The good performance shown by Land Rover’s Discovery 4 and Range Rover Sport models has resulted in surging sales with the company reporting a high 93 per cent year-on-year in the final quarter of 2009. Land Rover UK managing director, John Edwards, said, "2009 has been a very hard year for the motor industry, particularly in the premium segment. However, Land Rover made some tough decisions and restructured our business model to ensure that we were in a strong position to weather the storm”. The new 2010 model range has ensured the latest, most efficient, and technologically advanced line-up Land Rover has ever had. The sales for Land Rover Discovery 4 and Range Rover Sport specifically have improved by 115% and 116% respectively for the last quarter of 2009 compared to 2008, accounting to its huge demand in the UK market. The new series 5.0-litre supercharged engine, complimented with the more economical yet powerful 3.6-litre TDV8 and spectacular driving dynamics, strengthen the Range Rover's position as the ultimate SUV. Also the Rover Discovery 4 has grabbed a number of global laurels since its launch in September 2009. The company reported improvements in all its UK, US, China, Italy and Russia markets year on year for the last quarter have been recorded across the globe, with the US up 21% and Europe up 12%.
Canada: Land Rover made the Canadian debut of the Range Rover Autobiography and Range Rover Sport Autobiography Limited Edition at the Montreal, Quebec International Auto Show. For 2010, Land Rover’s flagship Range Rover offers a new supercharged LR-V8 engine, revolutionary interior technologies and enhanced driving dynamics and a series of further refinements made their Canadian debut at the show, with the focus on enhanced luxury for rear-seat passengers. Land Rover is introducing electronically-controlled reclining rear seats, which will be especially valued by chauffeur-driven customers. The seats can be independently controlled by the left and right seat passengers; heated and cooled seats, four-way adjustable lumbar support, and airline-style winged head restraints are available. When the front passenger seat is unoccupied, rear-seat passengers can remotely move it to its forward-most position for increased leg room. Interior noise levels are reduced by the addition of laminated rear door privacy glass. The Autobiography series also adds four new interior colour combinations, and the availability of a Logic 7 1,200-watt Harman Kardon High Dynamics audio system with 19 speakers and 15 independent channels. The Range Rover Sport lineup will feature a new Autobiography Package available in the 510-horsepower Supercharged edition for 2010, including new two-tone leather, rear entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, rear differential lock, mesh grille, and custom 20-inch diameter wheels.
Germany: Land Rover's bold LRX concept is inching closer to production, as reports have surfaced about a development vehicle undergoing testing at Germany's famous Nurburgring. Wearing an LR2 body, the mule appears to have a shortened rear end and revised front fascia. While details are limited,it is suggested that the LRX will likely be powered by a 3.2-litre, petrol, in-line six and a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine in foreign markets. A hybrid 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine may also be offered. Set to receive the prestigious Range Rover Badge, the LRX may be available in three-door and five-door variants. The production model will also be taller than the concept to allow for added headroom.
India: Tata Motors Premier Car Division has announced that it has issued letter of intents for Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) dealerships in New Delhi, Hyderabad and Ludhiana, marking the first phase of expansion of the JLR network in India beyond Mumbai. Tata Motors said AMP Motors would represent the two iconic brands in New Delhi while Inline 4 Motors has been appointed as the franchise partner in Hyderabad. Dada Motors, an existing Tata Motors dealer, has been appointed as the JLR dealer in Ludhiana. Mr Rajiv Dube, President, Passenger Car Business Unit, Tata Motors, said: "The newly identified dealer partners displayed a great degree of passion, market knowledge and capability to nurture and grow the two iconic brands in their respective territories and we are confident that they will enable us to tap the full competitive potential in those markets. We have further plans to expand into other major metros and the process of identification of suitable partners in other cities will continue through the new year of 2010." The newly appointed dealers are in the process of setting up their sales and after sales service infrastructure and are expected to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2010, the release said. Tata Motors currently distributes the Jaguar XF, Jaguar XFR & XKR to which the new Jaguar flagship XJ will soon be added as well as Land Rover’s new 2010 model year range – the Freelander 2, Discovery 4, Range Rover Sport and the flagship Range Rover in India.
New Zealand: Land Rover has added two Defender models to its New Zealand line-up for 2010. Both are chassis-cab variants in 110 and 130 configurations aimed specifically at the agriculture and forestry service sectors. "Buyers can add whatever kind of tray or other rear section they want to best suit their business needs," said Paul Ricketts, Brand Manager of Land Rover New Zealand. "These are working trucks designed specifically for off-road work, although they do come with convenience features to provide a pleasant working environment." Both the 110 and 130 cab chassis are powered by a 2.4 litre four cylinder turbo diesel motor producing 90 kWs and 360 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a high and low range transfer box and permanent 4WD. An ABS braking system is standard, together with traction control. The Defender 110 and 130 cab chassis have a rated towing capacity of 3500 kg for a braked trailer thanks to their rigidly strong steel ladder chassis and lightweight aluminium body. The Defender sits on live beam front and rear axles with coil springs and telescopic dampers. At the front a Panhard rod is added. The Defender can tackle a maximum gradient of 45 degrees and a maximum traverse angle of 35 degrees and it can wade through 500 mm of water. Remote central locking with an engine immobiliser and alarm is also standard. Other equipment includes rear mud flaps, tow ball, drop plate and electrics, side steps, LED instruments, air conditioning and CD sound system with auxiliary connection, under ride protection bar, electric windows, leather steering wheel and cloth upholstery. The Recommended Retail Price is from NZ$58,990 and NZ$61,990 for the 110 and 130 respectively, with a three year, unlimited kilometre warranty.