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28 December 2007
The winner was the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster, a classic model built from 1955 to 1963, and made famous by Grace Kelly who drove the car in the film High Society. 'The vintage Mercedes SL Roadster is undeniably a beautiful car, which oozes style and class. Buying one isn't cheap, but proves the owner appreciates the finer things in life,' says Alex Jenner-Fust, editor of evecars.com.
Although most of the favourites are performance cars, including the Porsche 911, Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru Impreza - the Queen's favourite vehicle the Land Rover Defender also scored highly in the top ten. 'The men we polled love the idea of a woman at the wheel of a high performance car, but only if she knows how to handle it,' says Alex Jenner-Fust. 'That's why the idea of a Land Rover Defender driven by the Queen is far more appealing than a modern Mercedes convertible being driven, or crashed, by the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. '
Martin Schlaeppi who races in the Radical Enduro series, voted for the Evo. ‘It’s a car for people who love driving and it takes effort and concentration to drive well,' he said. 'Evo drivers know about their cars and that’s why it’s sexy to see a woman behind the wheel.'
Top 10 cars to turn men's heads
21 December 2007
ARCTIX 150PS 2.0dCi automatic £21,995 (OTR) – eXtreme roof rails and lamps with snowstorm side steps
ARCTIX eXpedition 150PS 2.0dCi automatic or 173 manual £22,995 (OTR) - eXtreme roof rails and lamps with snowstorm side steps, satellite navigation and colour rear view camera
On sale now with deliveries expected early January
With the winter ski season just about upon us, Nissan is providing the perfect travel partner in the form of an X-TRAIL ARCTIX. Powered by a fuel efficient 150PS 2.0dCi engine through a 6 speed automatic gearbox the vehicle is the ideal long distance traveller.
Should the weather conditions deteriorate the all-mode-i 4x4 drive system is designed to keep you sure footed to the road. If visibility is poor switch on the front fog lamps and eXtreme roof rail lamps, whilst on full beam, and see the road ahead light up. Uphill starts, greater than 10 degrees, are assisted by the brakes being applied for a short while after releasing the brake pedal and if the descent gets a bit steep, then the downhill drive support will ease you down gently and safely at no more than 4mph. Cruise control will make motorways a pleasure and once at your destination, the black and silver snowstorm side steps will aid your exit from the vehicle.
The boot has a wipe clean rear floor area along with 603 litres of storage space behind the rear seats, extending to 1773 litres with the rear seats folded down. Underneath is a double floor trunk section with a pull out drawer for storing smaller items. Longer items such as skis can be slotted through the ski hatch located between the rear seat armrest. or, if preferred, clipped into an accessory ski roof rack* fitted between the standard eXtreme roof rails. Protecting the carpets are unique ARCTIX floor mats.
If you need help to get you to the European snow resorts then for a further £1000 the ‘ARCTIX eXpedition’ is equipped with Nissan’s acclaimed DVD navigation system. Covering 23 countries throughout Europe, it is the best way to eliminate any map reading arguments between driver and passenger. The system also incorporates a colour rear view camera to aid parking by showing a clear image of the view behind when reversing.
ARCTIX eXpedition comes with a choice of engines; the same 150PS 2.0dCi with automatic transmission or a higher powered 173PS 2.0dCi unit, linked with a manual gearbox, for the same price of £22,995 (OTR).
Trim and equipment details for ARCTIX and ARCTIX eXpedition X-TRAIL’s are similar to SPORT grade with 17 inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, CD autochanger with 6 speakers, Bluetooth® phone integration, climate control air conditioning, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. Upholstery is a charcoal coloured cloth weave whilst the exterior can be selected within a choice of six paint colours: Pearl White, Thundercloud, Twilight Grey, Ebisu Black, Atlas Blue and Chilli Pepper Red.
Vehicles will be available in showrooms from 2 January 2008 and come complete with Nissan’s peace of mind 3-year or 60,000 mile warranty (whichever comes first), 3-year paint and 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 21 November 2007
"The Red Cross association with Land Rover goes back to 1954, when Land Rover supplied a vehicle to the British Red Cross for use in Dubai as a mobile dispensary," said James Johnstone, chairman for the British Red Cross Ball. "We are thrilled that Land Rover continues to support our vital humanitarian work today. Funds raised from auctioning this vehicle will go towards the work of the Red Cross in the UK and overseas, which this year has included the UK floods, Darfur Crisis and ongoing HIV work in Africa."
While most of the 25,000 Defenders produced each year are working tools for everyone from farmers and foresters to aid agencies, the SVX is the most stylish and feature-packed version that Land Rover has ever produced. Special Edition Features With metallic black paintwork and subtle satin black graphic decals, the Defender SVX will be available in both 90 soft-top and 90 station wagon versions. Distinctive exterior features have a contrasting silver finish, such as the unique 'Defender' and 'SVX' badges, tubular side-steps, and the bold surround for the front grille and new, clear-lens headlamps. All vehicles will also feature new, 'diamond turned' five-spoke alloy wheels, a reinforced aluminium front undershield and clear LED rear lights.
To bring the SVX interiors right up to date, they are equipped with custom-designed Recaro front seats, distinctive alloy gear knobs, a new audio system (with subwoofer and USB socket), iPod cradle and Garmin satellite navigation. The soft-top models are especially eye-catching, with a metallic silver tubular cage that supports a tailor-made, removable black fabric hood. This encloses a flat load-space and a spare wheel stowed behind the front seats, reminiscent of the very first open-top Land Rovers. Each SVX model for the UK will also come fitted with an individually numbered plaque, e.g. 001.
