The Rover Owners Association of Virginia (ROAV) is hosting its annual spring rally, Rovers At Wintergreen (RAW), on April 6-8, 2018. The event is located at the Wintergreen Ski Resort located in central Virginia. This location affords access to the comforts of the resort lodging, and miles of wooded trails that range from easy-going and scenic to steep, rocky, and challenging. The local restaurants, breweries, and distilleries provide plenty of options for socializing and fun.
When Land Rover first introduced the Range Rover almost 50 years ago, the concept of a luxury 4x4 was entirely revolutionary. Now, the new Range Rover SV Coupé seeks to define an altogether new class of vehicle: the "full-size luxury SUV coupé." To do that Land Rover started by going back to the Range Rover's roots as a two-door vehicle.
Land Rover announced last week the recall of approximately 7,100 model-year 2018 Range Rover Velar SUVs due to windows that could fog over and stay that way. They blame the problem on air inlet door linkages that can detach in the ventilation systems and prevent the clearing of fog or condensation.
Seem like a familiar sight? You might be a Defender owner
This past Presidents' Day weekend saw Land Rover owners and enthusiasts traveling hundreds, and in some cases, thousands, of miles for the 88s Annual Maine Winter Romp. One of our favorite events, the "Romp," as it is known, continues to grow in popularity every year. It's quite amazing to see how many people show up, given that temperatures can easily dip down to 25 or 30 degrees (F) below zero. This year, however, Winter Romp took place under some of the mildest weather that it has ever seen. Daytime temperatures climbed above freezing, making for some of the most pleasant times on the trails imaginable.
Heading down the powerline hill: Steve Ostrovitz Photo
Only two weeks after revealing plans to release a very limited edition of 150 V8-engined Defenders, JLR announced that the "Defender Works V8" is all sold out. Customers were able to choose from either a 90 or 110 configuration, with the cheapest entry point being the 90 version at only £150,000.
Just a few weeks ago, we learned about one of the earliest, pre-production Land Rovers, a Series One 80-inch that was one of the demonstrator cars Land Rover displayed at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show. It was the debut to the world of what would go on to become arguably the most iconic 4x4 vehicle ever made. Now, another historically significant 80-inch has been revealed. The very first production model, Chassis Number 1, has changed hands recently and is now to be restored.
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.
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