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  • New 4.4-litre LR-TDV8
  • New ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Terrain Response® enhancements
  • Optional Exterior Design Pack in a choice of eight colours
  • 5.0-litre Supercharged LR-V8 retained
  • Five new allow wheel designs
  • Subtle exterior styling revisions
  • Autobiography Black: a very special 40th anniversary limited edition
A new, class-leading V8 diesel engine, new 8-speed transmission, two significant Terrain Response® upgrades and subtle external styling enhancements are amongst the features on the new 2011 Range Rover – on-sale in the UK from late September 2010.

"The 2011 Range Rover retains its position as one of the world's most complete luxury vehicles. Its combination of reduced CO2 emissions and superior engine performance continue to make it a clear industry benchmark. And with the introduction of our all-new 'super diesel', we see the Range Rover delivering over 30mpg for the first time," said Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director.

The LR-TDV8 4.4-litre with parallel sequential turbocharging replaces the outstanding LR-TDV8 3.6-litre and is unique to the Range Rover. The all-new LR-TDV8 combines superior power and massive torque with unparalleled levels of refinement. Despite the extra performance, this V8 engine is cleaner too, delivering even lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than its predecessor. The combined cycle fuel consumption of the new LR-TDV8 4.4-litre is 30.1mpg, making this the first Range Rover ever to better 30mpg.

With 313PS and 700Nm torque, the Range Rover's new powertrain reduces CO2 emissions by an impressive 14 percent from 294g/km to 253g/km. The new diesel engine is helped in this respect by its marriage to a new, electronically controlled, ZF 8HP70, 8-speed automatic. This combination is enough to catapult the Range Rover from rest to 60mph in a mere 7.5 seconds and complete the 50mph-70mph dash in just 4.0 seconds while the top speed increases from 125mph to 130mph.

Available only on 4.4-litre LR-TDV8 models, this 'smart' transmission integrates with the diesel engine to deliver the most efficient operating regime in all conditions. To reflect the performance of the new 4.4-litre LR-TDV8, diesel models are fitted with the same Brembo-based braking system fitted to the 5.0-litre LR-V8 supercharged model. The system comprises 380mm ventilated front discs with unique, lightweight aluminium six-piston opposed action monoblock callipers. 365mm ventilated discs with single piston sliding callipers are fitted at the rear.

ZF 8HP70 automatic gearbox partners the 4.4-litre LR-TDV8

The new ZF 8HP70 8-speed transmission is tuned to take advantage of the LR-TDV8’s low end torque with torque converter lock-up being selected as early as possible to reduce slip and energy loss. The wider ratio spread, tall overdriven top gear and the fact that no more than two internal clutches are open at any one time all contribute to improved fuel economy and emissions.

Transmission Idle Control disengages 70 per cent of the drive when the vehicle is stationary and the engine is idling in Drive, significantly reducing consumption in the urban cycle. In cold conditions, the transmission selects a lower gear to promote fast warm up and get the engine up to its efficient operating temperature as soon as possible.

Driver controls include steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift as standard enabling the driver to take control of gear shifting manually. The CommandShift lever is replaced by a rotary knob for selecting park, reverse, neutral, drive or sport modes, the last of these optimising the gearbox response times for maximum acceleration, improved response and sharper upshifts. The selector knob is flush with the centre console when the ignition is switched off, rising up when it is switched on. To avoid confusion, the Terrain Response® Rotary Switch is replaced by a new Terrain Response® Optimisation Switch.

Paul Walker, chief programme engineer says: "The performance of our new LR-TDV8 can only be described as awe-inspiring. We are confident that the combination of reduced CO2 emissions, EU5 compliance and the massive increase in performance while delivering a huge improvement in fuel economy, is world class."

For 2011, the Range Rover retains the same class-leading 5.0-litre LR-V8, supercharged petrol engine married to the ZF HP28 6-speed automatic transmission introduced in 2010. Developing 510PS and 625Nm torque the Supercharged LR-V8 will take the Range Rover from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and remains the flagship model.

Terrain Response® Enhancements

The 2011 Range Rover is further enhanced by improvements to the Terrain Response® system in the form of Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control. Hill Start Assist retains the initial driver-generated brake pressure long enough for the foot to move from brake pedal to throttle, without the car rolling backwards. Gradient Acceleration Control is designed to provide safety cover on severe gradients when the driver does not have Hill Descent Control engaged.
Range Rover 2011 technical specifications
Feature LR-V8 SC LR-TDV8 4.4-litre
Height mm (in) 1865 (73.4) 1865 (73.4)
Width mm (in) 2216 (87.2) 2216 (87.2)
Length mm (in) 4972 (195.7) 4972 (195.7)
Wheelbase mm (in) 2880 (113.3) 2880 (113.3)
Turning Circle m (ft) 12.6 (41.3) 12.6 (41.3)
Drag coefficient Cd 0.38 0.38
Kerb Weight kg (lb) 2580-2810 (5668-6195)
Front suspension MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Rear suspension Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Brakes Front 6 piston fixed calliper, 380mm ventilated disc 6 piston fixed calliper, 380mm ventilated disc
Steering Speed proportional PAS Speed proportional PAS
Four Wheel-Drive system Permanent 4WD, High/Low range, Air-suspension, Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS, Traction control and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Permanent 4WD; High/Low range, Air-suspension, Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS, Traction control and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Engine type Longitudinal V8, 32 valve, four OHC, Supercharged Longitudinal V8, 32 valve, four OHC, direct injection diesel, twin turbochargers
Displacement cc (cu in) 4999 (305.1) 4367 (266.5)
Bore/stroke mm (in) 92.5x93 (3.64x3.66) 84x98.5
Compression ratio 9.5:1 16.1:1
Max power PS (kW) 510 (375) @6000-6500rpm 313 (230) @4000rpm
Max Torque Nm (lb ft) 625 (461) @2500-5500rpm 700 (516) @1500-3000rpm
Fuel consumption EU
  • Urban
  • Extra Urban
  • Combined
12.5 / 22.6
27.2 / 10.4
19.0 / 14.9
24.6 / 11.5
34.5 / 8.2
30.1 / 9.4
Emissions EU5 EU5
CO2 g/km      348 253
Transmission ZF 6HP28 6-speed auto ZF 8HP70 8-speed auto
Fuel tank capacity    
  • Litres
  • Imp Gals
  • US Gals
Range, miles (km) 438 (701) 642 (1031)
0-60mph 5.9 7.5
0-100kph 6.2 7.8
Top speed mph (kph) 140 (225) 130 (210)

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The Land Rover Discovery 4, launched in September 2009, has been awarded ‘Britain’s Best Towcar’ in the annual Practical Caravan, The Camping & Caravanning Club & What Car? Towcar awards 2010.

The Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XS, which features a class-leading 3500kgs towing ability and comes with optional intelligent towing technologies such as Tow Assist and Trailer Stability Assist, won its class and the overall title emphatically against tough competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI Blue Efficiency Sport Estate, the Volvo XC60 D5 SE Geartronic, the Range Rover Sport 3.0-litre TDV6 HSE and the Kia Sedona 2.2 CRDi 3 auto.

David Motton, Towcar editor, Practical Caravan hailed the Discovery 4’s all round capability, saying: “The Land Rover Discovery 4 is an exceptional car. The old model was one of our favourite towcars, but the new Discovery 4 improves upon it in just about every area. It’s hard to say whether the 3.0-litre engine or the superb ride and handling deserve top billing.

“Most cars picked up far lower scores for practicality than for towing, a sign that manufacturers really need to think harder about towcar drivers’ needs. Land Rover leads the way, though. With its full-size spare, self-levelling suspension, Trailer Stability Programme, huge boot and many more practical features, the Discovery 4 ticks more boxes than just about any other car. It’s the best car in this year’s tests by some margin and a more than worthy overall winner,” he continued.

Anthony Bradbury, marketing director, Land Rover UK, said: “This is a hugely significant award for the Discovery 4 - which was comprehensively updated last year - and a true testament of the vehicle’s overall capability, package and refinement. With seating for seven, powered by the new LR-TDV6 3.0-litre diesel engine which delivers better fuel economy and a whopping 600Nm of torque, and a number of new, user-friendly technologies, it is the ideal towing vehicle and we are delighted to have been recognised in this way by Practical Caravan, The Camping & Caravanning Club and What Car?”

Priced from £35,640 on the road, the Discovery 4 is on-sale now at Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK. For more information or to book a test drive, visit your local Land Rover dealership or log onto www.landrover.co.uk.

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  • Hyundai Santa Fe wins prestigious award for towing capabilities
  • Industry experts praise standard equipment, performanceand value
  • Lower fuel consumption than many family cars, grip of a 4x4

It’s not just memories of the bitter winter weather which are making 4x4 vehicles a popular choice for British buyers. More and more are choosing to discover the delights of Britain rather than go abroad on holiday - and they want a car which can keep up with their leisure activities.

According to a panel of experts the Hyundai Santa Fe could well be the perfect choice for these adventurous ‘staycationers’. The family 4x4 has just been named as the ‘Best Value 4x4 of the Year’by a panel of judges from the Caravan and Camping Club and from magazines What Car? and Practical Caravan. What Car?’s Editor-in-Chief, Steve Fowler explained why the Santa Fe is a worthy winner of this accolade:

"TheSanta Fethoroughly deserves its award as the best value 4x4. You know the Santa Fe is a good towcar after just a few miles, but it's easy to miss just how good until you consider the price.

“For more than £10,000 less than the XC60, and nearly £20,000 less than the Land Rover Discovery, this is a car that will happily tow the majority of caravans, has room for seven and an enviable list of standard equipment. You can expect 41.5mpg driving solo, according to official figures. That's excellent for a car which weighs the thick-end of two tonnes."

Hyundai UK’s managing director Tony Whitehorn said; “We are delighted to win this prestigious award. We know the Santa Fe is a popular choice for owners who like to get hitched, and we have worked hard to make it the best possible package. “The Santa Fe offers a great mix of supercar torque and hatchback fuel economy, as well as being a spacious and extremely capable family car.” The Hyundai Santa Fe range starts at £21,620 and is available with five or seven seats and six speed manual or automatic gearboxes.

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First street version of famous Wildcat offroader leaves the production line

First street version of famous Wildcat offroader leaves the production line14 June 2010
Since Qt Services took over production of the Wildcat, they have developed and launched what can only be described as the meanest road legal off-road vehicle, equally at home in the City of London as it would be in the deserts of North Africa.

Powered by an ultra-reliable, 4 litre Rover V8, the 300STR is capable of 3-figure speeds over completely unmade terrain, something that even the ubiquitous Range Rover Sport would look askance at. The secret of the success of this model is the suppleness of its chassis and suspension, derived from its big brothers that compete in 'raid' events such as the gruelling Dakar Rally, which makes it surprisingly easy and comfortable to drive. And in spite of its incredible performance figures - 0-60 in 5.8 seconds – the Wildcat manages to achieve a good balance between performance and economy.

The car pictured not only has the usual Wildcat features that make it almost unbreakable – fully welded tubular chassis, 4-wheel drive, 5-point harnesses, heavy duty differentials and drive-shafts - but also creature comforts such as air conditioning, bluetooth, iPod dock and stereo hi-fi. The boss of Qt Services, Dave Marsh, denies his wife wanted one modified for shopping but does admit to the chassis' versatility allowing for a certain amount of customising: "If you consider that the 300STR is essentially a two-seater, there are a number of options open to you and this first production 300STR has been specified with rear storage for the new owner's golf clubs. We'd love to be there when he rocks up to the clubhouse and parks it next to the Astons and Mercedes! Definitely a head-turner."

Depending on your style of driving, there are three Wildcat variants to choose from - the 300STR (described here), the 400NSR which is a full competition model designed for hill rallies and tout terrain events and the top spec 500DKR which has the full rally raid package for serious and seasoned competitors.

For further information regarding the 300STR (or any of the models in fact) check the Wildcat website www.qtwildcat.com or call +44 (0)1579 349688 and ask for Andrew Smallridge.

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1 June 2010
The Range Rover celebrates its 40th birthday on 17 June 2010.

  • The Range Rover was the world's first fully capable luxury 4x4.
  • There have been three generations of Range Rover: the original (Classic) in 1970, second-generation (P38a) in 1994 and third-generation (L322) in 2001.
  • Second model line – Range Rover Sport – launched in 2005 became Land Rover's biggest selling vehicle worldwide in 2007.
  • Third model line to be revealed at Paris Motor Show 2010

"Land Rover has a unique history of product innovation. But the Range Rover probably remains the most historically significant vehicle we have ever launched. It is one of the most important vehicles in the history of motoring." Phil Popham, Land Rover Managing Director.

