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WORLD DESIGN CAR OF THE YEAR IS 101ST GLOBAL AWARD FOR THE RANGE ROVER EVOQUE

5 April 2012
The Range Rover Evoque has been crowned World Design Car of the Year 2012. The announcement was made at the 2012 New York International Auto Show and sees Evoque's awards tally reach more than 100 global accolades. The award is testament to the Evoque’s groundbreaking and unique design and recognises the fact that the dynamic new Range Rover has created a new segment of the market to world-wide acclaim. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director said: "We are honoured that the Range Rover Evoque has been named 2012 World Design Car of the Year. This prestigious accolade recognises the overwhelmingly positive response that we have received to the Evoque's bold and dramatic design. It is a car that truly resonates on an emotional level."

The Evoque was shortlisted from an original 46 nominations and beat off stiff competition from the two other finalists – the Citroen DS5 and the Volkswagen Up! A panel of five highly respected world design experts decided on the shortlist, which was then voted on by each of the 66 World Car Jurors. The jurors are all highly respected, top-level automotive journalists and come from 25 separate countries. One of the five panel expert was Silvia Baruffaldi, Managing Editor of Auto & Design magazine, who said: “True to the concept car it derives from, it is a contemporary automotive design masterpiece. Besides not having equals in the markets, it is able to deliver the Land Rover DNA in a more compact, sporty bodystyle. A premium product without the bad habit of showing off.”

The Range Rover Evoque's award winning design is matched by its class-leading performance with dynamic and agile handling across all terrains plus innovative Range Rover technologies, including Terrain Response, dual-view touch screen, surround camera system and an array of personalisation options to suit customer needs.

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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE TAKES 4X4 TOP HONOURS IN PARKERS COST OF MOTORING NEW CAR AWARDS 2012

3 April 2012
The Range Rover Evoque 2.2 TD4 Pure has beaten off stiff competition to take top honours in the 4x4 category of Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards 2012. The Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards are based on figures collated by Parkers' Cost of Motoring tool, which calculates the true "hidden costs" associated with owning and running a new car, the calculation includes fuel consumption, depreciation, servicing and road tax. The coveted honour takes the Range Rover Evoque's tally to just shy of 100 awards globally in the short seven months it has been on sale.

Commenting on the award, Land Rover’s UK Marketing Director, Laura Schwab said: "We know our customers take the cost of ownership into serious consideration when deciding on their new car. "This award is further endorsement of the Evoque's balance of luxury, on road dynamics, off road capability and class leading residual values which is a large contributing factor to the car's success." Kieren Puffett, Editor of Parkers added: "The Range Rover Evoque has striking looks that make it stand out of the crowd, and now it can claim to be the best value 4x4 too. With the Evoque claiming three of the price brackets in the 4x4 category for being top for value, it was an incredibly easy decision to award the Range Rover Evoque 2.2 TD4 Pure as winner of the Parkers' Cost of Motoring New Car Awards 2012 in the 4x4 Category. "Key to its strong performance was not only its strong residuals so it really holds on to its value, but also the frugal nature of the 2.2-litre diesel and its low running costs."

The Range Rover Evoque starts from £27,995 on the road.

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LAND ROVER RETURNS TO THE SOUTH WEST WITH EXCITING NEW SHOW

LAND ROVER RETURNS TO THE SOUTH WEST WITH EXCITING NEW SHOW 5 March 2012
The organisers of Europe’s biggest Land Rover and 4x4 event are bringing Land Rover back to the South West. The all-new and exciting Bristol and West Land Rover Show will open its gates for the first time on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2012 at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet. Utilising the showground’s fantastic facilities and the Xtreme Off Road course, Land Rover and four wheeleddrive enthusiasts can come together to celebrate their favourite marque with a weekend of high octane family fun.

