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Report: Jaguar readying SUV for Frankfurt debut

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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In an effort to target higher-volume vehicle segments, Jaguar is getting ready to introduce its first-ever crossover, and Autoweek reports that we could see it debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. We’ve heard in the past that the new Jaguar crossover could carry the name XQ, but the report also mentions that the Q-type name is still in the running (now wouldn’t Audi just love that?).

A little more clear than the crossover’s name, AW says the cargo-friendly Jaguar should ride on the same platform as the upcoming Jaguar XS compact sedan rather than using a Land Rover platform. As for the on-sale date, it still sounds like the XS will hit the roads first in 2015 with the crossover model due out in 2016.

Jaguar readying SUV for Frankfurt debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rumormill: Range Rover Sport and Evoque rumored to get RS versions

By Jonathon Ramsey

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A report in Autocar claims that Jaguar’s RS badge and its herd of extra horsepower is walking across the aisle to the Land Rover stable. Autocar sources say the Range Rover Sport and Evoque will get RS designations, the supercharged V8 in the Sport RS getting cranked up to “at least” 542 horsepower, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the Evoque RS getting 300.

The magazine has spy shots of an extra potent Sport testing at the Nürburgring, slight changes to the lower parts of the SUV giving it away as a ringer. Supposedly, with the same horsepower (or more) than the RS cars in the Jaguar fold, Land Rover wants it to get from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds; that would make it just 0.1 second shy of the same run in a Jaguar XJR. The Evoque RS is said to be arriving first, perhaps this year, with the Range Rover Sport RS coming next year.

Range Rover Sport and Evoque rumored to get RS versions originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Jaguar 3 Series fighter to be aluminum?

By Damon Lowney

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Jaguar’s upcoming BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class fighter that we’ve seen testing wearing a modified XF body is poised to use a lot of aluminum in its construction. Edmunds reports that the entry-level luxury sedan, long rumored to be called XS (or perhaps the Q-Type, according to Edmunds), will have an all-aluminum monocoque body structure, similar to the XJ, to save weight. Edmunds also reports that it will go on sale in 2014 as a 2015 model. Automotive News has a different story, and reports that a range of all-aluminum entry-level Jaguars, including the XS, a wagon and a crossover, will hit the market in 2015.

The XS will replace the long-dead X-Type, finally giving Jaguar a product in the highly competitive luxury compact sedan segment. As we’ve reported before, the new Jaguar is expected to be offered in the US initially with turbocharged four- and supercharged six-cylinder engines, although we have seen a diesel version testing.

In addition to the aluminum Jaguars, Jaguar Land Rover has reportedly stated that it plans to use aluminum monocoques for all upcoming Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, and that it will invest 2.75 billion pounds ($4.22 billion) on new products and production facilities each year for the next four years.

Jaguar 3 Series fighter to be aluminum? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Land Rover LR4 getting facelift and interior refresh

By Brandon Turkus

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Land Rover is preparing a slight freshening of the its seven-passenger, mid-range LR4 (known outside of North America as the Discovery 4). The LR4/Disco 4 is currently the second oldest model in the Land Rover range, besides the mostly forgotten LR2/Freelander, and while it’s still a competent entry, its age is beginning to show.

This refresh should allow it to soldier on until a replacement can be built, which logic would dictate is to be called LR5/Discovery 5. Until then, the current SUV gets the typical batch of headlight tweaks, along with a freshened front bumper. The side mirrors are new as well.

On the inside, we can also expect a long-awaited upgrade to the infotainment system. Jaguar and Land Rover have both struggled in this regard, so here’s hoping the new system offers an improvement.

The big news for the LR4 will come under its hood. Jaguar Land Rover as a whole has already phased out the excellent but thirsty 5.0-liter V8, with the only holdover being the supercharged variant. That means the V8 LR4 is not long for this world. Look for it to be replaced by the same supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 that’s offered as a base engine in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. As with the Jaguar XF we tested, ZF’s eight-speed automatic would likely harness the V6’s power.