The Range Rover celebrates its 40th birthday on 17 June, 2010. One of the most significant vehicles in the history of motoring, the Range Rover was the world's first vehicle as good on-road as off-road. It was the first fully capable luxury 4x4 and was a milestone in the development of the SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle).

There have been three generations of Range Rover. The original, now known as the Classic, went on sale in 1970 and continued in production, with numerous upgrades and a multiplicity of variants, for just over 25 years.

The second-generation vehicle, known as the P38a, went on sale in 1994 and was replaced in 2001 by the current model. The continuing success of the Range Rover ensured that other premium makers jumped into the booming luxury SUV market. The latest version has enjoyed higher annual sales than any previous models and continues to be popular around the world. Sold around the world, from London to Los Angeles, Sydney to Shanghai, Turin to Tokyo, the Range Rover remains the ultimate choice for the luxury SUV customer.

"The Range Rover is really four vehicles in one," says managing director Phil Popham. "It's a seven-days-a-week luxury motor car; a leisure vehicle that will range far and wide on the highways and noways of the world; a high performance car for long distance travel; and a working cross-country vehicle."

From princes to politicians, from rock gods to rock climbers, from footballers to farmers, the Range Rover has always appealed to a diverse group of customers.

A second model line, the Range Rover Sport, was launched in 2005, aimed at more sports-oriented driver-focused customers. It has been a great success, and in 2007 was Land Rover's biggest selling vehicle worldwide.

Later this year, a further member of the Range Rover family will be added, taking the portfolio to three model lines. The new vehicle will be smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient, tying in perfectly with the Range Rover brand's commitment to environmental sustainability. Yet it will be no less premium, no less luxurious, and no less special than the other Range Rover models.

A Brief History:

1966 Work began on the first Range Rover prototype, known as the '100-inch station wagon'.

1970 The original two-door Range Rover – known as the Classic – goes on sale.

1971 Range Rover receives the RAC Dewar award for outstanding technical achievement.

1972 The Range Rover is the first vehicle to cross the Darien Gap on a British Army Trans-America expedition.

1974 Range Rover completes west to east Sahara desert expedition – 7,500 miles in 100 days.

1977 A modified Range Rover wins the 4x4 class in the London-Sydney Marathon, a gruelling 30,000 km (18,750 miles) event and the longest ever speed-based car rally.

1979 A specially modified Range Rover wins the first Paris-Dakar rally (a Range Rover wins again in 1981).

1981 First production four-door Range Rover appears along with the first factory-produced limited-edition Range Rover – the 'In Vogue'.

1982 Automatic transmission becomes available on Range Rover.

1983 Range Rover 5-speed manual gearbox is introduced.

1985 The diesel-powered Range Rover 'Bullet' breaks 27 speed records, including a diesel record for averaging more than 100mph for 24 hours.

1987 Range Rover launched in North America.

1989 Range Rover is the world's first 4x4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes.

1990 Limited Edition CSK – named after founder Charles Spencer King – is launched as a sportier Range Rover.

1992 Range Rover Classic is the world's first 4x4 to be fitted with electronic traction control (ETC).

1992 Long-wheelbase LSE (known as County LWB in the US) launched.

1992 Automatic electronic air suspension introduced, a world first for a 4x4.

1994 Second-generation (P38a) Range Rover goes on sale.

1996 Range Rover Classic bows out after total production of 317,615 units.

1999 Limited Edition Range Rover Linley appears at London Motor Show.

2001 All-New Range Rover (L322) launched.

2002 Half-millionth Range Rover produced at the Solihull plant.

2005 Second model line – the Range Rover Sport – launched.

2006 Terrain Response and TDV8 diesel introduced.

2009 Range Rover features all-new LR-V8 5.0 and 5.0 supercharged petrol engines and technology updates.

2010 Range Rover celebrates its 40th anniversary.

2010 All-New compact Range Rover to be revealed at Paris Motor Show.

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Force Protection Europe to tender for the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle Programme

An all-new concept, the Ocelot25May 2010
Force Protection Europe has been invited by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to tender for the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle Programme – Demonstration, Production and Support Phases.

The invitation to tender follows a recently awarded contract placed with Force Protection Europe by the UK MoD for the supply of two Ocelot light protected patrol vehicles.

An all-new concept, Ocelot has been developed by Force Protection Europe and Ricardo to provide levels of survivability comparable with the Cougar family of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, together with exceptional cross country mobility, flexibility and value for money. Ocelot’s capabilities have been proven by a sustained programme of blast, ballistic, automotive and manoeuvrability tests conducted since the summer of 2009. The vehicle successfully completed another series of tests last week.

Ocelot can be maintained and repaired quickly out in the field to ensure maximum availability, while its unique modular design enables the vehicle to be reconfigured in theatre within two hours to meet a variety of different roles, such as patrol, fire support and protected logistics.

Graeme Rumbol, Ricardo plc global vehicle product group director said: “Ocelot is a truly exceptional vehicle offering outstanding levels of flexibility of service and crew protection. We are extremely pleased to be working with Force Protection Europe on this unique product”.

Force Protection Europe managing director, David Hind, said: “We firmly believe that Ocelot has defined the future for light protected patrol vehicles and are delighted to have received this invitation to tender from the MoD.”

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LANDROVERmax! MOVES TO STONELEIGH PARK 28/30th August 201021 May 2010
The UK’s ultimate festival for Land Rover lovers is coming to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire for a Summer Bank Holiday of off-road fun and family entertainment. LANDROVERmax!, held from Saturday 28th to Monday 30th August, brings thousands of Land Rovers of every kind, trade stands, a popular Autojumble and an arena filled with live action.

As well as rare and modified Land Rovers, visitors will also get the opportunity to drive their own Land Rover on a superb off-road course that features an exciting and challenging route through dense woods and was originally designed by Land Rover. A one-hour driving session will cost just £12 and off-road marshals will be on hand to offer advice on how to handle the terrain.

Now in its second year, LANDROVERmax attracts thousands of visitors from all over the UK and around the world. Geoff Love, Publishing Director for the magazine promoting the event Land Rover Monthly, explains: “The location of Stoneleigh Park makes it an ideal choice for our visitors as it is in the heart of the country and paired with its excellent facilities, offers the event everything it needs to become the premiere Land Rover festival in the World.” The Land Rover Monthly editorial team will be on hand throughout the show working on restoration projects, offering mechanical advice and showcasing some of the vehicles featured in the magazine as well as meeting their readers and hearing their Land Rover stories.

