How AdBlue® can reduce your car’s harmful emissions

Diesel and petrol engines both produce dangerous emissions that impact on the environment but there is a way you can drastically reduce the harmful gasses your diesel Jaguar Land Rover gives off as well as gaining the optimum performance from your vehicle.

Euro 6 Standards

Since 2005, legislation on diesel vehicles in the UK & Ireland and in the rest of Europe demands a drastic reduction of NOx emissions meaning vehicle manufacturers had to re-think the exhaust system on their vehicles.

These regulations, known as Euro 6, set different standards for diesel and petrol cars. For diesel cars, the new cap on the permitted level of NOx emissions has lowered to 80 mg/km, a dramatic drop from the 180 mg/km level required to meet the previous Euro 5 standards. The limit for NOx from petrol cars remains at 60 mg/km, the same as for the Euro 5 standard.

Harmful Emissions

Diesel engines release emissions that impact on the environment. In recent years, significant investment by the automotive industry has seen the environmental impacts of engines using either fuel reduced and Land Rover has very much set the trend as their advanced selective catalyst reduction (SCR) exhaust after treatment, which features on all 2016 vehicles, will ensure our cars meet EU6 NOx standards.

What is Catalytic Reduction?

Selective Catalytic Reduction is an active exhaust gas after-treatment system which converts NOx into less harmful gases and water. Jaguar Land Rover has adopted the technology to significantly reduce emissions and comply with the strict new emissions standards.

How does DEF work?

A special Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), often referred to as AdBlue®, makes this possible. DEF is an aqueous urea solution (32.5% urea and 67.5% deionized water) that is injected into the exhaust flow. This causes ammonia to be produced, which breaks down up to 98% of NOx into nitrogen and water.

About AdBlue®

AdBlue® converts harmful NOx from your diesel vehicle exhaust into harmless nitrogen and steam, therefore considerably reducing the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are a major source of atmospheric pollution and that lead to smog in urban centres.

32.5% urea and 67.5 deionized water AdBlue consumption varies depending on the particular after-treatment system of the exhaust gasses, but also on driving style and driving conditions. A vehicle that is being driven hard or a car that’s only in start-stop traffic conditions might have a higher AdBlue consumption than one that gets a good mix of city and highway miles.

AdBlue is not toxic and is odorless, but it must be stored and transported with care and if you get any on your skin, rinse thoroughly. 

How to use AdBlue®

AdBlue is very easy to use and is a harmless substance. It is not a fuel, nor a fuel additive but a high purity urea solution that must be used in a dedicated tank (DO NOT ADD IT DIRECTLY INTO YOUR DIESEL TANK) on your vehicle and can be refilled as and when required. For optimum performance of your vehicle never add anything to your AdBlue as even the addition of water could damage the catalyst in your SCR system.

Where to buy AdBlue® for your Jaguar Land Rover

Range Rover L405 and Range Rover Sport L494 AdBlue Exhaust Fluid is available in 1.89 Litre Bottles with Easy Pour Tops. This is a five minute fix that can be done at home without any need to pay stupid dealership prices. Click here to buy AdBlue® diesel exhaust system fluid.

Safety Information for Motor Mechanics in the Workplace

motor mechanic safety

According to the Health and Safety Executive there have been over 7000 injuries and 33 deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry over the last 5 years alone.

But many of these injuries and deaths have come about because people haven’t followed simple safety instructions or are using the wrong equipment.

A broken ankle or lost finger needn’t be a badge of honour for a motor mechanic, so follow these six simple steps and stay safe in your workshop.

Ventilate your workspace

Exhaust fumes are toxic and inhaling them all day can lead to serious illness and in the worst case scenario death. So if you’re working in a garage or workshop all day with cars that are ticking-over you need to ensure your working are is properly ventilated; and this doesn’t mean just opening a back window. So if you are in any doubt, when working on a car with the engine running – do it outside.

