UAE; Luxury automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover MENAP won a prestigious award at the Middle East Motor Awards (MEMA), held recently held at the Expo Centre in Sharjah. The MEMA for the ‘Best Luxury SUV’ was awarded to Range Rover for the second year in a row. Mohammad Ben Sulayem, the official patron of the MEMA’s, presented the award to Jean Atik, the marketing manager of Land Rover MENAP. 'This award demonstrates our brand appreciation across the region and our efforts in building the ultimate vehicle that combines the ultimate in off-road capability with unparalleled luxury,' he said.
USA; If you reverse the words in Land Rover, you get Rover Land, similar enough to have landed a Boston company on the wrong side of a federal civil suit. Boston Roverland Co. is a Massachusetts business that incorporated in 2004 and runs a service operation in South Boston while a related company, Boston Roverland Sales and Services, was incorporated in 2007. In a series of letters sent to Boston Roverland and included as exhibits to its civil suit against the Massachusetts company, Land Rover argues that the similarity in names violates trademarks. Land Rover repeatedly asked Boston Roverland to change its name. Land Rover also wants control of the Boston Roverland web site, www.bostonroverland.com.
Land Rover is represented in the case by Deborah J. Swedlow of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Michael P. Boudett and Anthony E. Rufo of Foley Hoag in Boston.
Ghana; PHC Motors Limited has launched the Range Rover Evoque vehicles into the Ghanaian market at a ceremony in Accra. The first to be launched in sub-Saharan Africa, the car joins the Range Rover Sports, Discovery Freelander and the Defender. Speaking at the launch, Mr Peter Jones, British High Commissioner described the out-dooring of the Range Rover Evoque as not only an addition to the Range Rover brands but also a promotion of British excellence, 'This is a quantum leap in the evolution of the Range Rovers designs.'
Estimated at 70,000 dollars, Mr Pepera announced that PHC would be offering credit packages to enable their numerous customers to pay by installment. He also urged the public not hesitate to contact his office for a test drive. PHC Motors Limited has been at the heart of the motor Industry in Ghana since 1968. Over the years the company has operated under the names Leyland Motors, Leyland Daf and Land Rover Ghana.
India; JLR owner Tata has unveiled a new man at the top to replace legendary chairman Ratan Tata. The board of directors of Tata Sons announced the appointment of Cyrus P Mistry as deputy chairman. Mr Mistry is currently managing director of Shapoorji Pallonji Group, and has been a director of Tata Sons since August 2006. He is a graduate of civil engineering from Imperial College, London, and has a master of science in management from the London Business School. He will work with Ratan Tata over the next year and take over from him when the chairman retires in December 2012. The appointment follows an 18-month long international search for a successor by a five-strong committee. Mr Mistry’s appointment was welcomed by Midland automotive expert Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, adviser to Jaguar Land Rover, who said, 'For Tata’s UK interests such as JLR and Corus, this means that they will be in safe hands.'