As many as 400 Land Rovers and 900 visitors gathered in the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu last Sunday, for an impressive line-up at Simply Land Rover. An unmissable treat for fans of Britain's legendary off-roader, the display featured the iconic Defender and Series I, II and III models, as well as the hugely successful Range Rover, Discovery and Freelander ranges. Beaulieu's Forest Drive was one of the highlights of the show for participants eager to try out their off-road driving skills. Simply Land Rover is one of eight Simply rallies in the 2017 Beaulieu season. Simply Jaguar is next on July 9th and Simply Smart is on November 12th. Each event celebrates a particular marque or motoring theme, giving enthusiasts and attraction visitors the chance to see some of their favourite machines close up. There's more information on the Beaulieu website - www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.
The Jaguar Range Rover family of easily recognised vehicles include the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Between them, they have transformed the fortunes of the UK's largest vehicle manufacturer. Now, a new model as joined the impressive line-up, the Velar. And in a real boost for the under pressure British car industry, the company confirmed that the Velar will be built exclusively at its flagship Solihull plant in the West Midlands. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: "The expansion of our product range and building this British designed and engineered car in the UK is a sign of our confidence in British manufacturing. We are leading the global premium car industry with our commitment to our home market and our heart, soul and headquarters will always be in the UK." Jaguar Land Rover accounts for 85 per cent of all premium cars produced in Britain and contributes £10bn to the UK economy every year. Last year, they sold 583,313 cars - more than one every minute, 44 per cent of which were Range Rovers. Production of the Jaguar Land Rover models in the UK supports more than 40,000 British jobs and there are a further 250,000 jobs working within the supply chain.
Jaguar Land Rover has set a new record in 2016, producing 1,727,471 vehicles. It means that they are the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain, accounting for more than 30% of all domestic car production last year. This underlines the improvement from the car manufacturer since 2009, when their total annual production was 158,000 units. Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Global Sales Director said: "Jaguar Land Rover has once again shown that investment in new models, skills and advanced technology are critically important to ensure Britain has a thriving automotive industry - even in the face of current uncertainty. "To be the UK's largest automotive business once again is a tremendous achievement. We are proud to call ourselves a British company and are committed to ensuring manufacturing remains the backbone of the British economy."
It was building for the future last month when the new Land Rover Discovery was launched at Packington Hall next to the largest Lego construction ever-created, all 5.8 million bricks worth! And now the independent industry body CAP is bringing good news to the fleet and leasing business as it is estimating that the new Land Rover Discovery will retain 59% of its residual value over three years or 36,000 miles. This is partly due to its 2.0 litre Ingenium engine which is of aluminium construction and therefore lighter and more efficient and gives a servicing interval of 21,000 miles or two years. According to Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar's Land Rover UK Managing Director: "The new Discovery is already proving to be immensely competitive against the established competition. High residuals and reduced running costs mean that Discovery customers can enjoy all the improved benefits over the outgoing Discovery and its peers for less." The new Land Rover Discovery can be ordered now, with UK deliveries to start in the spring. It's priced from £43,495 or £399 per month on the road.
Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's largest car manufacturer, today announced its best-ever September UK sales retailing 20,977 vehicles, up 31% on the same period in 2015. Both brands contributed to the strong performance, delivering their best September sales figures on record. Land Rover, spearheaded by the Range Rover Evoque, sold 14,556 vehicles, up 30%, while Jaguar sold 6,421 vehicles, surpassing the brand's previous best September in 2004. Jaguar has retailed 26,366 vehicles in the first nine months of 2016, up 47% on the same period last year while Land Rover has sold 66,978 vehicles, up 16%.
Three new engines have been added to the E-Class Estate range, which now starts at £36,735 for the E 200 d SE. The E 350 d SE is priced from £47,255, while the Mercedes-AMG E 43 costs £58,290. The existing E 220 d Estate starts from £38,230. The 200 d features the latest 2.0-litre diesel engine with an output of 150 hp and CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. It delivers 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle. The 3.0-litre V6 E 350 d produces 258 hp while delivering up to 48.7 mpg and emitting 140 g/km of CO2. The Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC Estate features a bi-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine which generates 401 hp - enabling it to reach 62 mph from standstill in 4.7 seconds. All E-Class engines come as standard with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission (with shorter shift times for the E 43). Standard specification on the E-Class Estate mirrors that in the E-Class Saloon, but with the addition of standard split-folding rear seats. Comand Online with a 12.3-inch screen comes as standard on the E 350 d, and customers can add to this with the 12.3-inch cockpit display for £495. For the first time, the E 220 d Saloon is available with 4MATIC four-wheel drive- it's priced from £37,730 (£1,500 over the rear-wheel drive 220 d). It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds, and has rear-biased torque distribution of 45:55.