Drive or be driven around one of the most challenging off-road courses in the UK. Enjoy the action packed terrain that will put you and your Land Rover to the test. Xtreme Offroad’s course has it all and is guaranteed to keep you on your toes from start to finish, which takes about 40 minutes dependent on the conditions. The course is designed to cater for different driving abilities and vehicle specification. Off road course is £10 per session or £30 for four sessions if booked at the same time. The Live Action Arena will be bursting with entertainment throughout the weekend including Land Rover parades, interactive games, and winching demonstrations from Goodwinch. Test your skills in the see-saw club trophy, see the first double twist off challenge and much more to keep the whole family entertained. Featuring displays from clubs around the UK and Europe, the Bristol and West Land Rover Show is the place to cast your eye over some of the finest examples or this iconic British marque, including rare and prototype models, as well as ex-military vehicles. All the big names in the trade will come together to form the Retail Village and Autojumble, so whether you’re searching for that elusive part, some extra tools to complete a restoration project or a new accessory for your favourite 4 x 4, you’re sure to find everything you need.

If you can’t bear to tear yourself away from the action then book yourself a pitch for the weekend and bring along your tent or caravan. From as little as £35 you and your family can enjoy the evening entertainment provided as well as family fun with giant inflatables, sports activities and games. Bristol and West Rover Show is open from 9am until 4.30pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2012. Adult ticket prices start from £8 when purchased in advance with children under 15s allowed in free with paying adults. For more information on Bristol and West Land Rover Show visit www.bristolandwestlandrovershow.com

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1,000,000TH LAND ROVER DISCOVERY EMBARKS ON FUNDRAISING EXPEDITION FROM BIRMINGHAM TO BEIJING

1,000,000TH LAND ROVER DISCOVERY EMBARKS ON FUNDRAISING EXPEDITION FROM BIRMINGHAM TO BEIJING 29 February 2012

  • The 1,000,000th Land Rover Discovery has been produced at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull manufacturing plant in the UK West Midlands
  • Land Rover to showcase the Discovery's unique versatility and breadth of capability by embarking on a expedition from its birthplace in Birmingham, UK to one of its fastest growing markets Beijing in China
  • 8.000 miles, 13 countries in 50 days – a team of four Land Rover Experience experts tackle all weather, all terrain in the one millionth Discover
  • Expedition aims to raise £1million for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Land Rover's most ambitious fundraising project ever (www.landrover.com/million)
  • A significant milestone for the UK car industry, with Discovery's global sales up by 16% year on year, with 83% of production being exported overseas
  • Solihull plant workforce increased by 20% rising to 6,000 in last six months to meet growing global market demand for Land Rover products
  • The Journey of Discovery launched with help from a number of renowned experienced explorers who have all used the Land Rover Discovery in their adventures – including Bear Grylls, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ray Mears, Monty Halls and Polar explorer Ben Saunders.

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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE CONCEPT TO BE REVEALED AT THE 2012 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE CONCEPT TO BE REVEALED AT THE 2012 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 24 February 2012

Land Rover will unveil a Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Evoque Convertible Concept vehicle will explore the potential for the world's first premium convertible SUV. This bold concept builds on the global success of the Evoque and continues Land Rover's tradition for creating and leading new market segments. The concept is being shown to gauge reaction and to assess the potential for what could be another white space product from the world's leading SUV brand.

The concept has been developed by Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern and his team. Commenting on the concept, McGovern said: "The Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. This study is not a traditional convertible design execution - instead we have worked with the balance of the Evoque's lines to retain its distinctive shape and create something that is unique and, we believe, highly desirable." The soft-top convertible concept is based on the Range Rover Evoque Coupe. It features a fully retractable premium roof system with a Roll Over Protection System [ROPS]. The concept cleverly combines capability and versatility with a drop down tailgate and a comfortable four seat package. The vehicle has been developed with Land Rover DNA at its heart, retaining key characteristics including a command driving position and all-terrain capability.

