8-style performance. Both models accelerate to 62mph (100km/h) in under seven seconds, deliver strong transient and mid-range performance with a top speed of 135mph (218km/h), combined with a 26 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions to 169g/km, equivalent to 44.1mpg on the combined cycle.
The latest generation Range Rover models have all been designed with the integration of a hybrid system in mind. Consequently, the liquid cooled battery pack is mounted beneath the floor of the vehicle in a protective boron-steel cradle without impacting on the cabin or luggage space. The Range Rover Hybrid has the same five-seat capacity and luggage space as the standard vehicle and retains the full-size spare wheel. This no-compromise philosophy is echoed in the Range Rover Sport Hybrid whose interior is unchanged from the standard model, right down to the 5+2 seating. Both hybrid Range Rover models continue to deliver a class-leading breadth of capability and versatility, enhanced by the exceptionally linear torque delivery from the powertrain and retaining Land Rover’s peerless four-wheel drive system including Terrain Response® 2, with uncompromised wading and ground clearance.
The ‘Silk Trail 2013’ expedition featuring the new Range Rover Hybrids is scheduled to visit France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and India. The expedition will be broken into 10 separate legs, with the Range Rover Hybrid vehicles driven by teams of Land Rover development engineers and invited media – arriving in Mumbai on October 15.
20 August 2013
First shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the ZF-9HP automatic transmission is among the world’s first 9-speed units fitted to a passenger car. It has an ultra-fast response time, described by ZF as “below the threshold of perception” and an adaptive shift programme that quickly matches the driving style. With a wide spread of ratios and improved efficiency, the new transmission delivers improved economy, reduced emissions, enhanced performance and greater comfort. For the 2014 model, the driver assistance capabilities of Evoque are significantly enhanced by the introduction of features including: Park Exit (to automatically exit parallel parking bays), Perpendicular Park (to position the car centrally in parking bays), Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection (to warn drivers of oncoming traffic), Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Wade Sensing.
The brand new Land Rover InControlTM connected car system, available as an option, incorporates two new features – InControlTM Remote and InControlTM Secure. In addition to the new technologies, there are detail changes to the Evoque’s exterior, new colour options for the interior, four new alloy wheel styles and a new style of Land Rover badge on the grille, wheel centres and tailgate. The 2014 Evoque continues to be powered by Land Rover’s range of economical and light weight four-cylinder engines with a choice of either the 2.2 diesel 150PS engine, 2.2 diesel 190PS engine or 2.0 Petrol 240PS engine (depending on market). With the new 9-speed automatic transmission and Active Driveline, fuel economy (for EU-5 compliant vehicles) is improved by up to 11.4 percent and CO2 emissions are reduced by as much as 9.5 percent. Combined fuel consumption for the 2014 range is up to 57.6 mpg, with CO2 emissions starting from as low as 129 g/km.
15 August 2013
Commented Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK: “While the economy may at long last be showing signs of recovery, we recognise that many small businesses, tradesmen and one vehicle owner-operators are struggling economically. A lot of people are still having to ‘make do and mend’ to keep their business and vehicles going, so this is a chance for them to get into a new vehicle with 5 years free servicing included. “The SsangYong range is tailored for today’s tough motoring conditions and our 4x4 LCV line-up of Korando, Korando Sports and Rexton are sensible, honest, well built vehicles that will give many years of trouble free motoring. And backed by our 5 years warranty and 5 years free servicing offer, that’s a highly reassuring package.”
12 August 2013
Car clubs present at the event included the Solent & District Land Rover Club, which put on a wonderful display of its vehicles and the Range Rover Register. Beaulieu also partnered with the Land Rover Experience, West Country, to offer Simply Land Rover entrants and attraction visitors the opportunity to try Beaulieu’s very own off-road Forest Drive either in their own Land Rovers or as a passenger in a Land Rover Experience vehicle. This proved to be a very popular activity, with 84 drives by participants driving in their own vehicles recorded and 36 visitors either driving or having a passenger ride in the Land Rover Experience vehicles. Throughout the day Beaulieu’s visitors had the opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicle on display in he People’s Choice Awards. The winner, who received a Beaulieu Trophy and Land Rover mug from Beaulieu’s Managing Director, Russell Bowman, was Nigel Major from Christchurch with his colourful 1978 Land Rover Series III 109 fire engine. Nigel, who is a full-time fire-fighter at Bournemouth Airport and a retained fire-fighter at Christchurch, bought the vehicle through ebay three years ago.
