2007 September

Land Rover Concept Teaser at 2007 Franfurt Auto Show

Set to be shown at the Detroit Show in January:
Land Rover Concept Teaser - Frankfurt 2007

Check out these articles for more info:

AutoWeek: FRANKFURT>Land Rover Mini Sport
Auto Express: New compact car from Land Rover
The Land Rover Chronicles: Secret Land Rover concept shown at Frankfurt show!

Related Land Rover Press Release:

Speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Managing Director, Phil Popham, said the business was in excellent shape with sales continuing to grow and profits “never better”. He forecast sales of over 200,000 for this year, with 30,000 cars being sold in countries where Land Rover did not have any vehicles five years ago.

Land Rover also announced the latest technology in its drive to cut emissions and given an indication of the design direction for future, sustainable models.

From early 2009, an innovative stop-start system will be fitted as standard to all Freelander 2 TD4 manual vehicles. The system turns off the engine when the vehicle is stationary and automatically restarts it when the driver is ready to move off. This prevents the engine from unnecessary idling, eliminates wasting fuel and cuts carbon dioxide emissions. It will help to cut CO2 emissions by over 7% from 194 g/km to 179 g/km. This equates to a fuel economy improvement in a combined cycle (NEDC) from 37.7 mpg (7.5/100 km) to 41.5 mpg (6.8/100 km). In the UK, this means the vehicle moves down from VED Band F to Band E.

Land Rover also provided journalists attending the show a sneak preview of its future design and technology direction in the form of a short animated film. This gave a tantalising glimpse of a concept that demonstrates Land Rover’s commitment to innovation that embraces the challenges of sustainability while retaining Land Rover’s core values.

In addition, Land Rover announced a partnership between the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the Land Rover G4 Challenge, the world’s ultimate driving and adventure sports competition. The partnership will raise further awareness of the Federation and help generate funds for its causes. Land Rover is committed to generating £1m for the Federation.

LR2 / Freeland 2 Gets Sleek Premium Pack fro 2008

Gaydon, Warwickshire, 24 August 2007 – A stylish new Premium pack is now available for Land Rover’s best-selling model – the Freelander 2 – which has sold 10,983 units so far this year in the UK.

The new Premium Pack delivers both exterior and interior enhancements to the top specification Freelander 2 HSE. Vehicles with the new pack are distinguished by a distinctive rear spoiler, body-coloured lower sections of the bumpers and doorsills and stylish tungsten coloured door handles. The pack also includes 10-spoke Chrome Shadow 19 inch alloy wheels giving the Freelander 2 an even sportier stance.
Interior additions include a new driver’s seat with additional seat cushion tilt function and front passenger seat with electric seat height adjustment as well as luxurious, perforated leather panels and extra stitching details. The storage box located at the rear of the centre console also gains a smart new sliding cover.
Launched last year and new from the ground up, the Freelander 2 delivers outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road ability of a true Land Rover. It is already a multi-award winning vehicle, receiving numerous prestigious accolades including the What Car? Best Compact 4×4, BBC Top Gear’s SUV of the Year, and the Auto Express Best 4×4 recreational.

“The Freelander 2 is now firmly established as the premium compact 4×4 of choice in the UK. It demonstrates Land Rover’s dynamic design and is complete with a smart and spacious interior, and an abundance of advanced technologies,” says John Edwards, managing director, Land Rover. “Now, the Premium pack on the Freelander 2 offers subtle changes for those seeking an even more premium look to their vehicle, which we believe will give it even wider customer appeal.”

The new Premium pack will be available to order from October 2007 and will cost £1,850.

To locate your nearest dealership or for more information regarding the Land Rover range, please log onto www.landrover.co.uk
For more information contact:
Natasha Waddington
UK PR Manager
T: 01926 643270
Laura Meyerding
Press Officer, Product Affairs
T: 01926 649294
Editors’ notes:

• About Land Rover – Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Freelander 2, Discovery 3, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover each define the world’s 4×4 sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries. Land Rover employs 9,500 people and supports a further 40,000 jobs in the supply chain
• Land Rover is committed to addressing the challenges of climate change and since September 2006 carbon dioxide generated by Land Rover manufacturing activities and, for vehicles sold in the UK, the first 45,000 miles of use have been balanced through an industry leading offset programme run by Climate Care
• In response to customer demand, Land Rover is now giving more owners of its cars the opportunity to reduce their impact on the environment by widening its industry leading CO2 offset programme. Customers driving pre-2007 model year cars or who exceed the 45,000 miles on 2007 model year vehicles will now be able to offset their emissions through Climate Care

Ford wants out completely of Land Rover & Jaguar

According to autoblog – it seems Ford doesn’t want any part of Land Rover or Jaguar after the sale:

autoblog: Ford to Jag and Land Rover: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!