The Evoque's dramatic rising waist line and distinctive shape has been retained and the new convertible body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional rigidity. The hood is housed in a neat tapered finisher with the roof mechanism stowed discretely below the belt-line. Inside, the concept is packed with Evoque's award winning technology including Terrain Response, surround cameras, Park Assist and class leading infotainment featuring an 8-inch dual view touch screen and a sound system from British audio experts, Meridian. The Evoque Convertible Concept features unique 21-inch Titan silver wheels and is finished in a new metallic Causeway Grey paint. The interior is in Lunar and Ivory with leather seats featuring sporty perforated panels and Ivory contrast stitching. The Range Rover Evoque has been on sale for six months and is widely recognised as an international success with strong sales performances in 170 global markets, and achieving excellent customer satisfaction and class-leading residual values. The Evoque has been launched to worldwide media acclaim and to date has been honoured with over 90 international awards. John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: "The Evoque Convertible Concept is a new twist to the Evoque story and explores the potential to further extend the nameplate's appeal by giving existing customers more choice, whilst at the same time reaching out to a completely new customer base. We are excited to see the response to this concept as we assess the potential for building on the Evoque's exceptional success so far." The Evoque Convertible Concept will be revealed at Geneva as a design and engineering study. There are no production plans confirmed.

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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE SCOOPS MSN CARS CAR OF THE YEAR

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE SCOOPS MSN CARS CAR OF THE YEAR
22 February 2012

Range Rover Evoque has notched up its 90th global award by being voted Car of the Year 2012 by visitors to the MSN Cars automotive website. More than 30,000 readers of the site were surveyed to find the car that has most captured their imagination during the past 12 months. Range Rover Evoque collected 12 per cent of the votes, in front of the Aston Martin Virage in second place with nine per cent and the McLaren MP4-12C in third with eight per cent.

Tom Evans, managing editor of MSN Cars, said: "With over 30,000 votes, this year's competition generated a great deal of public interest. The competitive MSN Cars' Car of the Year is often won by supercars but this time I'm really pleased to see our prize being won by a car that many people can realistically aspire to own. "The Evoque is a thoroughly worthy winner, and a British one too. The enthusiasm for this global smash hit is palpable. It has gorgeous looks, strong performance both on and off the road, and can still return up to 63 miles-per-gallon. Huge congratulations to everyone at Land Rover." The Range Rover Evoque is built at Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood Operations, which is regarded throughout the industry as a centre of excellence for manufacturing quality. The MSN team visited the plant to handover the Car of the Year Award to the 3000 employees who work there. On receiving the award, Richard Else, Director, Halewood Operations, said: "I am delighted to accept the MSN Cars' Car of the Year Award on behalf of the plant and also the wider company. It is always great to receive external awards for our products – especially when the recognition comes from members of the public. We have been overwhelmed by the extremely positive reaction to the Evoque and are working hard here at Halewood to continue the delivery of an outstanding vehicle to our customers."

Visitors to MSN Cars will be able to learn more about Halewood and the Range Rover Evoque by reading the team's report on their visit to the Merseyside facility. Click here to view. MSN Cars is one of the UK's most popular automotive websites, offering news, information and guides on all aspects of motoring. According to Comscore, the site receives 1.1 million UK unique users per month.

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PRINDIVILLE DESIGN UNVEILS LIMITED EDITION LAND ROVER DEFENDER

PRINDIVILLE DESIGN UNVEILS LIMITED EDITION LAND ROVER DEFENDER 15 February 2012

London-based bespoke coachbuilder, Prindiville Design, has unveiled a new Limited Edition Land Rover Defender, designed to celebrate the debut of the model in their Collection which counts some of today’s most sought-after supercars such as the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Aventador. Restricted to only 25 units worldwide, and designed to offer individuality coupled with a superior level of comfort and practicality, the Limited Edition Land Rover is based on the latest Defender 90 Hard Top model, and hand-assembled by a team of highly skilled engineers at Prindiville’s UK manufacturing facility close to Silverstone, in-line with the customer’s bespoke interior and exterior specification. Enhancements to the suspension, braking system, cooling, and engine are undertaken by Defender specialists, Lincolnshire-based Alive Tuning, who has become renowned in their field for their extensive experience, unrivalled quality, and attention to detail.

The Limited Edition offers a choice of four different power upgrades, which gradually increase the output of the 2.4-litre TDi powerplant from 122 to 190 bhp. Coupled with the dual-range six speed transmission, which can be further upgraded to an automatic or tiptronic gearbox, and the additions of a high flow intercooler, silicone hoses, and turbocharger, this translates into a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 100km/h) sprint of just 10 seconds, and a peak torque of 460Nm. The model is specified as standard with 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, complete with a high performance braking system thanks to Prindiville’s bespoke six-pot callipers and sport discs. Custom designed and manufactured performance springs also allow greater vehicle speed and stability.

