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31 Mar 2006
The complete new L200 pick-up range will take centre stage on the Mitsubishi stand at the 2006 Commercial Vehicle show in April. In both single and double cab form, all variants of the stunning new pick-up will be available to peruse from the practical 4Work right through to the more extravagant Animal.
In addition to the standard range, Mitsubishi Motors UK will also take the opportunity to test an L200 Tipper concept vehicle with visitors to the show. Whilst on display, Mitsubishi product managers will gather feedback and evaluate demand in order to decide whether to add it as a new member of the UK line-up.
Officially on sale from the beginning of March, demand for the new L200 pick-up has already outstripped initial supply with 1,500 orders being taken before the demonstrators had reached the dealer showroom floors. A combination of keen pricing, generous specification, technical advancements and stunning styling have captured the buying public’s imagination. With new supplies already on their way, Mitsubishi looks set to record an all-new pick-up sales record in 2006.
As well as the pick-up, Mitsubishi will also show the practical and value-packed Shogun and Shogun Sport commercial vehicles. The 4x4 commercial vehicle sector (excluding pick-up) is a niche market but one that has been steadily growing for Mitsubishi Motors UK, fuelled by the creation of a one-stop-shop for specialist fleet customer conversions at its Head Office in Cirencester. This facility allows customers to place their order along with conversion requirements - ranging from lights and stripes and racking systems to heavy duty winches - and have the vehicle kitted out and delivered ready to go to work. Customers making use of this facility have been the Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Orange, BT and numerous police forces.
29 Mar 2006
Brian Owen, Managing Director said, "We have developed, and can now supply, two power-grade packages, one for the 2.5-litre common rail turbodiesel models imported by Toyota into the UK and the other for the 3.0-litre turbodiesel variants which are imported independently.Any competent do-it-yourself customer can fit these upgrades to their vehicles in less than 15 minutes."
He added, "Whether the owner of the new Toyota Hilux uses their vehicle for towing, carrying loads up to the maximum weight for this vehicle or just wants more performance and better driveability, our power upgrade will dramatically transform the throttle response, pulling power and acceleration. The microcomputer we supply is already programmed and it comes with a plug-in adapter loom to link it to the engine’s standard ECU. As we supply all the fitting instructions it is just a case of plug it in and go."
Toyota Hilux 2.5-litre power upgrade
Toyota Hilux 3.0-litre power upgrade
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 28 March 2006
Having received its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Press Launch for 2006, the HST adds a host of additional equipment along with dramatic design cues inspired by the Range Stormer concept car, first shown at the Detroit auto show in January 2004. "The HST allows a Range Rover Sport customer to drive the closest thing there is to the radical Range Stormer, our first ever concept vehicle and a real milestone for the company," says Land Rover UK managing director, John Edwards.
The new HST will be based on the Supercharged specification with the additional equipment including: electric sunroof, an electronic active locking rear differential and privacy glass. The interior is distinguished by a unique hand polished lined oak trim. The exterior design is the work of the same Land Rover team that created the original Range Stormer. It includes new flush-fitting front and rear bumpers and a new larger open-mouth grille. The front lower air intake is deeper and new front fog lamps are mounted in the spoiler. The lower doors and lower rear boot are body-coloured, making the body sides appear deeper, accentuating the vehicle’s road-hugging qualities. A new tail spoiler is also fitted, and the special rectangular tail-pipes are close to those used on the original Range Stormer concept vehicle. Further visual impact is provided by the 20 inch 'Stormer' alloy wheels, chromed aluminium side vents and body-coloured door mirror cappings, unique to this derivative.
"The HST gives the Range Rover Sport an especially impressive stance, hunkered down tight to the road," says Land Rover design director, Geoff Upex. "It's the extreme version of the Range Rover Sport, the design that will be chosen by those who want to stand out from the crowd." The HST is available in five colours; Bonatti Grey, Cairns Blue, Java Black, Rimini Red and Zermatt Silver. Performance figures are the same as the standard Supercharged model. As a Land Rover, the HST will naturally still have off-road capability. The removable chin spoiler means that approach and departure angles are as good as the standard vehicle.
"The Range Rover Sport continues to be a major success for Land Rover, with strong order banks in most markets," says John Edwards. "It appeals not only to those who want a dynamic 4x4 but also to customers who want comfort and refinement. That's why we call it a Sports Tourer. Customers are coming not just from competitor 4x4s but also from premium saloons. They value the extra all-round command driving and breadth of capability that only a Land Rover can offer."
The Range Rover Sport HST is now on sale from £63,000 on the road. For more information contact your local Land Rover dealership or visit www.landrover.co.uk
28 Mar 2006
Metallic/pearlescent paint is available at a charge of £300.00 inc. VAT.
Prices for the automatic version of the 1.6 GLX two-wheel drive and the 1.6 GLX and 1.9 DDiS 4GRIP models will be announced before their launch mid-year.
Brentwood 15 Mar 2006
Ford's new Ranger Tipper is now available to order and is ideal workmate for every kind of business from farming to roundabout maintenance. The new model is a 4x4 Ranger with a TUV approved rear tipping body with a useful under-body stowage box. The high quality powder coated body is manufactured from corrosion resistant Zinc plated Steel with double skinned Aluminium side and tail-boards.
Gary Whittam, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain said: "We are delighted with the way this new model looks and operates. Conversions can often be ungainly but we believe this model is in good proportion.
"Builders, agricultural and forestry workers, playing field and roundabout maintenance teams will all welcome the tipping action and the ability to tow extra equipment such as lawn mowers and trailers. Out in muddy forests and fields the fundamental ability of the Ranger will be a bonus," he added.
The Ranger Tipper is an extension to the market leading Transit "One-Stop" range of ready-for-work conversions. It can uniquely meet operator machinery directive requirements, providing buyers with peace of mind in this increasingly complex legislative environment.
Model: Ranger Regular Chassis Cab 4x4
Overall length 5054mm
Type: Tipper, 1-Way rear tip, manual bottom hinged side and tailboards.
9 Mar 2006
BRENTWOOD, ESSEX, March 9, 2006: The all-new Ford Ranger pick-up will deliver more power, more style and more durability when it arrives on Britain's roads, quarries and farms this Autumn. The all-new Ranger is a true off-roader which is both rugged and capable in the harshest of environments and yet stylish and comfortable for the driver who needs it to fit their lifestyle as well as their job.
Gary Whittam, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said: "New Ranger is a very stylish yet durable vehicle. It really deserves its 'tough truck' label, and now offers higher levels of comfort and practicality.
"Sales of Ranger have more than doubled over the last five years and we are confident that the all-new Ranger will attract even more new customers who will certainly feel the difference!"
New Tough Exterior
Reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness
New Stylish Interior
Increased Load Area and Towing Capacity
Improved Ride and Handling
Extensive Tough Testing
9 Mar 2006
"Residual values for prestige SUVs are finally falling from the high levels that have prevailed for the last 36 months," comments Richard Crosthwaite, Prestige Car Editor at EurotaxGlass’s. "The good news for existing owners is that we now expect to see rates of depreciation for these cars level out, and they will still outperform most other prestige car segments."
The EurotaxGlass’s analysis indicates that a 12-month-old BMW X5 3.0d Sport SE (auto) currently has a trade value of £36,625, approximately nine per cent or £3,550 down on what an identical X5 of the same age would have achieved in March 2005. Similarly, a Volvo XC90 D5 SE (auto) now has a value of £28,650, some £3,450 or 11 per cent lower than at the same point last year. The Porsche Cayenne has also suffered, with a Cayenne S (auto) now worth £40,600 compared to £42,825 in March 2005 – a fall of 5 per cent or £2,225. Meanwhile, a Mercedes-Benz ML270 CDI (auto) has a trade value of £25,000 this month, around £1,150 lower than the £26,150 that would be paid for the same age of ML270 CDI in March 2005.
