Land Rover X AutoHome create ultimate camping accessory for Defender 110

The leader in producing roof tents, AutoHome has joined forces with the most famous off-road automaker, Land Rover to create the ultimate camping accessory – a roof tent for the Land Rover Defender 110.

As part of 170 new accessories for the new Defender, the AutoHome roof tent is a state of the art roof tent measuring 2.3m long, 1.3m wide and 1.5m high accommodates two adults and includes a full size luxury cotton mattress, pillows, interior LED light, stowage net, rear canopy and an aluminium ladder to access the tent from either side of the Defender. Sleep easy knowing that the Defender can withstand a static roof load of 300kg making this a perfect partnership for camping trips.

When you aren’t using the tent, it is protected by the lightweight fibreglass shell which in turn makes it tremendously easy to erect. Unclip the fastening and lift until the gas struts take the strain and fully open the tent.

The roof tent is priced at €3,081.96 excluding VAT and can be bought here or any Land Rover showroom and works in conjunction with the official Land Rover Expedition Roof Rack and Roof Rails, which come fitted as standard with the Adventure Pack.

Exclusive Range Rover Fifty celebrates 50 years of innovation

Range Rover is celebrating its 50th anniversary since it was launched globally and Jaguar Land Rover wanted to commemorate this celebration with an exclusive model – Range Rover Fifty. Limited to 1,970 units worldwide, honouring the birth year. It had set a benchmark for all other 4x4s to follow in terms of design, refinement and engineering innovation.

From its clamshell bonnet, it’s distinctive floating roof, split tailgate and front fender vents, these features have remained synonymous with Range Rover over the past 50 years and that design is what led it to be the first vehicle ever displayed in the Louvre. Engineering wise, the vehicles have evolved, yet remained at the forefront of technical innovation by achieving a number of world firsts along the way.

It was the first SUV to feature a permanent 4WD system when launched, in 1989 was the world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes. A few years later, in 1992 it became the world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with electronic traction control (ETC) and automatic electronic air suspension, for that wafty, cloud like feeling on and off-road. Then, in 2012, the Range Rover became the world’s first SUV to feature an all-aluminium lightweight construction, making it lighter, stronger and more efficient.

A luxury SUV doesn’t normally find itself in muddy fields being used as designed but the Range Rover has won the Paris-Dakar rally twice. The limited edition Fifty is based on the latest Range Rover Autobiography, available in both standard and long wheelbase body designs and features a smattering of bespoke exterior accents and two new 22-inch wheel designs.

Available in four curated colours – Carpathian Grey, Rosello Red, Aruba, and Santorini Black whilst Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations is offering the Fifty in three very limited Heritage colours reproduced from the original 1970 Range Rover palette; Tuscan Blue you see in the photos, Bahama Gold and Davos White.

Inside, a unique ‘1 of 1970’ plaque will feature on the centre console, headrests, dashboard and illuminated tread plates with a ‘Fifty’ script created personally by Land Rover’s Chief Creative Officer, Prof Gerry McGovern OBE.

There has been no indication on pricing just yet but a V8 Autobiography starts at just over £110,000 so expect a premium over that for the luxury of a limited edition.

Geneva 2015: What to expect?

The time of year has come around for all petrol heads. Much like Christmas for a child, the 85th edition of the Geneva Motor show is ten days of motoring goodness. Here are a number of the hotly anticipated cars expected to make an appearance at the show on 5th -15th March.

Abarth:

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Abarth 659 Biposto and a number of updates to the 500 range and new kits and accessories.

Alfa Romeo:

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The Alfa 4C gets the wind in your hair treatment with a Spider version. With its new look, both models get a new voice box in the shape of an Akrapovic exhaust system.

Aston Martin:

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Vulcan is Aston Martin’s new track weapon. Fitted with a hearty 7.0Litre V12 pushing over 800bhp to the rear wheels and limited to 24 examples.  Expect these beasts to be sold out before even catching a glimpse of them in the metal.

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Another racer for Aston, the Vantage GT3 Special Edition, is a road and track car limited to 100 examples, heavily inspired by the marque’s success in Motorsport. The GT3 has clearly been on a diet, losing 100kg over the V12 Vantage S thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre in and around the car.