Each of the 25 customers are invited to specify a bespoke paint scheme in either a matt or metallic finish from Prindviille’s very own palette, thereby complementing the beautifully-designed exterior which boasts a number of features exclusive to the latest Limited Edition. These are namely a rear Prindiville signature badge, a titanium high performance sports exhaust, chrome side protection runners, LED front and rear headlamps, ribbed undershield, in addition to front and rear parking sensors and cameras, a world first for the Land Rover Defender. The full leather interior is trimmed with the finest Italian hides, and superior comfort comes courtesy of Cobra sport seats dressed with hand-stitched piping. This is echoed in the matching leather steering wheel, alcantara driver and passenger carpets, and bespoke centre console storage unit, all built and tailored according to the owner’s colour selection. Each of the Limited Edition Defenders by Prindiville equally receives a dashboard-mounted numbered aluminium plaque commemorating the series in the coachbuilder’s prestigious collection. The application of internal sound proofing significantly reduces road and engine noise, allowing occupants to enjoy the unsurpassed driving experience as well as the in-car entertainment and communication system. This comes as standard with a five-inch built-in LCD television interface providing access to wireless Internet, a DVD player, satellite navigation, 360-degree external vision, surround sound from four loudspeakers, as well as a connection to any mobile handset and MP3 device via Bluetooth.

Commenting on the launch of the new Limited Edition Land Rover Defender, Alex Prindiville, Founder and Chief Designer of Prindiville Design, explains: “The Limited Edition Land Rover Defender is a truly unique proposition in that it offers a more refined, quiet, and comfortable environment comparable to that of high-end 4x4s. This is an uncompromised solution for either urban city driving or long-distance journeys. The significant interest which we have enjoyed to date will no doubt pave the way for further Land Rover or Range Rover customisations of a similar nature.” The Limited Edition Land Rover Defender by Prindiville Design is available to order now at a cost of £52,000 or US$81,500 (excluding import taxes and shipping).

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LAND ROVER STEPS IN FOR SNOW PATROL

9 February 2012

With the cold snap continuing, Land Rover vehicles are out in action across the UK helping the British Red Cross and emergency services reach vulnerable people. As well as loaning vehicles, Land Rover has provided specialist winter driving training to volunteers from the Red Cross and London Ambulance Service who have been using Land Rover vehicles to respond to emergencies that would otherwise be difficult to access. The same course is now available to members of the public through Land Rover Experience centres nationwide.

When snow fell last weekend, Red Cross ambulance crews responded to 999 emergency calls in Land Rover Defender ambulances. Teams worked from bases in Redhill in Surrey and Winchester in Hampshire to ensure vital support got to people in need – wherever they were. And 4x4 ambulances were on duty in Derbyshire and Leicester, supporting the East Midlands Ambulance Service. Volunteers from the fire and emergency support service (FESS) in Surrey used a Land Rover support vehicle to tackle difficult snowy conditions to reach a couple who’d been forced to flee their home following a fire. And in Essex, nurses unable to get to work through heavy snow were transported by Red Cross vehicles. Emergency teams in Kent and Surrey used their Land Rovers to take care workers to their clients and make house-calls to check on the welfare of vulnerable older people, ensuring that they received personal care and hot meals. With the wintry weather set to continue, drivers are being warned to take extra care in snow and ice and be prepared for difficult conditions. Land Rover has created a useful video for drivers, which gives winter preparedness and driving advice.

Land Rover Experience is also launching a special winter driving course at its 10 centres across the UK, including Solihull in the West Midlands, Halewood on Merseyside and Gaydon in Warwickshire. The half-day course is delivered by trained instructors to prepare drivers for severe weather, advising on the best techniques to negotiate icy, snowy and wet conditions safely and effectively. There is also some timely advice on how to tackle deep water for when the thaw comes. Topics covered include choosing the correct tyres, vehicle preparation, essential kit to carry and how to use the vehicle's controls and make the most of Land Rover's unique Terrain Response™ system in slippery conditions. Hands-on experience comes in one of the Experience Centre’s vehicles on suitable terrain. For further details visit www.landrover.co.uk and follow the link to the Land Rover Experience.