The dark and brooding good looks of the Black Edition models that have been mainstays of the Audi A4, A5, A6 and A7 Sportback ranges have inspired a new Q3 Black Edition that spearheads a wholesale update of the perennially popular compact SUV line-up. The new top flight Q3 and the sharper, even better equipped versions that sit below it will become available later this month priced from £26,600 OTR, and will reach their first customers towards the end of the year. As part of the programme of revisions the current Q3 specification structure, starting with SE, moving to S line Navigation and then on to S line plus, has shifted further upwards. At entry level, SE becomes Sport through the addition of SD navigation as standard and through styling enhancements that lend an even more purposeful air, including larger front air vents and a body-coloured front diffuser
The New Discovery embodies Land Rover's drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure. It's an authentic, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility. Everyday ingenuity has been at the heart of the Discovery attracting more than 1.2 million customers over the last 27 years. New Discovery is powered by Jaguar Land Rover's efficient range of four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. The fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover's strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other. The New Discovery is for the digital age. Ingenious technology keeps families safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers to ensure every destination is reached. New Discovery was previewed by the Discovery Vision Concept, which showcased the future direction of the entire Discovery family when it debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2014, and represents a radical departure for Land Rover's most versatile SUV. The revolutionary design gives Discovery a dynamic appearance with sophisticated surfaces and precisely engineered details designed to resonate with customers on an emotional level. The Discovery family has always had a spirit of adventure and the new model provides a dramatic reinterpretation of Discovery's 27 years of heritage and practical DNA with a sophisticated design that pays homage to previous models without being restrained by them.
As Kia ascends into the fourth quarter of the year, the Korean car brand continues to offer private customers a huge £1,000 off the purchase of a new car when they choose to take a test drive of selected models of the Kia range between 1 October and 31 December 2016. Customers who test drive any Kia model before the end of November will also be entered into a draw to win an all-expenses-paid trip Down Under to see the men's semi-finals of the Australian Open, which Kia Motors has proudly sponsored since 2002. This offer is available on all models, nationwide across Kia's 188 dealerships. Quarter four also sees a range of finance offers, with an attractive 4.9 per cent APR across the whole range. The best-selling all-new Sportage now sees all grades benefiting from the £500 PCP deposit allowance. Kia's city car, the Picanto, also has enhanced finance offers, with the 'SE' and 'Sport' grades now enjoying £700 PCP deposit allowance. The Kia Sorento comes with the £1,000 test drive saving and a £1,000 PCP deposit contribution. In addition, Caravan Club members buying a Sorento privately through the Kia dealer network continue to benefit from the offer of £500 towards Kia accessories. All grades have all-wheel drive, hill-start assist, trailer stability assist, reversing sensors and can haul between 2,000 and 2,500kg depending on the version, meaning this SUV is a perfect companion for caravanning adventures.
A Renault ZOE with the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle - 250 miles (400km) - was unveiled today by Carlos Ghosn, Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO during the Mondial De L'Automobile Paris 2016. It will go on sale in the UK in November. As the pioneer of all-electric mobility and Europe's number one seller of electric vehicles, Renault has stepped up its innovation programme and the deployment of its Z.E. strategy (Zero Emissions during road use). Fitted with the new Z.E. 40 battery, the Renault ZOE now delivers a record NEDC driving range of 250 miles (400km), which is twice the distance delivered by the model at the time of its original launch. In real-world driving, Renault estimates the new Z.E. 40 battery has a range of 186 miles (300km) in urban or suburban areas. The range offered today by the new ZOE is the longest of any mainstream all-electric vehicle and motorists can take advantage of this step forward now. The ZOE is the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe and provides a real alternative to internal combustion- engine cars, since average daily commuting distances are well within the ZOE's capabilities. The new battery removes the final psychological barrier that stands in the way of buying an electric car, so-call 'range anxiety', since ZOE users can now travel further and enjoy a wider variety of driving situations without worry about charging.
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