"The Defender SVX looks very different to a spartan 1948 Land Rover, but it's still an essentially practical vehicle that will enable you to go almost anywhere," says Phil Popham, Land Rover's managing director. "The new and much more refined diesel engine introduced earlier this year has been a great success with customers, and for those who want the ultimate Defender, we thought that the SVX special edition would be an ideal way to mark Land Rover's 60th birthday."
A total of 200 SVX vehicles will be made available in the UK – 140 two-seat Defender 90 soft-tops and 60 four-seat 90 station wagons. Production of the Defender SVX will start in spring 2008, with deliveries to customers starting from early summer for soft-tops and later in the summer for station wagons. Prices will be announced later in the year.
Gaydon, Warwickshire 12 November 2007
The National Grid Wireless announcement comes hard on the heels of an order to supply 49 Discovery 3 vehicles to the Highways Agency, the organisation responsible for maintaining and operating England's motorways and major A roads. Land Rover will be providing expert tuition for the Highways Agency.
Land Rover's UK Marketing Director, Andy Griffiths, said: "We work with emergency services, police, and ambulance teams across the country. With nearly 60 years of experience in overcoming the elements and negotiating any terrain, we have a wealth of experience to share with organisations such as National Grid Wireless."
Peter Sanders, General Manager, Operational Services, at National Grid Wireless, added: "This specifically tailored training programme will ensure that the company's field operations team has the knowledge and ability to use 4x4 vehicles safely and effectively; in all weather conditions and terrains."
There are nine Land Rover Experiences throughout the UK, each with its own unique off-road course featuring some of the most challenging surfaces and terrain any driver could encounter. They provide the perfect setting in which to develop confidence and skill under expert tuition from highly trained instructors.
Land Rover supplies a quarter of the global aid agency market and is involved in numerous important conservation programmes worldwide, which are hugely beneficial to local communities. Without the use of Land Rovers, some of their rescue missions or emergency operations would be impossible. Nearly two-thirds of the Land Rovers produced since 1948 are still being driven, many in conditions where no other vehicle is capable of being used.
30 October 2007
Keyless entry and start means there’s no fumbling for keys, and once inside an air of luxury is provided by a leather-trimmed steering wheel and Alcantara upholstery. Cruise control and Trafficmaster’s Smartnav navigation system contribute to a relaxed driving experience, and when the preference is for some fresh air, then the X-EC is equipped with an electric sunroof. That’s on top of an already extensive specification that includes automatic climate control, MP3-audio compatibility, reclining rear seats, front fogs, steering-wheel audio controls, heated electric door mirrors and six airbags.
The Smartnav navigation and congestion avoidance system takes live traffic information from Trafficmaster’s 7,500-strong sensor network and guides drivers around jams and delays to get them from A to B in the shortest possible time. The package includes a 12 month navigation subscription with live traffic information, plus a one month free trial subscription to Trafficmaster Safe Speed – an in-car alert system which flags up speed limits around fixed safety cameras – and a one-month free trial subscription to Stolen Vehicle Tracking.
The 140 PS 2.0-litre petrol engined Grand Vitara XE-C is priced at £16,999 on-the-road in 5-speed manual form – a 4-speed automatic transmission is available for an extra £1,000 – while the 129 PS intercooled and turbocharged 1.9 DDiS 5-speed manual model retails at £18,499 OTR. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 32.1 mpg for the 2.0-litre model (automatic 31.0 mpg), while the 1.9 DDiS is capable of 37.2 mpg. CO2 emissions are 208, 217 and 195 g/km respectively.
The Grand Vitara offers exceptional refinement, with all-wheel independent suspension ensuring a smooth and responsive on-road ride. Yet with its permanently engaged four-wheel drive system, a locking centre differential and low range, it possesses serious off-road capability and the unique monocoque body with ‘built-in ladder frame’ provides exceptional rigidity and toughness. The relatively long wheelbase which effectively ‘pushes’ the front wheels forwards ensures a spacious cabin with legroom comparable to models from a higher segment and a capacious luggage area able to swallow 758 litres.
30 October 2007
This low insurance rating combined with the Tiguan’s three-year warranty, 12-year body protection warranty, the option of flexible servicing and free Volkswagen Assistance for the first year work to reduce the cost of ownership and provide peace of mind.
Volkswagen owners benefit from access to over 240 dedicated retailers in the UK linked to a network of approved bodyshops assigned with repairing Volkswagen vehicles to the highest standards. Fitted with an alarm and immobiliser system as standard the Tiguan has been designed to be quickly and efficiently repaired in the event of an accident. For example the high density plastic wheel arch surrounds are designed to be easily removed and replaced within minutes - reducing the time the vehicle is off the road and minimising disruption.
The Tiguan was recently awarded a maximum five-star rating for occupant protection by the Euro NCAP crash testing agency and is fitted with six airbags, ABS, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and ASR traction control as standard.
Marking Volkswagen’s entry into the compact 4x4 market the Tiguan is powered by a choice of advanced 1.4-litre TSI petrol or 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines at launch. The Tiguan can be fitted with the innovative ParkAssist self-parking system as well as a reversing camera and the latest generation of touchscreen satellite navigation systems.
Prices for the Tiguan will start at £19,370 for the 1.4-litre TSI ‘S’ model, rising to £23,300 for the range-topping 2.0 TDI Escape model.
1 October 2007
One of the world’s most legendary four-wheel drive brands has finally arrived in the UK, and it’s like nothing else on, or off, the road.