Audi:

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The supercar which promised to take on the Italians at their own game is back with an update. The R8 gets updated looks, loses some weight (50kg) over its predecessor capable of hitting 62mph in 3.2sec and topping out at 205mph. The V10 engine comes in two guises, standard packing 533bhp and the V10 Plus with 602bhp.

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Making its official appearance to the public is the RS3 Sportback, to be hitting the roads by Summer 2015. Deemed the most powerful five cylinder engine ever produced by Audi RS with 362bhp and 465Nm to play with, it is a good thing it is fitted with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system.

BMW:

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BMW have updated a few of its models including the 1-Series and the 6-series but what everyone wants to see is the M4 MotoGP safety car.

Bugatti:

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Veyron La Finale is the very last one to roll off the factory line. Already sold to a lucky chap in the Middle East  this vast array of numbers wasn’t something people were used to when it was first introduced back in 2004. But now, let’s see the successor.

Ferrari:

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Turbocharging has made a comeback to the ‘Cavellino.’ The 488GTB can be said to be the successor to the F40, the last turbocharged mid-engined Ferrari and a replacement to the fantastic 458 Italia. 661bhp and 760Nm are created by the 3.9Litre Turbo V8 able to hit 125mph in 8.3 seconds.

Ford:

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The much-anticipated Focus RS is the 30th incarnation to wear the RS badge. Fitted with all-wheel drive and torque vectoring will help the driver push the 316bhp to its limits. Ken Block, driver of the legendary Gymkhana series was a consultant during the development of the RS.

All-New Ford GT

50 years after Ford’s GT40 took all three spots on the podium at the 1966 24Hours of Le Mans, Ford have revealed the new GT powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5Litre EcoBoost V6 said to give the car the one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Honda:

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Honda are back in F1 with an engine partnership with McLaren F1 and an icon has been reinvented. The NSX is making its rounds 25 years after the original was first premiered. A twin-turbocharged V6 which is a nod back to the original is fitted with a nine-speed DCT box.

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The Civic Type R is getting its debut fitted with a 2.0Litre VTEC Turbo engine allowing drivers to hit a top speed over 160mph. To help drivers deal with the level of speed, the Type R has been fitted with 350mm drilled Brembo brakes up front.

Koenigsegg:

The Swedish company has managed to keep it all very hush-hush in terms of leaks of new cars. A teased sketch of the rear of potentially the Agera RS and supposedly Koenigsegg is bringing another hypercar to Geneva hopefully to take on the three hybrid hypercars from the likes of Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari.

Lamborghini:

Again very little has been given away by Lamborghini, spy shots of what looked like an Aventador SV have  been seen across the internet but all details are being kept close to heart before the official reveal however their teaser video promises to reveal the most ‘reactive’ Lamborghini yet.

Land Rover:

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The stunning Land Rover Evoque gets some cosmetic surgery up front (not that it was ugly in the first place) and gains Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Ingenium engines promising up to 68mpg and under 110g/km of CO2.

Lotus:

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£70,000 worth of Lotus will be officially unveiled at Geneva, 16% more powerful, 22kg lighter and 400bhp gives you the new Lotus Evora 400.

McLaren:

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The Longtail is back. The Mclaren 675LT focusses on less weight and more power.It will shoot to 62mph in 2.9secs. McLaren will make five ‘Hero’ specification Longtails  which consist of never offered colours Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey. The McLaren Orange completes the set.

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Some individuals don’t in the saying that enough is enough. A few of those people clearly work at McLaren as they have taken the insanely quick P1 and upped the power to make the P1GTR. 986bhp, 50kg lighter, wider and lower than the standard P1 and some serious spoilers creating 10% more downforce are all the ingredients to make this GTR.

Mercedes:

Three noteworthy models are being launched by Mercedes. We have reworks of two classics and a GT3 racer.

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Maybach is back as a sub-brand and the first model is the remake of the classic S600 Pullman, 50 years on. At a length of 6.5 metres expect to have a driver to wait with the car as prices start around €500,000 for the unarmored version. I doubt it will be a slouch if it needs to get out of any hairy situations as it is fitted with a V12 biturbo with 830Nm available from as low as 1900RPM.

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If off-roading is more your thing, the G-wagen is the one for you. Elements of the 6×6 have been fitted to the G to create the G500 4×4 squared.  New powerful engines, wider track and higher ground clearance (450mm) promises to tackle nearly any environment you throw at it.