Second place received a Land Rover book, courtesy of Auto Express, and three additional runners-up received Land Rover mugs. Following the awards the top-placed vehicles took part in a cavalcade through the grounds of the Beaulieu attraction. Simply Land Rover is part of a growing calendar of Simply rallies which has rapidly expanded to include a wide variety of themes covering many makes and models. All Simply rallies are run and organised by Beaulieu and take place in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. For more information please visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk
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Near to Great Wall’s stand will be a dedicated off-road track, where a team of highly experienced drivers will be on had to offer passenger rides that will demonstrate the Steed’s ‘on demand’ four-wheel drive system and low-range gearbox. Hosted in the beautiful grounds of Lowther Estate, this year’s show promises a full line-up of the world’s most prestigious sporting championships including the semi-finals of the all-new Great Wall Motor World Series Clay Shooting and Great Wall Motor World Series Gundog Championships. Included in the display will be the new Steed Chrome and Steed Tracker. Both variants build on the impressive array of equipment offered as standard with the entry-level Steed S and retain that vehicle’s purchase price of £14,998 (CVOTR). The Steed Chrome has been designed to excel as a working vehicle and with a host of interior and exterior styling upgrades it boasts real visual impact, too. Featuring a 2.5-tonne towing capacity and a payload of 1,050 kg, it also has a number of unique chrome add-ons, tinted glass, metallic paint and carpet floor mats. The more rugged Steed Tracker is a dedicated workhorse, with additional features including special fit General Grabber All-Terrain tyres, an over-rail bedliner, a towbar with audible reversing monitor, front and rear mud flaps, metallic paint and rubber floor mats.
All Great Wall’s vehicles benefit from the ‘Great Wall Promise’, which includes an industry-leading six-year / 125,000 mile warranty, inflation-proof servicing plans,
free pick-up and drop-off, a six-year anti-perforation warranty, three-year paint warranty and roadside assistance.
In addition to the Great Wall-sponsored activities at the Lowther Show there will be a host of popular events, such as the Horse Carriage Driving Trials and the Lowther
Hound Show. Elsewhere in the showground visitors can browse over 250 exhibition stands, various crafts and antiques fairs, and a superb Food Festival offering home-grown
foodstuffs and produce.
With an array of family-inspired activities, such as falconry and wildlife displays, junior archery and crossbow, and top class jousting and equestrian demonstrations
from the Knights of Middle England, the Lowther Show caters for all interests and ages.
5 August 2013
As the only Land Rover Experience centre in Scotland, it provides superb facilities, including an obstacle course, swamp, rock crawl and sand pit, as well as woodland tracks across 280 acres of land. Local landowners have also given the centre access to a further 5,000 acres of wild highland estates. The new lodge building has a striking design and enjoys a beautiful setting on the shore of the 110-acre loch, which is in a Site of Special Scientific Interest, rich in wildlife. It provides new conference facilities, with two suites that can each accommodate up to 50 people. There is also more parking space and better accommodation for the administration and instruction teams than at the previous base at Dunkeld House Hotel.
