2010 June

PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE OF RANGE ROVER

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT 1ST JULY 2010

So tomorrow at 3:30PM EST, we’ll get the first real information on the new compact Range Rover.  Maybe we’ll get lucky and the surprise is that they’re calling it the Freelander 4 or LR2 Plus – this whole 2WD Range Rover thing really bothers me.

I am most looking forward to see what they’ve done with the interior.  And as I’ve written before, I really do believe that what we’ll see will give us cues on what the next proper Range Rover may look like.

You can watch it live here.

Range Rover – 1993 Commercial–Raises to new heights

RIP: Spen King – 1925-2010

I was sorry to hear about the death of Charles Spencer “Spen” King, he really was the father of the Range Rover and I’m not sure what we’d have today if it wasn’t for his insight & vision.

http://thestar.blogs.com/kenzie/2010/06/charles-spencer-spen-king-1925-2010-.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/business/04king.html?_r=1&src=busln

 

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Here’s his namesake model, the Range Rover CSK – one of the coolest specials ever done, a very late model 2-door with all the bells & whistles.

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2011 Range Rover – U.S. Updates

From what I hear, these are the changes we’ll be seeing for the 2011 Range Rover U.S. spec model:

  • New exterior choices of Fuji White (replaces Alaska White) and Baltic Blue (replaces Buckingham Blue)
  • Tow Bar, Adaptive Lighting, Automatic High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring are all available as an options now and not a standard features
  • Added a Vision Assist Package which includes Adaptive Front Lights, Automatic High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Surround Camera onto all trim levels

Changes on the 2011 Autobiography are:

  • 1200 watt harman kardon LOGIC7 6 disc changer with 19 speakers is now standard
  • Unique 20" silver sparkle alloy wheel
  • Rear Seat Recline including 4-way lumbar support and heated/cooled rear seats is standard
  • Vision Assist Package is standard

I’m happy to see the added content for the Autobiography, I just wonder how it will effect the current ~$15,000 option price.

Range Rover VIN Decoded

Position

Definition

Characters

1 – 3

World Manufacturer ID

SAL = Land Rover, UK; Multipurpose Passenger Vehicle

4

Make

M = Range Rover

5

Model, GVWR, Restraints

E = HSE; Class F, 7001 – 8000 lbs.;
Manual belts with front driver and passenger airbags,
1st & 2nd row side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag
F = HSE Luxury; Class F, 7001 – 8000 lbs.;
Manual belts with front driver and passenger airbags,
1st & 2nd row side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag
H = Westminster; Class F, 7001 – 8000 lbs.;
Manual belts with front driver and passenger airbags,
1st & 2nd row side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag
P = Autobiography; Class F, 7001 – 8000 lbs.;
Manual belts with front driver and passenger airbags,
1st & 2nd row side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag

6

Body Type

1 = 4-Door

7

Engine Type, Displacement, Cylinders

D = 5.0L Normally Aspirated; V8; Gasoline
E = 5.0L Supercharged; V8; Gasoline

8

Transmission Type

4 = 6-Speed Automatic

9

Check Digit

0 – 9 or X; Calculated in accordance with ANSI CFR, part 565

10

Model Year

A =  2010
B =  2011
C =  2012

11

Plant of Manufacture

A = Solihull, England

12-17

Production Sequence Number

100001 – 999999