"Without exception, the vehicles that perform best in this segment are the diesel variants, and they will continue to do so," adds Crosthwaite. "Re-sale prospects are also aided by a good metallic colour – metallic black being the best, automatic transmission and satellite navigation." Crosthwaite says failure by buyers of new prestige SUVs to adhere to these basic rules can result in resale values that are several thousand pounds lower. "The absence of sat nav alone can take at least £2,000 off the trade price of a 12-month-old prestige SUV, with a similar sum deducted for a manual gearbox," he explains.
Looking forward, the launch of new models such as the Audi Q7 will add some further used supply into the segment, but the resulting increases will be modest for at least the next 18-months. "It is therefore my opinion that supply issues will not adversely effect values to any significant extent," says Crosthwaite. "However, it must be remembered that patterns of demand in the prestige market are very much driven by popular tastes, so significant new arrivals will accelerate rates of depreciation for models that are at a more advanced stage in their product lifecycle."
6 Mar 2006
This year the show will be opened at midday on Saturday (29 April) by Lynn Bowles, BBC Radio 2 broadcaster. Lynn is an avid Land Rover enthusiast and will be providing commentary during the Show, on the exhibits and entertainment during the weekend. A weekend of outdoor activities is in store with off-road rides on the Land Rover 4x4 course and Range Rover sport demonstrations by the Land Rover Driving Experience, Terrapod, and plenty of contests, prizes, trade stands and food and craft stalls. Overnight camping is also available over the weekend.
On the Sunday morning (30 April) there will be a cavalcade of over a hundred special classic Land Rovers from the Association of Land Rover Clubs, taking part in the annual Heritage Run from Solihull to Gaydon led by the oldest production Land Rover "Hue", which comes from the largest collection of historic British vehicles on display at the Heritage Motor Centre.
The star of the weekend will be the unveiling of the first Range Rover. This legendary vehicle has undergone extensive restoration over the past year and it will be the first time it has been unveiled to the public in its restored state. This is a great day out for all the family with lots of fun and games. For more information log on to www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk or telephone 01926 645120
28 Feb 2006
Land Rover is showcasing a catalogue of innovative technologies – collectively known as the e-Terrain System – that reduce both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions while also improving the outstanding breadth of capability of Land Rover’s 4x4 vehicles.
The efficient technology initiatives are all illustrated by Land_e, Land Rover's e-Terrain Technology Concept. Together, they contribute to a potential 30 per cent improvement in fuel economy over a current vehicle of similar size and performance. And most of the technologies will be available on Land Rover production models starting in the next few years.
The key to Land_e's importance is that it shows available and relevant technologies – plus some new systems that are unique to Land Rover – in the most innovative and effective way possible. It combines mechanical and electrical advances to make gains in areas ranging from transmission function to cooling efficiency, and from battery power management to power steering efficiency – all without compromising the breadth of on- and off-road capability that defines all Land Rover products.
"The e-Terrain technologies are practical, feasible, real-world solutions," says Matthew Taylor, managing director of Land Rover. "In every case, they preserve – and in most cases improve – our breadth of capability. We are not prepared to dilute the essence of Land Rover. But we are committed to improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions."
Over the past nine years, Land Rover’s cross-range emissions output has fallen by 13 per cent, compared with the motor industry’s overall average improvement of 9.7 per cent. Indeed, the Freelander Td4 diesel’s CO2 emissions compare with many hot hatches, and the seven-seater Discovery 3 TDV6 has CO2 emissions to match many saloons. Furthermore, the CO2 emissions from the latest 2006 Range Rover V8 have been improved by 11 per cent over those of the outgoing 2005 model.
In addition, more than 90 per cent of all Land Rover vehicles currently sold in Europe are diesel powered, combining the versatility of a 4x4 with the economy of a typical family car.
But the Company is committed to going much further. While adhering to Land Rover’s core abilities as versatile, all-terrain vehicles, the Land_e technologies target a sub 150g/km CO2 figure which equates to a combined fuel economy figure approaching 50mpg or 5.65l/100km – in a vehicle similar in size to the current Freelander. Such CO2 emissions levels are comparable with a typical petrol B segment or diesel C segment car, representing an almost 30 per cent improvement on today’s figures.
The technologies that Land_e showcases are:
Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive: provides electric drive alone at low speed, plus improved 4x4 ability in tough conditions
Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive – used in conjunction with the ISG Integrated Starter-Generator system (as described below) – improves both urban emissions and off-road ability.
Land Rover’s unique electric drive is different from the hybrid technology used by some 4x4 rivals. They use electric drive only to the rear axle, significantly reducing off-road capability. Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive enhances off-road performance by augmenting rather than replacing the mechanical drive.
Off-road, the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive system can provide additional torque, as required. And because electric power can offer maximum torque from standstill, it is most effective from virtually zero mph/km/h. This offers better low-speed control and enhanced pull-away in difficult situations – such as on slippery surfaces or when towing.
On-road, the additional low-speed torque input from the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive offers multiple advantages. It allows electric-powered 'traffic creep' and low-speed acceleration up to 20mph or 32km/h, without restarting the engine, benefiting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Whenever required, the ISG system restarts the engine, and the vehicle is then propelled by a combination of electrical and conventional engine power. The combined effect of delaying the restarting of the engine plus the continued assistance of electric drive, significantly reduces fuel consumption.
When quicker acceleration is required, the engine can be restarted immediately, so both the conventional engine and the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive system supply power from rest. In this case, the electric torque boost provided by the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive significantly improves acceleration without adversely affecting either fuel consumption or CO2 emissions.
The additional low-speed electric torque boost not only gives extra off-road ability, it also improves efficiency by using stored energy from the additional high-voltage battery system. Completely separate from the normal 12-volt battery system, this is a high capacity lithium-ion battery pack which is charged by regenerative braking energy.
The regenerative braking puts otherwise wasted braking energy back into the high-voltage storage battery system. When slowing the vehicle, pressing the brake pedal causes the driveshafts and propshaft to transfer energy from the wheels to the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive system, decelerating the vehicle and transferring the 'braking' energy to the storage battery. For harder braking and for emergency stops, the conventional braking system is retained and fully operational, working in conjunction with the regenerative braking function.
ISG Integrated Starter-Generator system improves emissions in traffic
Together the engine stop-start function of ISG, plus the regenerative braking function, provided by the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive offer the potential of a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions. The outstanding multi-terrain ability that is at the core of Land Rover is also enhanced.
Propshaft with Seamless Re-connect enhances driving experience, and improves economy
When rear drive is required – when, for instance, the system detects slippery conditions – the system reconnects the rear axle automatically and virtually instantaneously. The system not only re-engages full 4x4 much faster than rivals, it also offers much better 4x4 capability when connected. Re-engaging drive seamlessly also has safety benefits. It does not affect the car’s dynamic balance in the same way as a slower and less progressive re-connection.
The technology also reinforces Land Rover’s fundamental principle to ‘Tread Lightly’. By ensuring that front and rear wheel speeds are correctly matched, and with the additional control of the Integrated Electric Rear Axle drive, the drive layout virtually eliminates wheel slippage, which in turn reduces soft-surface damage – for instance on grass.
The ISG Integrated Starter-Generator, Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive and the Seamless Re-connect propshaft are fully compatible with all Land Rover engine and transmission options, and could be adapted for any model and any market.
Terrain Response e-Mode, for improved fuel economy in town, Land_e shows six Terrain Response modes:
The other five modes are already available on some Land Rover products – General Driving; Sand; Mud and Ruts; Grass, Gravel and Snow; and Rock Crawl. In the Land_e, all use combinations of normal engine and Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive. In all off-road modes, the engine is never shut down, even if the vehicle is stationary.
