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Land Rover celebrates 70th anniversary

After 70 years of all-terrain adventures and global expeditions, Land Rover has once again taken the Defender to new heights.

Stretching over 250 metres, the most remote Defender outline was imprinted on the side of a mountain in the French Alps. The unique snow art was created to announce World Land Rover Day on 30 April, exactly 70 years since the original Land Rover was first shown to the world at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show.

The unique image is a tribute to the moment when the engineering director of Rover, Maurice Wilks, first sketched the shape for the original Land Rover in the sand of Red Wharf Bay and proposed the idea to his brother Spencer, Rover’s managing director. The forward-thinking design was christened the ‘Land Rover’, the outline of which we now recognise as the Defender.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Prof Dr Ralf Speth, said: “Land Rover is an iconic brand around the world and the outline of the Defender is instantly recognisable. To reach the landmark of 70 years is truly special and we will mark it with a year of celebrations that represents Land Rover’s ‘Above and Beyond’ spirit and honours the people behind the world’s favourite SUVs.”

Snow artist Simon Beck, who specialises in creating geometric outlines on foot, braved sub-zero temperatures to start the celebrations by creating the Defender outline 2,700m up at La Plagne in the French Alps.

To produce the high-altitude Defender, Beck walked 20,894 steps and 16.5km (10.2 miles) through the French Alps. He said: “Making my snow art requires endurance, accuracy and strength – all attributes shared with the Defender. Its iconic shape is so simple and recognised across the world; this must be the most recognisable piece of art I’ve ever made.”

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2018 Discovery tows seven-trailer truck

The Land Rover Discovery has taken on a 110-tonne road train in the Australian Outback and won.

The sight of a seven-trailer truck being pulled by an SUV sounds far-fetched – but that’s exactly what happened when Land Rover put the Discovery to the ultimate towing test.

Land Rover completed the display of towing capability by pulling a 100 metre road train in the remote Northern Territory to announce the arrival of the 2018 Discovery.

The Discovery Td6 has a maximum certified towing capacity of 3,500kg on public roads but towed the road train 16km along a closed section of the Lasseter Highway, thanks to its 258PS 3.0-litre diesel engine and four-wheel-drive traction.

Road trains of up to four trailers are only permitted in Australia’s Outback regions. Regulations limit their length to 53.5m so Land Rover obtained permission to pull seven trailers and the 12-tonne tractor unit – retained to operate the hydraulic brakes fitted to the trailers.

“When Land Rover first got in touch, I didn’t think the vehicle would be able to do it, so I was amazed by how easily the standard Discovery pulled a 110-tonne road train,” says John Bilato, managing director of Haulage Specialist G&S Transport, Took.

“Towing capability has always been an important part of Discovery DNA and the raw weight of the road train tells only half the story here. Pulling a rig and seven trailers, with the rolling resistance of so many axles to overcome, is a huge achievement. We expected the vehicle to do well but it passed this test with flying colours, hitting 44km/h along its 16km route,” says Quentin Spottiswoode, Land Rover product engineer.

The Discovery used a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive system and was hooked up to the road train using a factory-fitted tow bar attachment. With 600Nm of torque, the Td6 is well suited to pulling heavy loads. The 258PS 3.0- litre single-turbo engine features low-pressure exhaust recirculation and a two-stage oil pump for improved responses, refinement and efficiency. As a result, the diesel model delivers CO2 emissions of 189g/km and fuel economy of 39.2mpg (7.2l/100km).

Discovery is now available with Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient 300PS four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine.  The new engine produces 400Nm of torque and CO2 emissions from 219g/km.


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Jaguar to roll out in-car fuel payments

A new app developed by Jaguar will see some Kiwi drivers paying for petrol from their car’s touchscreen and receive a receipt directly into their accounting software.

Jaguar first rolled out the app in the UK last month, which was developed in partnership with Shell and is available in the latest-generation Jaguar F-PACE, XE, and XF models. 

“Car owners will no longer have to queue to make payments, unbuckle young children from safety constraints, brave bad weather, or even remember to bring their wallets, as all payment details are secured stored in the app,” says Jaguar’s general manager for New Zealand, Steve Kenchington.