Expect to see a refreshed LR4, likely before the end of 2013.

Land Rover LR4 getting facelift and interior refresh originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Followup: Range Rover Evoque convertible reportedly gets go-ahead after all

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Despite a report earlier this year stating that a production version of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible was shot down, there have been signs suggesting otherwise recently. Last week, we heard that the fate of this two-door, drop-top SUV could be decided upon soon, but WhatCar? says that the decision has already been made.

Quoting an insider, the article states that the Evoque Convertible has been given a green light for production with the first units being built next year. WhatCar? also says that no structural modifications are necessary for the removal of the roof, which could lessen the development time and cost of the vehicle.

As there are really no luxury SUV convertibles with which to compete against, Land Rover seems to be expecting the Evoque Convertible to rival convertibles such as the Audi TT and BMW 4 Series. We’re a bit dubious, but time will tell.

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Land Rover Green Lights Evoque Convertible for Production, Report Says

By Jens Meiners

Land Rover has given the green light to a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque, according to an article by British publication What Car?. The piece quotes an unnamed source at Land Rover as saying, “The Evoque convertible now has the green light, it’s going to be built.” The publication goes on to say that production will begin next year. We were unable to corroborate this information through our channels, and a Jaguar Land Rover spokesman declined to confirm the rumor.

The Evoque convertible was shown in concept form at the Geneva auto show in 2012, and drew mostly positive reviews from observers. “There was a lot of excitement around the concept when it was shown in the U.S.,” Land Rover tells us. The design community, however, was more ambiguous, as the softtop version lacks the aggressively styled roofline that is such an important part of the Evoque’s styling DNA.



If it’s built, the Evoque convertible will join the three-door coupe and a five-door version, the latter of which currently generates roughly 80 percent of the vehicle’s sales volume. As an open-top crossover, the Evoque cabriolet would have just one direct competitor: the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

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Report: Land Rover to decide soon on production Evoque Convertible

By Brandon Turkus

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Ignoring the lessons learned from the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, it appears Land Rover may be about to greenlight production of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. At least, that’s what Australian website Car Advice is saying.

The topic came up at a Land Rover executive meeting for the Asia Pacific region, with brand director John Edwards supporting the idea.

Really, it’s not hard to see the dollar signs in Land Rover’s eyes. The Evoque has been a runaway success for the Anglo-Indian brand, and is largely responsible for it cresting 300,000 units sold in 2012. But this piece also flies in the face of previous reports, arguing against a production Evoque Convertible due to a lack of public demand.

As popular as an Evoque Convertible would be with the Real Housewives set, all the scuttlebutt has been against a production for the droptop Land Rover, going back to its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. With the 2013-2014 auto show season on the horizon, though, we can expect a definitive answer soon.

Land Rover to decide soon on production Evoque Convertible originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Jaguar planning two bodystyles for next XJ

By Chris Paukert

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As we alluded to in today’s F-Type first drive, Jaguar hasn’t been selling its wares in China for very long, and as a result, buyers there usually don’t have the same appreciation for the brand’s history. So you might reasonably think that the company’s recent radical styling shift (kicked off by the 2008 XF) wouldn’t be as jarring to the nation’s buying populace since they really didn’t have the automaker’s more traditionally styled models from years past to compare them against.

Yet while Jaguar and its sister marque, Land Rover, continue to pick up steam in China‘s developing market, that apparently isn’t necessarily the case. Local buyers there tend to have more conservative tastes when it comes to styling, preferring more upright dimensions, big back seats and larger quantities of traditional luxury materials (think: chrome and wood) than other markets currently find desirable. Thus, the very bold current-generation XJ sedan may be leaving some sales on the table.

According to Edmunds, Jag doesn’t want to risk that, and as such, it is preparing two bodystyles for the next-generation XJ – one with the rakish coupe-like styling of the current model, and a more “old-school” three-box sedan designed to appeal to a wider swath of Chinese buyers.