The right-hand drive HUMMER H3 spearheads the launch of GM’s premium SUV brand to the UK market, having been designed and developed from the outset to appeal to a truly global audience.
Smaller and more agile than the larger H1 and H2 models, the South African-built H3 is the HUMMER designed with Europe in mind – and with prices starting at just £26,495, it’s great value, too.
With permanent full-time four-wheel drive, a two-ratio transfer gearbox, traction control and HUMMER’s patented StabiliTrack Stability Enhancement System on all models, the H3 is a sure-footed choice for those seeking a vehicle that is just as much about action as it is about expressing the HUMMER brand’s iconic style. Indeed, the H3 is one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the market today.
At launch, three trim levels are available – the SE, Adventure and Luxury. All come with a comprehensive standard equipment list including air conditioning, electric windows, remote central locking, a six-speaker stereo system, cruise control and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror with eight-point compass and temperature display.
Adventure models add heated power-adjustable seats, a leather appointed interior, an off-road suspension package, full-locking central rear differential, a chrome appearance package and a seven-speaker stereo system, making it perfect for those who want to take their HUMMER a little further off the beaten track.
For those who want a more cosseting HUMMER, the Luxury model comes with leather appointed interior, eight-way power adjustable heated seats, 16x7.5in chrome wheels, chrome side steps, hood louvre and roof bars and a seven-speaker sound system. A comprehensive range of options is available for all models.
Initially, all H3s will be offered with HUMMER’s unique five-cylinder inline 3.7-litre VORTEC petrol engine. The 244bhp unit was designed specifically for the H3 and offers an impressive 328Nm of torque, giving the car excellent flexibility in even the most challenging of conditions. Two transmissions are on offer – a five speed manual or a four-speed GM Hydra-Matic auto. Biofuel and Diesel H3s will follow within three years.
The H3 is officially on sale from September 1 at the UK’s first official HUMMER retailer, Bauer Millett in Manchester, as well as sites at Park Lane in London and in Birmingham. Further HUMMER outlets will open shortly, and will be publicised on the www.hummer.com website.
Prices start from £26,495
1 October 2007
From today (1 October) National Park Authorities can make traffic regulation orders within their boundaries on rights of way and unsurfaced roads.
The new measures are part of a package designed to curb excessive or inappropriate use of vehicles away from ordinary roads.
The last few years has seen a growing debate about the appropriateness and sustainability of the use of byways by motor vehicles for recreation. Some National Parks have attracted considerable numbers of recreational off-road motor vehicles. The government considers that in many cases a level of recreational use that may be acceptable in some areas is inappropriate in National Parks, which are designed to conserve and enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage as well as enabling people to enjoy their special qualities.
Government research indicated that while the existing byway network can in general support current levels and types of motor vehicle use, there can be difficulties on particular byways.
The new powers are set out in Section 72 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. For more information go to www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/issues/public/index.htm. .
28 September 2007
Launched as a totally new model last summer, the Terios already holds the title of ‘Compact/Affordable Category Winner – 2007’. The Terios beat all major rivals such as the Fiat Sedici 4x4, smaller Fiat Panda 4x4 and even larger and more expensive all-wheel drive models such as the Volkswagen Golf 4Motion.
Key criteria for the judges were a car which combined practicality with driving enjoyment, value for money and – of course – genuine off-road character. The magazine editorial said: “No one-trick pony, the Terios has an array of talents.”
It added: “The modern, rounded styling blends perfectly with traditional 4x4 features, such as the classic tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Ground clearance is fine for deepish ruts, and an electronic diff-lock enhances traction when the auto 4WD needs it.”
The magazine described the Terios’s 1.5 litre petrol engine as: “surprisingly willing, and eager to rev when you hold on to a lower gear to reach a motorway cruising speed.” And they added: “The Terios isn’t quick, but it is light on its feet, involving to drive and a doddle to park. A practical loadall, it offers a tall uncluttered boot and an equally roomy cabin. “Even the base-model S gets air-con and a CD stereo. True value doesn’t come more rounded than this.”
Commenting on the award, Daihatsu Vehicle Distributors Managing Director, Paul Tunnicliffe, said: “We much appreciate this accolade which endorses the Terios’s popularity. In fact, Daihatsu passenger vehicle sales are more than 18 per cent up this year, with the Terios making a major contribution to our success.”
Currently available from £11,995 on-the-road – a £1,000 saving – the Daihatsu Terios boasts a high standard specification including air-conditioning, power-steering, ABS with EBD, full-time four-wheel drive with electronic centre diff-lock, driver, passenger and side airbags, radio/CD player, four electric windows and even reverse parking sensors.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 26 September 2007
The Freelander 2, which can tow up to 2 tonnes, was put through its paces in August at the Millbrook Proving Ground. Track tests determined the car’s towing ability, dynamics when hitched, acceleration, braking and the ability to cope with hill starts, whilst a team of ‘caravanability’ judges assessed its usability, interior space and ability to go anywhere.
Launched last year and new from the ground up, the Freelander 2 delivers outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road capability of a true Land Rover. Over 11,000 units have been sold year to date – over 95 per cent of which are diesel models with a combined fuel economy figure of 37.7mpg for the diesel manual and 33.2mpg for the diesel automatic.
“We are really delighted to win this award for Freelander 2 and for it to be recognised for its towing capacity,” says Land Rover’s UK marketing director, Andy Griffiths. “Generally, 4x4s are popular towing vehicles because of their excellent stability, improved traction, and all-terrain capability. This award for Freelander 2 cements its position as the most capable 4x4 in its class.”