In Sand mode, primary power is supplied by the engine; the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive system monitors torque to detect either wheelspin or bogging-down, and intervenes as necessary, either to stop tyre slip or to provide additional torque to deal with soft, deep sand.
In Mud and Ruts mode, primary power is again supplied by the engine, while additional torque is available from the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive system for heavier mud or deeper ruts.
In Grass, Gravel and Snow mode, control is more important than power, so engine power is fed in only once the vehicle is underway. Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive is used for driving away without wheelspin even on very slippery surfaces – by constantly monitoring torque and intervening rapidly to prevent tyre slip. In this mode, the Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive can respond to wheelspin even more quickly than the engine management, and can cancel the initial slippage within one-eighth of a wheel rotation – a critical figure that is small enough to regain grip and prevent permanent damage even on wet grass. No other system achieves this.
In Rock Crawl mode, speeds are typically below 5mph/8km/h. Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive now provides the primary power source, boosted as necessary by normal engine torque. In all cases, the great advantage of Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive is that an electric motor offers maximum torque at the lowest wheel speeds, for the ideal mix of power with control.
Bio-diesel moves towards a lower carbon fuel
Currently, a five per cent bio-derived content is typical with forecourt diesel. Potentially, a vehicle could operate on a 25 per cent bio-diesel mix, which is a realistic goal within a few years, and one supported by the oil industry and governments. A vehicle running on 25 per cent bio-diesel mix could potentially reduce its CO2 emissions by up to 25 per cent. Next generation bio-fuels made from crop wastes are also being developed, and these will deliver even greater CO2 reductions, as well as being more sustainable.
Other important technologies can make a difference
An electronically controlled thermostat and cooling circuit give far more accurate control of coolant temperature than a conventional system, allowing the engine to run closer to its optimum temperature. The system also incorporates an electric water pump, which, unlike the conventional belt-driven water pump, is driven only on demand, and at variable speeds, avoiding inefficient and unnecessary overspeed running. Mechanical energy savings, optimum temperature control and fast warm-up from start offer the potential for additional CO2 emissions benefits.
Significant benefits are also possible with the use of electric power steering technology, EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering). EPAS completely eliminates the pumped hydraulic assistance of a conventional system and powers the steering rack directly, by electric servo motor. That eliminates pumping power losses, including the significant losses when the pump is being driven at high speed even though assistance is not required, again offering a noticeable CO2 benefit compared to a belt-driven hydraulic system. The higher-voltage electrical supply made possible by ISG also allows the possibility of more powerful assistance for more demanding use – on off-road terrain, for example.
All electrical system functions are controlled by IMES (Intelligent Management of Electrical Systems), with further efficiency gains. It incorporates a closed-loop system that monitors battery charge, vehicle electrical system demands, and generator speed and load. It uses the monitored data to ensure that the whole electrical system operates in the most efficient way. It charges the battery only when it needs it, avoiding the over-charging associated with ‘non-intelligent’ systems, and unless it is absolutely necessary, it avoids charging the battery when it is in ‘low-acceptance’ states – such as cold ambient conditions, below around 10 degrees C. It also regulates high electrical loads until the alternator is operating at high efficiency, which gives a further reduction in CO2 emissions.
Editors comment: Toyota have got thousands of Hybrids on the road over the last few years. So come on Land Rover don't just talk about it get them in the showrooms now.
28 Feb 2006
The new Chevrolet Captiva brings a new dimension to the SUV market in the UK. From the manufacturers of the very first SUV back in 1935, Captiva is the latest in a long line of authentic sport utility vehicles offering great value for money in a stylish and practical package. Designed specifically for the European market, it will be available with front or all-wheel drive, five or seven seats and with a 2.4 litre petrol or leading-edge 2.0 litre diesel engine and will appeal to a wide range of customers. Captiva will be on sale in the UK from September 2006.
Chevrolet – driven by value
New generation design
On the outside, Captiva also adds the durable and rugged look of integrated ‘skid’ panels in front and rear bumpers and contrasting dark sill and wheel arch mouldings. Twin exhaust tailpipes on all models also add a sporty touch.
Practical, safe and secure
Safety and security are a given in the 21st century and Captiva leaves no stone unturned even at this price. On the entry LS model, twin front and curtain airbags are standard, head restraints and full three-point belts are fitted on all seats (including the third row), front seat belts feature pre-tensioners and a smart seat belt reminder and there are ISOFIX fittings for child seats in the rear. Side airbags are specified on the LT models. All models are equipped with deadlocking and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm system.
Impressive levels of standard equipment
Moving up the range
Level ride rear suspension ensures that the vehicle maintains good road manners even with a full load and automatic transmission is available as an option with the diesel engine (seven seat models only), not always the norm in this sector.
The LT is available as a specific derivative with either five or seven seats. With the seven-seat model comes a cargo net (in lieu of the five-seat load restraining net) and rear park sensors.
Captiva LT ‘Special Model’ (name to be announced nearer to on-sale date)
Visibility and comfort – a great driving combination
Front or all-wheel drive – the choice is yours
Add the electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system that comes as standard on LT models and you bring in the further dimension of much improved on-road traction in difficult road conditions and ‘soft-road’ capability.
But it’s on the road where the intelligent all-wheel drive system matters most for the vast majority of owners. The system combines front-wheel drive progressively with rear-wheel drive when conditions demand. In heavy rain, snow or on greasy roads, all-wheel drive gives optimum traction for greater peace of mind, engaging when it senses the onset of wheelspin. Captiva is not an ‘off-roader’ in the vein of the more traditional (and much more expensive) vehicles that have additional and locking centre differentials and heavy low range transfer gearboxes, but it is still very capable when the going gets tough.
Captiva’s electronically controlled all-wheel drive can cope admirably with that muddy track to your holiday cottage in Wales, the escape from a sticky field at the British Grand Prix after a summer downpour or those rare winter snowfalls. Importantly, this capability is combined with minimal weight gain so that fuel economy is not compromised, as a figure of over 37mpg on the EC combined cycle will testify.
ESP for driving security when you’re really on the move
ESP also provides a hill descent function or HDC (Hill Descent Control) so that control and traction of the vehicle in downgrade slippery conditions is managed by the electronics as a major aid to the driver. ESP also provides greater stability when towing a trailer or caravan.
Drives just like a car
The 2.0 litre four cylinder 150PS diesel is the first of an all-new family of diesel engines that have been developed jointly by GM Powertrain and GMDAT with VM Motori. With aluminium cylinder heads and sophisticated injection systems, the diesel engines are refined, clean and efficient. In Captiva the engine has a variable geometry turbocharger which provides the power and torque requirements that match the character of Captiva.
In this application, the 16-valve unit offers 150PS at 4,000rpm and maximum torque of 310Nm at 2000rpm. In the EC combined cycle, fuel consumption is a very creditable 37.1mpg. All diesel derivatives will be equipped with a particulate filter.
Like the manual gearbox, the automatic is also a five-speed unit. It has electronic control and a ‘tiptronic’ function so that the vehicle can be driven as a clutchless manual should it be desired. The automatic is available only with seven seat variants.