Given that Jaguar’s small size means that nearly every model it generates must play worldwide today (with exceptions made for variants like the XF Sportbrake, which hasn’t been engineered to global crash standards), it’s reasonable to question whether Jag might offer both XJ bodystyles here in North America – perhaps in a tiered scheme like the Audi A8 and A7. That strategy might catch more profits for the marque, but it might also represent a setback to design head Ian Callum‘s vision for a thoroughly modern Jaguar portfolio.

Jaguar planning two bodystyles for next XJ originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Is Land Rover developing a Range Rover Sport R?

By Zach Bowman

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Our spy photographers believe Land Rover may be hard at work on a new, higher performance version of the company’s Range Rover Sport. The creation you see here was spotted hopping around the Nürburgring, complete with a reworked front fascia that boasts larger air inlets. Those intakes could be feeding a more potent driveline with more than the 510 horsepower found in lesser Sport models. This machine could be a more venomous Range Rover Sport R.

Of course, the standard 2014 Range Rover Sport is nothing to sneeze at. Engineers pulled a baffling 800 pounds from the SUV compared to the previous generation thanks to a complete aluminum substructure. Packing 510 horsepower from a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the performance SUV should have no trouble getting up and hustling. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Is Land Rover developing a Range Rover Sport R? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jaguar Land Rover Sales in China Up 48%

By Justin Loiseau, The Motley Fool

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March sales data from Tata Motors  show business is booming for its Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary.

Overall sales clocked in at 53,772 units, up 16.4% from March 2012, and longer-term trends tell a similar story. In the past 12 months, sales have headed even higher, up 22.5% to 374,669. Jaguar sales are up 8.1% in the last year, while Land Rover carried the carline with a 25.6% boost.

The automaker’s stock took a 4% hit on March 21 after China announced it would introduce stricter fuel standards by 2015 that could affect Jaguar Land Rover sales. Tata’s stock subsequently headed south by 9% before improving this week to an overall 3.3% loss. In the past year, shares have dropped 8.7%.  

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The latest data from Tata Motors break out sales by region and highlight just how important China sales are for Tata’s growth opportunities.

China Jaguar sales are up 28.2% in the past 12 months, while Land Rover sales have roared ahead 51.4% in China.  China accounts for 20% of Jaguar Land Rover‘s total sales for this period, and sales there have grown more (48.1%) than in any other region in the past year.

Tata Motors purchased Jaguar Land Rover from Ford in 2008 for $2.3 billion. In the past five years, it has grown to be Tata’s most profitable arm.

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2013's Best Luxury SUV: Land Rover 4th Gen Range Rover Review

By Ariel Adams, Contributor

The fourth generation Range Rover is the best at what it does. To begin a review article by announcing that something is the “best” is pretty ballsy even for my standards. So let me qualify that a bit. If your definition of a fantastic high-end sport utility vehicle is one that includes both superlative on and off-road driving, then we are on the same page because that is what I am talking about. There are a lot of sport utility vehicles in the luxury arena that I think are fantastic. Audi, Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, and Porsche all make pretty sweet rides, but they are designed more like lifted cars than softened trucks. True sport utility vehicles are first and foremost all-terrain cruisers meant to travel where roads don’t go. Most of today’s higher-priced SUVs will roll with grace along highways but cough uncomfortably when asked to tread across mud and rocks. Land Rover‘s whole philosophy is to be good at both.

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Review: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover [w/video]

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Legendary, Iconic… And Improved?

It is an undeniable reality that there are only so many adjectives to choose from when describing a given vehicle. Here are two that tend to be both overused and misused perhaps more than any other: legendary and iconic.

Forgive us for regaling you with these descriptors yet again, but when it comes to the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover, there simply aren’t any words in the English language that can be applied to this sport utility vehicle that are as accurate and forceful as legendary and iconic. And what’s especially impressive about our use of these adjectives is that they apply equally well when discussing the Range Rover‘s off-road capabilities as they do its position as a status symbol.