Priced from £20,960 on-the-road, the Freelander 2 is on sale now at Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK. To book a test drive, contact your local dealer or visit www.landrover.co.uk
26 September 2007
Peter Lambert, Managing Director of Chrysler UK Ltd, said: “The limited edition Snow+Rock Jeep Grand Cherokee is ideal for people who enjoy making the most of the great outdoors.“Not only does it look great, but comes with a range of functional accessories which make life easier for carrying equipment and tackling the rough stuff.” For further details on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Snow+Rock limited editions, and the full range of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models please contact your local Chrysler dealership.
13 September 2007
Chrysler LLC today unveiled the Jeep® J8 multipurpose vehicle at the 2007 Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) military trade show, making the legendary vehicle available for reenlistment in active military service.
“Jeep vehicles made their original debut in 1941 for military duty, and have built their reputation with more than 65 years as the world’s benchmark for off-road capability and versatility for civilian and military vehicles,” said Thomas Hausch, Vice President – International Sales, Chrysler LLC. “The new Jeep J8 marks the brand’s return to vehicle production for military and civilian government use – the same capability that makes the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited famous also makes the Jeep J8 a truly multipurpose vehicle.”
With the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as the starting point, Jeep engineers increased its capability and versatility. The frame of the Wrangler Unlimited is reinforced for increased ruggedness and to allow greater payloads – up to a maximum of 1,339 kg (2,952 lbs.). Axles, brakes and suspension components are engineered specifically for more demanding military and civilian government use, including utilising a leaf-spring suspension system in the rear. The J8’s Command-Trac® four-wheel drive system allows maximum versatility and performance in both on- and off-road conditions.
The Jeep J8 is powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 118 kW (158 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb.-ft.) of torque, providing towing capability of up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs.). The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The J8 also features a unique air-intake system with special filtration and a hood-mounted snorkel that enables the J8 to wade in water up to 762 mm (30 in.) deep and tackle sandstorm conditions for up to five hours.
Available as a two-door with an extended pickup bed for personnel or equipment transport, or a four-door multipurpose vehicle, it may be produced with numerous vehicle-body and seating configurations in either right-hand- or left-hand-drive.
While not designed for front-line combat operations, the Jeep J8 is fully armour capable and excels in a variety of duties ranging from command vehicle to troop/cargo carrier, ambulance, communications vehicle and other duties – also making it suitable for civilian government applications. Heavy-duty bumpers with tow eyes allow the Jeep J8 to be easily transported by aeroplane or helicopter.
The Jeep J8 will be produced in a Chrysler LLC joint-venture facility in Cairo, Egypt, and will be available in spring 2008.
Jeep in the military
Frankfurt 11 September 2007
From early 2009, an innovative stop-start system will be fitted as standard to all Freelander 2 TD4 manual vehicles. The system turns off the engine when the vehicle is stationary and automatically restarts it when the driver is ready to move off. This prevents the engine from unnecessary idling, eliminates wasting fuel and cuts carbon dioxide emissions. It will help to cut CO2 emissions by over 7% from 194 g/km to 179 g/km. This equates to a fuel economy improvement in a combined cycle (NEDC) from 37.7 mpg (7.5/100 km) to 41.5 mpg (6.8/100 km). In the UK, this means the vehicle moves down from VED Band F to Band E.
Land Rover also provided journalists attending the show a sneak preview of its future design and technology direction in the form of a short animated film. This gave a tantalising glimpse of a concept that demonstrates Land Rover’s commitment to innovation that embraces the challenges of sustainability while retaining Land Rover’s core values.
In addition, Land Rover announced a partnership between the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the Land Rover G4 Challenge, the world’s ultimate driving and adventure sports competition. The partnership will raise further awareness of the Federation and help generate funds for its causes. Land Rover is committed to generating £1m for the Federation.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 24 August 2007
A stylish new Premium pack is now available for Land Rover’s best-selling model – the Freelander 2 – which has sold 10,983 units so far this year in the UK. The new Premium Pack delivers both exterior and interior enhancements to the top specification Freelander 2 HSE. Vehicles with the new pack are distinguished by a distinctive rear spoiler, body-coloured lower sections of the bumpers and doorsills and stylish tungsten coloured door handles. The pack also includes 10-spoke Chrome Shadow 19 inch alloy wheels giving the Freelander 2 an even sportier stance.
Interior additions include a new driver’s seat with additional seat cushion tilt function and front passenger seat with electric seat height adjustment as well as luxurious, perforated leather panels and extra stitching details. The storage box located at the rear of the centre console also gains a smart new sliding cover.
Launched last year and new from the ground up, the Freelander 2 delivers outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road ability of a true Land Rover. It is already a multi-award winning vehicle, receiving numerous prestigious accolades including the What Car? Best Compact 4x4, BBC Top Gear’s SUV of the Year, and the Auto Express Best 4x4 recreational.
“The Freelander 2 is now firmly established as the premium compact 4x4 of choice in the UK. It demonstrates Land Rover’s dynamic design and is complete with a smart and spacious interior, and an abundance of advanced technologies,” says John Edwards, managing director, Land Rover. “Now, the Premium pack on the Freelander 2 offers subtle changes for those seeking an even more premium look to their vehicle, which we believe will give it even wider customer appeal.”
The new Premium pack will be available to order from October 2007 and will cost £1,850.