The app will provide a paperless expense management process, with GST receipts electronically stored in the driver’s accounting software.

Kenchington says Jaguar is working on developing a range of in-car payment innovations, including parking and drive-through restaurants.

When the app arrives in New Zealand, it will potentially be available on a range of service stations which use compatible petrol pump technology.

In-car fuel payment is also available in New Zealand via the BPMe smartphone app, which was launched last year. A BP Fuelcard is required to access the service, which relies on the smart phone and internet access to function correctly.

Unlike current payment methods such as BPMe, the Jaguar app will use geolocation technology and a cloud-based pre-payment check with the PayPal or Apple Pay wallet. Eventually, the app will be available across the entire Jaguar and Land Rover ranges.

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Cars recalled in Australia

A range of cars from Suzuki, Land Rover, Lamborghini and Mitsubishi have been recalled in Australia for varying safety problems.

Selected Suzuki Grand Vitara SUVs sold between 2008 and 2013 have been recalled due to a potentially weak gear shift rear shaft. If it breaks, gear shift operation becomes impossible, and drivers will no longer be able to operate their vehicles. While it is not confirmed to affect local cars, Suzuki New Zealand promises to contact any owner of a recalled vehicle and replace the faulty parts free of charge.

Jaguar Land Rover have also issued a recall for three of its models, the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque, as there is a possibility the front passenger airbag may not deploy in the event of a crash. It affects a range of SUVs sold between August and October in 2016, and no identified cases of airbag failure have been reported. Local Land Rover distributors will contact owners immediately if the fault is found to affect New Zealand vehicles.

Selected Lamborghini Aventador models have also been recalled for a fuel overfilling issue. According to the super-car maker, if the car has an overfilled petrol tank, and under “particular handling conditions,” fuel could reach the carbon canister, resulting in the potential failure in the evaporative emission control system. This could cause a fire if vapours come into contact with engine gases.

The fault affects Lamborghini Aventadormodels worldwide and was first notified by the US Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday. Lamborghini Auckland consultant Andrew Szczepanskisaid local dealerships were yet to be contacted regarding the fault, but would inform Lamborghini owners if future problems arose.

The Mitsubishi ASX crossover has also been recalled for a possible failure with front windshield wipers. The recall affects vehicles sold between 2011 and 2014. Water may seep into the wiper motors and could lead to rust or seizure and become inoperable. Mitsubishi New Zealand has made no local announcement, but has an online system where owners can check via their VIN number if their car is affected.

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Land Rover recall in Australia

Land Rover have issued a recall for two of its mid-sized SUVs in Australia. The models are the Discovery Sport 2017 MY 2.0L Diesel with automatic transmission (497 affected) and the Range Rover Evoque 2016 & 2017 MY 2.0L Diesel with automatic transmission (300 affected). The cars were produced between July 4 and October 10, 2016.

This concerns vehicles within the following VIN ranges; Discovery Sport SALC2AN9HH633943 to SALCA2BN2HH653045 and Range Rover Evoque SALVA2BN2HH168185 to SALVA5BN3HH188706.

The recall is due to an engine fault, according to the report filed with the Australian Consumer Commission, which states “The engine harness may have been routed incorrectly and as a result could contact the water charge air cooler bracket. Vibration of the engine may cause chafing that results in the outer sheath of the cable wearing through, exposing the wires of the engine harness.”

Exposing the wires could present a hazard. Depending on the location of the chafing, electrical arcing and short circuit may occur, which may result in a loss of the electric steering system, engine cut-out without warning, melting of engine parts, smoke or an under-bonnet fire.

Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a preferred authorised Land Rover dealership, who will perform inspections and repairs on the engine harness and water charge cooler bracket as needed. Until the car is inspected, it is recommended that it is parked outside, preferably away from other vehicles and property.

This follows a recall issued for the Discovery Sport and Evoque last week involving an incorrectly assembled right hand lower control arm to the knuckle joint in the front suspension, which could cause loss of suspension if the front right wheel is subjected to a jarring impact, such as hitting a kerb or pothole. The first recall was for vehicles produced between March 31 and August 25.

No cars in New Zealand have been recalled, and local owners will be contacted by Land Rover distributors if their vehicles are affected.

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