In the main arena, there will be parades of classic Land Rovers as well as demonstrations on skills such as winching, stunt drivers, etc while children can enjoy a dedicated fun area, rides and activities as well as free entry. And for those Landy lovers who can’t fit it all into one day, there are excellent camping and caravanning facilities on offer from Wednesday 25th August with discos and live entertainment over the weekend. Make the most of the Bank Holiday at a bargain rate, with family camping and caravanning pitch fees starting at £60 for the weekend, including show entrance tickets.

Land Rover Max is open from 9am until 5.30pm. Day Tickets are available £10 for adults in advance and £14 on the day. Entry for children in free. Weekend tickets (covering the three show days but no camping) are £25 and available in advance only. Car parking is free and all show visitors receive a free show programme.

Call the ticket and camping hotline on 020 7907 6329. Visit the website www.landrovermax.com for further updates.

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The LRX conceptGaydon, Warwickshire, 17 May 2010
Land Rover has announced that it will introduce a 2WD option (in addition to the 4WD derivative) for the new compact Range Rover. On sale in 2011, the 2WD vehicle will emit less than 130 g/km of CO2 – making it the lightest, most fuel efficient Range Rover ever.

JaguarLandRover has committed to investing £800 million in developing environmental technologies and remains committed to developing vehicles with sustainable features which respond to customer demand.

Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director said: "Land Rover has announced that the all-new compact Range Rover will be available in 2WD. This is good news for the company and for our customers. A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles efficiency whilst adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our customer base. We will continue to make the 'world's finest all-terrain vehicles' for those customers who require 4WD but will also now offer an alternative to those that don't."

Range_e diesel hybrid prototypeAs part of the introduction of 2WD, Land Rover will be focussing on three main areas of technology to reduce the weight of Land Rover vehicles, reduce parasitic losses and increase powertrain efficiency. The use of hybrid technology is also part of the significant developments for the larger vehicles in the range. The first diesel hybrid will be available in 2012 and on the road in 2013.

By the end of 2010 Land Rover will be testing the first diesel hybrid prototype called the 'range_e' which is being developed using a Range Rover Sport platform. Tests of this vehicle will use the existing 3.0 litre TDV6 diesel engine featuring a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The goal is to achieve a range of 20 miles using electric power only emitting less than 100 g/km of CO2 emissions and to achieve a top speed of around 120 mph.

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Land Rover's Discovery 4 has been named 'Best 4x4' at the annual Diesel Car, Car of the Year Awards 2010, beating the Freelander 2 and the Range Rover to the top spot. Ian Robertson, editor of Diesel Car Magazine said: "We offer no apologies for an all Land Rover line-up as finalists in this category, as the British firm's 2010 range is simply the best ever. The Discovery 4 has always been unbeatable off-road, and now it has the on-road ace to match, with decent road manners and top notch refinement. There's even enough room for seven full size adults on-board - and there aren't many vehicles that can cope with that."

The Discovery 4 is a supremely versatile seven-seat vehicle which now comes with a powerful and highly efficient TDV6 3.0-litre twin turbo diesel engine. The new engine delivers a nine percent fuel economy improvement (EU combined cycle) and ten percent* less CO2 emissions, at the same time as increasing power by 29%, compared with the outgoing 2.7-litre engine.

Together with a new fresh exterior identity and a more premium cabin, the class-leading breadth of capability of the Discovery 4 has now been extended even further with greater dynamic improvements for both on-road and off-road driving and a host of user-friendly technologies. John Edwards, managing director for Land Rover UK added: “The outgoing Discovery 3 received over 100 international awards, and yet we've found ways to improve virtually every aspect of the new vehicle. It is therefore extremely rewarding for Land Rover to have received the one-two-three and recognition that that the best has just got better!"

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10 May 2010
Arthur Goddard, who led the engineering team that developed the original Land Rover, has returned to Britain to celebrate the iconic 4x4 vehicle’s 62nd birthday. The 89-year old, who is still chief engineer of his family’s Australian-based trailer firm, last week visited Land Rover’s design headquarters, Solihull factory – his first visit for 55 years –and was also guest of honour at the special 62nd birthday party at Gaydon organised over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

‘Solihull is unrecognisable from the factory I left in 1955,’ says Arthur. ‘Seeing the Defender coming down the production line however did bring back memories. It’s astonishing that a vehicle that was really developed as a “stop gap” should continue to be so successful, and has given birth to a thriving 4x4 company.’

Arthur joined Rover in 1945, initially to help develop a new tank engine. Once the war ended, the 24-year old was moved onto car engines. Soon after, in Easter 1947, Maurice Wilks had his brainwave for a pioneering all-terrain vehicle – the Land Rover. Arthur’s responsibility was to design and to develop the vehicle, for production. Working under him were such Land Rover legends as Tom Barton and Frank Shaw (transmission), Gordon Bashford (chassis), Joe Drinkwater (engine) and Sam Ostler (body design).

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Buckingham 29 April 2010

  • ‘Plug and go’ bluefin DIY ECU remap unleashes 40 bhp / 85 Nm of torque
  • Conversion raises peak performance figures to 219 bhp / 469 Nm
  • More torque, plus added driveability for overtaking and towing
  • ECU optimisation offers potential fuel economy gains of up to 10%

Superchips Ltd, the pioneer in electronic tuning for enthusiastic drivers, is delighted to unveil a performance enhancing bluefin ‘Plug and go’ remap for the popular 2.7-litre Land Rover Discovery TDV6. Following extensive investigation, research and development, Superchips’ Buckingham based technicians have been able to pinpoint a number of performance shortcomings in the Discovery TDV6’s standard ECU map. By removing these compromises, in combination with refining fuelling and turbo boost settings, Superchips has been able to optimise both the performance and efficiency of the Land Rover Discovery TDV6, making it feel considerably smoother, livelier, sharper and more eager.

As measured on its in house four wheel drive chassis dyno’, the Superchips upgrade boosts the 181 bhp recorded standard output of the 2720cc TDV6 Discovery to a maximum of 219 bhp, representing a stunning 38 bhp peak gain, with a maximum mid range increase of 40 bhp at 3453 rpm. This puts the Superchips converted Land Rover Discovery TDV6 within striking distance of the new 2010 3.0-litre TDV6 which boasts 241 bhp.

Crucially, for a 2429 kilogram car that’s frequently used as a tow vehicle, the Superchips ECU remap significantly increases the torque output of the Discovery TDV6 from a measured 410 Nm to an impressive 469 Nm at just 2578 rpm, with a maximum gain of 85 Nm at 3453 rpm. Behind the wheel this translates into effortless extra pulling power, whatever the load, whatever the terrain.