To locate your nearest dealership or for more information regarding the Land Rover range, please log onto www.landrover.co.uk
16 August 2007
“The tyres have performed fantastically well,” said Ron Moon. “We’ve clocked up some 33,000km and put them through some of the toughest roads in Africa, varying from near non-existant tracks, to sandy Kalahari Desert roads and deep mud hole-dotted trails. They’ve been amazingly good for the areas we’ve been driviing in, and the loads we’ve been carrying – our vehicle weighs around 4 tonnes.”
Once they reach London later this year, the Moons are planning to travel across southern Europe, through Russia to North Cape, the most northerly point in Europe. “We may then ship out to America in time for the 2008 automotive trade show, SEMA,” added Moon.
6 August 2007
“The cars were amazing – just one puncture along the way and they didn’t let us down once,” said Russ. “I finished on the same four tyres I left on – in fact it was only as the Patrols were being driven away this morning to be shipped back to England that I realised quite how attached we’ve become to them.
“Ewan and Charley really appreciated seeing the Patrols coming over the horizon – the cars meant friends, food, supplies and reassurance. The cars became the mothership of the journey, offering shelter during the more hazardous moments – they really did the job.”
Russ said the entire crew was also grateful for the modifications on the vehicles, including the long-range fuel tanks that had been fitted.
“We were driving across beautiful but wild desert-scapes in Namibia – we didn’t have to go that way but we wanted to because it looked so amazing,” he said. “But once out there you realise you really are in the middle of nowhere and you couldn’t just stop for petrol. Nissan put fuel tanks with a 450-mile range in the Patrols and that got us across the desert so we could film.”
Russ and David, together with a medic, were part of the small support crew following Ewan and Charley on their epic journey, which finished at the weekend in the shadow of Table Mountain in Cape Town.
“The arrival in Cape Town was incredible – we were approaching in the Patrols to be met by hundreds of people with a helicopter overhead filming us – the sense of achievement, and relief, was amazing,” added Russ.
Russ now has one last ambition for the Nissan Patrol that got him through the journey – picking up his 12-year-old daughter Emily from school in it.
“The Patrol looks really cool, so for her dad to rock up in it to collect her from school would be fantastic,” he added.
The Patrols are due back in England in three weeks time and Nissan will work with the Long Way Down team on what to do with them next.
John Parslow, Nissan 4x4 brand manager, said: “We knew the Patrols would not let the crew down but even so this is another incredible achievement by Ewan, Charley, Russ and David and we congratulate them on finishing the journey.
“This has been a fantastic partnership for us and we look forward to working with the guys on even more exciting projects in the future.”
The expedition was a follow-up to the original Long Way Round trip in 2004 which saw Ewan and Charley ride more than 19,000 miles, travelling eastwards through Europe and Asia, completing their journey in New York. This time the trip covered 15,000 miles supported by the Nissan Patrols which were home to the mobile editing suite used to document the pair’s adventure for a new BBC TV series.
26 July 2007
“Travelling through the Sudan and Northern Ethiopia or Western Tanzania, where roads are really non-existent or quite horrific at best, the Patrols have just been there for us every day without fail,” said David. “We’ve driven along miles and miles of corrugated roads from the top of Kenya down and west to Uganda. The cars were being rattled to an extent you could never imagine – so much so that it even became difficult to film.” David and Russ, together with a medic, are part of the small support crew following Ewan and Charley on their epic journey and both paid tribute to the way the cars have tackled every eventuality they’ve faced. “The suspension on the Patrol has been a key element for us. We have really put these shocks to the test and we're very appreciative of the fact that the cars are still going as strong as ever. We have rattled the cars beyond belief,” David continued. “We’ve also made good use of the winches on the cars and have had to winch the vehicles across some impassable spots, one in particular in Kenya when we ran into a big old chunk of mud. They’ve also driven through a flooded river which, until recently, was a road!” Even sucking up “a beach-worth” of sand into the engine in Libya has not stopped the Patrols.
“On the last day as we were leaving Libya a sandstorm started – we had visibility of maybe 20 metres in this driving, horizontal sand,” Russ explained. “The Patrols have both got a special air-intake snorkel which we pointed backwards – they sucked in a lot of sand during the storm and we were worried it could mess up the fuel/air mixture. When we eventually cleared the storm we cleaned out the air filter and bashed out a beach-worth of sand.”
Russ believes Nissan has proved to be the right choice of partner for Long Way Down. “Nissan will be top of our list for anything we do in the future; we have not only been provided with reliable, robust vehicles but just as importantly we were given the parts and technical support necessary for a trip like this.”
John Parslow, Nissan 4x4 brand manager, said: “The terrain, the journey and the crew have been handing out some real punishment to our Patrols but they’re taking everything in their stride. “We spent two months preparing the vehicles for Long Way Down to ensure they would not let down the team – and we’ve really delivered. “The Patrols are an integral part of the journey and we’re looking forward to seeing them in the film later this year.”
Despite the extensive modifications and security training, the crew is taking no chances with the Patrols. Russ and David have put “Tikoloshe” dolls in the windscreen of the two Patrols – according to Zulu mythology, the Tikoloshe is an evil spirit. The crew hopes the dolls will ward off any superstitious locals who might otherwise take too close an interest in the vehicles overnight.
The adventure is a follow-up to the original Long Way Round trip in 2004 which saw Ewan and Charley ride over 19,000 miles, travelling eastwards through Europe and Asia, completing their journey in New York. This time the pair plan to travel 15,000 miles supported by the Nissan Patrols which will be home to the mobile editing suite used to document the pair’s adventure for a brand new BBC TV series.
