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Lego My New Land Rover Discovery

New ute makes record debut.

by on Sep.29, 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery makes its debut alongside a replica of London's Tower Bridge using nearly 6 million Lego blocks.

It took nearly 6 million Lego blocks to set the stage for the debut of the all-new Land Rover Discovery.

The new seven-seat SUV, which replaces the old LR4 model, got a novel send-off ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut, emerging alongside the largest Lego structure ever built – a reproduction of London’s familiar Tower Bridge that took 5,805,846 of the blocks. That was enough to stretch from London to Paris, earning it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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That said, Land Rover isn’t playing around. The three-row Discovery is the latest in a fast-growing line-up of luxury utes from the British-based, Indian-owned automaker. It joins the smaller Discovery Sport model launched a year ago, with a third “Disco” variant still in the works. (more…)

Land Rover Teases New 3-Row Discovery

Second “Disco” to make Paris debut.

by on Sep.06, 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery will make its debut this month in Paris, but won't go on sale until mid-2017.

Land Rover’s line-up of mid-range sport-utility vehicles is about to get a bit bigger. Actually, quite a bit bigger, considering the new model set to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show will be a three-row, seven-seater.

The British maker is offering up just this one tease image and it suggests that the new Land Rover Discovery will pick up the more tapered shape of the popular Range Rover Evoq, rather than the classic, “Disco” box.

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It is also expected to move a fair bit more up-market than the old SUV, adding a larger model to complement the Discovery Sport that came to market little more than a year ago.  Land Rover has also made it clear we’ll see a third model bearing the Disco badge in the not-too-distant future.


Land Rover Jumps In to Help Capture America’s Cup

Maker helping British team’s effort to win sailing’s biggest prize.

by on Jul.19, 2016

A Land Rover team of engineers is helping the Land Rover BAR team make its America's Cup entry faster.

America’s Cup is the pinnacle of sailing competitiveness. Teams spend upwards of $100 million just to sniff success and rumor has it Oracle Team USA owner Larry Ellison blew past that by nearly double when his team won it in 2013.

However, in an attempt to bring the Cup to Great Britain for the first time ever, one team is looking not to outspend its opponents, but to outthink them. The Land Rover BAR team is using the brains from one of its sponsors – Land Rover – to build a faster boat … faster because it’s smarter.

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The team borrowed a group of Land Rover engineers for more than a year so they could use artificial intelligence to find patterns in the boat’s performance data, which could be used to make it go faster. (more…)

Jaguar Land Rover Unveiling Three New Models in LA

Evoque Convertible, US version of XE sedan and F-Pace CUV all on tap.

by on Nov.11, 2015

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible shown during a London sneak preview this week.

It will take some fast talking by officials from Jaguar Land Rover when they get their turn in the spotlight next week. The British maker plans to introduce three new models during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show media preview.

They cover a wide mix of offerings, each aimed at broadening the reach of the traditionally narrow JLR line-up. That includes the first auto show appearance of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the unveiling of the U.S.-spec Jaguar XE sedan, and the first North American appearance of the Jaguar F-Pace crossover-utility vehicle.

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The three new models emerge from the largest capital investment program in Jaguar Land Rover history, the Indian-owned automaker spending about 3 billion British pounds, or $4.5 billion, annually on both product development and the opening of new plants in China, India, Brazil and Slovakia.


Jaguar Land Rover Slashing Costs, Targeting 1 Mil Sales

JLR planning to take a great “Leap.”

by on Nov.09, 2015

One giant leap...for JLR?

Jaguar Land Rover wants to slash nearly $7 billion in expenses even as it launches more products aimed at doubling its global sales by the end of the decade.

The project has been dubbed “Leap 4.5,” a nod to the “Leaper,” the familiar feline logo of the Jaguar side of the company. The 4.5 refers to the 4.5 billion pounds in cost savings targeted by the Indian-owned automaker. That works out to about $6.8 billion at current exchange rates.

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The plan does not call for any job cuts, according to a report in London’s Sunday Times, but it would see a slowdown in the aggressive hiring program of recent years. No cuts are planned for JLR’s capital spending budget, either.


Jaguar Land Rover Sticking to Diesel Guns

VW controversy won’t change brand’s plans.

by on Oct.01, 2015

Volkswagen's diesel scandal won't impact the plans of Janguar Land Rover, which expects to have diesel options for all models by 2017.

