2014 February

A cool invitation to the NY Range Rover Autobiography Black reveal – it’s made of metal!

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Can’t wait!

MY2014 Range Rover Evoque in the snow and some interior tech pictures

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Latest images of the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Center in

Jaguar Land Rover’s brand new engine manufacturing center is just another piece in the puzzle of the amazing turnaround they’ve had and one less item they have to rely on others to manufacture for them.

A little blast from the past – nice seeing Rover cast into both, 1971 on the left and 2014 on the right:

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Here’s some info about it from an earlier JLR Press Release, pictures to follow

Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre in the UK is essential to support the company’s long-term strategic growth plans and will be the home for a new generation of technologically advanced, lightweight 4-cylinder low emission diesel and petrol engines.

Reinforcing Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to manufacturing and innovation in the UK, the company will increase its investment in the facility to in excess of £500 million. This will almost double the number of highly skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs at the plant, taking the total number of people who will be employed at the site to almost 1,400.

Speaking at the show, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Speth said:"Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre in the UK is a clear demonstration of our business strategy guiding our investment plans."

"Not only does it bring our engine supply back to our production doorstep, but it gives us significant new resource as we continue to innovate with new products and markets."

The new family of engines is currently under development at Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced research and development facility. It will strengthen and expand the company’s engine range supporting future product development plans. Jaguar Land Rover will deliver high performance engines with class-leading levels of refinement and significant reductions in vehicle emissions, allowing it to compete even more effectively and attract new customers globally.

The state-of-the-art facility is the first in the company’s history to be entirely designed and specified by Jaguar Land Rover. At almost 100,000 sq m, the plant will include an engine testing centre alongside the manufacturing and assembly halls. The building will meet the highest standards of sustainable production and will feature a variety of energy efficiency technologies.

The new Engine Manufacturing Centre will open later this year with the first engines coming off the production line in 2015.

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MY2014 Range Rover Sport in the snow!

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Land Rover InControl in Action! Video demo of the actual apps!

Some screenshots:

InControl app listing from within the iPhone app

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Within the video, they go from an app to the cellphone interface which looks exactly as it does on a pre-InControl vehicle.  I think I wrongly assumed with InControl the entire system would be getting an interface overhaul but that may not be the case, yet.

Here’s a look at the Winston app they’re very keen on, it’s will read aloud the items coming in through various feeds.

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and finally the cityseeker app for nearby attractions, restaurants, lodging, etc…

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Looks like a great start!