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The GT3 race series is about to get a little more interesting, Mercedes are to launch the AMG GT3 race car. Even though the road car is fitted with a 4.4 biturbo V8, the GT3 will use a fettled example of the naturally aspirated 6.2 V8 from the SLS AMG GT.

Porsche:

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A manual hardcore Cayman is coming. The Cayman GT4 is built with components from the 911 GT3, perfect for racing and with an engine derived from the 911 Carrera S, it is good for 380bhp helping position it as a benchmark.

The second model is a secret but quoted ‘is another exceptional Porsche that sets new standards on the racetrack.’ Could it be the 911 GT3 RS?

Vauxhall:

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A hot hatch that is set to attack Ford’s Fiesta ST sales. The Vauxhall Corsa VXR   is fitted with a 1.6Litre turbo charged petrol engine pumping out 202bhp and up to 280Nm of torque to the front wheels. The VXR averages 245Nm from revs as low as 1,900rpm, which is a significant change from the outgoing car.

Land Rover launch special edition Discovery

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Land Rover has revealed a special edition Discovery XXV in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the original Discovery.

The Discovery XXV is based on the top of the range Discovery HSE Luxury specification, meaning customers will get a premium interior lined with Windsor leather and subtle XXV special edition embossing.

It is available in bespoke Causeway Grey, with Narvik Black grille surrounds and mirror caps, silver full-length roof rails, body-coloured door handles and a stainless steel bumper accessory tread plate make up the exterior additions along with 20-inch forged alloy wheels.

The interior is given a new colour way known as Cirrus, which is unique to the XXV.

As the XXV is based on the HSE Luxury spec, expect to see all the top technological gadgets such as Terrain Response, Hill Descent control and the top of the range 825w Meridian stereo, keyless entry and rear entertainment systems.

Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director at Jaguar Land Rover said, “the Discovery XXV Special Edition is the ultimate in sophisticated versatility and a fitting tribute to the legendary status of this iconic Land Rover.”

As for engine choice, there is the 3.0l SDV6 turbo-diesel pushing out 252bhp allowing the heavy vehicle to hit 62mph in 8.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 112mph. Land Rover claims it’ll return 35.3mpg and emits 213g/km.

Prices for the Discovery XXV will start at around £63,000, up from the current HSE Luxury spec at £59,450.

Replacing the Land Rover Defender

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At the heart of everything Land Rover was the Defender. 2015 is the year it is to be replaced after 67 years of production. The question that is on everyone’s lips is how is Land Rover going to make the DC100 concept as popular as the model it is replacing?

Since 1948, when the first Land Rover rolled off the line it was constantly being tinkered with and evolving to make it a better off-road vehicle. 67 years down the line, EU regulations brought down the ‘guillotine’ on the Defenders’ long and illustrious career. Stringent emission regulations to come into force by 2020 have forced Jaguar Land Rover to stop production of the beloved Defender and start work on its replacement.

Throughout the years iconic models have been recreated by all types of manufacturers such as BMW bringing back the Mini, Volkswagen with their beloved Beetle and Fiat with the beautifully small cinquecento or 500. All three of these models were given time to be remembered as cult classics and left as memories in people’s minds before returning as the recreations you see on the road today. The secret to their success, in recreating the cult classics is by giving them a new lease of life but also staying close to what made the original models great. When the Fiat 500 was released in 2007, the new model was not trying to push the original into the shadows. The company embraced its resemblance and used it in a lot of its marketing campaigns.

It is known that Land Rover will be following three pillars for their design strategy; Leisure, luxury and Dual Purpose. Will the Defender replacement fit in to the Leisure pillar or will it fall under the Dual Purpose category?

John Edwards, Global Brand Director for Land Rover said, “The entire Land Rover team is excited about the opportunity, and the responsibility, of creating the replacement for the iconic Land Rover Defender. Loved the world over for its simple, honest and distinctive design, we are determined that the new Defender will be true to its heritage while meeting the requirements of a changing global market.”

One thing is for sure, the Defender replacement will need to be rugged enough to handle all terrains but also easy enough to fix without having to take it to a professional. That is what made the Defender so great for all these years.The ethos at Land Rover design are based around four key elements for the Defender replacement;

Functionality allowing a new approach to the design and capability of the vehicle but also including clever features that are not usually found in a rugged Defender such as flexible seating.