20 July 2007
On display at the Nissan stand will be the new X-TRAIL, Patrol, Pathfinder, Navara, Murano, Micra C+C, NOTE, 350Z Roadster and QASHQAI. Visitors will also have a chance to win a brand new Nissan Micra C+C in a free prize draw.
In addition to the stand, Nissan is sponsoring the ‘Extreme Outdoor’ area at the fair where a mountain bike display team will be providing an eye catching and exciting display of skills and stunts. The team will be performing moves off ramps and plinths positioned around a Nissan Navara, rocks and other tough obstacles. Visitors here can also see the Micra and Patrol.
Held at Harewood House, near Leeds, the CLA Game Fair is renowned as the world’s greatest country sport event. The show incorporates exhibitions on shooting, the countryside and game fishing as well as attractions such as gun dog championships and horse displays.
For more information about the Nissan range visit Stand L0726 at the CLA Game Fair or www.nissan.co.uk.
17 July 2007
Following Holgate and Cooper’s collaboration on last year’s Rainbow Expedition, the off-road tyre manufacturing specialist is spearheading another twelve month-long trip, the Outside Edge Expedition. A convoy of 347 Land Rovers all shod with tough all-terrain Cooper tyres – the longest humanitarian train ever - set off from the Cape of Good Hope in April.
The mammoth expedition will circumnavigate Africa, travelling as the name suggests, around the edge of the vast continent. The aim of the trip is linked to the Cooper-supported One Net One Life campaign, which will see the expedition delivering tens of thousands of life-saving mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and children under the age of five. Shockingly, two babies die every minute from the bite of a mosquito – that’s 3.5 million Africans a year, more than die from HIV/Aids, according to the One Net One Life campaign.
Also linked to the Outside Edge Expedition is the Cooper Tire-supported Right to Sight initiative, in which ‘readers’ are supplied to help poor-sighted villagers.
“We know it will be tough, but with all this incredible goodwill and a great sponsor partner such as Cooper Tire, how can we fail?” said Holgate at the launch. “Following the edge won’t be easy, but there are some wonderful challenges ahead – the ancient Namib’s Skeleton Coast, the Congo, Niger, Nile and Amazon rivers, the equatorial jungles of West Africa, the Sahara desert – it all promises to be an exciting odyssey, using adventure to save lives.”
The Outside Edge Expedition will arrive back at the Cape of Good Hope to coincide with next year’s Africa Malaria Day, April 25, 2008.
12 July 2007
The all new X-TRAIL, on sale from 1 September, will have a starting price of £18,795 for the entry level 2.0-litre petrol TREK rising to £26,720 for the more luxurious upgraded AVENTURA 150PS 2.0dCi automatic. In some cases the increase in price over the outgoing model is as low as £100 representing excellent value especially considering the vehicle is larger, better equipped and with more modern and refined engines. There are three grades and four engine variations to choose from with three of the power units being new to X-TRAIL. To simplify the Nissan 4x4 range structure the grade names of TREK, SPORT and AVENTURA for X-TRAIL have been taken from the Pathfinder.
Although X-TRAIL has been completely restyled, customer research clearly showed that the robust, strong shape was popular and well appreciated. Indeed, it was a key factor in the decision making process for many buyers. It was clear that the “X-TRAILness” had to be retained, which is why there is a clear family resemblance between the original and the new version – a perfect example of evolutionary change.
New from the ground up, the latest X-TRAIL shares the same platform as the recently launched QASHQAI. The platform features strut-type suspension at the front with a multi-link system at the rear, both ends being mounted on separate rubber insulated sub-frames providing enhanced refinement and isolation from vibrations which in turn gives a superior ride both on and off-road. As a result, new X-TRAIL is slightly larger than before: its wheelbase has increased by 5mm to 2630mm, while overall length has risen by 175mm to 4630mm. Much of this extra length can be found in the luggage area, which has increased dramatically in size.
With the rear seat in place, the original vehicle had a luggage area VDA measurement of 410 litres up to the lower edge of the rear window: in the new X-TRAIL the equivalent figure is 603 litres, an increase of 193 litres (including double deck trunk capacity). Fold the rear seats forward and this increases to 1773 litres. This has been achieved by rerouting the exhaust silencer from its original transverse position under the boot floor to a north/south location alongside the rear wheel well. This has allowed the creation of an innovative double deck trunk, with space for a sliding drawer under the floor where valuable items can be stored away from prying eyes. The drawer has partition walls that can be placed in a number of different positions or removed altogether as required. The floor and the drawer can both be removed to increase load space even further: as a result the trunk area of the new X-TRAIL is deeper and wider than the original and, even with the false floor in place, virtually as tall. With it removed, trunk height is increased by 127mm over the original.
But that’s not all. To ensure maximum practicality, the floor has been finished in a tough and easy-to-clean non-slip plastic surface. Raised ribs have been placed at unequal distances apart to help prevent loads shifting when the vehicle is on the move. Full carpeting was rejected for the trunk as customer research showed that many owners either carried dogs or outdoor sports equipment in the rear of their X-TRAIL and preferred a wipe clean surface.
The interior improvements continue with Nissan’s practice of providing much higher levels of quality and premiumness than expected for the class of car. Soft feel materials feature on all touch points throughout the cockpit. And as with other recent Nissan models, X-TRAIL has been created with versatility and practicality uppermost. Positioning the instrument cluster behind the multi-function steering wheel has allowed greater versatility in the centre console, which can now house a larger navigation screen closer to eye level as well as providing space for an in-dash multi disc CD changer.
