The Land Rover and Range Rover Weekly 22
In this week’s round-up of all things Land Rover and Range Rover, the Range Rover Evoque is named MSN Cars Car of the Year 2012, life-saving Land Rover staff and Convoy for Heroes 2012.
With its growing list of accolades, the Range Rover Evoque is creating a storm in the automotive world. This week, the list of awards reached an impressive 90, as MSN Cars named the Range Rover Evoque their Car of the Year 2012. Over 30,000 MSN readers voted for their favourite car of 2012, with the Range Rover Evoque coming in at first place, followed by the Aston Martin Virage and the McLaren MP4-12C in second and third place. The Managing Director at MSN Cars commented that the Range Rover Evoque is a very worthy (and British) winner and noted that “it has gorgeous looks, strong performance both on and off the road, and can still return up to 63 miles per gallon.”
Based on this achievement, automotive journalist Richard Aucock decided to take the opportunity to visit our Halewood plant to see exactly what goes into making the multi-award winning Range Rover Evoque. Read the full article here to get an inside look at the Range Rover Evoque production at Halewood.
Turning now to something a little different. You may remember last year’s successful Convoy for Heroes, which raised £15,000 for Help For Heroes and set a new world record. This year, Convoy for Heroes is back and is taking place over the Easter weekend (6-9 April). The weekend will be full of camping, entertainment, games, competitions and Land Rovers, and will cost £70 per family. The convoy itself will be taking place on Easter Sunday, with yet another record breaking attempt. All proceeds go to Help For Heroes.
Meanwhile, at the Eastnor Castle Land Rover Experience Centre, eight members of staff have been trained in basic life support, CPR and defibrillation by West Midlands Ambulance Service. There will be a member of staff with basic life support training on site every day the Experience Centre is open, covering about 6,500 people who visit it, as well as the 50,000+ visitors to the neighbouring Eastnor Castle. Eastnor is the first Land Rover Experience site to have a defibrillator installed and it is hoped the new skills can be used throughout the village if required. Read the full story here.
Finally, we leave you with this great photo that Josie Woodcock e-mailed to us of her 1976 Series 3, Lara. Josie told us that in a career break last year, she drove the eye-catching Series vehicle through France during a petrol strike, making a lot of friends on the way! If you have any Land Rover stories or photos you’d like us to feature on our blog, send us an e-mail at uk.landrover (at) googlemail.com.