Pleasingly, in an age of soaring diesel bills, the extra efficiencies realised by the Superchips ECU remap offer potential economy improvements of up to 10% over the Discovery TDV6’s average 27 mpg fuel consumption, if driven on a like for like basis. This means that despite the significant performance hike, Discovery owners - particularly those with high annual mileages - will swiftly be able to recoup the cost of the Superchips remap via savings at the pumps.

And, thanks to Superchips market leading bluefin ‘Plug and go’ handset, Land Rover Discovery TDV6 owners can now purchase the upgrade and upload it themselves in a matter of minutes. No technical skills are required as customers plug the bluefin handset into the Discovery TDV6’s OBDII diagnostics port and then follow the simple on screen instructions. As part of this process, the original factory Land Rover TDV6 ECU map settings are stored within the bluefin handset for future use, which means converting the car back to standard is a swift and simple ‘plug and go’ DIY task. Alternatively, customers can visit one of approximately 100 Superchips dealerships in the UK who will undertake the remap procedure.

With both available installation options, customers can be assured the Superchips conversion is covered by a full Customer Service Guarantee and an industry-leading warranty. Suitable for both manual and automatic transmission variants of Land Rover Discovery TDV6 3 produced from 2004 onwards, the Superchips ECU remap is available now directly from Superchips and its UK dealer network, priced at £445.00 including VAT @ 17.5%.

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Dacia launches its sixth model: Dacia Duster, a robust, spacious, easy-to-use and affordable off-roader.

  • Dacia Duster is particularly economical:
    • To buy: Dacia Duster offers an unbeatable performance, equipment and interior space package for its price. Although Dacia Duster’s price is that of a supermini, its exterior and interior dimensions are those of cars in the next segment up.
    • To run: the Dacia Duster range features a choice of frugal engines which offer low fuel consumption (the diesel dCi 85 4x2 version offers combined cycle fuel consumption of just 55.4mpg) with low maintenance costs.
  • Dacia Duster is more respectful of the environment thanks to its low CO2 emissions. The diesel versions of Dacia Duster emit from 135g of CO2/km in two-wheel drive form (making them eligible for the Dacia eco² signature) and 145g of CO2/km for the 4x4 version.
  • Dacia Duster, in its 4x4 version, is aimed at motorists seeking an everyday car with genuine off-road ability.The 4x2 version has been designed for customers who want good ground clearance and a reassuring elevated driving position, as well as loose-surface ability.
  • Dacia Duster is manufactured at the Pitesti factory in Romania. The 4x2 and 4x4 versions have been rolled out progressively since April 2010 in Europe, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East.
  • Duster is a vehicle with global ambitions, both in terms of its markets and its production. It is launched in different world markets, badged either as a Renault or a Dacia, in the same way as Logan and Sandero.
  • With Duster, Dacia demonstrates that it is possible to produce an all-terrain vehicle that is not only functional and affordable, but also more respectful of the environment. With Duster, the Dacia brand – which pioneered a fresh approach to motoring with the launch of Logan in 2004 – has once again demonstrated its ability to think outside the box.


Assertive all-wheel drive styling…

Today’s all-terrain vehicles are often synonymous with bulk, but Dacia Duster is the antidote. With a length of 4.31 metres and a width of 1.82 metres, Dacia Duster is very compact. Its Mégane-sized proportions ensure that it is as at home in built-up areas as it is off the beaten track. While it clearly belongs to the world of all-terrain vehicles, Dacia Duster’s lines are not ostentatious.

Dacia Duster is unmistakably a 4x4. From the front, it exudes an impression of toughness: the wide wheel arches, the imposing lines of the chrome grille and lower bumper protection clearly emphasise the 4x4 DNA of Dacia Duster. Seen from the side, the high ground clearance, clearly defined wheel arches and protective mouldings encourage the driver to tackle even the toughest roads and tracks.

With the Look Pack, Dacia Duster owners can further enhance the vehicle’s style. This pack includes 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels, roof bars, extra-tinted rear windows, and satin-finish chrome exterior mirrors, front and rear skid plates, and sills. A comprehensive range of accessories (including extended wheel arches, broad side protectors for doors, sill protection bars…) will complete this unique look.

Inside, the elevated driving position provides a better view of potential hazards. The interior echoes the core values of the Dacia brand: the dashboard is modern, uncluttered and functional. Its design varies according to version, and several areas can be modified with different colours or surface finishes. Dacia Duster introduces a new brown trim, while a Leather Pack (seats, steering wheel, gear lever knob) is also available. Particular attention has been paid to ergonomics to ensure that the controls are conveniently positioned and that driving data is easy to read: the well-placed, intuitive 4x4 control button is a perfect example of this.

… with genuine go-anywhere ability

Dacia Duster was designed to cope with all types of road and track, worldwide. To order to meet these wide-ranging needs, Dacia Duster will be available in both 4x4 and 4x2 form. The 4x2 version has been designed for customers who want good ground clearance and a reassuring elevated driving position, as well as loose-surface ability, but who don't have a real need for all-wheel drive.

The strengthened underside of Dacia Duster is suitable for loose-surfaces and all-terrain use thanks to:

  • ground clearance raised to 210mm
  • short overhangs (822mm at the front, 820mm at the rear)
  • large ramp angles (30 degrees for approach angle; 23 degrees for ramp breakover angle 36 degrees for departure angle).

Dacia Duster is a vehicle that is easy to use. It is lightweight for its size: 1,160kg for the 4x2 version and 1,250kg for the 4x4 version1. Combined with compact dimensions, this ensures Dacia Duster is particularly agile.

Dacia Duster is built on the B0/Logan platform which is widely acclaimed for its strength, reliability and durability.

At the front, the pseudo MacPherson-type suspension with wishbones is identical to the layout employed by Logan and Sandero, although strengthened for off-road use.

At the rear, the 4x4 version's rear multi-arm arrangement was specifically developed for Dacia Duster, while the programmed-deflection flexible H-beam favoured for the 4x2 versions is strong and permits a large boot, which is a key consideration for Dacia customers.

Both solutions deliver a comfortable ride and allow high ground clearance. To confirm Dacia Duster's strength and reliability, Dacia Duster covered the equivalent of four million kilometres in a wide range of climates and in particularly punishing conditions.