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RANGE ROVER (3) CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW SPECIAL EDITIONS

6 February 2012

The third generation Range Rover enters its 10th anniversary year in 2012, continuing to set benchmarks in luxury, capability and performance. Going beyond the 2012 model year enhancements that were introduced in October 2011, the Range Rover line-up is being developed to include three new Special Editions; The TDV8 Westminster, TDV8 Autobiography and Supercharged Autobiography. The new arrivals focus on further extending the luxury and high specifications that are at the core of the Range Rover brand. In 2012 Land Rover celebrates 10 years of Range Rover in its current guise. The Range Rover (3) was introduced in 2002 to critical acclaim setting new benchmarks in levels of luxury and all-terrain capability. Over the past decade, several facelifts and model year updates have kept the Range Rover at the cutting edge of technology leading up to the latest special editions, which will provide customers with increased options and convenience.

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NEW LAND ROVER SHOW FOR EASTNOR CASTLE

26 January 2012
The organisers of the Europe’s biggest Land Rover and 4x4 event are launching a brand new show at Land Rover’s ancestral home at Eastnor Castle. The all-new and exciting Eastnor Land Rover Show is opening its gates for the first time on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2012. Celebrating over 50 years of engineering heritage and set in the beautiful landscape of the Deer Park on the Eastnor Castle estate in Herefordshire, the show is a fantastic event for Land Rover and four wheeleddrive enthusiasts to come together.

Eastnor Land Rover Show organiser Mark Woodward said: “I’m delighted to bring a new Land Rover show to Eastnor Castle. The two have very close links spanning over half a century and there isn’t a more suitable setting for such a show.” Featuring displays of historic vehicles from clubs around the UK and Europe the Eastnor Land Rover Show is the place to cast your eye over some of the finest examples or this iconic British marque, including rare and prototype models. All the big names in the trade will come together to form the Retail Village and Autojumble, so whether you’re searching for that elusive part, some extra tools to complete a restoration project or a new accessory for your favourite 4 x 4, you’re sure to find everything you need. The Live Action Arena, hosted by Land Rover personality Diana Tigwell, will be bursting with entertainment throughout the weekend including Land Rover parades, interactive games, demonstrations and much more to keep the whole family entertained.

If you need some assistance or support on your vehicle rebuild then why not talk to the experts in Restoration Zone. See vehicles in various states of repair and exchange stories on the trials and tribulations of getting the 4 x 4’s back on the road. Features include demonstrations in restoration and maintenance techniques to help you on your way. Land Rover Experience is opening up its off road course in the grounds of Eastnor for you to drive your own vehicle, as part of a surpervised convoy, on the same terrain used by Land Rover itself to fine-tune new products prior to general launch. It’s your turn to be part of that history as the experts show you how to navigate the mysteries of the woodland. This exclusive opportunity is bound to be popular and slots are limited on both the beginner and intermediate convoys so book your session in now to avoid disappointment. Each session lasts two hours and costs just £45. To reserve your place, contact Land Rover Experience by calling 01531 638779 or emailing eastnor@landroverexperience.com

If you can’t bear to tear yourself away from the action then book yourself a pitch for the weekend and bring along your tent or caravan. From as little as £50 you and your family can enjoy the evening entertainment provided complete in the backdrop of the majestic Malvern Hills. Eastnor Land Rover Show is open from 9am until 4.30pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2012. Adult ticket prices start from £10 when purchased in advance with children under 16 allowed in free with paying adults. For more information on Eastnor Land Rover Show visit www.eastnorlandrovershow.com

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WORLD LAUNCH OF TDV6 DIESEL WILDCAT

23 January 2012
2012 Autosport International show sees the worldwide launch of the all new TDv6 Diesel Wildcat, which is manufactured by Plymouth based Qt Services Ltd. This exciting addition to the Wildcat range adds a new dimension to Qt’s lineup of these extreme off road race cars. Taken from the Land Rover Discovery 4, the 3.0 litre twin turbo has raised the bar in terms of performance for vehicles in this field of motorsport.