Fully independent Suspension and tested in Britain
The model range
There are a number of derivatives in the range, each carefully specified to deliver great value for money:
LS Petrol LT 5 seat diesel LT 7 seat diesel
LT ‘Special Model’ seven seat flagship
Specification – LS Petrol, front wheel drive, 5 seats
Air conditioning Air filter
ABS Front and roof airbags
Power steering Rake adjustable steering column
Deadlocking Thatcham Cat 1 alarm
3 point seatbelts at all seats Smart front seat belt reminder
Rear ISOFIX child seat mountings Manual front seat adjustment
Electric windows all round Opening tailgate glass
Power/heated/folding door mirrors RDS radio/CD/MP3/6 speakers
Tinted windows all-round Front wipers with speed sensitivity
Fully retractable loadspace cover Fabric trim
Sunvisors with covered mirrors Front reading lamp
Twin exhaust tailpipes 16” alloy wheels – 215/70R16 tyres
Grained front and rear bumpers and skid plates moulded in colour
LT Diesel, all-wheel drive, 5 seats (differences to LS)
ESP Level ride suspension
Side airbags Rake and reach adjustable steering column
Front fog lamps Load restraining net
Half leather trim Leather 4-spoke steering wheel
Leather gear knob Glove box cooling
Under seat stowage, front passenger 17” wheels with 235/60R17 tyres
8 speakers Heated windscreen
LT Diesel all-wheel drive, 7 seats (differences to above)
2nd and 3rd row fold flat seats Cargo net ilo load restraining net
Reverse park sensors 3 point seat belts for third row
LT ‘Special Model’ Diesel, all-wheel drive, 7 seats
Climate control Air quality system
8 way power driver’s seat 6 CD autochanger
Front lamp with sunglass holder Trip computer
18” alloy wheels Heated front seats
Full leather seat trim Rain sensitive front wipers
Headlamp off delay Cruise control
Illuminated vanity mirrors Chrome exhaust tailpipes
Stainless sill plates Automatic option
Door mirrors with integrated turn signals
Painted and grained front and rear bumpers
Painted front and rear skid plates
Bodyside mouldings with painted accents
PRICES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH
Captiva Technical Specification overview
(Fully homologated technical specification available later)
*preliminary figures subject to homologation
23 Feb 2006
Breukelen – Cadillac presents the all-new Escalade, the next generation of the iconic luxury SUV, at the 76th Geneva Motor Show. The Cadillac Escalade features a new, powerful, all-aluminium V8 engine with an output of 409 hp (301 kW and 565 Nm) and is scheduled to enter the European market in the third quarter of 2006.
Based on General Motors’ brand new full-size SUV architecture, the updated Escalade features new powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems. These integrated systems deliver the most powerful, efficient luxury SUV in the segment, led by a new 6.2L all-aluminium V8 engine with variable valve timing technology.
“The 2007 Escalade represents the next phase of Cadillac’s product renaissance – one that was launched by the previous-generation Escalade,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. “Since its inception, Escalade has been an icon – the vehicle many discerning customers aspire to own.”
New Cadillac Escalade highlights include:
Editors comment: I do not see any mention of actual fuel consumption or CO output. These items are vital because of how governments are likely to tax us in the future on how much we pollute. The cleaner the vehicle the less the tax is likely to be.
22 Feb 2006
For over 40 years this famous V8 engine, with displacements from 3.5 to 4.6, has powered the cream of British marques including Land Rover Defender, Discovery and Range Rover, Rover P5B, P6 and SD1, MGB GT, Triumph, Morgan and TVR. It is also the standard British engine for all hot rod use and special versions powered the Formula 1 winning Brabham team. It’s not surprising therefore that in 2005 Engine Technology International magazine and its journalist Keith Read voted it “ the greatest engine of all time”.
This contract is worth £25m over the next 5 years and over 70% of the volume will be exported. It is one of several that MCT has won in recent months. Over the past 18 months MCT has refocused its core manufacturing and engineering skills to provide a centre of excellence in the provision of outsourced manufacturing services to various industrial partners and to exploit the emerging markets where engineering excellence is in great demand.
Originally established as a powertrain remanufacturer, MCT has now expanded the business to cover “Life Cycle Management” which covers new build requirements for low volume development and introduction period of a new programme, medium volume series production, low volume run-out and aftermarket requirements. MCT has invested in world class technical skills to provide product life cycle management, supply chain management and overall project management. This enables it to take blue-sky research projects through the applied technology stage to low volume production thus encouraging innovation to bear fruit.
Current major automotive customers include Ford Motor Company, Land Rover, General Motors, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Subaru, Caterham Cars and LDV. In addition MCT is expanding into new sectors including marine drive systems and wind generating systems working with leading technology partners.
Peter Roberts, managing director MCT, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Land Rover Ltd against strong global competition. This shows that small and medium British manufacturing and engineering companies can compete for high-end added value projects because of our high quality skills, flexible manufacturing environment and know how. Focussing in these areas will ensure that the UK can consolidate and focus its manufacturing sector and achieve greater success.”
21 Feb 2006
The Jeep Commander reflects the ‘Jeep-rugged’ design theme, while its sister the Grand Cherokee reflects the ‘Jeep-modern’ design theme. Simon Elliott added: "The Jeep Commander features a host of safety systems to help make this the safest Jeep ever while the four-wheel drive system is as relevant to drivers on wet and icy tarmac as it is to owners planning to tackle the rough stuff."
The Quadra-Drive II four-wheel drive system uses electronic limited slip differentials and has the ability to keep Commander going even if only one wheel has traction. This is an advanced system that helps traction in on-road situations such as wet roundabouts as well as more challenging terrain.
The Commander Predator comes loaded with a list of equipment as standard: ABS, ESP, tyre pressure warning light, body coloured grille and 17" alloy wheels whilst the Limited model has the same spec, adding dual zone climate control air conditioning, cruise control, leather trimmed interior, front and rear park assist, and Boston Acoustics speaker system.
The Jeep Commander will be available in the UK from April 2006 with the 3.0-litre V6 CRD and 5.7-litre V8 HEMI engines. A choice of two trim levels is available on the 3.0-litre V6 CRD – Predator and Limited, the 5.7-litre V8 HEMI comes with the Limited trim only. Nearly 80 per cent of sales of the 700 Jeep Commander allocated to the UK during 2006 are expected to be diesel.
Pricing for the Jeep Commander range is as follows:
Pricing for the Jeep Commander range is as follows:
As with all Jeep products Commander is covered by the comprehensive Jeep warranty scheme, which provides a three-year/60,000 mile mechanical warranty, seven-year anti-corrosion warranty and 12 months’ European roadside assistance.
17 Feb 2006
The interior makeover on JLX+ includes combination leather seats with matching soft leather-covered headrests and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, chrome-plated door handles, and a brand new door trim fabric.
The colour coordination continues on the outside with body coloured door handles and spare tyre cover, lower quarter panels in a fetching Graphite Grey Pearl metallic, and silver roof rails providing the finishing touch. You can choose your Jimny 1.3 JLX+ Estate in the same Graphite Grey Pearl as the lower quarter panels or in contrasting Cat’s Eye Blue metallic, Shining Red pearlescent or Blueish Black pearlescent.
Otherwise it’s the same appealing package of tough, SUV looks, compact dimensions, excellent agility and the ability, when required, to tackle demanding off-road terrain, thanks to its separate chassis, push button Drive Select 4x4 system and all-round coil suspension.
That’s matched by a sparkling 1.3-litre VVT engine producing 85 PS, with near maximum torque – 81 lb ft – delivered from as low as 2500 rpm for superb flexibility, Combined fuel consumption of 38.7 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 174 g/km (automatic 36.2 mpg and 184 g/km respectively).
The Jimny 1.3JLX+ Estate comes well equipped, with power assisted steering, air conditioning, front electric windows, heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, radio/CD player, ABS with EBD, selectable four-wheel drive with high and low ratios and automatic free wheeling hubs, front seatbelt pretensioners and driver and front passenger airbags all standard.
At £10,499 on the road for the 5-speed manual transmission model and £11,299 for the 4-speed automatic, it’s just unbeatable value in the SUV sector.
16 Feb 2006
At 4,348 mm long and 1,854 mm wide, Concept A is 144 mm longer and 95 mm wider then the Golf Mk V. The height of Concept A is 1,551 mm, compared with 1,485 for the Golf; while its 2,602 mm wheelbase is 24 mm longer than the Golf’s.