Beverley Large, Land Rover Experience Scotland Director, said: “The move to Butterstone Loch is a great opportunity for us to deliver an even better experience for our visitors, working from a larger and more flexible base. The superb setting adds an extra dimension to what we are offering, with opportunities for us to grow and offer new, additional activities.” “Our work helps build valuable advocacy among Land Rover customers, anyone buying a new vehicle has an invitation to come to one of the seven Land Rover Experience centres around Britain – with ours as the only one based in Scotland. And it isn’t just about the all-terrain aspects of the vehicles, our instructors cover all the technical aspects of the models as well, such as how to make best use of the satellite navigation and multimedia systems.” As well as customers, the centre hosts corporate and VIP guests for driving and team-building exercises. Driving packages are available from one hour to a full day, with groups of all sizes catered for. The location opens up opportunities for a wider range of activities, with trout fishing available in the loch – renowned as one of Scotland’s finest trout fisheries. In spite of being set in some of Scotland’s most glorious countryside, the new centre remains within easy reach, less than 15 minutes from Dunkeld village and the main A9 north-south route. Driving time from Edinburgh airport is about an hour and a quarter, while Perth is about 35 minutes away.
As Land Rover Experience Scotland takes up residence in its new base, it also welcomes Lead Instructor Will Cox as a new director, joining Beverley Lodge and Graham Clark in leading the business.
The Defender 110 Pick Up badged ‘All terrain Electric Research Vehicle’ effortlessly tows the four-carriage 12 tonne road train carrying up to 60 passengers on a 6 per cent incline to and from the iconic hexagonal-panelled domes. The vehicle has been designed to perform its duties throughout each day before being recharged over night for the approximate cost of £2.00. The Electric Defender has all the qualities and performance which have become associated with the Land Rover brand during the past 65 years. It has full all-terrain capability, permanent 4WD and a top speed of 70mph. However, it has been engineered in-house by Land Rover to test out the latest sustainable technologies. The vehicle’s Hill Descent Control is linked to a regenerative braking function, and overall up to 80 per cent of the car’s kinetic energy can be recovered. During each downhill trip at the Eden Project up to 30kW will be fed back into the batteries. Land Rover’s acclaimed Terrain Response system has been adapted for electric drive, offering a 50-mile range with a reserve of a further 12.5 miles.
The result is a zero tailpipe emissions vehicle like no other; eight hours of low-speed off-road use is achievable, and it takes 10 hours for the advanced lithium-ion batteries to be fully charged. ‘Fast-charge’ technology reducing that to just fours is also possible. Jeremy Greenwood, Principal Engineer on the Electric Defender project, said the car was ideal for the sensitive ecology of the Eden Project. In addition, the repetitive nature of the work will provide excellent data for future electric vehicles. “The car has been modified so it now includes a second battery,” Jeremy explained. “That will allow it to work a full day at the Eden Project, but also improves weight distribution and stability. In addition, we’ve linked the land-train’s air brakes to the foot pedal of the Land Rover, enhancing safety.” Gus Grand, Climate Change Lead at the Eden Project, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with Land Rover on this exciting project. It will be a great talking point for our visitors and proves that electric vehicles can be every bit as tough and rugged as their fossil fuel counterparts, while being much quieter, cheaper to run and with zero emissions at the point of use.
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER ACHIEVES THE HIGHEST APEAL SCORE OF ANY MODEL IN ITS SEGMENT IN J.D. POWER 2013 APEAL STUDY
"It’s a fantastic achievement for the fourth generation Range Rover to be ranked highest in the J.D. Power 2013 APEAL Study,” says Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Land Rover North America. “This underscores the investment being made to innovation and engineering across the Land Rover product portfolio and into making this vehicle the most refined, most capable Range Rover ever.” The lighter and stronger 2013 Range Rover takes luxury and capability to a new level, with greater refinement and enhanced performance and handling on all terrains. As the fourth generation of the Range Rover line, this model was developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago. The new Range Rover was launched last October to acclaim, receiving over 20 awards and accolades globally to date. It is the world's first aluminum unibody SUV, weighing around 700lbs lighter than the outgoing model.
Since going on sale this past December, the fourth generation Range Rover has been received with strong demand across the U.S. Over 6,000 Range Rovers have been sold in the U.S. this year and sales of the model have led to 28 percent year-over-year increase. The APEAL Study serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle appeal, has been completely redesigned for 2013. The study, now in its 18th year, has been updated to better measure the appeal of today’s vehicles, particularly with respect to the new technologies and features now being offered. Owners evaluate their vehicle across 77 attributes, which roll up into an overall APEAL score on a 1,000-point scale. The study is used extensively by manufacturers worldwide to help them design and develop more appealing vehicles and by consumers to help them in their purchase decisions. The 2013 APEAL Study is based on responses gathered between February and May 2013 from more than 83,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2013 model-year cars and light trucks who were surveyed after the first 90 days of ownership. The APEAL Study complements the Initial Quality Study (IQS), which focuses on problems experienced by owners during the first 90 days of ownership.