This marketplace position, however laudable and desirable it may be, presents a unique problem: How do you redesign a legendary SUV to be better, faster and stronger while maintaining its posh image? The boffins at Land Rover think they’ve nailed the art of the redesign, and we spent a week with the 2013 Range Rover to find out for ourselves if you really can mess with success and come out the victor.

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YANGAROO, USA Studios Enter Strategic Alliance, Inaugurate End-to-End Advertising Industry Solution

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YANGAROO, USA Studios Enter Strategic Alliance, Inaugurate End-to-End Advertising Industry Solution


Companies to jointly provide full suite of post-production and delivery services, establish YANGAROO presence in New York

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– YANGAROO Inc., (TSX-V: YOO, OTCBB: YOOIF) the industry’s leading secure digital media management company, today announced a multi-year, comprehensive partnership with New-York based USA Studios, a leading provider of postproduction and distribution services for brands and agencies. As a result of the partnership, YANGAROO and USA will jointly sell and market their services – YANGAROO‘s leading digital distribution technology and USA‘s full spectrum of capabilities – to drive growth and revenue. At the same time, YANGAROO and USA will benefit by being integrated into each other’s workflows and that of their customers as well as from opportunities for collaborative, customer-centric product development.

Existing and new customers of USA Studios will benefit from YANGAROO Advertising. Powered by the company’s patented Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) platform, it is a Web-based and hardware-free service that enables senders to deliver high-quality ads and videos to broadcasters around the globe. It includes the industry’s first fully-automated traffic management system called “Reporter”, which merges personalized traffic instructions with a signed and date-stamped confirmation that traffic instructions have been received, providing a significant competitive advantage.

USA, whose clients include Microsoft, TAG Worldwide, Jaguar, Land Rover, Priceline, Calvin Klein, Disney, Ubisoft, Diageo Brands, My Traffic Department, Grey Goose, Overstock.com, Ancestry.com, and Mattel, among many others, will continue to provide its industry-leading post-production services video editing, closed captioning, on-air tracking, direct response versioning, adaptation for online and multimedia services and YANGAROO will gain access to USA‘s infrastructure, including customer support personnel as well as office space in New York.

“We’re excited to enter into this long-term relationship with USA Studios,” said Gary Moss, President and CEO of YANGAROO. “It allows both companies to coordinate growth strategies, leverage each other’s operational strengths, and continue to develop industry-leading products.”

“We see this relationship as a natural and important progression for our advertising services business. We have built a solid reputation over the past quarter century providing a broad array of services to the advertising industry and digital distribution has become an increasingly important segment of those services. We feel the time is right for us to strategically align ourselves with a specific digital distribution platform rather than

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Report: Land Rover planning entry-level 'baby' SUV?

By Zach Bowman

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Autocar reports Land Rover may be mulling a new, inexpensive SUV to slot below the company’s current offerings. John Edwards, global brand director for Land Rover, has confirmed his company’s product planners are currently evaluating the viability of a baby SUV. Edwards says he scan see such a model performing well in several markets, but has yet to see a convincing business case for bringing the machine to life right now. Other premium manufacturers are seriously pushing into the small CUV market with vehicles like the upcoming Porsche Macan, BMW X1 and even the Mini Countryman.

If the small Land Rover were to come to fruition, we could expect the car to carry an MSRP of around 18,000 pounds in the UK, or around $27,500 in the US at current conversion rates. Autocar reports the machine would likely borrow design cues from the beefy-looking Land Rover DC100 Concept as well as the upcoming Defender replacement.

Land Rover planning entry-level ‘baby’ SUV? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Range Rover Evoque convertible unlikely to see production

By Jonathon Ramsey

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From the time when all we had were rumors of a Range Rover Evoque convertible, to the grainy spy shots of said topless SUV in some English alley, to the time it rolled out on the floor of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, nothing could keep people from asking, “Is this really happening?”

