Road Tests/Car Reviews: 2014 Range Rover Sport SDV8

April 15th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

range-rover-sdv8-2014-front The Range Rover Sport is a sleeker, meaner entry point into the Range Rover experience. When you want a Range Rover with all the frills, but you want it forty grand cheaper than an actual Range Rover, the Sport fills that gap.

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Range Rover Evoque TD4 Black Design Edition 2014 Review

March 12th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

Hoi polloi: it’s the Ancient Greek word for the commoners, plebeians and the great unwashed. When you drive an Evoque Black Design Edition, you’ve elevated yourself above this, yet you still have credibility because it’s got the Land Rover badge which is a bastion of workhorse utility. But it’s not your typical boxy Land Rover you’d drive with a peak cap and a Swanndri. This is the Duchess of Cambridge: she’s got the cocktail dress, but you know there’s a pair of wellies in the boot.

range-rover-evoque-td4-dynamic-2014-rear-quarterAs you get comfortable with being one of the hoi oligoi – the few – you’ll need the ability to circumnavigate your dominion, and fortunately the Evoque comes with some off-road smarts to get you to all four corners. Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque TD4 Black Design Edition 2014 Review” »

Range Rover Evoque Dynamic TD4 Review

March 29th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

The thought of driving 420km with two boxes of badly packed crockery didn’t fill me with excitement. I’d planned to take the iPod with 100 Hits of the ‘80s to drown out the constant clattering with some Whitney, Prefab Sprout and Starship.

However, I shouldn’t have feared because despite roading contractors making blacktop as smooth as Dan Carter’s abs, the Range Rover Evoque soaked up the bumps while Michael Jackson asked, “Can you feel it?” I couldn’t feel it or hear it. Not only are you extraordinarily well insulated from road noise and engine noise, the smooth ride meant I didn’t need to crank up the stereo because the crockery wasn’t clattering.

The Evoque is Range Rover’s baby SUV. It gets you into the luxury SUV segment for quite a bit less than a full-fledged Range Rover Sport or Vogue (as little as $80,000, but you’ll probably spend the best part of Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque Dynamic TD4 Review” »

NZ-bound Range Rover Evoque previewed in Auckland

September 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The new Range Rover Evoque isn’t due to go on sale in NZ till November but was given a sneak preview at an Auckland event last night. Land Rover customers and interested parties checked out the striking design of the new SUV at Archibald and Shorter Roverland in Greenlane.

When the compact luxury off-roader arrives in NZ it will be available with a choice of three engines, two body styles, three design themes and a range of options and accessories. The body shapes are a five-door and 2-door coupe with the design themes being Pure, Dynamic and Prestige. Standard features will include push button start, electric park brake, rear parking aid, colour TFT information screen, 6/4 way adjustable electric seats. Optional equipment include three contrasting roof treatments, seven alloy wheel designs, 16 contrasting interiors and a full sized, fixed, panoramic glass roof. Continue reading “NZ-bound Range Rover Evoque previewed in Auckland” »

Land Rover hands over fleet of Rugby World Cup vehicles

August 22nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Last Friday, Land Rover handed over a special fleet of vehicles to Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) in a ceremony outside Eden Park Stadium. As Official Vehicle of the Rugby World Cup, Land Rover has provided 30 vehicles to tournament organisers and officials. This special fleet is made up of Range Rover Sports and Land Rover Discoverys.

The vehicles have been specially customised with RWC branding, number plates and commemorative badging to celebrate the association throughout New Zealand.

Kit McConnell, Tournament Director of RWCL, was presented with the fleet by Land Rover at Eden Park, which will host the first game on Friday 9th September. “The provision of the Official Vehicles by Land Rover is key to the successful running of the Rugby World Cup and will be put to good use to ensure that the Tournament is run smoothly over the next couple of months,” said Mr McConnell.

In addition to the vehicles being supplied to the RWCL, Land Rover is also supplying another 42 vehicles for Land Rover VIPs and international media use during the tournament, bringing the total number of Land Rovers and Range Rovers imported specifically for the tournament to 72. Continue reading “Land Rover hands over fleet of Rugby World Cup vehicles” »

Range Rover Evoque production begins – in NZ this November

July 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Production of the Range Rover Evoque at Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool, England has begun this week.

The first shipment of Evoques for New Zealand will go on sale here in November.

Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO, Ralf Speth together with JLR executive officers, union representatives and employees, gathered to celebrate the start of Evoque production. The first car to roll off the production line was donated to the British Motor Industry Heritage trust.

“The Evoque is an incredibly exciting vehicle that joins a product range which across both of our brands is the strongest we have ever had – and it fits in perfectly,” commented Dr Speth. “The teams that have designed, engineered and built the new Evoque, working together with our research and supplier partners, can be immensely proud of their achievement. Worldwide interest in our new car has been exceptional.” Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque production begins – in NZ this November” »

Range Rover Evoque – NZ pricing and specs annouced

June 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Pricing and local specification has just been announced for Range Rover’s all new Evoque. The compact SUV is expected to arrive in New Zealand before the end of the year will be available from $79,990

The Evoque will be available with a choice of three engines, two body styles, three design themes and a range of customization options and accessories.

It will be available in two body shapes a 5-door and a 2-door Coupe with initial deliveries starting from November.

The Evoque will touch down in three design themes: Pure, Dynamic and Prestige and there will be optional equipment and styling packs. Options available include three contrasting roof treatments, seven alloy wheel designs, 16 contrasting interiors and a full sized, fixed, panoramic glass roof. Standard features will include push button start, electric park brake, rear parking aid, colour TFT information screen, 6/4 way adjustable electric seats.

All Evoques will come with a six speed automatic 4WD transmission. Manual gearbox models will only be available to specific customer order. Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque – NZ pricing and specs annouced” »

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” »

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