Qt Services is the first manufacturer to successfully integrate this new powerplant into a race car. Qt’s MD, Dave Marsh says, “This new engine has exceeded our expectations. Delivering 316 HP and 513 ftlbs of torque it produces more than enough power to deal with the toughest off road conditions in the world”. Working closely with their electronics and transmission specialists, the integration of the engine has worked really well and Qt are looking forward to having two of the new Diesel cars racing in the Tuareg Rally, which kicks off in Spain in March.

There has been strong interest from around the world in this new package and Qt are pleased to be able to officially launch the car at the prestigious Autosport show. The TDv6 diesel car was officially launched at the Autosport Show on January 12th and full details of the range of Wildcats can be found at www.qtwildcat.co.uk

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ALL-NEW 2012 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE NAMED 2012 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR

9 January 2012
The Range Rover Evoque has been named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The announcement, which was made at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, saw the Evoque triumph over tough competition from the BMW X3 and the Honda CR-V. The judging panel of senior US automotive journalists chose the Evoque as the winner after reviewing it against its competitors in six key categories: value for the dollar, innovation, handling, performance, safety and driver satisfaction. "We are honored that the all-new Range Rover Evoque has been named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year, one of the most celebrated automotive awards in our industry,” said Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “This recognition is in keeping with the overwhelmingly positive global response from consumers who are selecting the vehicle for its ideal combination of luxury and capability, within a sustainable package.”

The Range Rover Evoque was reviewed by a coalition of 50 automotive journalists, from the United States and Canada, representing all media platforms. Every year, the jurors of the North American Truck of the Year convene to determine worthy vehicle contenders and limit the eligible vehicles to approximately 10 cars and 10 trucks. Based on a points system, the jurors rate the vehicles and send their ballots to Deloitte & Touche’s office in Detroit where the selection process is narrowed down to the three cars and three trucks with the most points. Once the three finalists are announced, the jurors vote again on the finalists. The North American Truck of the Year honor is the latest global accolade that the Range Rover Evoque has received since its launch in September 2011. It is the first NAToTY title for Land Rover although the brand has been shortlisted three times. Additionally, in North America, the car has been named Motor Trend’s 2012 Sport/Utility of the Year, Autoweek's "Best of Best" Truck, Road & Travel's International Truck of the Year, Decisive Magazine’s Urban Truck of the Year, Automobile Magazine’s 2012 All-Star Award and Best Luxury Compact Vehicle from Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) and Bloomberg News’ Crossover Car of the Year.

In the UK, the Range Rover Evoque has been named Car of the Year by several titles including Auto Express, Top Gear and The Sun. Additionally, the UK's leading consumer publication, Which? recently chose the Evoque as one of the best vehicles to go on sale in 2011. Frank Klaas, Global Head of Communications for Jaguar Land Rover, said: "It is fantastic news that we have been awarded North American Truck of the Year, which is further recognition for the hard work of both the team in the market and also our employees based at our design, engineering and manufacturing sites in the UK. Also today, the European Car of the Year jury has announced that the Range Rover Evoque is one of seven cars shortlisted for this highly prestigious European award. The entire Evoque team has their fingers crossed ahead of the final announcement at the Geneva Motor Show in March."

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FINAL WEEKS FOR LAND ROVER'S 'GO BEYOND' BURSARY 2012 APPLICATIONS

9 January 2012
Calling all expedition enthusiasts! With only weeks to go before the Land Rover 'Go Beyond' Bursary 2012 application draws to a close, now is your chance to apply for funding and the loan of a Land Rover Defender 110 to do a journey of a lifetime. For the fifth consecutive year, the Land Rover ‘Go Beyond’ Bursary, run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is one of Land Rover's six Global Humanitarian & Conservation Partners.

