California: Secrets of Hollywood were reported in the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chron, as they'd say in Lancashire, reported on a tour of stars' houses and noted that 'The guide, a cheery fellow named Ted, said you never can tell whether a black Range Rover has a star inside or whether it's just a black Range Rover, so it pays to take a picture of everything.' However, it's not so hard to tell who is inside one Range Rover in LA as its California licence plate reads, UK VIN. The movie hardman Vinnie was pulled over by a motorcycle cop in traffic. He was driving to LA airport when other drivers spotted his personalised registration plate and a posse of vehicles built up behind him. Not knowing what was going on, the officer pulled the star's black Range Rover over. Vinnie was being tailgated by drivers who recognised him so the cop fired up his Harley and rode along with Vinnie for the rest of the way. He's far from alone driving a Range Rover around in LA; Kim Kardashianan, American celeb, socialite, model, actress, and television personality, is the latest celebrity to buy a 2010 Range Rover HSE. Kim got Platinum Motorsports to paint the grille black and fit custom Agetro alloys wheels on it.
Georgia: The young Rapper Soulja Boy was charged with obstruction after fleeing an abandoned home in Stockbridge, Georgia, while shooting a music video without proper authorization. The Police responded to complaints about a gathering at the vacant home where Soulja Boy was arrested when he returned to pick up his Range Rover. Soulja Boy posted bail the next morning and was released but later pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge and was given a $1,000 fine and one year's probation.
Colorado: The Vail Daily was less than impressed with the new Range Rover Sport after driving one through six hours of snow on I-70 out of Denver on a busy weekend. Andy Stonehouse of Vail in Colorado noted that, 'the biggest rub came with all that snow. Despite the terrific Terrain Response System, which dials up throttle, braking and air suspension settings to react to road conditions, the Sport felt especially squirrelly in greasy-melty snow, nearly got stuck in a foot of fresh powder and did not even pretend to stick to hard-packed snow whatsoever.' He felt that 'the lack of poise on slippery surfaces was a major let-down' but accepted that 'better snow tires might ameliorate the problem'.
Elsewhere: US websites are suggesting that Land Rover’s Defender, described as 'the real off-road Land Rover', is set to get a new look in four years time, some time in 2014, according to reports. They suggest that car might be a hybrid with an electric motor at the back and the petrol at the front. Despite this it concedes that 'seeing that it’s an off-road car where a huge engine, lots of power and torque is required, the electric motor better pack some punch if it’s to power anything off the road.' It is said that Project Icon, as the Defender replacement is being referred to internally should be in Land Rover’s product range by 2014. Insiders say that Tata Motors has signed off funding for a complete redesign and re-engineering of the model. Currently, Land Rover's designers and engineers are working on the project. Land Rover’s Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) technology could make production in Project Icon. Watch this space.