The Land Rover and Range Rover Weekly 14
In this week’s round-up of all things Land Rover and Range Rover, more praise for the Range Rover Evoque, an innovation award for the Range_e concept, and a military Land Rover 101 shuttle bus in North Wales.
The Range Rover Evoque continues to receive glowing reviews from traditional press and automotive websites alike. This week, Quentin Wilson from the Mirror took a slick, black 5-door Range Rover Evoque for a spin and commented that the vehicle was beautifully built, sensationally handsome and thoroughly worthy of the revered Range Rover moniker. Similarly, Bryan Joslin from Kilometer Magazine commended the 2012 Range Rover Evoque’s striking looks and impressive off-road abilities, commenting that the vehicle is just as revolutionary today as the original Range Rover launched more than four decades ago. They closed their review with the following stunning footage from the Range Rover Evoque launch.
Not content with taking over the online automotive world and the roads of Britain, the Range Rover Evoque has taken over Euston Station in London. Commuters travelling through Euston are being exposed to nine-large wrap-around screens in the main concourse, showcasing a two-minute film of the Range Rover Evoque. They’re also being followed by the Range Rover Evoque up and down the escalators! If you’re in the area, head down to Euston to see and experience it for yourself.
This week, we were proud to announce that the Land Rover Range_e concept car has been awarded the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders 2011 Award for Automotive Innovation after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. With emissions of 89g/km and combined consumption of 85mpg, this plug-in diesel-electric hybrid demonstrates our desire and on-going work to help keep the British air clean.
With wintry weather slowly creeping in, it is more important than ever that drivers take care on the roads. Last year, the snow put many vulnerable people at risk as carers up and down the country were unable to reach them. This year, we were delighted to hear from the BBC that carers and volunteers in Nottinghamshire are being given “off-road training” to help make sure that they can continue their vital work this winter. If you want to make sure you’re fully prepared for winter with your Land Rover, it could be worth signing up for our winter driving course. The course looks at how you can prepare your vehicle for winter, prepare yourself for travel in difficult conditions and basic driving techniques if you get caught out.
On the topic of wintry weather, visitors to Betws-y-Coed’s Christmas weekend in North Wales will find an interesting mode of free transport at their disposal. Jen and Miles Moulding from Go Below Adventures have enlisted the help ‘The General’ – a 1975 Land Rover 101 ex-military truck that served in the British Army for many years (pictured left). The vehicle is attracting a lot of attention from visitors and all guests get very excited at the prospect of riding in it.
If you were following the Glacier in a Greenhouse expedition over the past couple of months, then you’ll be interested to know that the 2012 ‘Go Beyond’ Bursary was officially launched at the annual Explore weekend of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) last Friday. The award is aimed at those who want to take a journey beyond their limits and boundaries, that offers challenges for the team and for which a Land Rover Defender 110 is an integral part of the expedition. Watch the video below to get a taste for the previous expeditions and visit the RGS website if you’d like to apply.
As we conclude this week’s round-up, we leave you with this beautiful Flickr collection of 2012 Defender photos, produced by Classic Driver. Enjoy, and remember, if you have any Land Rover stories or photos, e-mail us at uk.landrover (at) googlemail.com to get featured in our weekly round-up.