Land Rover lands Rugby World Cup fleet vehicles in NZ

June 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

With 73 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2011 kicks off, Land Rover, as the Official Vehicle Partner of the tournament, has delivered a fleet of special Rugby World Cup 2011 vehicles to New Zealand.

Land Rover is set to keep the vehicles coming with cars for the organisers, teams and officials. The majority of a fleet 75 vehicles, mainly Range Rover Sports and Land Rover Discoverys, arrived today at the Port of Auckland with the balance of the vehicles being delivered before the tournament starts on September 9th. The vehicles will be specially customised with Rugby World Cup 2011 branding, RWC 2011 number plates, and commemorative badging to promote the association throughout New Zealand.

Gary Upson, Brand Manager, Land Rover NZ  commented, “We are really excited to be supporting the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and are pleased that we could bring vehicles into the country to help with the event. The Land Rovers will be put to good use between now and October by the IRB representatives, teams and officials, and the fleet will help the Tournament to run smoothly.”

The Tournament will be attended by fans from around the globe and will be watched by a TV audience of over four billion in more than 200 countries. Continue reading “Land Rover lands Rugby World Cup fleet vehicles in NZ” »

Land Rover to upsize Evoque with ‘Grand’ model

June 23rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Recent reports are suggesting that Land Rover is developing a larger Evoque mini-crossover, creating a fourth variant to the Land Rover model line.

Apparently if the mysterious vehicle would find a place between the standard Evoque and the Range Rover Sport in terms of size and also pricing. It would however, be built on the same platform as the Evoque and share much of its running gear. What exactly this would mean for the LR2/Freelander model is uncertain. It may even be named the “Grand Evoque”.  Continue reading “Land Rover to upsize Evoque with ‘Grand’ model” »

Range Rover Evoque arriving in NZ with broad personalisation options

March 21st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Trim levels and customisation options have been announced for the all new Range Rover Evoque, which arrives in New Zealand at the end of the year.

It will come in three design themes: Pure, Prestige and Dynamic and have a number of bespoke accessories, many designed specifically for the Evoque.

Range Rover has produced an large range of personalisation options for the new Evoque. Both the 5-Door and coupé can be specified to suit individual tastes through a range of colour and feature combinations.

The three design themes replace traditional trim levels and are called: Pure (cool and contemporary), Prestige (luxurious) and Dynamic (bold and sporting). Beyond these themes, customers can add their own personal styles, inside and out. Designer exterior packs provide contrasting colours for the roof and front and rear spoilers, and there are eight alloy wheel designs (from 17 to 20 inches). A panoramic glass roof is available, together with roof rails (in black or chrome finish) and illuminated chrome and aluminium tread plates.

In the cabin, individual expression is possible with a choice of 16 tailored designer interiors, together with a selection of metal finishes, wood veneers and contrasting headlining colours. To heighten the hand-crafted feel, a full soft leather interior can be specified with twin-needle stitching. Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque arriving in NZ with broad personalisation options” »

Land Rover NZ puts updated Freelander 2 on sale

February 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

A new diesel powertrain combined with a more upmarket interior and reworked exterior looks characterise the upgraded 2011 Freelander 2.

The Freelander’s re-engineered 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine comes with 140kWs as the SD4 or 110kWs as the TD4. The motor offers an impressive 420Nm of torque (20Nm more than the outgoing model) yet fuel economy or CO2 emissions are reduced. It is available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior design changes including new front bumper and grille, new alloy wheels and colour options. Inside, a new range of seat style finishes and instrumentation set the 2011 Freelander aside from previous models.

The new diesel has a new variable geometry turbocharger and is re-calibrated from scratch to deliver higher levels of power. The use of an Intelligent Power Management System (IPMS) provides ‘smart charging’ of the battery by recovering kinetic energy when the vehicle is slowing wherever possible, rather than consuming fuel by charging when the vehicle is accelerating.

Developed especially for this engine, the new variable geometry turbocharger is now water-cooled enabling it to run at a higher temperature thus enabling lower levels of emissions, power and torque. The engine has also been fitted with a more powerful ECU to handle the increased emissions requirements. The engine is fitted with a common rail system with fuel delivered by high-speed piezo injectors.

For the first time, the Freelander 2 diesel powertrains are compatible with 10 percent biodiesel rather than five percent. The piston rings have been revised to reduce friction. The main bearings have also been improved in line with the additional power and torque and the engine sump has been fitted with a cover to reduce radiated noise from the bottom of the engine.

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Land Rover announced as official sponsor for 2011 RWC

December 1st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Land Rover has just announced its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup 2011 being hosted here in New Zealand.

Land Rover’s support of both tournaments extends the Company’s strong association with the sport of Rugby. In recent years Land Rover has enhanced its role of Official Vehicle of England Rugby, Premiership Rugby and the UK’s Land Rover Premiership Cup with the additional sponsorship of the last three British & Irish Lions Tours to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the forthcoming sponsorship of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens next month.

As part of the deal for both tournaments Land Rover will supply vehicles to support the organisers, teams and officials. It is the first time that Land Rover has been involved with Rugby’s showcase tournament.

John Edwards, Global Brand Director, Land Rover, said: “Today’s announcement marks a significant development in the partnership between Land Rover and Rugby.  The Company  is proud of its ongoing support of the sport from a grassroots level to the world class Game and it is fitting that the world’s finest all-terrain vehicles — sold in over 160 markets worldwide -  are now supporting the world’s ultimate Rugby competition.”

