Malaysia: Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. launched the 110 Double Cab pick-up in Malaysia recently. Senior Vice President (Marketing Communications), Queenie Tham said that the latest model of the vehicle that is an icon of rugged four-wheel drive had received an encouraging response in Sabah and Sarawak. The Defender 110 Double Cab priced at RM148, 888 for Peninsular Malaysia and RM152, 388 for Sabah and Sarawak (excluding insurance). Interesting the Defender Double Cab 110 is locally assembled (CKD) in the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah with fully imported components from manufacturers, Land Rover UK.
South Africa: Seventeen luxury vehicles worth almost Rand9 million that were stolen in the UK were recovered from Durban Harbour after a major investigation involving British and local police. Top-of-the-range vehicles, including a Land Rover Discovery 3, the latest Range Rover model, a Porsche Turbo, a range of BMWs, including an X5 and a GT model, Audi Q7, a new E350 Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and VW Golfs were lined up at a warehouse in Durban, ready to be shipped out of the country back to their owners in Britain. Police said the papers, number plates and engine numbers had been cloned and the vehicles were destined for people in neighbouring countries such as Botswana and Mozambique. They said the vehicles had been seized from containers in the harbour since the launch of the investigation in July. Detective Constable Vincent Wise, of the UK National Auto Crime Unit, said the investigations had begun when police noted the high rate of house burglaries in the UK in which vehicles were stolen. 'The vehicles would be stolen from their owners through house burglaries where criminals would demand keys of the vehicles. The cars would then be cloned and given false identities before being shipped as exports to other countries.' Durban in particular was being used as a transit port. Wise said a few people in Britain had been arrested. They were low-level criminals who carried out the thefts. 'The investigation is continuing and we are expecting to make more arrests soon. We believe that this is an international syndicate.'
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said no one had been arrested yet in South Africa, but police expected to make arrests here soon. The cars had been recovered in 'dribs and drabs', Mdunge said.
USA: Land Rovers Serve as Support Vehicles for The Gumpathon. Land Rover is supporting an event called The Gumpathon with the help of a 2010 LR4 and 2010 Range Rover Sport. The Gumpathon team includes six men from the U.S. Marine Corps and Britain's Royal Marines who are running 3530 miles across 16 states over the course of eight weeks. The adventure will raise money for injured service men and women through The Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund, Help for Heroes, and The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
'We're thrilled that our vehicles were able to aid the team along their journey across America,' said Chris Marchand, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Land Rover North America. 'It's been incredible to follow the team's journey from coast-to-coast. To see them finally crossing the finish line will be a memorable moment after eight long weeks.'
Running an average of 20 miles a day for each runner, the trip has been tough but worth it for the runners. 'For me, this was the chance to do something for our wounded servicemen and women and make a difference in their lives,' said U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Charles 'Chunks' Padilla. 'It's important to take time to think about the marines and sailors that are fighting for our country and defending our way of life.'
England: Thieves broke into a house in Ascot by removing a rear patio window before stealing three top-of-the-range cars and other items. Police said the 'vamoose' burglary took place in Sheridan Grange, sometime between Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13. Criminals took keys to three vehicles before driving off with a blue Land Rover Discovery (L60 SSL), a grey Jaguar XKR and a black Mercedes C320. They also said other items were stolen and a suitcase taken from the house was dumped and found recovered in Staines. If you have any information call police on 0845 8505 505, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Liverpool: If you're in the market for a full-size SUV and you want something unique that could really set you apart in this crowded traffic, Liverpool's captain Stevie Gerrard might have something for you. The famous scouser is selling his Overfinch Range Rover Sport. The 4x4 comes with the number 8, as on the footballer's shirts, on the doors' interior trim. The car is powered by a V8 diesel engine and boasts a wide array of features such as full cream leather, reversing camera, bi-xenon headlights, satellite navigation with touchscreen support, air conditioning and heated leather seats. Gerrard, changes his Range Rover every year for a new one, bought the car for £80,000 and asked a Cheshire dealer, AB Motors, to sell it for £68,000 pounds. The dealer says, 'This car was owned by possibly the best footballer to ever come out of Merseyside. He will become a legend for his club and country so this is your chance to own a part of footballing history.'
Ireland: Land Rover wants to win its customers back. It was the brand to be seen in during the 'Celtic Tiger years' when few property developers wanted to drive anything less than a Range Rover Sport. Those who bought its models in droves in 2007, with the spare change from Anglo loans, are unlikely to be flush with cash these days, however. Land Rover has come back to the Irish market with the Land Rover Freelander 2 that costs less than €30,000. In the summer of 2008, Land Rover’s business in Ireland took a tumble as a result of the new laws on emissions and the start of the recession. Sales fell from 1,400 that year to just 89 in 2009. Suddenly it cost €2,100 to tax some models and the segment they belong to simply died. Land Rover reacted by developing its primarily front-wheel drive vehicle, the Freelander 2. The cleanest Freelander produces 158g/km of carbon dioxide, an 11 per cent improvement in such emissions over the outgoing TD4_e. Yet its performance figures remain unchanged. Land Rover estimates that it will sell 300 of this new Freelander, in the Republic of Ireland.