For the first time, X-TRAIL offers two levels of turbo-diesel power. Both engines are versions of the highly regarded 2.0-litre M1D unit already fitted in QASHQAI which combines high outputs and good economy with class-leading refinement. The 150PS is available on all grades and returns a combined fuel consumption figure of 39.8mpg and 190g/km of CO2 . Compare the fuel economy and CO2 with the out-going 2.2dCi 136PS engine (37.2mpg/ 203g/km CO2) and improvements made are 6.9% and 6.4% respectively.
With the help of an intercooler comes the second version producing 173PS available on the SPORT and AVENTURA. Fuel economy using the combined cycle is 38.2mpg with an output of 198g/km CO2. Torque outputs for both versions are 320Nm and 360Nm respectively, 90 per cent of which is developed at a low 1750rpm. These engines are also fitted with particulate filters to minimise emissions. The 173PS engine should also prove to be popular with the towing fraternity as it has a class leading maximum braked trailer weight of 2200kg.
A new lightweight all-alloy 16 valve 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 141PS and 196Nm of torque is fitted to the TREK. It was development led by Nissan and unusually for a petrol engine, much of the torque is produced low down the rev band – 90 per cent is available from 2400rpm. It returns a combined fuel consumption figure of 32.5mpg and has a CO2 figure of 208g/km. Although carried over from the original X-TRAIL, the 2.5-litre 169PS petrol engine has been further improved for greater refinement and better efficiency. Providing excellent low-to mid-range torque figures – peak torque is 233Nm – the engine comes on both the SPORT and AVENTURA grades and produces 29.4mpg and 230g/km of CO2. The 2.0dCi 150PS is £800 more than the 2.5 petrol whilst it will cost a further £1000 to upgrade between diesel engines.
All engines are fitted with six speed manual transmissions but if you would rather give your left foot a rest then there is now a choice of automatics on both diesel and petrol versions. The 2.5 petrol has the latest fuel efficient constantly variable transmission (CVT) costing an additional £1200 with lower fuel consumption and CO2 than the equivalent manual – returning 30.4mpg and 223g/km CO2. The 150PS diesel has the option of a conventional 6 speed automatic for a further £1100. The higher powered diesel is only available in manual form.
TREK may be the first in the line up but it is not short on equipment with Bluetooth phone integration, 16" alloy wheels, full body coloured bumpers, climate controlled air conditioning, a full suite of airbags – driver, passenger, side and curtain, plus a CD / radio with 4 speakers.
The SPORT version starting from £20,695 encompasses all of TREK’s equipment but the alloys change to a larger 17", the stereo system is upgraded to a 6 stack CD auto-changer with 6 speakers and remote control, the front grille gets a chrome look and front fog lamps are also added, along with a large panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, cruise control, reach adjust steering and a ski hatch. Include auto-on for the headlamps, wipers and speed activated central locking, then the package is complete. Compare this vehicle to the outgoing Columbia 2.2dCi and there is only a £100 increase in price. For a further £2000 the AVENTURA offers a choice of either Black or Sand coloured leather upholstery, heated and powered front seats, intelligent key and electric folding door mirrors with chrome exterior door handles.
All X-TRAILs are equipped with Nissan’s ALL-MODE 4x4 system which operates in two-wheel drive only to minimise fuel consumption and transfers into four-wheel drive mode as and when the vehicle detects it is needed, or manually selected by the driver. The SPORT and AVENTURA on the new X-TRAIL however get the very latest intelligent edition known as ALL-MODE 4x4-i incorporating Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Uphill Start Support (USS) and Downhill Drive Support (DDS).
USS is a fully automatic system that activates on any slope that exceeds a 10 per cent incline, holding the vehicle on the brakes until the driver starts to move away. The system also works if the vehicle is reversing up an incline.
DDS – operated via a switch on the centre console – operates when ALL-MODE is in lock mode. DDS uses the anti-lock brakes to maintain a descent speed of 5mph allowing the driver to concentrate on steering. Like USS, DDS also works when the vehicle is in reverse.
On SPORT and AVENTURA grades there are upgrade models available to further enhance the specification list. The SPORT eXpedition costs £1700 more and includes DVD satellite navigation, rear parking camera, intelligent key and chrome exterior door handles. The AVENTURA eXplorer has the same price increase but adds xenon powered headlamps, DVD satellite navigation and rear parking camera. eXtreme is the second upgrade on both SPORT and AVENTURA which adds stylish roof rails with integrated lamps for a further £425.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 3 July 2007
Judges hailed the Discovery 3’s exceptional capability, saying: “The Discovery 3 will happily tow at 60mph all day, and smoothes away bumps that are felt with a thump in many other 4x4s. Nothing else in this class is as accomplished an all-rounder; it’s great to drive solo, tows with gusto and is supremely practical.”
Land Rover’s Discovery 3 is a technology-packed, premium 4x4 designed to deliver outstanding performance both on the road and off-road. It offers exceptional space, comfort and flexibility, for up to seven adults and it is able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes – enhancing its ‘three cars in one’ status.
Land Rover’s UK managing director John Edwards added: “We are really delighted to win this award for Discovery 3 and for it to be recognised for its towing capacity. This award is testament to the fact that it is a supremely able vehicle and capable of tackling anything that a customer throws at it.”
Priced from £27,315 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.co.uk
8 June 2007
Peter Lambert, Managing Director of Chrysler Group UK, said: “You can’t escape the fact that the new Jeep Patriot looks like a classic Jeep – but there is nothing old-fashioned about the price, performance and fuel economy of this compact SUV or its state-of-the-art four wheel drive system.
