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“Bond Girl” Naomie Harris Helps Range Rover Go Topless with New Evoque Convertible

Ragtop SUV gets Tinseltown debut ahead of LA Auto Show.

by on Nov.17, 2015

Actress Naomie Harris, fresh from her role in the 007 film, SPECTRE, helps introduce the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

She’s helped Bond, James Bond, save the world. Now, Moneypenny – also known as actress Naomie Harris – is lending her support to British maker Land Rover as it rolls into Tinseltown for the annual L.A. Auto Show.

Harris was on hand for a sneak preview of the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the maker’s first true convertible and one of the few droptop SUVs ever offered. The new model will get its first public showing at the Los Angeles Convention Center later this week.

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The actress’s appearance was well timed considering the huge success of the new James Bond film, SPECTRE. The 24th in the long-running franchise’s history, has been holding onto the global box office lead since it debuted.


Range Rover Puts Evoque Convertible Through its Paces

Ragtop SUV caught during testing.

by on Oct.05, 2015

Land Rover claims it will maintain the off-road capabilities of the Evoque in its ragtop form.

Since its launch in 2012, the little Range Rover Evoque has become the Land Rover brand’s best-selling model ever, so it’s no surprise the British maker is looking to expand Evoque’s appeal. But it remains to be seen what sort of reaction there’ll be when a soft-top version of the compact ute comes to market early next year.

No surprise, Land Rover is hoping to build interest and expectations with a few shots of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible being put through its paces at the brand’s proving grounds near Eastnor Castle, in Herefordshire, UK.

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“Land Rover prides itself on being a class leader when it comes to all-terrain capability and the Evoque Convertible is no different,” said Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, in a statement accompanying these images.


VW Scandal a “Black Eye” for US Diesel Market

Sales likely to collapse; long-term revival uncertain.

by on Sep.24, 2015

The 2015 Golf TDI is one of the diesels VW has temporarily stopped selling in the US.

For motorists looking for sporty but environmentally friendly alternatives to sluggish hybrids, diesels like the Volkswagen Jetta TDI has been a welcome addition to the U.S. market. The ability to deliver real performance along with high mileage is one reason why diesel sales have continued to grow even as demand for gas-electric models has plunged in the face of cheap gas.

But that growth spurt is likely to sputter out, industry insiders warn, in the wake of the Volkswagen cheating scandal. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the recall of 482,000 VW diesel models, revealing that the maker had used software to scam the government’s emissions tests.

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In real world situations, vehicles like the Jetta TDI actually produce up to 40 times the permissible level of noxious emissions.

“This is another black eye for diesels,” said Mike Jackson, CEO of Florida-based AutoNation, the country’s largest automotive retailer. “You now have a passionate constituency that feels betrayed.”


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.


Land Rover Betting Big on Diesels

U.S. Range Rover models set to get first “oil-burners.”

by on Sep.01, 2015

The 2016 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport (shown here) will offer new diesel options for the first time.

Even the most affluent motorists want to improve their fuel economy, it seems, and that has Land Rover betting it can expand its position in the U.S. market by adding a new, high-mileage diesel for its Range Rover line.

The new six-cylinder turbodiesel will deliver a 32% bump in combined fuel economy compared with the maker’s current gasoline-powered V-6, while delivering more towing capacity and nearly the same level of acceleration, Land Rover officials announced during a preview in Barcelona, Spain.

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For the maker, there are several potentials benefits: adding the higher-mileage technology will make it easier to meet increasingly tough fuel economy mandates, while also drawing in new buyers to the brand.


Range Rover Pushes the Extremes with New SVAutobiography

Most powerful, most lavishly equipped production model ever.

by on Mar.30, 2015

The new Range Rover SVAutobiography takes the place of last year's Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black Holland & Holland edition.

Range Rover has been pushing the extremes. Last year’s limited-edition Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black Holland & Holland edition not only had one of the longest names ever to wrap around the entire back end of a vehicle, but also a price tag to match, at $285,000.