Dacia Duster 4x4 is equipped with a new six-speed gearbox with a short first ratio (3.6mph per 1,000 rpm) which allows the vehicle to travel at very slow speed on uneven terrain and improves performance as you pull away from standstill with heavy loads or on steep slopes. This simple, efficient and economical solution was favoured in order to meet customer needs.

The TL8 gearbox offers:

  • optimised output thanks to a single gearbox and module architecture which limits the number of gears engaged, and thanks to the use of a low-viscosity lubricant;
  • compactness: gearbox and gearshift module are positioned alongside each other to free up cabin space and maintain interior roominess.
  • controlled mass: on the TL8 gearbox, the short first gear, instead of a transfer box, optimises the number of gears engaged (and thus the mass) for a maximum performance level.
  • - a solution to keep the cost down : the TL8 gearbox is derived from the TL4 gearbox which is a high production volume unit within the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The TL8 gearbox is manufactured at the Pitesti plant in Romania.

The 4x4 control located on the lower part of the centre console allows drivers of Dacia Duster 4x4 to easily adapt the vehicle’s configuration to their needs.
This control permits three modes:

  • In AUTO mode, the front/rear torque split is calculated automatically as a function of available grip. This mode has been developed to provide the best compromise between road holding and traction, no matter what the level of grip may be. In normal conditions, the torque is transmitted through the front wheels only. If traction is lost, or when grip is at a premium, some of the torque is transferred to the rear wheels. This split is performed by an electromagnetic torque converter supplied by Nissan.
  • In LOCK mode, the driver electronically locks the transmission in 4x4 mode. In this mode, throttle control and braking are also adapted for 4x4 use. This mode is recommended when grip is low (snow, mud, dirt, sand) and at low speed.
  • In 2WD mode, the transmission is locked into two-wheel drive. This mode is suited to driving on good roads and reduces fuel consumption and CO2emissions.

Unbeatable space for its price

Although Dacia Duster’s price is that of a city car, its exterior and interior dimensions are those of compact cars in the next segment up.

Dacia Duster can comfortably seat up to five adults and offers both front and rear occupants the same amount of space as the Dacia Logan saloon.

Dacia Duster's boot capacity – up to 475 cubic metres VDA (depending on version) – is also very competitive given the vehicle’s compact dimensions. With the rear bench seat folded, Dacia Duster offers an impressive carrying capacity of up to 1,636 cubic metres VDA (depending on version).

Reliable, economical, low-emission engines

Dacia Duster is available with a choice of three powerplants for both the 4x2 and 4x4 versions: one petrol engine (1.6 16V 105) and two diesel engines (dCi 85 and dCi 110). The strengths of these engines have already been demonstrated in many Renault group vehicles.

These engines are a perfect fit for the criteria of cost, reliability and easy maintenance that are hallmarks of the Dacia brand.

  • Dacia Duster dCi 85 (4x2 version) emits just 135g of CO2/km (equivalent to a combined cycle fuel consumption of 55.4mpg) which qualifies it for the Dacia eco² signature.
  • Dacia Duster dCi 110, in 4x2 version, emits just 139g of CO2/km (equivalent to a combined cycle fuel consumption of 53.3mpg) also qualifies for the Dacia eco² signature.

Under the bonnet of 4x4 versions of Dacia Duster, the dCi 110 engine stands out as a particularly environmentally-respectful and economical package for an off-road vehicle, with CO2 emissions of 145g/km and fuel consumption of 50.4mpg (combined cycle). The dCi 110 engine is Euro V-compliant and comes with a particulate filter.

The dCi 110 diesel engine delivers peak power of 80kW (109hp) at 4,000rpm and features second-generation common-rail direct fuel injection which only pressurises the exact amount of fuel actually required, the benefit to the owner being enhanced efficiency and consequently lower fuel consumption. The 4x2 version of Dacia Duster dCi 110 accelerates from standstill to 62mph in 11.8 seconds and boasts 240Nm of torque at 1,750rpm, 90 per cent of which is available from 1,500rpm.

Dacia Duster is also available with the 1.6 16V 110 petrol engine:

  • Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 delivers a maximum power output of 77kW (105hp) at 5,750rpm, while peak torque stands at 148Nm (at 3,750rpm). The combined cycle fuel consumption of the 4x2 version of Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 is 37.7mpg. The same figure for the 4x4 version of Dacia Duster with the 1.6 16V 105 engine (Euro V-compliant) is 35.3mpg.

Economical to buy and run

Servicing and maintenance costs are particularly competitive on Dacia Duster thanks to extended service intervals for oil changes, brake pad and tyre replacements. The useful life of the air filters has increased to 90,000km/four years for petrol versions, while that for diesel it has increased to 60,000km.

The servicing intervals of the dCi 110 diesel engine are every 30,000km/two years OCS in the majority of its commercialisation countries. The OCS (Oil Control System), newly introduced in the Dacia range, warns the driver by means of an oil-change warning light, should the next service need to be brought forward, depending on the way the vehicle is used.

Oil change on the 1.6 16V 105 petrol engine is every 30,000km/two years in the majority of markets.

In order to underline its high build quality, Dacia Duster is backed up by a three-year or 100,000km warranty in the majority of European markets.

At the end of 2012, Duster will mark the brand’s launch into the UK market,

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From Hollywood to hopefully not lost in the woods! Marisa Wayne to compete in the 2011 Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge

2011 Macmillan 4x4 UK ChallengeApril 2010
The Mac 4x4 is a long-distance, annual, four-wheel drive navigational endurance event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support that has taken place every March since 2002. Starting in the West Midlands and covering up to 1000 miles on and off road in less than three days.

Marisa Wayne, the youngest daughter of legendary Hollywood icon John Wayne will fly over from California to compete in the 10th anniversary run of the Macmillan 4x4 UK challenge over the weekend of 3rd - 6th March 2011 as a co-driver in ‘Team Duke’, one of the Beds, Herts and Cambs Land Rover Club (BHCLRC) teams. Marisa will compete in a 1995 300Tdi Defender in this special run of the event which also marks the 100th anniversary of Macmillan.

Marisa’s participation will help raise awareness of the event and subsequently boost sponsorship opportunities, all of which goes directly to Macmillan. The Mac 4x4 currently raises over £100,000 per year for Macmillan Cancer Support, with a grand total of approximately £600,000 to date. Marisa enters the event as an ambassador for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF), in acknowledgement of the two charities respective roles in cancer related support and research.

John Wayne survived lung cancer in 1964, but died 15 years later after a battle with cancer of the stomach. During this difficult period, he became passionate about helping others fight this terrible disease. To honour his memory, his family created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) to bring “courage, strength and grit” to the fight against cancer.