The Dacia Duster Ambiance dCi 110 4x2 Black Edition is loaded with extras, including a striking brushed black vinyl wrap finish, luxurious ash leather interior, hi-tech Kenwood media system and stylish 18” alloy wheels. The media system includes a 6” high resolution screen, Garmin satellite navigation with TMC traffic information, DAB, Bluetooth with hands-free calling, ipod connectivity, DVD playback and rear USB connection. With an on-the-road price of just £17,575, the Romanian SUV continues to blow the competition away when it comes to value for money. The Black Edition was a one-off creation released to celebrate the historic Goodwood Festival of Speed – the largest car culture event in the world held in July. Overwhelming interest at the event has resulted in the car now being available to be ordered by UK customers with first deliveries from October.
Phil York, Dacia’s UK Marketing Director, said: “The Dacia Duster Black Edition is a mean, more upmarket version of what is already a great selling vehicle. I challenge anybody to drive home such a great looking SUV, with or without 4x4, with so much kit for anywhere near the money.” Already the nation’s “most affordable SUV” by a mile, Dacia Duster is also winning over more fans after being hailed one of its least depreciating new cars. Dacia, a subsidiary of the French carmaker Renault, has made an enemy of the unnecessary and makes a simple range of cleverly designed, high quality vehicles which unashamedly favour function over frivolity. Its jaw-dropping prices are clear and straightforward, whether you buy online at the Dacia Store on www.dacia.co.uk or through its nationwide retailer network. Dacia only launched officially in the UK in January 2013, but has already cleaned up nine major awards, including a hat-trick of trophies at the carbuyer.co.uk 2013 awards, including Car of Year and 4x4 of the Year, plus Scottish Car of the Year for Duster, and Best Supermini under £12,000 for Sandero with What Car?.
Halls, a newly appointed Land Rover global ambassador, admitted he didn’t believe all his ambitious specifications could be met, but the specialists in Land Rover’s Engineered to Order (ETO) team have succeeded in creating a unique vehicle tailor-made to his requirements. Just as Jacques Cousteau had his trusted ship Calypso, Monty will have ideal support in the form his unique Land Rover Defender. True to the Defender’s “above and beyond” ethos, Monty’s bespoke vehicle is packed with clever engineering and design solutions that take its functionality to a new level. His brief was for a vehicle that could support his diving and conservation expeditions – “a one-stop, go-anywhere, cope-with-anything dive centre and laboratory”. The modifications included features specific to Monty’s work such as storage for diving air tanks, a VHF ship-to-shore-style radio, a water tank and hosing facility for cleaning kit and provisions for night working, such as external lighting. Monty also asked for a sliding table, strong enough to bear up to 200kg and an awning to give protection from the elements. Although he himself thought this might be impossible to include, the engineering team duly delivered what he wanted. Even more challenging to achieve was his requirement to be able to attach a trailer to either side of the vehicle with a winch system for launching or landing a dinghy. Monty is a great advocate for the brand, with years of Land Rover experience gained in the field in his earlier career as a Royal Marine, and in his current role as a popular and respected marine wildlife and conservation expert, diver, film maker and author. He said: “I’ve had Land Rovers for years; the association goes back to my days in the Royal Marines when they were very much the vehicle of choice for doing improbable tasks over impossible terrain. After leaving the marines and getting into expeditions, it seems a natural transition to continue using Landies. I’ve had several old Defenders, a new Defender, Freelander and the new Discovery, so I am a Land Rover fan through and through.”
