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Land Rover continues pushing to make its products and operation more sustainable. In an increasingly crowded world with growing competition for raw materials, the use of sustainable, renewable products and materials is a win-win proposition for both manufacturers and vehicle owners.
Aside from their strong showing in the burgeoning electric vehicle market, and state of the art scrap reclamation processes, the company has just announced the availability of an optional recycled plastic upholstery for the interiors for new Range Rover Velar vehicles.
Land Rover's latest promotional stunt was also one of its most challenging ones yet, according to the British car maker. To demonstrate the immense torque available from its Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) system, they decided to drive a new PHEV Range Rover Sport up the 999 steps of Hunan Province's Tianmén Shan, or Heaven’s Gate, one of China’s most iconic natural wonders.
Jaguar Land Rover North America has announced two rounds of recalls in recent weeks. The first recall affects a limited number of 2018 model year Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Velar, and Land Rover Discovery Sport vehicles equipped with a 2.0L gasoline engine. The fuel rail end caps may leak, possibly resulting in fuel vapor or liquid fuel leaking into the engine bay. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source such as hot engine or exhaust components can increase the risk of a fire.
In other Land Rover related news, JLR has announced production cuts at certain Jaguar and Land Rover factories, due to reduced sales stemming from a number of uncertainties in the UK auto market. At Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham, they produced no cars for a month surrounding the Christmas holidays, and another two weeks of shutdowns are planned as well.
Meanwhile, Land Rover has scaled back production at its Halewood plant in Merseyside for similar reasons. In particular, the dip in the market has been attributed to Brexit uncertainty and concerns about the future viability of diesel vehicles. New emissions restrictions and smog zones in congested downtown areas have made diesel-powered vehicles much less desirable for many UK consumers.
Throughout its history, Land Rover has, at times, built vehicles in overseas markets where it was deemed advantageous to do so for one reason or another. Past schemes have existed in Australia, South Africa, Spain, Morocco, Iran, and Belgium, and likely others. Currently, they operate vehicle and engine manufacturing plants in China, Brazil, and India, for exclusive sale in those markets. They have other plans to open plants in foreign countries such as Ireland, Austria, and Slovakia, but those vehicles wouldn't be limited to those countries.
Land Rover CKD Assembly in South Africa, ca. 1972
Now, according to reports, the bosses at Land Rover parent company, Jaguar Land Rover, are eyeballing their next overseas destination: North Carolina. Yes, folks, you heard that correctly. North Carolina. According to UK consul-general, Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, Land Rover is again looking to open a North American facility.
Ever since the invention of the Land Rover, people have been trying to put different engines into them, seeking to "improve" upon what the factory engineers deemed sufficient. That tradition continues to this day. Old Series Land Rovers are a doddle to work on, and the rudimentary construction lends itself well to accommodate the ministrations of those backyard engineers who seek to make the Land Rover fast enough to keep up with modern traffic. Though the vehicles are simple enough, the engine bay is small and the gearboxes and axles aren't strong enough for much more powerful engines. So the choices are kind of limited.
Atlantic British is pleased to announce a new distribution agreement along with a new live website - ClearviewMirrorsUSA.com! The new business division and eCommerce site offers premium replacement towing mirrors from Australian towing mirror specialists, Clearview Accessories, in North America for the first time!
Aside from the very limited edition 70th anniversary Defender that was just announced, Land Rover has also revealed, first in LRO magazine, and now in a full press release, that they will restore one of the most historically important and valuable early Land Rovers in existence. In 2016, a Land Rover enthusiast not far outside of Land Rover's home base of Solihull, UK, discovered an old 80-inch Series One Land Rover languishing in a field. It turned out to be one of the three original pre-production Land Rovers that were part of Land Rover's initial debut to the world at the Amsterdam Motor Show on April 30, 1948.
I know we beat this old horse to death here, but this time it's real. This week, Land Rover finally revealed what the 2018 Defender will look like. We have all the specs and we've seen the pictures. And the consensus seems to be that it looks exactly like, well, the old Defender. Because, well, it is an old Defender. Yeah. So...JLR Classic must have gotten tired of waiting around to see if Mssrs. Speth and McGovern would indeed get their act together and release a new Defender in time for the 70th anniversary of the marque in 2018. So they made their own. It doesn't have a squished roof in the back and it is NOT a hybrid. In fact, it looks to tick a lot of boxes that the original Defender just never did. Well, sort of. At least we think so.
"What is this 'shipfitters' disease?" you may be asking yourself. If you are, you probably have never owned and worked on an old Land Rover. I looked online for a definition, and this is what I found, from John Osterhout, posted on Bill Caloccia’s LRO mailing list back in 1997:
“Well, it's a nice day to work outside, and that cleat is loose, so I'll just tighten the screws. Oops, one is stripped, so, to do it right, I'll remove the cleat and see what the problem is. Oh, dear, dryrot!! Well, it's only in this one plank, and I can easily replace it. Gee, all the screws are loose, better replace the whole frame while I'm at it...
This is how it all starts.
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