Since its founding in 1985, the JWCF has supported awareness programs, education programs and support groups, and is aligned with like-minded groups and non-profit organisations that advance the fight against cancer. JWCF has also been committed to groundbreaking cancer research and education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI).

Previous celebrity supporters of the ‘Mac 4x4’ include Charlie Webster, Julia Bradbury, Lynn Bowles, Sunita Shroff and Charlie Dimmock.

To sponsor Marisa's team please go to www.justgiving.com/Mac4x4TeamDuke

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Nissan Navara D40 Suspension Lift Kit

Nissan Navara D40 Suspension Lift Kit19 March 2010
Formula4x4.co.uk have now fitted the TRUX lift kit to their Nissan Navara D40. The Adventura model has been lifted to aid fitting larger wheels & tyres. The kit was fitted in circa 4 hours. Since the showing of the Top Gear Polar Challenge featuring the modified / lifted Toyota Hilux interest in this type of vehicle has been significant, so formula4x4 decided to try and find a solution to meet the demand for a lifted Nissan Navara D40.

The Top Gear Hilux conversion took 120 man hours and would probably cost around £10,000 to convert, which is really more than anyone would consider on a £18,000 truck. Formula4x4 do a "light" version of the Nissan Navara D40 for around £1000 which includes the lift, wheels and tyres, depending on choice. The standard fit tyres come in at 29? (740mm) diameter and with a lift kit and a bit of minor trimming of some plastic, a tyre diameter of 32.8? (835mm) can be used, which when you park the two Navara D40 's side by side is especially noticeable.

The Trux Lift Hybrid lift suspension system not only transforms trucks like the Nissan Navara D40 into a taller, better looking vehicle, but they also offer a more commanding view of the road. Trux Lift, the leader in Hybrid lift suspension systems, are the simplest and safest method of altering your Navara D40's ride height, which also allows you to upgrade your tyres to a preferred larger size. Nothing looks better than a Nissan Navara D40 fitted with an aggressive stance and that's exactly what a Trux Lift Hybrid lift suspension system provides!

Trux Lift Suspension offers the most cost-effective and time-efficient way to lift your 2005 onwards Nissan Navara D40's ride height 2.5? in the front and 1.5? in the rear. Trux Lift products don't require any permanent modification to factory parts and never compress the factory springs or require any cutting of the strut studs. Trux Lift will not affect your factory OEM ride quality or comfort level. The kit includes (2) Strut Extensions, (2) Rear Spring Lift Shackles, (4) Camber/Caster Alignment Bolts and (2) Control Arm Bump Stops.

Trux Lift products will enhance your Nissan Navara 's appearance and ground clearance, which will allow use of plus-size wheel and tyre combinations without any rubbing. Trux Lift offers a Lifetime Warranty on all of its products. From light-duty to heavy-duty trucks or SUVs, Trux Lift is the Smart way to lift your Nissan Navara 's ride height.

Trux Lift Kit Features:

  • Allows up to 32.5? tyre / wheel combinations
  • Keep stock suspension "feel" while raising your Nissan Navara 2.5? in the front and 1.5? in the rear
  • Gain tyre and ground clearance
  • Alignment kit allows for proper alignment of your Nissan Navara D40
  • Stock ride quality retained
  • Easily removed for leased vehicles
  • Guaranteed for the life of your vehicle
  • The fastest, least expensive way to lift your truck

The Trux Lift kit enable the following tyres to be fitted to your Nissan Navara D40:

  • 265/70R17
  • 285/70R17*
  • 265/65R18
  • 285/65R18*
  • 285/50R20
  • 275/60R20*
  • 305/40R22
  • 305/45R22*
  • *Trimming of front inner wheel arch required.

For more information goto www.formula4x4.co.uk/shop

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Nissan Qashqai Roof Rails/Bars

Nissan Qashqai Roof Rails/Bars19 March 2010
Just released from 4x4at.com for the Nissan Qashqai are these robust and stylish aluminium combination roof rail and cross bars Specifically made for the Nissan Qashqai and incredibly versatile they consist of a set of roof rails and two roof cross-bars which can be slid to the required position. Tough black anodized finish, crossbars feature integrated non-slip rubber inserts. Fits all Nissan Qashqai models including the Panoramic roof models. Fantastic value and looks just like an OE product. Available now from 4x4at.com

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Jeep® is offering off-road enthusiasts the opportunity to build their own ‘bespoke’ Wrangler with the launch of a Special Order Programme, designed to give customers greater individuality for their cars.

Customers can now order a new two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited in a number of colour, trim and engine combinations, and with a range of extras including a 3.73 axle ratio for rock crawling, electronic front sway bar disconnect and an electronic locking rear axle. Beyond extreme capability, Jeep Wrangler offers a combination of outstanding safety and convenience features, interior space, versatility and comfort, on-road refinement, and open-air fun as the only true 4x4 convertible.

The two-door Jeep Wrangler remains true to its heritage as the original, extreme fun-and-freedom machine and is the only 4x4 with multiple open-air options. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the only four-door open-air SUV on the market with room for five adult passengers and is extremely popular with customers who want a Jeep Wrangler, and require additional space and versatility. The two-door Jeep Wrangler and long-wheelbase four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited range starts from just £19,650 and is powered by a 2.8 diesel engine or 3.8 V6 petrol engine.

Jeep Wrangler Pricing (OTR):

  • Jeep Wrangler 2.8 CRD Sport manual £19,650
  • Jeep Wrangler 2.8 CRD Sport automatic £20,650
  • Jeep Wrangler 2.8 CRD Sahara automatic £22,650
  • Jeep Wrangler 3.8 V6 Rubicon manual £23,150
  • Jeep Wranlger 3.8 V6 Rubicon automatic £24,150
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2.8 CRD Sport manual £21,250
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2.8 CRD Sport automatic £22,250
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2.8 CRD Sahara manual £23,250
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2.8 CRD Sahara automatic £24,250
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.8 V6 Rubicon manual £24,750
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.8 V6 Rubicon automatic £25,750

Federico Goretti, Managing Director of Chrysler UK Ltd, said: “Being able to offer a range of factory-fitted options that make the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited even more capable will delight enthusiasts in the UK. “Customers have the opportunity to order a Jeep built to their exact requirements. With a choice of nine paint colours, three trim levels, two engine ranges and a long list of options to select from, customers can now create their ideal Wrangler.”