The concept combines a sleek coupe-style silhouette with the raised stance of an SUV. At the front, the shield-like front grill which is common to the Passat and Jetta has been developed to emphasise Concept A’s off-road styling by forming part of the underbody protection. High-efficiency LED headlights add a further modern touch.
At the rear, Concept A has a practical hatchback tailgate; but this is coupled to a pick-up style fold-down rear section beneath the rear LED light clusters. This hatch can be opened independently and remain open while driving so long loads can be carried.
Concept A does away with the traditional B-pillar. It features opposing opening wing doors which allow easy access for front and rear passengers as well as giving a feeling of space and light. This airy feel is enhanced by Concept A’s concertina-style soft-top which slides all the way back to the C-pillar.
Inside are four sculpted, patent leather seats and ultra-modern facia with stylish and ergonomic controls.
Under the bonnet is a 150 PS TSI engine: this uses Volkswagen’s latest turbo and supercharger technology for maximum performance but minimum fuel consumption. Designers say alternative engines, including TDI diesel units, could also be used in the concept. Whatever its source, power is distributed via six-speed DSG automatic transmission to all four 20-inch wheels using the 4MOTION system currently employed in the range-topping Passat and Golf R32.
Concept A made its world debut today in Berlin and will be revealed to the public at the Geneva Auto Salon which starts at the end of this month. Production plans for the vehicle have not been confirmed. However, the concept further expands Volkswagen’s model range, at a time when customers’ needs continue to diversify.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 13 February 2006
Chairman of the Ulster Motoring Writers’ Association, Jim McCauley, said: "Of all the vehicles judged in this year's competition the Discovery 3 scored consistently high. It scooped almost twice the number of points of its nearest rival which really sets it apart in its class. As well as its on-and-off-road capability, it offers a quality driving experience and is an outstanding testament to the UK motor industry."
Land Rover's UK managing director John Edwards added: "We are incredibly proud that the Discovery 3 has won The AXA Car of the Year 2006. Since its launch in 2004 the Discovery 3 has won 70 awards around the world. This is a remarkable achievement and proves the strong appeal of a vehicle that demonstrates a true breadth of capability."
Priced from £26,995 to £48,495, on-the-road, the Discovery 3 is on sale now at Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK, to book a test drive contact your local dealer or visit www.landrover.com
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 13 February, 2006
Once again impressive performances have been delivered in both the Europe and North America markets, with a 16% and 33% year on year improvement respectively. The UK also saw growth with particularly strong sales amongst Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.
Strong sales performances in emerging markets are particularly exciting. China has recorded a record month with sales up 176% year on year driven in particular by sales of Discovery 3. Russia, which saw dramatic growth in 2005 continues to steadily increase with January sales up 42% year on year, again a record.
Matthew Taylor, Land Rover's Managing Director, said: "This really is a phenomenal start to 2006 and continues the incredible year we had in 2005. Customers from across the world are taking advantage of the strongest model line up in Land Rover's 58 year history and sales growth in emerging markets really demonstrates the global appeal of 21st century Land Rover."
9 Feb 2006
The Toyota RAV4 was the inspiration for a new market segment for compact SUVs when it was launched in 1994 and has since proved an enduring success, with in excess of 1.8 million sales worldwide. More than 655,000 of these have been in Europe, where RAV4 has consistently been the best-selling 4x4 passenger vehicle.
The all-new, third generation model sets new benchmarks in its segment with premium levels of driving performance, quality, comfort and equipment.
New diesel engines that are cleaner, more powerful and more fuel efficient; new suspension for improved ride and handling; more advanced safety systems for occupant and pedestrian protection; a new, more versatile interior design; and fresh exterior styling combine to reinforce the RAV4’s reputation for all-round excellence.
DESIGNS ON SUCCESS
The RAV4 has been totally redesigned and is longer and wider than before, providing more cabin space for passengers and a 47 per cent larger load area.
The interior is more flexible, too, with the adoption of Toyota’s Easy Flat system, which allows the rear seats (split 60:40) to be folded flat into the vehicle floor. A single lever action is all that’s needed to do the job – headrests and the seat cushions can be left in place. Handy storage spaces have been created throughout the vehicle, including a generously-sized underfloor compartment in the boot.
NEW ERA ENGINES
Two of Toyota’s new generation 2.2-litre D-4D common rail diesel engines are offered in the RAV4 for the first time.
The D-4D 180, with 175bhp (177 DIN hp) and nought to 62mph acceleration in 9.3 seconds, is the most powerful engine in its class, yet will return 40.4mpg in combined cycle driving. Notably fuel economy and emissions levels are better than for the previous generation RAV4’s 2.0-litre D-4D engine.
The D-4D 180 is available exclusively in the new RAV4 flagship model, the T180. The volume diesel power unit is the D-4D 140, delivering 134bhp (136 DIN hp), nought to 62mph in 10.5 seconds and 42.8mpg (combined).
Both engines have lightweight all-aluminium construction and benefit from engineering advances to achieve new low levels of noise and vibration. Low compression ratios and, in the D-4D 180, the use of piezoelectric fuel injectors, contribute to the excellent economy and low exhaust emissions. Toyota D-CAT (Diesel - Clean Advanced Technology) applied to the D-4D 180, including the unique DPNR four-way catalyst system, gives the engine world-leading combined nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.
The new RAV4 is also available with an improved 2.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine, revised to give 150bhp (152 DIN hp), nought to 62mph in 10.6 seconds (12 seconds automatic) and 32.8mpg in combined cycle driving (31.4 automatic).
Diesel models are equipped with Toyota’s latest six-speed manual gearbox, a compact and lightweight unit designed for smooth and precise gear shifts. Petrol models offer the choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.
ADVANCES IN SAFETY
The new RAV4 has been designed from the outset to achieve the highest, five-star ranking for occupant protection in Euro NCAP testing. More than that, it has also been subjected to Toyota’s more stringent in-house simulations, which analyse crash performance at higher speeds.
The RAV4 has a new, impact-absorbing chassis, designed to minimise the degree of deformation in the event of an accident, by absorbing impact forces and channelling them away from the cabin.
The design also takes into account the risk to pedestrians, with energy absorbing elements and crumple zones around the front end of the vehicle, repositioning of the radiator and bonnet catch, and detail changes to the headlight brackets and wiper units.
Inside the vehicle, nine airbags are provided as standard, including a first-in-class driver’s knee airbag, and a dual warning system with light and buzzer ensures both driver and front passenger buckle-up. The front seats feature the latest Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) design for improved support in a rear impact.
HANDLING THE ROUGH AND THE SMOOTH
One of the key elements in the ground-breaking appeal of the original RAV4 was its excellent on-road performance, with handling more like a sporting hatchback than a conventional 4x4. Through the years this quality has been continually refined and in the new generation RAV4 reaches a new level with the introduction of Active Torque Control four-wheel drive.
This system continuously monitors and controls the transfer of torque between the front and rear wheels to achieve the optimum grip and handling. The ratio can range from full front-wheel drive to a 55:45 front-to-rear balance. Instead of a centre differential, the system uses a network of electronic sensors monitoring performance data, including steering angle, vehicle speed, engine torque and throttle angle.
The RAV4 is also the first vehicle in its segment to offer Integrated Active Drive. This combines and coordinates the Active Torque Control 4WD, the Vehicle Stability Control Plus (VSC+) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) to help bring the vehicle under control if the onset of a skid or slide is detected. This provides much smoother and more effective intervention to help the driver keep control than in vehicles where the functions operate independently of each other.
Further aids newly available for safe progress include Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and, on models with automatic transmission, Downhill Assist Control (DAC), which automatically applies braking pressure on steep descents without the wheels locking.