To be fair, there were a number who asked in anticipation, enthused about the prospect of getting both a commanding driving position and wide open sky in a more toothsome package than the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Nevertheless, the number wasn’t enough to recommend the concept for production: A report in Car and Driver says the prospects aren’t “as bright as we were led to believe when the crossover cabrio debuted,” and that instead an Evoque with a panoramic roof that opens is a better bet.

Elsewhere in the rapidly evolving Land Rover line-up, platform harmonization and more cowbell aluminum is the way forward. From the recent use of four platforms supporting six vehicles, there will soon be only two: the EUCD architecture for the LR2 and Evoque; all else will be built on a modified version of the D7 platform created for the new Range Rover. That puts not only variants like the Chinese-market long-wheelbase Range Rover in the aluminum game, but also models like the next Defender and LR4. That latter model is expected to bow next year, the Defender might need more time while the design department moves on from the DC100, which wasn’t warmly received.

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Official: 2014 Range Rover Sport configurator reveals new option pricing

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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While we knew the starting price of the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport before it was even introduced last week at the New York Auto Show, we’re now getting a better idea about how much it will cost to option up Land Rover‘s middle child. The automaker has launched the configurator for this new SUV, but as of right now, it only provides options for the base SE V6 model.

Starting at $63,495 (including $895 destination), the 2014 Range Rover Sport offers an entirely new batch of options from the current model, such as a seven-passenger seating arrangement, new safety and driving technology and a new package to make the SUV a more serious off-roader. Some of the new tech includes the $2,210 Vision and Convenience Package offering surround camera, blind spot monitor and park assist, while the new adaptive cruise control system (with low-speed operation) will run $1,295.

A key selling point for the new Range Rover Sport will likely be the “occasional use” 5+2 seating configuration adding another $2,750 to the bottom line, and the Extra Duty Package will bring a two-speed transfer case and automatic Terrain Response for $1,300. Other options include $2,000 for rear seat entertainment, $1,950 for Meridian Premium Audio and $2,100 for the Climate Comfort and Visibility Package, which delivers heated front and rear seats, heated windshield, adaptive headlights and a 16-way power driver’s seat.

All in, the base Range Rover Sport SE can be optioned up to $77,850 – not including dealer-installed items – which is just about $2,000 less than the entry price for the Supercharged V8 model. Want more? Feel free to visit the configurator yourself.

2014 Range Rover Sport configurator reveals new option pricing originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2013 New York Auto Show Highlights

The 2012/2013 auto show season has come to an end, and the finale was at the 2013 New York Auto Show. This year’s show was chock full of reveals, from James Bond‘s new SUV to an awesome new Camaro. So sit tight as we roll through the our highlight reel from the capital of the world known as New York City. Land Rover revealed the new 2014 Range… …read more
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Land Rover to Use All-Aluminum Unibody for a Number of Upcoming Models

By Jens Meiners

Land Rover is refining its lineup with fresh styling, high-tech platforms, and downsized engines. This strategy is becoming visible in the brand’s new lineup, which includes an entirely new Range Rover and an equally new Range Rover Sport. What’s somewhat less visible, however, is the streamlining that’s taking place within the brand’s platform portfolio.

Up until recently, the brand used four different platforms: the Ford-derived EUCD platform for the Land Rover LR2 and the Range Rover Evoque; a standalone platform for the ancient Defender; an integrated body-on-frame platform for the LR4 and the Range Rover Sport; and a standalone platform derived from the first-generation BMW X5 for the now defunct, third-gen Range Rover. In the near future, Land Rover will keep the Evoque and the LR2 on their current platforms; every other model will use a variations of the new, lightweight D7 platform launched with the new Range Rover.