Sustainability: by using recycled and lightweight materials that ensures the vehicle will survive the test of time also plays back to the original Land Rover where by the company used aluminium which was surplus during war-torn Britain.

Premium Durability: All choices for the DC100 were specifically achieved through attention to detail and after 67 years of evolution by its predecessor.

Desirability: Again after 67 years of production, Land Rover know that the replacement must deliver an ownership experience that will not blow your mind but also be comfortable in all walks of life.

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If the DC100 is to follow the concept, we can see that it will be available with an automatic gearbox with most modern luxuries seen on most of the Range Rovers available today, including systems such as ‘wade assist’ which alerts the driver on how deep the water is around the vehicle.

John Edwards, said the new model would be “instantly recognised” by people who drive the current vehicle but it “won’t necessarily be cheap”. Will that sway potential buyers to look at the competition?

The DC100 prototype has two designs, one known as the DC100 sport allowing the owner to actively express freedom and leisure and the DC100 which demonstrates its capability and versatility as an off-road vehicle. These two models will be used for leisure activities along with also the basis to modify for use by armies, Police forces and humanitarian aides. Will it be as successful as the vehicle it is going to replace?

Future of the green oval

With Land Rover having done so well over 2012 and 2013, being voted as Luxury car of the year 2013 by What Car? And unveiling their new direction for model production the future is looking bright.

With the increase of emerging markets buying luxury vehicles, Land Rover are to open a manufacturing plant in Brazil after an agreement was signed with the State of Rio De Janeiro. There will be an investment of £240 million into the new plant that will produce 24,000 vehicles a year, with the first set of the vehicles to roll off the plant by 2016. Land Rover will be the first British manufacturer to open in Brazil, which will also support the significant growth in Brazil and the rest of the Americas. The plant will create 400 jobs within the first year.

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Research and development of the in-car infotainment systems in Land Rovers will now be developed in collaboration with Intel and the vehicle brand will also open a research and development centre in Oregon, USA which is the first dedicated software research and development facility for Land Rover. This new partnership will accelerate the creation of in-car technologies for future Land Rover models.

This new facility opening in 2014 will employ 30 infotainment specialists including 16 highly skilled software engineers, complementing the infotainment team based at Land Rover’s Gaydon facility. The Oregon facility will include a variety of multimedia suites, innovation spaces, development laboratories and a vehicle workshop.

Land Rover Design boss Gerry McGovern revealed Land Rover’s three design pillars giving insight into the future for the brand at the 2013 LA Motor Show.Luxury, Leisure and Dual Purpose are the three pillars that will take the brand through 2015.

The Luxury pillar, which is considered to be Range Rover, will mean that now all luxury SUVs will wear the Range Rover logo. This pillar has been substantially worked on over the past 24 months with release of all three new models bearing the Range Rover brand.  The Leisure pillar which includes the Discovery and the new Freelander replacement, which will also take the Discovery name. The Dual-purpose pillar is that of the Defender which will be replaced in 2015, which we have been seeing for a while now with shots of the DC100 concept.

There will also be another two models entering the range, one will sit between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport and the second is said to be smaller than the Evoque.

The three pillars of Land Rover

At the LA Motor show which ended this week, Land Rover Design boss Gerry McGovern revealed Land Rover’s three design pillars giving insight into the future for the brand.

Luxury, Leisure and Dual Purpose are the three pillars that will take the brand through 2015.

The Luxury pillar which is considered to be Range Rover will mean that now all luxury SUVs will wear the Range Rover logo. This pillar has been substantially worked on over the past 24 months with release of all three new models bearing the Range Rover brand.  The Leisure pillar which includes the Discovery and the new Freelander replacement which will also take the Discovery name. The Dual purpose pillar is that of the Defender which will be replaced in 2015 which have been seeing for a while now with shots of the DC100 concept.

There will also be another two models entering the range, one will sit between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport and the second is said to be smaller than the Evoque. 

Gerry McGovern stated, “We will be focusing more from next year on the Leisure pillar, you will notice differences between Luxury and Leisure, as they’re clearly targeted at different customers and will build the brand significantly.”

The new baby Discovery will have the base underpinnings of the Freelander,but will set itself apart from its luxurious brother the Evoque. It will be more rugged based more on the offroad look with roof rails and under body protection.