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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is undertaking a £200 million redevelopment of its primary design and engineering facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire. JLR has announced that construction has now begun for the expansion project, the first of its kind at a non-manufacturing JLR site for over a decade.
Jaguar Land Rover, in a project designed to coincide with International Women's Day, has partnered with Getty Images to change how women working in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are portrayed in various media. The project seeks to more accurately and authentically depict female engineers at work.
Presented to the world’s media for the first time March 7th at the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division debuted a new concept for bespoke Discovery designed to serve search and rescue and disaster recovery teams. The vehicle, dubbed “Project Hero,” provides a pairing that could make a real difference in the wilderness. That's the whole idea behind the project.
Huge snowfalls blanketed the Northeast US during the weeks leading up to this year’s Maine Winter Romp, an event that occurs annually on President’s Day weekend in the vicinity of Waterville, Maine.
The preceding weeks’ cold temperatures allowed the more challenging obstacles to freeze over, but some of the smaller, moving water challenges stayed wet. On the weekend of the event, temperatures soared, making for an enjoyable time out in the forest.
The North American Land Rover community has lost one of its pioneers this week. Many long time Land Rover fans will recognize the name of Bill Baker. Bill was enormously influential in the early marketing of Land Rover products in North America, particularly the Range Rover Classic. Richard Truett of Automotive News has penned a fitting obituary, quoted here in its entirety.
Land Rover dealers around the world are gearing up to start selling the new Discovery vehicle in mid 2017. We haven’t even had a chance to fully process how we feel about the redesigned “Disco,” and yet, as if to distract us from that goal, Land Rover has announced yet another addition to the Range Rover family of vehicles. This one is the “Velar,” named after the original factory Range Rover prototypes produced in the late 60’s.
In the latest installment of the ongoing saga of thieves versus Land Rovers, criminals in the UK have made off with two truckloads of engines from Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant. The caper almost sounds as if it were scripted for film.
The value of the stolen goods is estimated at £3 million.
Last year we covered UK billionaire Jim Ratcliffe and his scheme to build Defender look-alike 4x4’s. The founder of giant UK chemicals group Ineos wanted to build Defenders with Auntie Rover’s blessing, but that was not forthcoming. Now some months later, Ratcliffe is back and says he is planning to move forward, if on a slightly different tack.
A new import tax being proposed by the US House of Representatives could hit Land Rover harder than any other automakers. The UK-based firm builds all their US models overseas and uses few, if any, US sourced components. An auto industry study determined that on average, JLR would need to hike the price of its vehicles by $17,000 in order to make up for the additional costs imposed by the border tax.
Just another heads-up for owners of 2007 and newer Range Rovers: Land Rover North America has issued another round of recalls, some of which are for issues related to the massive Takata airbag recall that now covers nearly 40 million cars from multiple manufacturers. As most readers who aren’t living under a rock are probably aware by now, certain Takata airbags have demonstrated the potential to rupture improperly, due to degradation of the propellant in the airbag inflator. Such ruptures can hurl metal shards and fragments in the direction of the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury, disfigurement, or death. This expanded Takata recall affects a total of 8,769 Land Rover vehicles that contain Takata airbags in the passenger front seat position.
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