The new Range Rover SVAutobiography has a name that’s not only a bit easier to pronounce but is also expected to be a little easier on the wallet. But it nonetheless will be the most powerful production model ever, with its optional supercharged V-8 making a neck-snapping 542 horsepower.

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Set to debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, parent Land Rover claims the new model will offer “unparalleled comfort and refinement.” The new SUV will even offer a new feature called “Event Seating,” with two foldaway seats that can deploy from the luggage compartment for those who want to tailgate in style. (more…)

Land Rover Confirms Plans to Produce Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Set to go on sale in 2016.

by on Mar.02, 2015

Land Rover has been testing its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible in the tunnels of London's massive unfinished subway project.

Apparently, the folks working on London’s massive new subway program, the 26-mile Crossrail tunnels, know how to keep a secret. Even as they’ve been working away on Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, 130 feet underground, British maker Land Rover has been using the partially completed tunnels to test out its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The maker today confirmed the unusual SUV convertible will go on sale in 2016, though it isn’t saying much more about the project beyond what one can pick out in a short film taken while the Evoque Convertible was being driven through the Crossrail tunnels.

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“The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory,” said Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programs. (more…)

Range Rover Revealing Refreshed Evoque in Geneva

A challenging update.

by on Feb.24, 2015

Range Rover's best-selling model, the Evoque gets a facelift for 2016.

As its best-selling model, Land Rover has a lot riding on the fashion-forward Range Rover Evoque. And it hopes to keep momentum building with the upcoming launch of the 2016 Evoque facelift at the Geneva Motor Show.

First introduced as a 2012 model, the Range Rover Evoque served as the British maker’s first entry into the booming compact luxury utility vehicle market. And it proved an instant hit with its blend of functionality, performance and a funky, coupe-like design. Sales last year continued their upward trajectory, in the U.S. Evoque sales rising 9% to 12,440.

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“Our challenge has been to evolve the Range Rover Evoque design without diluting its distinctive character,” Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern said, ahead of the Geneva debut of the 2016 refresh. (more…)

Land Rover Launching Two Limited-Edition Evoque Models

Part of maker’s strategy of appealing to pricier segment.

by on Feb.18, 2014

The 2014 Evoque is getting two special edition siblings that will utilize the new Land Rover InControlTM Apps infotainment system.

With the recent launch of the Range Rover Autobiography Black, Britain’s Land Rover pushed itself up into some rarified air, at $200,000 apiece, the utes nudging British rival Bentley.

Now, Land Rover’s hot new Evoque is about to get a bit of the limited-edition treatment, as well, two special spin-offs set to make their debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The strategy is twofold: to keep momentum building for what has become the fastest-selling model in Land Rover history, while also reaching ever upwards in the price spectrum.

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“The new Range Rover Evoque Autobiography is a natural progression, bringing luxury that’s more commonly associated with far larger, more expensive models to a premium compact SUV, while reaffirming its ability to resonate with customers on an emotional level,” explains Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern. (more…)

Land Rover Paints it Black with Most Expensive Range Rover Ever

Only 100 Autobiography Black Models slated for the US market in 2014.

by on Nov.19, 2013

Range Rover nudges the $200,000 mark with its most expensive model ever, the Autobiography Black.

You’ll have to move fast – and hope to have a big chunk of available change – if you plan to get one of the new Range Rover Autobiography Black models. The British marque plans to import only 100 of what will be the most expensive version ever of the flagship SUV for 2014.

You may also need a cue card to remember the formal name of the new offering, officially dubbed the Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black edition. The good news is that for $185,000 – before delivery charges, taxes and other fees – you’ll also get the longest list of standard features ever found on a Range Rover.

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The basic shape is familiar, picking up with the all-new, all-aluminum version of the Range Rover introduced for the 2013 model-year. To broaden the big ute’s appeal – especially in China where affluent motorists are more often than not using chauffeurs – parent Land Rover has introduced a new long-wheelbase version for the ’14 model-year.