The Land Rover and Range Rover Weekly 23
Since the Journey of Discovery began, our weekly digest blogs have been on hiatus. Now that the Journey of Discovery has come to an end, and the Discovery vehicles have reached their destination, there is plenty to catch up on.
In this week’s round-up of all things Land Rover and Range Rover, the Range Rover Evoque wins the Women’s Car of the Year award, Victoria Beckham’s Special Edition Range Rover Evoque is unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show and an East Grinstead couple embark on a charity challenge in a veteran Land Rover Defender vehicle.
This week we were delighted to announce that the Range Rover Evoque has been named Supreme Winner of the Women’s World Car of the Year 2012, as well as the top-ranked model in the luxury car category. The Women’s World Car of the Year is judged by a panel of 17 women motoring writers from around the world. Each vehicle considered for an award was rated according to criteria which reflect issues that are important to women car buyers. These included practical elements, such as safety, the amount of storage space, child-friendliness, environmental performance and value for money, and also elements such as design aesthetics.
Meanwhile, a luxurious Range Rover Evoque Special Edition was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show on Sunday. This exclusively designed Special Edition vehicle is the result of a collaboration between Land Rover Design, led by Gerry McGovern with Victoria Beckham, winner of the coveted Designer Brand of the Year award at the 2011 British Fashion Awards. Victoria was appointed Creative Design Executive in July 2010 and has worked with the Land Rover design team under the direction of Design Director Gerry McGovern over the past 18 months to create her Special Edition.
At the same motor show in Beijing, the Journey of Discovery reached its finish line. After a 50 day, 8,000 mile Journey through 13 different countries, the Millionth Discovery appeared at the motor show in an unwashed state. The special vehicle will shortly be returning to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (Heritage Museum at Gaydon). Watch the video below to remind yourself of this remarkable Journey and its many highlights. Although the Journey has ended, the fundraising continues with the aim of raising £1million for our Global Humanitarian Partner, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Find out more at www.landrover.com/million.
To bring things to a close, an East Grinstead couple are embarking on their own charity expedition. The couple, who are taking their veteran Defender vehicle ‘Nelly’, will start by off-roading across Salisbury Plain before crossing to France and following the Band of Brothers route across the Germany, visiting many historic sites along the way. The couple are fundraising for Help For Heroes and are aiming to raise £7,500. Help support them on their journey here.
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