“The market place is changing and the Jeep brand is leading that change as the Compact SUV market grows. Our research shows that the Jeep Patriot appeals to younger customers that want more from their traditional family car - young families want a vehicle that looks different but still offers plenty of room and practicality, together with great performance and fuel economy.”
Safety is also increasingly important for customers and the Jeep Patriot is loaded with many standard safety features, including side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Electronic Roll Mitigation and the ‘Freedom Drive I’ full-time, active four-wheel drive system, all of which add to Patriot’s tremendous value. Peter Lambert added: “Small family cars with four-wheel drive systems are becoming more sought after as they offer better handling and enhanced safety on the road. The higher seating position of the Patriot, together with the new four-wheel drive system that automatically switches from front to four-wheel-drive as you drive round a bend or if you lose traction, offers drivers a real advantage in every day driving conditions. The Patriot is as much at home on wet and icy tarmac as on mud, sand or snow and still manages to achieve an impressive 42.2 mpg*.”
Two Jeep Patriot models – Patriot Sport and Patriot Limited – will be offered in the UK and will feature a VW-sourced 138 bhp 2.0-litre six-speed manual diesel engine or a 168 bhp 2.4-litre petrol engine with a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox.
Jeep Patriot UK pricing: Jeep Patriot Sport 2.4 petrol manual £15,995 to Jeep Patriot Limited 2.0 diesel manual at £18,795
*on the combined cycle with the diesel engine
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 7 June 2007
“That increase is largely due to the huge popularity of the acclaimed TDV8 diesel that we introduced to the Range Rover line-up last year,” says John Edwards, Land Rover UK managing director. “The engine’s great combination of performance and fuel economy has not only powered overall Range Rover sales, but also shifted our diesel/petrol mix, especially in Europe. Most Range Rover customers who would previously have bought a V8 petrol now choose a TDV8 instead, which offers petrol-like refinement but with 32% better fuel economy.”
The list of changes for 2008 is headed by the introduction of four-zone air conditioning, which enables rear seat passengers to control their individual heating and ventilation. This is neatly complemented with ‘climate control’ windscreen and side glass which is now available in conjunction with automatic rain and headlight sensing. The special glass cuts infrared heat transmission into the vehicle, reducing heat build up when the vehicle is parked in the sun, for example, so allowing the air conditioning to function faster and more effectively on drive away.
A redesigned rear seat armrest provides extra stowage space (including a dedicated location for the optional rear seat entertainment remote control) andthere is additional leather trim on the heating and ventilation unit and centre console. There are now a total of seven real wood veneers to choose from, all sourced from sustainable forests, and additional wood veneer elements have been applied to the rear of the centre console. A matching wooden gear knob has also been introduced on some models.
The attention to detail extends to new tread-plates and revised graphics on the touch-screen and instruments. A new interior colour becomes available, called Storm, as well as two new exterior colours, Alaska White and Lucerne Green, and a fresh set of “designers’ choices” for recommended interior and exterior combinations.
Prices for the Range Rover for 2008 now start from £55,100 for the TDV8 HSE and rise to £74,900 for the V8 Vogue Supercharged SE.
22 May 2007
The vehicle is to transport medical staff out into the bush, bring patients in and to transfer medical supplies to outlying missions. We have raised money through donations including some Landis which have been sold but as yet not found the suitable vehicle. The hospitals have requested a 110 with 300TDi Landi or a Toyota landcruiser e.g.prada or earlier LWB.
We need help to find the vehicle now with funds building to purchase in the UK then ship to Africa. Or a donated reliable vehicle which could be then upgraded for desert use or a reasonable priced one. Our arrival date is the first week of August. WE realise that finding a 4 x 4 ambulance is unlikely and work will have to be done to make it more patient friendly. If you think you can help drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or see our Website
11 May 2007
Having left the UK on 2 January, the Lone Wolf Transglobal Expedition aims to circumnavigate the globe in just 12 months. With the help of Cooper Tire, the eighth largest tyre maker in the world, the expedition will travel through 40 countries in a vehicle originally designed and built to the specifications of the famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. With a fully operational camera crew in tow to capture all the action for a ten-part documentary series, the team is quite literally relying on Cooper to keep the show on the road. Expedition captain, Daniel Moylan, continues to lead the team around some of the world’s most famous attractions, while chef Rowan Brown explores the gastronomic delights offered at each destination during their 12-month odyssey.
The Discoverer STT combines Cooper’s unique Armor-Tek3 carcass construction technology with a computer designed, non-directional tread pattern to create a bold, aggressive tyre tough enough to conquer any terrain. Available from Cooper stockists throughout the UK, the Discoverer STT is available in 26 sizes, from 15-inch to 18-inch diameters, and comes in C, D and E load ratings.
4 May 2007
Standard Prodrive Performance Pack
The extra performance is achieved via a reprogrammed Electronic Control Unit which uprates the fuel supply and alters the ignition timing. As turbo boost is unaffected, engine strain is not increased, allowing Isuzu (UK) Limited to include PPP under its normal three year/60,000 mile warranty. Partly because of their clean and efficient engine combustion systems, all Rodeos have long service intervals of 12,000 miles including an oil change.
Launched in April this year, the facelifted Rodeo has won widespread praise for its refined and punchy new common-rail diesel engine, vastly improved ride comfort, stylish new front design and plush new interior. Prices for the three-model range start at £13,990 for the Rodeo, with the mid-range Rodeo Denver Max costing £15,990 (both OTR but excluding VAT.)