Although most of Monty’s exploration is beneath the waves, the all-terrain capability of a Land Rover Defender is crucial for getting him to remote locations and providing a versatile and reliable base of his work in the field. Looking forward to his new ambassadorial role, he said: “My specialty is sea level and below, so people might think my options are limited. But the reality is we have 11,000 miles of coastline in the UK and frequently the only way to reach it is overland, taking all your equipment with you.” Monty is already planning expeditions where his new Land Rover Defender will be set to work, including a project to monitor basking sharks off Cornwall and observing Orca whales in Norway. He explained: “The vehicle will be perfect to access high points for viewing their movements, as well as putting boats into the water in remote coves.” When he is not out in the field, Monty will also be using his new Defender as part of his regular ambassador work in his touring shows and lectures at schools and colleges. Mark Cameron, Land Rover Brand Experience Director said: “Working with Monty on this project has provided a great opportunity to practically demonstrate the skill and flexibility of our engineers to create bespoke customer solutions. This one off interpretation of the Land Rover Defender will provide real value to Monty’s marine research projects and of course this fits very well with Land Rover’s Above and Beyond spirit.”
All models have a smart new look characterised by bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs), new wheels and new colour combinations. Inside, the atmosphere has been given an even more sophisticated ambiance with new hand-crafted materials such as Natura Plus leather and open pore Zebrano wood trim. As befits a premium model, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is packed with technology. Slipping behind the new three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, drivers will notice the buttons that activate the cruise control and infotainment system. Ahead there’s a new TFT (Thin Film Transistor) 7-inch configurable driver display in the instrument cluster. On the dashboard sits a new Uconnect display with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Limited Plus, Overland, Summit and SRT models have the new Smartouch satellite navigation as standard; it can be specified in all other models. The top-of-the-range Summit and high-performance SRT come with a state-of-the-art 19-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.
A stand-out feature of all models is the comprehensive array of safety equipment. This includes new Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop (available late 2013), Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation and new Selec-Speed Control which supplement the rich array of more than 60 standard-fit active and passive safety systems. Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of three four-wheel drive systems. These include the accomplished Quadra-Trac II, the on-road focused and SRT-exclusive Quadra-Trac and the sophisticated Quadra-Drive II with its rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential. These are complemented by the Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension and the Selec-Terrain and Selec-Trac traction management systems which ensure the Grand Cherokee’s power is put to good use in all conditions.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in Laredo, Limited, Limited Plus, Overland and the exclusive top of the range Summit trim. All these models feature the 3.0-litre CRD engine which employs Fiat Group Automobiles’ ground breaking MultiJet 2 technology for a class-leading compromise between effortless power and fuel-saving efficiency. The Laredo model features a lower-powered version of the CRD engine while the high-performance SRT gets the punchy 6.4-litre V8 HEMI engine delivering 461 bhp. There are nine colour options for exterior paintwork along with five wheel designs. A raft of distinctive new colours inside ensures there really will never be a dull moment in the life of the new Grand Cherokee owner
This new model has a proven and simple fully automatic and permanent 4-wheel drive system which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling, further enhancing the already highly acclaimed cornering ability of the Swift. It is also an ideal choice for customers living in rural areas needing additional mobility or for crossing slippery surfaces during winter without owning a larger and more conventional SUV sized vehicle. Thanks to the use of small and lightweight components Swift 4x4 is just 65kg heavier than an equivalent 2WD petrol model and emissions are only 10g/km higher at 126g/km.
Included in Suzuki’s recently extended VAT free offers, the 4WD Swift is priced at £11,516 for SZ3 and £13,116 for the higher specified SZ4 model which now includes power folding door mirrors with integral indicators and Daylight Running Lamps as standard equipment.
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Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: “The Santa Fe has done what many thought was impossible - it’s stopped the Land Rover Discovery from winning its ninth consecutive Auto Express award. “We had high hopes for the Santa Fe and weren't disappointed as it ticks all the boxes for buyers of large SUVs. It has the looks that'll turn heads, wherever you go. It has the comfort needed for long journeys or just trips to the shops. It also has the ability to tackle different terrains and offers huge practicality with space for up to seven people.”