Jaguar Land Rover, which is eager to grow, is moving forward with its plans to introduce more vehicles with diesel engines in the U.S. despite the scandal that has surrounded Volkswagen AG since it was found to have used special software to defeat emission tests for diesel-powered cars.

“We’re not going to change our strategy,” Jaguar Land Rover North America President Joe Eberhardt said after speech to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. “You have to deal with the situation as it arises.”

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Eberhardt, noted that even before Volkswagen was discovered to have cheated on tests required by the U.S. Clean Air Act, diesel fuel was more expensive than gasoline so there was always at least one downside to diesel. (more…)

Jaguar Crosses Over with New F-Pace

Beyond sports cars to British marque's first-ever sport-ute.

by on Sep.14, 2015

Jaguar's F-Pace could be the first of several utility vehicles the maker eventually may offer.

Jaguar is set to take perhaps the biggest risk in its 93-year history, but one that could yield the sort of payoff the long-struggling British brand desperately needs.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, Jaguar will formally unveil its first-ever utility vehicle, the F-Pace. The crossover, which shares its underlying platform with more traditional models like the newly redesigned Jaguar XF, risks alienating traditional buyers. But it could also attract the sort of luxury buyers who have long steered clear of the British marque.

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“We designed the all-new F-Pace to be first and foremost a Jaguar,” insists Ian Callum, the brand’s chief designer. But company officials acknowledge that the new utility vehicle could come as a shock to those who traditionally associate the name, Jaguar, with sleek and sensuous sports cars, like the legendary E-Type, as well as sporty coupes and sedans.


Jaguar Land Rover Plugs in with Three Battery Concepts

Prototypes hint at future hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric models.

by on Sep.11, 2015

Jaguar's Concept_e includes a prototype battery-electric platform, a mild hybrid and a plug-in.

Like the rest of the auto industry, Jaguar Land Rover is struggling to cope with an assortment of ever-tougher fuel economy and emissions standards, including the 54.5 mpg CAFE rules that will go into place in the U.S. in 2025. That’s especially challenging when your line-up emphasizes large and high-performance products such as the Jaguar F-Type and Range Rover.

The British maker has taken a few steps to meet those mandates, adding a couple hybrids and a range of diesels and new V-6s, but it also knows that it will have to take further steps, including more lightweighting – and the addition of new, more advanced, battery-based powertrain systems.

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JLR offered a hint of what could come this week with the unveiling of three electrified concepts at a conference in Millbrook, England. Dubbed Concept_e, these “research demonstrators” went from what you might call mild to heavy use of battery power.


Jaguar Begins “Fundamental Transformation”

British maker hopes to drive demand with lower prices, more models, free maintenance.

by on Sep.03, 2015

Jaguar aims to navigate some tough challenges with new products like the XE, and redesigned models such as the 2016 XF shown here.

It can be difficult separating perceptions from reality. Just ask the folks from Jaguar, the British maker still battling an image of poor quality even though it routinely scores among the best in the auto industry.

That’s one of the key reasons, among several, why Jaguar officials believe they’ve struggled to grow at the same pace as their key competitors – or even as quickly as partner brand Land Rover. So, the British luxury carmaker is launching a major campaign that, says a senior official, is aimed at “fundamentally transforming the Jaguar brand.”

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The effort will aim to address quality concerns with, among other things, an extended warranty and a new free maintenance program. The maker will adjust pricing to make the brand more attainable. And it will bring to market an assortment of all-new and significantly updated products, including the new XE compact sedan and Jaguar’s first-ever crossover-utility vehicle, the F Pace.


First Drive: 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6

No-compromise diesel is fuel-efficient, quick and powerful.

by on Sep.02, 2015

In the U.S. both the 2016 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport now offer a Td6 diesel option.

The rock and gravel path seems to vanish as we approach the edge of the cliff. But we’re determined not to give up. So, tapping a few buttons on the center console , we press on – and over, the big SUV maintaining complete control all the way down.

A moment later, we come to an equally daunting challenge. The only way to continue is to climb up and over a slick wall of granite. It’s the sort of obstacle that might leave other vehicles stranded. But not the 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6. We point the noise, tap another button on the steering wheel and lift our feet off the pedals. Requiring only a little guidance on the steering wheel, the Range Rover begins its climb as confidently as a mountain goat.


The British SUV has long had a reputation as one of the most competent trailblazers you could find. The 2016 model takes things to an entirely new level. And with the addition of the first diesel powertrain bound for the U.S., the 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 adds to the formula unexpectedly compelling fuel economy.