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For those readers fortunate enough to travel down under, (or those who live there, please write if you do) here is an interesting roadside attraction you might want to visit.
On Duke’s Highway, in the town of Keith, South Australia, there is a Land Rover on a pole. Yup. A Land Rover. On a pole. That’s it.
“Why would anyone put a Land Rover on a pole?” you may be inclined to ask.
As many of you may already know, there is a new Land Rover magazine for North America. The first issue of Alloy+Grit hit my mailbox a week or so ago. Now that I’ve had a chance to look it over, I thought I would share some thoughts.
My first thought, holding the actual magazine in my hands, is “Finally!”
Finally, not just because I have been eagerly awaiting its release since first hearing about it about this time last year. Finally, not just because it is the first North American magazine to feature Land Rovers. Because it isn’t. You can read about them in Overland Journal, and you can read about them in the glossy American 4x4 mags on very rare occasions. There was another all-Land Rover venture some years back that some might recall, that didn't last very long.
Finally…because this is the first Land-Rovers-only, North America-only, true full-color “glossy” magazine, that truly seeks to cater to every segment of the Land Rover market here.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth announced plans for the firm to double its output by the end of the decade. In the process he says, they can create 10,000 new jobs in the UK alone. Additionally, the company wants to make EV (Electric Vehicle) or hybrid versions available for half of its cars within five years.
JLR has announced that it no longer intends to purchase the historic Silverstone Raceway. That is not good news for the Grand Prix track’s owners, as they have been in search of funding sources to help support the site.
Land Rover has published a series of videos showing the 2017 Range Rover Sport being driven at speeds up to 96 mph, down the world famous “Inferno” downhill ski race track on the Schilthorn, a mountain in the village of Murren, Switzerland.
Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover finally has something of substance to say about the long-awaited Defender replacement. “Its sensational.”
The new Defender’s development has so far taken place in almost complete secrecy. There has been so little information coming from Solihull that many wondered if the company had anything substantial in the works. Now, Speth has finally come forward and thrown out a few morsels of information.
Layoffs at JLR. News outlets in the UK’s Midlands report that JLR is discontinuing the contracts of over 250 employees at the firm’s flagship manufacturing facility in Solihull.
Some of the employees claim that they didn’t see the move coming; they assumed they’d be transferred instead to a different section of the factory. The employees in question were brought on to assist with the production requirements surrounding the launch of the new Discovery model. Now that phase is over, and JLR is moving the overhire staff along.
Tata Sons, the holding company for JLR parent company, Tata Motors, has ousted its CEO, Cyrus Mistry. Temporarily taking the reins will be Tata family insider, and former CEO Ratan Tata.
As part of the UK Autodrive project, Jaguar Land Rover showcased its latest Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies at the Midlands, UK HORIBA MIRA Technology Park earlier this month.
In conjunction with Ford and Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover is working to test connected technologies that will allow cars to communicate with each other as well as the traffic lights and other roadside infrastructure.
Cue up the ongoing saga that started with ever-increasing thefts of Defender doors, bonnets, and other parts, leading up to the theft of same from a police defender parked at a police station in Leicestershire back in August. In this latest incident, vandals in West Yorkshire have painted an entire police 110 in metallic silver, including the windows and front screen.
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