We’re hearing that this architecture will accommodate an upcoming long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover, which is likely to be unveiled in 2014. The LWB Range will be tailored specifically to the Chinese market, but there is a historic precedent: The first-gen Range Rover also was offered in long-wheelbase form. Land Rover has confirmed a diesel-hybrid for the Range Rover, and we hear it will be based on the brand’s 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel. It likely won’t be offered in the U.S., however, even though its consumption could shame the gasoline-hybrid offerings by other automakers.

Land Rover DC100 concept.

In addition to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models already introduced on the new D7 underpinnings, this platform will serve as the foundation for two new vehicles: the next-generation Discovery/LR4 and the next-generation Defender. We understand the the LR4 will continue to move upmarket and that it will revert to the Discovery moniker next year, when we expect the new model to arrive.

The next Defender, however, is perhaps the most difficult challenge for Land Rover to tackle. The current model, essentially the same vehicle that was launched in 1948, is an automotive icon with a rugged appeal matched by few other vehicles on the market. It was last sold in the U.S. market in 1997; it carries on dutifully in Europe and elsewhere.



For more than a decade now, Land Rover has been discussing whether it’s worth continuing to update the Defender in order to meet today’s safety and emissions standards. Consistently strong customer demand has provided the anwer so far: a resounding yes. The DC100 concept, first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show and intended to test the waters for a successor, was strongly disliked by the target group, and …read more
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Video: Forza offers <i>Top Gear</i> car pack for April [w/video]

By Seyth Miersma

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Forza Horizon fans will be pleased to read that a new car pack is available for download today, this latest one selected by the editors at Top Gear magazine. True to the Top Gear image, the selection of rides is both worthwhile and pretty quirky, too.

A 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish and the legendary Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR would seem to lead this class in terms of performance metal, though the utterly lovely Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato is no slouch, either. You might not instantly remember the Bowler EXR S, but rest assured that the love child of Land Rover and a rally raid outfit is a high-horsepower SUV that should be fun to use on the unpaved sections of the Horizon universe.

Still, the big win here is absolutely the 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan. A full-size Euro cargo van, pumping out an whopping 198-horsepower and with a center of gravity roughly eight feet off the ground. What’s not to love? Follow on below to watch a video introduction to the Top Gear car pack, as well as a short description of the full list of available cars.

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Forza offers Top Gear car pack for April [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: 1987 Glenfrome Facet hides its Land Rover identity well

By Seyth Miersma

1987 Glenfrome Facet - Dramatically rebodied Land Rover Range Rover - eBay photo

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You’ll get to keep your Car Guy membership card even if you haven’t heard of Glenfrome of England. The company was founded in the 1970s and made some noise in the 1980s with rebodied Land Rover Range Rover creations that were, to be charitable, weird as hell. The mid-Eighties marked out a high-water point for the coachbuilders, as Glenfrome turned out six-door limos, open-backed and stair-equipped versions for reviewing military exercises (no kidding) and the utterly inscrutable Glenfrome Facet that you see before you.

Nothing makes sense about this eBay Motors listing for a 1987 Glenfrome Facet Convertible. Nothing. Its styling suggests the historically and biologically impossible progeny of a Lamborghini LM002, an Isuzu Amigo and a Volkswagen Schwimmwagen. Its pedigree suggests that it should be in the deepest reaches of some Saudi’s car warehouse, not parked in a driveway in South Carolina. And its rose metallic paint over burgundy leather interior does not conceptually jive with the Desert Storm tribute on its spare tire cover. Based on the pictures here, we’re guessing that the digital camera employed is from roughly the same vintage as the vehicle, too.

Rather than fight it, however, we’ve decided to treasure the uniqueness of finding this “Crown Prince of Saudi” Range Rover redo up for sale right here in the US. Though far from vouching for the provenance of the Facet, we suspect that this vehicle is so rare and weird that is must, almost certainly, be the real deal. Whether or not that likely validity makes it worth $52,000 (the current Buy It Now price on the listing) is another story entirely. Caveat Emptor.

eBay Find of the Day: 1987 Glenfrome Facet hides its Land Rover identity well originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Mar 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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