The Jeep Wrangler recently won the coveted title of ‘Extreme 4x4 of the Year 2010’ in 4x4 Magazine’s annual awards ceremony. The judges praised the Wrangler for its long list of safety specifications and standard features including driver and front passenger air bags, ABS, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hill Start Assist, front fog lamps, alarm and immobiliser, traction control and power windows. Jeep’s legendary off-road ability and its economical diesel engine also rated highly.

Jeep Wrangler’s standard Freedom Top®, a three-piece modular hard top, features three panels – left and right front-passenger panels and a rear panel – providing more options for open-air driving. The hard top may be completely removed for a complete open-air experience.

All Jeep Wrangler models are covered by the comprehensive Jeep warranty scheme, which provides a three-year/60,000 mile mechanical warranty, seven-year anti-corrosion warranty and one-year European roadside assistance. Customers who would like further information on the Jeep Wrangler Special Order Programme, should visit www.jeep.co.uk and use the model configurator to design their ideal Wrangler.

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Safety organisation warns on tyre sidewall damage

4 March 2010
After all the gritting and salting to roads to keep traffic moving during this winter’s unprecedented bad weather, the wheel arches and undersides of UK vehicles are now caked in corrosive debris. Whilst every effort should be made to clean it off, motorists may be causing unseen but terminal damage to their car’s tyres by using pressure washers incorrectly. In a bid to limit the possibility of damage, mytyres.co.uk, part of Europe’s largest web-based tyre retailer, is advising motorists of the dangers pressure washers can pose to the sidewall of a tyre.

According to the respected German safety and testing organisation, DEKRA, if a pressure washer nozzle is held too close to the sidewall of a tyre at high pressure, serious damage can result in as little as five seconds! Even tyres that appear to be unaffected after being exposed to a pressure washer may have microscopic perforations which can weaken the tyre sidewall and cause deflation, leading to a possible blow-out.

Other factors, says mytyres.co.uk, that may cause deterioration or damage to tyres include some soaps and detergents. These can remove protective chemicals that are embedded in the sidewall – they can sometimes be identified visually on the tyre as brown watermarks –resulting in a significant reduction in durability.

mytyres.co.uk advises motorists considering using a pressure washer on their cars to adhere to the following tips:

  • Ideally, use a light to medium duty pressure washer (110 bar or less)
  • Keep the washer nozzle at least 20cm from the tyre surface
  • Always use a fan nozzle to clean tyres, rather than a circular nozzle
  • Avoid prolonged jet washing of any one area of the tyre
  • Avoid aiming the water jet at the join between the tyre and wheel rim

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3 March 2010

  • Renault Group's rapidly-growing Dacia brand confirmed for UK launch at end of 2012
  • Initial launch model in UK will be Duster compact off-roader
  • Details of UK pricing and dealer network structure to be confirmed closer to launch. In the meantime, potential customers can register for news updates at www.daciacars.co.uk or by calling 08000 723372

British buyers will be able to see, drive and own a Dacia from the end of 2012, following confirmation at the Geneva motor show yesterday, that the fast-growing brand will launch in the UK. Bought by Renault in 1999, Dacia (pronounced 'Dat-ch-a'), has been transformed over the last decade, to the point that it has become a global automotive phenomenon, selling 1.25m vehicles in the last five years.

With the unveiling of its new Duster compact off-roader in Switzerland this week, Dacia now offers a six-model range, appealing to a wide cross-section of buyers. Thanks to an unbeatable cocktail of price, space and equipment, in recent times, the brand has appealed to thrifty drivers in every country in which the brand is on sale.

Dacia has already taken many markets by storm within months of launch, so the arrival of the new value brand in the UK, is certain to shake up the market. Just as a guide to how competitive the new models could be when they come to the UK, the new compact off-roader, Duster, will sell from just 11,900 euros in 4x2 guise (around £10,800 based on a 1.10 exchange rate) in Europe at launch.

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Jeep® has dominated the winners’ podium by claiming first place in three of 4x4 Magazine’s six award categories – Extreme, SUV and Budget 4x4 of the Year. 4x4 Magazine reviewed the top 4x4s on sale in the UK for their annual ‘4x4 of the Year 2010’ test at Baden Hall, near Eccleshall. The award categories were Budget, Family, SUV, Pick-Ups, Luxury and Extreme.

Hils Everitt, Editor of 4x4 Magazine, said: “This year’s test was reduced to the top 20 4x4s currently on sale in the UK so that we could concentrate on those 4x4s that still retain some credibility as true all-rounders. Our criteria was simple: that vehicles should be powered by a diesel engine and offer some form of sophisticated off-road ability.”

Jeep Wrangler: winner of the Extreme 4x4 of the Year
The judges said: “The Jeep Wrangler came out the winner in a straight fight against Land Rover’s Defender, a category reduced by the absence of the now discontinued Nissan Patrol in the UK and the lack of a diesel option for the Hummer. Compare the Jeep to the Land Rover back-to-back and the Wrangler really starts to show-up the Land Rover’s age. Air bags, stability control, optional axle diff locks, removable hard-top, soft-top, cruise control, sat nav and a choice of manual or auto are all options, if not standard features... It’ll also go the same places as the Defender and the economical diesel makes the more comfortable journeys cheaper.”

Jeep Cherokee: winner of the SUV of the Year
Jeep won again with the Cherokee, which made its debut at last year’s test. This year it triumphed over Land Rover’s Freelander 2 and the Suzuki Grand Vitara. The judges said: “In terms of price and value for money the Cherokee simply cannot be touched. Jeep has packed the Cherokee with enough toys and features that the official list of options extends to just four items! It will also provide a quiet, comfortable drive, returning 34mpg. And its low-range gearing combined with hill descent and hill start assist gives the Jeep genuine off-road capability and it can tow a pick-up busting 2.8 tonnes.”

Jeep Patriot – Budget 4x4 of the Year
“The third of Jeep’s titles went to the Patriot, which had to outclass Daihatsu’s long-serving Terios and the new Fiat Panda Cross. “It triumphed because you may pay more for the Patriot than either of its rivals, but that does translate into more 4x4 for your money. The VW-sourced 2.0-litre offers well over 40mpg. Although there’s no low range, the on-demand 4x4 system with selectable 4x4 lock-up and traction control, as well as anti-roll mitigation, add up to an impressive package. With typical Jeep generosity the Patriot goes all out by packing in as many features as possible. Once again Jeep has packaged a great product at a price that’s hard to ignore.”

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