The award is aimed at those who want to take a journey beyond their limits and boundaries, offering challenges for the team and using a Land Rover Defender 110 as an integral part of the expedition. Mark Cameron, Global Brand Extension Director for Land Rover said; "It's brilliant to see such a wide and exciting variety of expedition enthusiasts applying for the 'Go Beyond' Bursary 2012 this year. And for the first time ever, we have also trebled the total amount of Land Rover funding to £30, 000, enabling the winning Bursary team to adventure further afield than ever before." Paul Rose, Vice President of Expeditions & Fieldwork, RGS-IBG added; "The Land Rover 'Go Beyond’ Bursary offers recipients an amazing opportunity to take a journey to promote a wider understanding and enjoyment of people, places and environments. " "With the use of a Land Rover Defender 110, you can really get off the beaten track and make the most of the vehicle’s capabilities in remote terrain and in demanding environments, helping to turn ideas for challenging and inspiring geographical journeys into a reality."

The journey may connect the team with schools, local communities or projects but, whatever its aim, the team will be expected to inspire and engage others, both from the field and on return. A bursary of £15,000 is available and in addition applicants can apply for a discretionary fund of up to £15,000 to support essential expedition-related costs. The application deadline is 3 February 2012 and interviews will take place in March 2012, in London. To apply, please visit; www.rgs.org/GoBeyond Additionally, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) will also be exhibiting at the Telegraph Adventure Travel Show; Expedition planning zone. The show will provide a collection of extraordinary travel experiences under one roof, at London Olympia on the 28 - 29 January 2012. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is one of six Global Humanitarian & Conservation Partners with Land Rover which forms part of an integrated approach to sustainability and sits within Land Rovers' Our Planet.

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LAND ROVER DEFENDER CONCEPT 100 AT NEW DELHI AUTO EXPO

5 January 2012
Land Rover's Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport have made their Indian debut at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2012. These concepts investigate the potential design direction for a replacement for the iconic Defender. John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: "The Defender has always been at the heart of the Land Rover Brand and single-handedly defines our go-anywhere, can-do sprit. Our ambition is to create an all new Defender for a global market that remains absolutely faithful to its original DNA: tough, versatile, durable and capable. At the same time, it will be developed for the 21st century and adaptable for the needs of future generations.

"Our intention is to introduce the all new Defender in the middle of the decade - there's a lot of work to do to meet these dates and our concepts are just the start of the journey. We are here in India to showcase the Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport." Capturing the rugged, dependable and adventurous spirit of the original, the Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport are intended to showcase the potential breath of capability for the future Defender family. Evolved since their unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the concepts now ride on optimised off-road 20-inch alloy wheels shod with Cooper all-terrain tyres. Shown for the first time in Firenze Red paint with a white roof, the Defender Concept 100 re-invents the essential Defender design cues for the 21st century. These include short overhangs for extreme approach and departure angles, vertical panels, an upright windscreen and strong shoulder line for visibility and ease of positioning and, of course, the honest Defender 'face' with its signature round lamps and prominent grille, incorporating a winch.

Also in Firenze Red, the Defender Concept 100 Sport takes all these key design cues and adds to them the spirit of freedom first embodied by the early canvas-roofed Land Rovers with their fold-down windscreens to create a concept bursting with California cool. Core Land Rover attributes of capability and versatility are underpinned in both concepts by a suite of innovative off-road technological aids that reduce the workload on the driver. Foremost of these is the next generation of Land Rover's acclaimed Terrain Response system which will optimise the car for any conditions without driver pre-selection. In addition, a new Terrain-i system creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualisation. Terrain-i automatically identifies potential hazards and suggests alternative routes. In urban environments the same system is able to identify pedestrians and hazards with great accuracy. A new Wade Aid system utilises sonar sensors mounted in the bumpers and wing mirrors to measure water depth. As with Terrain Response, Wade Aid will optimise the car for water crossings by closing body vents, raising the ride height, selecting a low gear and advising on the safest speed. Sustainability has always been a Land Rover hallmark - more than three-quarters of the almost two million Defenders made are still doing regular duty - and the Defender Concepts extend this commitment with new technologies that will reduce their environmental impact. The first is an intelligent Twin-Solenoid Stop/Start system mated to the latest eight-speed automatic gearbox, both of which have been designed with future hybridisation in mind. Second is the unique Driveline Disconnect system, which sends power to the front-axle only unless conditions demand all-wheel drive. Unlike conventional systems, this physically, rather than electronically, decouples the rear-axle to reduce friction losses but can reengage drive almost instantaneously.

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