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Land Rover Defender: the end of an era

December 6th, 2015 Motoring News

If you haven’t already heard, brace yourself. Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will cease this year.

The move has been in planning for a while now and is necessitated partly by the need to keep up with ever-tightening safety regulations in the US and, from this year, the UK.

Land Rover commissioned designer Paul Smith to design a special edition of the car to celebrate its impending retirement. This was launched in May this year:

Paul Smith Land Rover
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Also in May, Land Rover invited 33 people to their Solihull factory to build the 2,000,000th Land Rover. Among the builders were Bear Grylls, Mike Adamson (Chief Executive of British Red Cross) and Virginia McKenna (founder of the Born Free Foundation). This iconic car will be auctioned this month and the proceeds donated to these two organisations.

Speculation about the model that will fill the Defender’s incredibly prestigious footsteps is rife. Land Rover have said that the replacement will bear “little resemblance” to the DC100: a concept car that has been shown at various motoring events in the past few years:

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Land Rover DC100 (front quarter)” by OverlaetOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

A fantastic gesture from Land Rover

November 27th, 2015 Motoring News

We were taking a look at the most popular videos related to Land Rover and came across this absolute gem. It’s part of an Australian ad campaign from Valentine’s this year and, while we know it’s almost Christmas, we can’t resist sharing it with you.

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Another update on the emissions scandal

November 6th, 2015 Motoring News

So far we have written twice about the emissions scandal that continues to unfold, once in September and once in October.

This post explores some recent developments surrounding Porsche, as well as comments from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) about realistic emissions tests that are on the horizon.

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Questions from Quora: “Why are Range Rovers so popular with wealthy, hot, Caucasian wives and moms?”

November 3rd, 2015 Motoring News

Quora is a great website where people can get their questions on almost any topic answered by people around the world with similar interests and relevant experience.

Sometimes deep questions about politics are given very insightful answers. Other times people ask questions that it’s hard to imagine being given sensible answers at all.

Two perfect examples of the latter appear if you read through questions related to Range Rover:

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100 new attractions for our motoring attractions map!

October 22nd, 2015 Vantage News

On September 4th we published our map of the best motoring attractions in the UK and Ireland. You can see it here.

Our aim was to showcase as many of the museums, racetracks, railways and other motoring and transport related attractions on offer, especially some of the smaller ones which may otherwise slip under the radar.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be adding over 100 new attractions to the map, making it much more comprehensive!

In the run-up to the update we thought we’d showcase some of the places we’ve found, with the hope of piquing your interest and inspiring you to get exploring!

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An update on the emissions scandal

October 15th, 2015 Motoring News

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the BVRLA’s response to the emissions scandal which has been slowly unfolding ever since. To summarise where we were at last time:

  • Software was installed in some vehicles to detect when they were being tested, and force the vehicle to run at its most efficient during testing
  • Audi, Skoda and Volkswagen were implicated
  • Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down from his role “in the interests of the company”
  • Around 14 million vehicles were estimated to be affected
  • The BVRLA called for more accurate testing for CO2 and NOx

Since our previous blog post there have been a few changes and announcements.

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BVRLA’s comments on the emissions scandal

September 29th, 2015 Motoring News

Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, spoke this week about the emissions scandal currently affecting several automakers. His comments address concerns from people who lease vehicles about whether vehicles they lease are affected:

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