Tony Whitehorn, CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “This award is testament to just how far the Hyundai brand and its products have come in recent years. The original Santa Fe - launched back in 2000 - played an important role in redefining our brand with consumers. Now, New Generation Santa Fe has proven that Hyundai can compete with more established brands on its own terms - and win!” “We think that the New Generation Santa Fe will not only appeal to existing customers with its fresh design and improved levels of standard technology, but will attract a new range of buyers looking for a stylish, premium and authentic SUV.” New Generation Santa Fe went on sale in the UK on October 2012 and is powered by a 197PS 2.2-litre CRDi engine mated to six-speed manual or automatic transmission, returning up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions as low as 155g/km. Three trim levels are available, with five- and seven-seat configurations offered. New Generation Santa Fe’s suspension has been tuned specifically for UK roads to ensure a refined and cosseting ride, and the SUV was named the safest car in its class assessed by Euro NCAP during 2012, with the best scores in the ‘Large Off-Road 4x4’ class
Commenting on the award Alex Smith, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, added: ‘Since its launch in 2011 the Amarok has redefined what buyers can expect from a hard-working, durable and reliable pick-up. Demand continues to grow year-on-year, which is a trend we expect to continue thanks to the launch of the ultra-stylish, limited-run Amarok edition. Winning this award for two consecutive years is an enormous achievement and testament to the quality of the vehicle.’ Using Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine to bring new levels of refinement and efficiency to the pick-up market, the Amarok is just as powerful as, and more efficient than, rivals that use larger capacity units. It also has some of the lowest emissions in the sector, and was the first to dip under the 200 g/km CO2 threshold. The Amarok range offers three trim levels, a choice of permanent or selectable 4MOTION, and a load area wide enough to fit a ‘euro’ pallet.
Since May 2012 the Amarok has been built at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ factory in Hanover, Germany, reducing delivery times for UK buyers. Prices start from £19,365 (excluding VAT). For full details of the Amarok visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk or call 0800 717131.
Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern said: "Designing the All-New Range Rover for a new era was always going to be a significant challenge; particularly finding the right balance between maintaining its iconic form while giving it greater relevance and modernity. It also had to sit comfortably as the flagship of a whole new generation of Range Rovers. This award is particularly significant to us at Land Rover as it is voted for by the Auto Express readers themselves and reflects the efforts of everyone in the Land Rover Design Team." The all-new Range Rover is the most capable and most luxurious Land Rover yet. Up to 420 kilogrammes lighter with new levels of refinement, the Range Rover reinforces its position as the world's finest luxury SUV. Not to be left out was the Range Rover Evoque, which was awarded the honour of ‘Best Compact SUV’. It’s the magazine’s former Car of the Year and is receiving an Auto Express trophy for the third year in a row. Steve Fowler commented: “Its star is showing no sign of dimming. We love its style, quality and ability on and off-road. It remains one of the most desirable cars on sale in the UK today.”
With more than 130 global awards under its belt, the Evoque has gained critical acclaim from customers and media alike. The Evoque continues to receive plaudits for its concept car looks, dynamic driving performance, class leading off-road skills and excellent cost of ownership. Most recently, a Special Edition Evoque was launched in the UK which is available in coupé and 5-door, customers can choose from two exterior colour schemes, each one unique to the Special Edition model and based on a new Black Design Pack. Choices include a Sicilian Yellow exterior body finish with a Santorini Black contrast roof, or a Santorini Black exterior body finish with a Sicilian Yellow contrast roof and door mirrors. Unique interior finishes include yellow contrast stitching on seats, central storage area, door trims and fascia mid-section, plus an anodised yellow horizontal finisher.
The awards were announced at a gala event at the Grand Connaught Rooms, in London’s Covent Garden. Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director for Jaguar Land Rover UK commented: “Three trophies in one night is a fantastic achievement, but what’s especially pleasing is they each recognise distinct aspects of our business. The Range Rover has set new standards in luxury, the Evoque continues to be the benchmark car for compact SUVs, and industry leading design will always be at the heart of everything we do.”
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