“The International Olympic Committee’s decision to include Rugby in the Olympic Games from 2016 will have a hugely significant impact on the growth of the sport in emerging Rugby markets such as America, China and Asia.  This growth offers Land Rover a fantastic opportunity to further engage with our customers, and general sports fans across the globe.”

Land Rover will be an Official Sponsor of next year’s highly anticipated Tournament in New Zealand which will be attended by over 1.6 million spectators and watched by a global TV audience of well over 4 billion in more than 200 countries.

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Land Rover to debut 5-door Evoque – in NZ next year

November 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Range Rover’s 5-Door version of the all-new Evoque will makes its global public debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.

The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque is set to join the coupe model to create a desirable line-up that will compete in the premium compact SUV segment.

With the same compact footprint and advanced technologies as the coupe model, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque reinforces Land Rover’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The Evoque is positioned as the smallest, lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever.

To deliver greater efficiency, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque features lightweight construction techniques and petrol and diesel engines comes that come with direct injection.

The more spacious interior of the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque has not been achieved by enlarging the compact footprint of the coupe model: the overall length and width remain identical.

Measuring 30mm taller than the coupe model, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque adds further space to the cabin. Rear seat passengers benefit from over 50mm more shoulder room, along with generous headroom.

The rear seats, with seat belts and head restraints for three passengers, have 60/40 folding seat squabs and are equipped with ISOFIX child seat mounts. When required, luggage capacity can be expanded to 1445 litres.

The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque shares its turbocharged powertrain line-up with the Coupe model.

Like the coupe model, the 5-Door Evoque benefits from the same high-end innovative technologies as the larger Range Rovers. A control system and touch-screen display combines a stylish, uncluttered layout with state-of-the-art functionality.

The display is available with dual-view technology, so that driver and passenger can view independent content.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and auxiliary inputs for iPods and other portable devices.

The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque follows the coupe model by offering customers the choice of three main vehicle design themes.

‘Pure ‘combines the original concept-car exterior with a stylish, clean interior in neutral colours. Soft-touch wrapped materials on the major surfaces contrast with the metal brushed aluminium trim.

‘Prestige’ is all about luxury, combining a bespoke exterior that includes unique, 19-inch wheels and sparkling metallic details with an interior that is almost entirely leather-wrapped.

‘Dynamic’ brings a bold exterior with 20-inch wheels and unique bumpers, sills, grille and tailpipes for a more assertive, confident stance. Contrasting roof and spoiler colours are available, while the premium sports interior offers sports seats with splashes of bright contrast colour.

Both coupe and 5-Door models of the Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in Merseyside, UK. The car will go on sale in the northern hemisphere from summer 2011 and in New Zealand late next year.

Land Rover builds 1 millionth Range Rover – donates it to charity

November 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It was just a few months ago that the Range Rover turned 40, now the millionth Rangie has rolled off the assembly line in Solihull, England.

This special offroader is a Range Rover Autobiography and was presented to Tope Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson on behalf of the UK-based charity Help for Heroes. It will now be auctioned off in an effort to raise funds to provide assistance to wounded British service people and their families.

Land Rover’s Managing Director Phil Popham said, “Land Rover is very proud to support the Help for Heroes charity by donating the one millionth Range Rover. Everyone involved in Land Rover – from the management, to the employees at Solihull, to the original Range Rover team – will be happy we’re able to mark this landmark occasion in such a way after the 40 years of producing this iconic vehicle.”

There have been three generations of Range Rover. The original, now known as the Classic, went on sale in 1970 and continued in production, with numerous upgrades and a multiplicity of variants, for just over 25 years.

The second-generation vehicle, known as the P38a, went on sale in 1994 and was replaced in 2001 by the current model. Further enhancements over the last decade have ensured the Range Rover retains its position as one of the world’s most complete luxury vehicles.

During 2005, the Range Rover Sport was introduced, adding a sport tourer SUV to the Range Rover line-up, which instantly became a sales success, selling over 300,000 vehicles over the past six years. Next year a third model with join the Range Rover line-up, the all-new Range Rover Evoque.

UK team smashes 1963 London to Cape Town driving record

October 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

A three man British driving team in a Land Rover Discovery, led by adventurer Mac Mackenney, has smashed the London to Cape Town overland driving record by nearly two days. The 10,000 miles across 20 countries was achieved in 11 days and 14 hours and 11 minutes. The previous record had stood for almost 50 years.

The London to Cape Town event was one of the last great driving challenges taking the team through some of the most inhospitable areas and difficult road conditions to be found anywhere in the world. The overland attempt was dedicated to raising funds and generating awareness for Help for Heroes and was supported by Chevron Lubricants.

The three man team of Mac Mackenney, his brother Steve Mackenney and Chris Rawlings, started from the RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall on Saturday, 16th October and arrived at the AA building in the centre of Cape Town at 11.29 BST on Thursday, 28th October.

The attempt was also supported by two patrons, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE and Sir Stirling Moss OBE. Sir Stirling said, “Congratulations to Mac, Steve and Chris for breaking the 47 year old London to Cape Town record, an outstanding achievement by three adventurers who pushed the boundaries of driving endurance and won.”

The original 1963 record was set by Eric Jackson and Ken Chambers in a Ford Cortina GT and Eric, who is now retired, said, “I know how difficult the trip is and I have great admiration for Mac and the team and whilst I’d like to have kept the record for a lot longer I am delighted for Mac, Steve and Chris.”