New Land Rover Experience Centre: The Swansway Group, a family-owned and run business that has been in the motor trade for more than 45 years, is investing £4.5 million in a Land Rover Experience Centre to help drive purchase interest for the brand. The site for the new centre is at ‘Prime Point 14’ industrial park near Junction 14 of the M6 in Stafford. The three acre site will have a staff of 20 and customers will be able to test Land Rover models on steep slopes and off-road tracks. The new centre is in the early planning stages but is aiming to be opened in early 2015. Peter Smyth, director of Swansway Group said, 'It’s all well and good test driving a car but with Land Rover it’s important to understand the limit you can push these vehicles to.'
The investment Swansway Group is making will add to its expanding business. More information at www.swanswaygarages.com click here for Swansway Garages
There are currently seven other Experience Centres spread across the UK showcasing the Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover and Defender. click here for LR Experience
Paint Shop Refinements: Land Rover Vehicles has specified Hughes Pumps water jetting equipment to remove over-spayed paint from skids used to transport Range Rover, Discovery and Land Rover bodies through its paint shop. The new environmentally friendly skid cleaning plant has been designed to be an efficient and cost effective. Previously, Land Rover sent the paint skids off-site, and paint deposits were burnt off in ovens. Not only is water jetting greener, as it only uses clean water, but the new facility has enabled skids to be cleaned on-line, without disrupting production and without cumulative heat distortion damage to the skids. The bespoke skid clean facility is 15m long and 6m wide and uses three robots fitted with high impact, Hughes rotary nozzles. The nozzles are powered by two Hughes HPS3000 pumps with a combined delivery of 200 litres per minute at 900 bar (13,000psi), producing a water jet velocity of 400 metres per second.
Jaguar Land Rover Hybrid Technology: Land Rover might make a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) version of its Range Rover as early as 2015, according to reports, citing Jaguar Land Rover Hybrid Technology Chief Engineer Peter Richings who suggests that the model could debut sometime between 2015 and 2020. Land Rover's Jaguar affiliate has already produced a PHEV prototype that achieves, estimated, 73.5 miles per gallon equivalent, is considering the Range Rover as a possible production PHEV because the model's buyers would likely be able to afford the cost of the new technology. Land Rover said in April this year that it may offer an extended-range plug-in variant as early as 2014 then confirmed at its 2013 model unveiling in September that it would produce a hybrid variant that would combine a 3.0-litre diesel V6 and an electric motor and should achieve 45 miles per gallon.