The RAV4 benefits from new suspension designs with MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear. The new rear system features diagonally-mounted shock absorbers beneath the boot floor, causing less intrusion in the load space.
EQUIPPED TO PLEASE
The RAV4 is available in four grades: XT3, XT4, XT5 and T180. All models feature driver and front passenger front and side airbags, curtain airbags and driver’s knee airbag, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and ISOFIX rear child seat mounts. XT4 grade models and higher additionally feature Integrated Active Drive System, Traction Control (TRC), Vehicle Stability Control Plus (VSC+), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and, on automatics, Downhill Assist Control (DAC).
The XT3 grade includes manual air conditioning, Toyota Easy Flat folding rear seats, slide and recline rear seat adjustment, Electric Power Steering, sound system with CD player and MP3/WMA compatibility, remote central double locking and alarm, Optitron instrumentation, colour keyed electric heated door mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels with tailgate mounted hard cover for the spare, roof rails, body coloured bumpers, electric windows, driver’s seat height adjustment and tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel.
The XT4 specification includes an electric tilt/slide sunroof, dual zone climate control, front fog lamps, retractable mirrors, glove box cooler, leather upholstery and remote audio controls on the steering wheel.
XT5 versions come with full map satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless Smart Entry and Smart Start system, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps, cruise control, heated front seats and electric multi-adjustment for the driver’s seat.
The T180 rides on 18-inch alloys with run-flat tyres, so dispenses with the rear-mounted spare wheel. It also features a chrome finish to the front grille, wheel arch extensions, darkened rear privacy glass and smoked glass headlamps.
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Gaydon, Warwickshire, 7 February 2006
Do you own a unique Defender that has led an interesting life? In a survey being conducted by Land Rover, this is one of the questions being asked of 20,000 Defender owners in the UK.
The iconic Defender has become a long-term favourite with adventurers, explorers, farmers, emergency services, aid organisations and those who need to go anywhere, or carry just about anything. Owners of Defenders are being urged to reveal as much information as possible in 'The Great Defender Survey'.
In doing so, owners will be entered into a prize-draw to win a five-star weekend at Land Rover's home of off-road driving, Eastnor Castle. Two winners and their partners will partake in a variety of off-road driving activities including a drive in one of the first ever Series I Land Rovers from 1948, DEL102, affectionately known as 'Del Boy'.
Named 'the greatest car of all time' by BBC TV's Top Gear, the Defender continues to be the hero in Land Rover's stable of vehicles. To book a test drive contact your local Land Rover dealer or visit www.landrover.co.uk
Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, 3 February 2006
At the end of five gruelling days of international selections at Land Rover's off-road driving home, Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, Brian was the clear winner in the final trials stage before the G4 ultimate global adventure kicks off in Bangkok on 23 April. The two other competitors – RAF doctor Andy Grieve from Tiverton and tour guide Suzanna Madge from Brighton – made it very difficult for him, and it was only on Friday afternoon, the last day of the selections, that Brian confirmed his place on the 2006 Challenge.
The international selections, which hosted three competitors from each of the 18 nations taking part in this year's G4 Challenge, saw blood, sweat and tears at the freezing cold Eastnor estate with competitors camping throughout the week with frequent surprise middle-of-the-night challenges to test the competitors' character.
Challenge director, Niki Davies, said: "This has been an extremely tough week for the competitors, with the temperature gauge seldom rising above zero. We wanted to select the best all-rounder from each country; physical ability is just a part of it – strategic thinking, endurance and team-working skills are all key to success in the G4 Challenge. You really get the measure of someone's spirit when they are awoken from a tent at 4.00am at -3 degrees C to recover a vehicle from a freezing cold lake – followed by 17 hours of competition before returning to camp."
Brian Reynolds added: "I am worn out, exhausted and just about ready to drop, but it's the most amazing feeling to have got this far. I tried to qualify for the 2003 Challenge, but didn't make it into the top ten UK competitors, so I went away, assessed the areas where I felt I was weakest and worked extremely hard on my endurance, mountain biking and kayaking skills. It has paid off, and I am ecstatic to be representing my country at last – it was my dream, and it’s come true. I can't wait for the actual Challenge in April, and I will be training my heart out from now until then."
The Land Rover G4 Challenge 2006 takes place over four weeks from 23 April, incorporating 4x4 driving and multi-sport challenges in Thailand, Laos, Brazil and Bolivia.
31 Jan 2006
The Terranaut was conceived to serve as a mobile working environment for scientists, geologists, archaeologists or other adventurers who travel to the most challenging environments on the planet either for their work – or pleasure. Its cabin is designed to accommodate three people – a driver, a passenger and, in the rear, where a scientist or specialist is well served with a computer console, as well as communication and analysis equipment to support them in their work.
A creation of London-based Nissan Design Europe, the overriding theme behind the concept is one of function. Project leader Felipe Roo Clefas, Assistant Chief Designer, NDE, says: "Terranaut has been designed for observation and communication in all four corners of the world." To accommodate the laboratory area within the cabin, the co-pilot’s side of the car has just one door, while the other side has a pair of swing doors and no central B-pillar. By hinging the doors at the front and rear respectively, ingress and egress is made easy. Nineteen-inch wheels are covered by tyres specially constructed for Terranaut by Goodyear. Puncture proof, they function as conventional road tyres when the vehicle is being driven on metalled roads but, by changing air pressure, transform themselves into chunky off-road tyres.
Inside the vehicle, the spherical science laboratory dominates the entire cabin area behind the two front seats. A single revolving seat with an integrated computer keyboard is situated beneath the glass roof dome and gives the scientist complete 360-degree access to the various workstations found in Terranaut.
"When creating these concepts, our objective was to explore the ultimate diversity of consumer needs. And, in common with the entire Nissan range, they have been created to provide drivers with an experience that goes beyond mere transportation. They are built on Nissan’s key strengths: the capability to scrutinise specific consumer needs and the power to deliver the best of technology," said Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President, Product Planning and Corporate Strategy, Nissan Motor Limited.
25 Jan 2006
Most successful is the multi award-winning X-TRAIL, Nissan’s compact SUV. It’s priced from £16,500 to £24,600 and offers a choice of four equipment levels and three engines. For the larger family, there’s the Pathfinder SUV with a starting price of £24,500. Both employ Nissan’s ALL MODE 4x4 system and are available with both petrol and diesel engines.
Then there’s the Navara pick-up with a choice of King and Double Cabs. It’s the most powerful vehicle in its class with 174PS and since it went on sale in August 2005 has out-sold every other pick-up in the same 4 month period. Ex-VAT prices start from £14,895.
If real mud-plugging is your game the Patrol is the one for you. It was the first 4x4 to be sold by Nissan over 50 years ago and the current incarnation is the most capable and comfortable yet. Rather more compact but almost as capable on the rough stuff is the venerable Terrano which is available in three-door or Van forms priced from £14,295 ex-VAT.
And last, but by no means least, there’s the crossover Murano. It looks unlike anything else on the road and with more equipment than you can throw a stick at, the £29,995 price tag makes it amazingly good value.
Nissan was recently voted 2006 4x4 Maker of the Year by 4x4 & MPV Driver magazine.
20 Jan 2006
The prestigious awards were held last night in London, and Nissan’s managing director, Bill Bosley, was there to collect the award from Mary Nightingale.
What Car’s judges, said: “The X-TRAIL is one of the most adept cars in the class at making progress on the sticky stuff. Thanks to its sophisticated four-wheel drive system it can easily cope with mild cross-country work. High ground clearance also helps its cause. However, it’s just as impressive on the asphalt as it is off it. Bends are tackled with composure, and quick, responsive steering adds to the fun. It rides well, too. Bumpy surfaces cause it few problems, and suspension clatter is far less prominent in the Nissan than in many of its 4x4 rivals. Above all the X-TRAIL represents fantastic value for money.
The X-TRAIL comes with a choice of three engines: 140PS 2.0-litre and 165PS 2.5-litre petrol, and a 136PS 2.2-litre common-rail diesel. Last year, a 4x2 version was introduced, sharing the same 2.0-petrol and 2.2-lire dCi engines with the award winning 4x4 range.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 20 January 2006
What Car? group editor, Steve Fowler, said: "One year on, the Land Rover Discovery 3 TDV6 – our 2005 Car of the Year – remains a brilliant achievement and the best large 4x4 around."
He added: "Making 4x4s isn't a fashionable new departure for Land Rover – it's what they do. None of the Discovery's key rivals can match its no-nonsense image or ability in the rough, yet it's also as classy and refined as an executive saloon and as practical as an MPV."
This latest award is the Discovery 3's 67th, with honours coming in from all over the world including key developing markets for Land Rover such as Russia and China. The What Car? Best Large 4x4 award 2006 was hotly contested, with new entrants to the market – including the Mercedes ML – failing to beat the all-round capability of the Discovery 3.
Land Rover's managing director, Matthew Taylor, said: "It is extremely satisfying to return one year after picking up the main Car of the Year award to collect yet another gong for the Discovery 3, especially given the level of competition in this sector in 2006. What Car? is the voice of the British consumer and we are delighted to have their endorsement once again, and with over 60,000 Discovery 3s sold around the world, it looks like the buying public is taking notice."
Priced from £26,995 to £48,495, on-the-road, the Discovery 3 is on sale now at Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK.
Editors' note: This year's What Car? award-winning Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Automatic, priced at £38,490, comes with a generous specification including active four-corner air suspension, Terrain Response™, cruise control, automatic climate control, a leather pack, satellite navigation and park distance control. Fuel consumption (combined cycle) is 30.0 mpg on the TDV6 manual (27.2 mpg with automatic transmission) and CO2 emissions are 249 g/km (manual) and 275 g/km (automatic).
Dunkeld, Scotland, 17 January 2006
Counting down to one of the world's toughest driving and multi-sport adventure challenges, Scotsman and 2003 Land Rover G4 Challenge veteran, Tim Pickering, last week visited the Land Rover Experience in Dunkeld, Perthshire to administer some gruelling training on the three 2006 UK finalists.
Putting the British finalists through their paces ahead of the competition’s next stage – the International Selections - Tim delivered an exhausting reminder of what’s in store for railway engineer Brian Reynolds, RAF doctor Andy Grieve and overseas tour director Susanna Madge – the UK’s first female finalist.
To recap on their journey to date, all three originally entered online with thousands of other UK hopefuls, from which 50 were invited to compete in the UK National Selections event. One of the three, Brian Reynolds, recalls: "We were given only a series of map co-ordinates and a start time, so the first challenge for those competing in the UK National Selections was to actually locate the venue where the weekend’s activities would be taking place."
Having correctly interpreted the map co-ordinates to lead them to the Home of the Legend in the West Midlands, Brian and his fellow competitors battled it through the first day’s physically and mentally demanding tasks which included off-road driving and team based multi-sport challenges.
At the end of the first day the field of 48 was unceremoniously cut to 24. For those remaining the reward was a new range of 4x4 driving, navigation and initiative assessments followed by a night challenge (4.30am), which involved the recovery of a strategically placed Land Rover Defender in a freezing lake.
Following an exhausting first day and very little sleep, the second day’s activities began with kayaking through icy water followed by climbing, abseiling and a technical mountain biking course that resulted in three UK finalists being selected for the International Selections stage, which takes place over five days at the Land Rover Experience Centre at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire from 29 January.
Looking forward to the International Selections phase of the G4 Challenge, the three UK finalists know that just one will go forward to represent the UK in the Challenge itself. Starting amid the bustle of Bangkok on 23 April, the Challenge will then travel through the jungles of Laos, followed by a special stage on the beach in Rio de Janeiro and a climb through the mountains of Bolivia.
But before the UK finalists got too carried away with the dream of the travel adventure of a lifetime, Tim Pickering reminded them of the hard work ahead of them by building their confidence in vital off-road driving activities involving deep water obstacles, mud, ruts and heart stopping inclines using Land Rover’s full range of 4x4 vehicles – including the new Range Rover Sport and Discovery 3.
Developing a base of core G4 skills, Tim Pickering also challenged the finalists to locate various kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling activities, using the latest GPS positioning equipment. Exhausted from the final training day’s activities competitors finished with a tough kayaking challenge, during which RAF Doctor Andy Grieve experienced the exhilarating nature of G4 as he spectacularly capsized in the icy-lake.
Tim concluded, saying: "If our UK finalists think this is tough, they should wait until the actual challenge – four weeks non-stop, very little sleep, unbelievably demanding physical and mental challenges, no bed, questionable food, language barriers, and the adventure of a lifetime. I wish them all good luck – they're going to need it, together with abundant skill and stamina."
To coincide with the International Selections, starting on 29 January 2006, a competition is launched on the G4 Challenge website, where visitors to the site get the opportunity to compete for a host of interesting prizes, most notably the chance to accompany the G4 Challenge team on the final stage of the competition in Bolivia.
16 Jan 2006
The Predator features privacy glass and a list of standard equipment that makes the Jeeps more affordable than ever before.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Predator is based on the Limited model and features rear park assist, leather trimmed seats and steering wheel, heated memory seats, power folding door mirrors, chrome grille, tyre pressure monitor, rain sensitive wipers, premium sound system and steering wheel audio controls as standard. The Grand Cherokee Predator with a 3.0-litre CRD engine and 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine is priced at £29,990 (OTR).
Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Chrysler Group, said: "The third generation Grand Cherokee, launched in 2005, is completely new from the ground up, and has been designed and built to master every imaginable day-to-day driving condition, whether on-road or off-road, in all kinds of weather."
The Jeep Cherokee Predator features a 2.4-litre petrol engine and is priced at £15,990. Based on the Sport model, the Cherokee Predator features 16 inch steel wheels, air conditioning and a single CD as well as privacy glass.
Simon Elliott continued: "Jeep has always enjoyed a reputation for its great value and drivers will be able to get their hands on a great Jeep deal at their local Chrysler Group dealer."
10 Jan 2006
9 Jan 2006
Two brand new Jeeps were also revealed at the show and customers in the UK can expect to see both the Jeep Compass and Jeep Wrangler early in 2007. Simon Elliott said: "These two new Jeeps are designed to reach younger customers who may not have previously considered the Jeep brand. They will have diesel engines and will be great on-road cars as well as being able to drive off the beaten track. It’s really exciting that at last customers will be able to boast that they have a ‘soft-roader’ with a Jeep badge to compete with the Japanese brands."
A brand new all-wheel drive system is a key feature on the Jeep Compass as it offers on-road refinement with the performance, handling and fuel economy of a family car. The AWD system offers a full-time setting and will offer the driver tangible benefits in every day driving conditions such as wet and icy tarmac.
"The Jeep Compass reflects the new ‘Jeep-modern’ design theme and fulfils customers’ demands for a modern family car with the credibility and characteristics associated with the Jeep brand name. For customers who want more off-road style and ability, the new Jeep Wrangler reflects the more traditional ‘Jeep-rugged’ design theme. The Jeep Wrangler may be the icon of the Jeep brand but there is nothing old-fashioned about this all-new vehicle."
The new Wrangler will come to the UK with a diesel engine for the first time plus a new petrol engine that offers more power and more torque. The new Jeep also benefits from improved aerodynamics, reduced noise levels and a much improved and more spacious interior. ESP and side airbags also come as standard together with four-wheel disc ABS brakes. New innovative removable and convertible soft and hard roof options mean the Wrangler hasn’t lost any of its classic looks.
The engineers have managed to significantly improve the Wrangler’s on-road characteristics with a wider track and longer wheelbase, new steering and 100 per cent stiffer frame. These improvements have not reduced off-road ability – the Wrangler features improved live front and rear axles, extra ground clearance and an electronic disconnecting front sway bar.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 6 January 2006
Land Rover has achieved its best sales performance in the company's history. In the record year of 2005, the 4x4 manufacturer sold 185,120 vehicles around the world, an increase of 14% on the previous year.
The USA saw sales surge by 30% and for the UK it was another record year, marking six years of continual growth. Emerging markets like China and Russia witnessed sales increases of 105% and 67% respectively.
In the UK, December's cold snap sent buyers into the 4x4 specialist's showrooms, giving an end of year boost which took sales to 48,777 – 3% higher than the previous year and the company's fifth record year in a row.
Andy Griffiths, Land Rover's UK Marketing Director, said, "Drivers are obviously looking for the sure-footedness and versatility a Land Rover offers when the going gets tough. Our unique Terrain Response system, which has a specific setting for snow and ice, will help drivers deal with sub-zero conditions. With more wintry weather to come we expect to see many more people choose a Land Rover."
The sales growth has been driven by an exceptionally strong model line up. Range Rover Sport, the company's fifth nameplate, experienced a sensational debut with 30,356 models sold worldwide in six months. Discovery 3/LR3, which has collected 54 awards, saw sales climb steadily throughout the year to 53,558. In the US, a record year ended on a record high, with Land Rover's best December sales performance.
Matthew Taylor, Land Rover's Managing Director, said, "This fantastic achievement is a reflection of a strong, new model line up and is a reward for significant investment and hard work. We said 2005 would be the year of opportunity and the United States would be an increasingly important market for Land Rover. We set out to seize success and grabbed it with both hands. We now need to maintain that momentum."
6 Jan 2006
The latest sport utility FCV is powered by a Nissan-developed fuel cell stack that is about 60% smaller compared with the previous stack on the 2003 FCV model. Despite its compact size, the new stack has a power generation capacity of 90kW, an improvement of more than 40% compared with the 2003 stack, giving the all-new FCV a top speed of 150 km/h. The 2003 model has a top speed of 145 km/h.
The FCV is also equipped with a compact, 35MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage cylinder whose capacity has been reduced by 15%. However, thanks to a more improved fuel cell system, the FCV’s cruising range has been expanded to more than 370 km compared with about 350 km in the previous model.
Separately, Nissan also announced it has also developed an X-TRAIL FCV equipped with a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage cylinder and a cruising range of more than 500 km, about 1.4 times that of the 2005 model. Nissan plans to test the vehicle on public roads in Canada in February 2006 and in other locations when compatible hydrogen stations are available.
Nissan has been working on FCV development since 1996. In addition to the design and engineering work conducted in Japan, extensive testing and development has been conducted in other markets, most notably the United States, where Nissan is a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP). Nissan FCV activities in the US have focused on testing and demonstration work since 2000.
Major specifications of the all-new X-TRAIL FCV. Figures in parentheses refer to FCV equipped with 70MPa high-pressure, hydrogen storage cylinder.
4 Jan 2006
A new, supreme top-of-the-range model is taking over the leading position within the Porsche Cayenne range; second only to the Carrera GT, the Cayenne Turbo S is the most powerful Porsche homologated for road use. Benefiting from careful improvement and on-going development of the turbocharger system, the eight-cylinder bi-turbo power unit develops maximum output of 383 kW (521 bhp) at 5500 rpm, 52 kW or 71 bhp more than the Cayenne Turbo. Maximum torque of 720 Newton-metres or 531 lb-ft, in turn, is maintained consistently all the way between 2,750 and 3,750 rpm. This impressive output is reflected by truly outstanding performance on the road. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds, sprints from 80 – 120 km/h (50 – 75 mph) in fifth gear in 5.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 270 km/h or 167 mph.
Subtle external differences identify the new model; 20-inch SportTechno design alloy wheels, four exhaust tailpipes, the model designation at the rear and, if ordered by the customer, paintwork in Navy Blue Metallic, which is exclusive to this model. Under the bonnet, however, there are significant changes.
Upgraded turbocharger system
The heat exchangers fitted in front of the wheel arches, together with the air supply and discharge ducts, are now made completely of aluminium and are 13 millimetres or 0.51" larger than on the Cayenne Turbo, ensuring a much higher level of efficiency and, at the same time, a significant improvement of flow conditions in the radiator, with the loss of pressure loss down by more than 50 per cent.
Porsche development engineers have also used these positive effects to increase boost pressure, depending on the speed range, by up to 0.2 bar to a maximum of 1.9 bar, with engine output increasing further in the process. However, it is only the concurrent optimisation of engine efficiency that really confirms the supreme standard of engine management achieved by the new power unit, the Cayenne Turbo S not consuming any more fuel than the Cayenne Turbo in the same speed range.
Eight-cylinder with substantial reserves
Modified high-performance brake system
Six-speed automatic transmission
Benefiting from the usual Porsche standard, the driver is also able to shift gears manually via buttons on the steering wheel. The additional option to shift gears instantaneously by briefly flicking the selector lever forwards or backwards serves above all to ensure a safe and smooth gearshift process when driving off-road.
Four-wheel drive for optimum traction
Porsche Traction Management for supreme driving dynamics
Superior chassis and suspension with air springs and adaptive self-levelling
The Cayenne Turbo S comes as standard with air springs allowing no less than six different levels of ground clearance for optimum conditions and driving qualities both at very high speeds and when driving off-road. Benefiting from integrated self-levelling, the suspension offers the further advantage of consistent ground clearance, regardless of the load the vehicle is currently carrying. And the automatic reduction in ride height is two steps down from the normal level makes a significant contribution to enhanced driving safety at the very high speeds the Cayenne Turbo S is able to achieve.
Variable damper system featured as standard
Safety and equipment of the highest level
Inside the Cayenne Turbo S, a wide range of airbags protects the occupants in a crash, examples being the driver, front passenger and thorax airbags as well as curtain airbags integrated in the roof frame and serving to protect the occupants at the rear.
This complete system of largely "invisible" safety elements is enhanced by a high level of equipment boasting full leather upholstery and trim throughout the interior as well as other comfort components. These include bi-Xenon headlights with dynamically controlled, static curve lights, electrically adjustable comfort seats at the front with a memory function and seat heating, as well as heated seats at the rear, automatic air conditioning, ParkAssist, Porsche Communication Management incorporating satellite navigation, and Bose Surround Sound System all featured as standard.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S goes on sale in the UK on 25 February, priced from £81,565 and including a Porsche Driving Experience programme.
4 Jan 2006
The legendary Toyota Land Cruiser is renowned for being tough enough to take the harshest conditions in its stride. Beyond Arctic wastes and arid deserts, it’s also engineered to master the rigours of the urban jungle: for 2006, front and rear parking sensors are provided as standard, helping drivers avoid unwanted knocks. The sensors – four forward and four aft – are discreetly colour-coded and can be switched off independently.
The Land Cruiser Amazon gains the same package and is also newly-equipped as standard with an in-car entertainment system. This features a DVD player mounted in the rear of the centre armrest unit, with twin monitors integrated into the back of the front seat headrests. Infra-red headsets are provided and the system can also be used to play computer games or play home movies (additional cabling required in addition to the ICE package).
Taking the revised specification into account, Land Cruiser prices rise by £350, with the range now starting at £27,350 for the three-door LC3 3.0-litre D-4D. The Land Cruiser Amazon is now priced from £48,095 on-the-road (4.2 TD).