Always wear a mask

Fumes from substances such as spray paint, brake fluid and filler can be just as dangerous as those from engine exhausts. So if you are working within close proximity of any chemicals you should ALWAYS wear a mask. And this doesn’t just mean a scarf over your face; it should be a properly fitted mechanics mask which displays the British Standard kite mark

Grab your goggles

Whether you’re welding, soldering or even carrying out a simple brake test, you should always wear safety goggles. Workshops and garages will always have the potential for flying fragments that can cause serious damage to your sight and even the loss of an eye. So get into the habit of wearing goggles all the time; in that way they will become second nature and you won’t even realise you are wearing them.

Don’t forget gloves

A strong pair of gloves will go some way to protecting your digits from sharp objects and dangerous machinery; but working with chemicals and dangerous fluids day-in-day-out can cause long-term damage to skin such as dermatitis. So even for the slightest task it’s advised that you wear a thin pair of latex gloves to prevent future skin complaints and complications.

Lift properly

Lifting gearboxes, tyres or engine parts all day will certainly take their toll on your knees, back and shoulders; possibly causing problems like arthritis in later life, if not worse. Lifting heavy objects the correct way will greatly reduce the risk of injury and soreness. So learn to consistently use the proper technique when lifting in the workshop to keep yourself safe, each and every time.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

It’s often the case that some jo
bs are just too big for one person to undertake. Trying to cut corners or do things that might stretch you to your limits could ultimately cause serious injury. It may not seem like the most macho thing to do, but if a job is simply too big to tackle yourself – ask a friend or colleague for help.

LR Centre Proud Sponsors of Defender Tribute Build

Landrover enthusiasts won’t want to miss the very first episode of Fun Rover’s ‘Defender Tribute Build,’ which aired this week.

And what’s more, LR Centre is excited to be joining them throughout this exciting journey as proud sponsors.

The series sees the complete rebuild of a Defender Tribute, using only original parts, minimal refurbishment and plenty of elbow grease.

And this week our friends at Fun Rover began their efforts to revitalise this British classic.

In the first episode Ben has been busy stripping down the axles, researching paint coatings to use on the chassis and setting up an electrolysis tank to restore steel components from the original vehicle.

As sponsors, LR Centre will be helping Ben and the guys at Fun Rover by providing the vital parts and components they need to replace while also offering whatever expert knowledge we can.

So make sure you follow this exciting project by visiting the Fun Rover blog to chart their progress, and you can view the very first episode by watching the video below.

LR Parts team up with Swedish giants

We’re pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Thule as one of our valued parts suppliers.

Established in Sweden in 1942 they are an international group of people united by a passion to help active families and outdoor enthusiasts.

Their products help motorists transport anything safely, easily and in style due to a huge range of exiting items and interesting products.

Based in Malmö, the Thule Group has over 3,000 employees at more than 50 production and sales locations all over the world.

So keep an eye on our website as we will soon be listing the exciting new range of stock.

But in the meantime, find out more about Thule and look at some of the products they offer by clicking here to visit their website.

Land Rover reports best sales performance in its history

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has reported the best sales performance of its history, with the car maker selling more models across the globe than before.

New figures today show the group sold 462,678 vehicles in 2014, which was a 9% increase.

And new product launches, like the Discovery Sport, are expected to help JLR break the 500,000 sales barrier in 2015.

The Jaguar brand delivered its strongest full year performance in nearly a decade, retailing 81,570 vehicles, up 6%, while Land Rover sold 381,108 vehicles in 2014 – a 9% improvement.

JLR also said sales were up across all its key geographical regions, driven by its award-winning portfolio of vehicles.

These latest sales figures represent the group’s fifth year of growth in succession.

New JLR plant opens in China

Jaguar Land Rover’s inaugural overseas manufacturing facility has finally opened in China and the award-winning Range Rover Evoque will be the first model to be built under the first Chinese-British automotive joint venture, with Chery Automobile Company Ltd.

The plant inauguration follows the two-year construction of the factory, which is almost 400,000 square-metres and located in the Changshu Economic Development Zone north of Shanghai.

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, and Mr Yin Tongyao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chery Automobile Company, welcomed the formal opening of the facility that aims to be the most advanced and efficient car factory in China.

At the plant inauguration, Dr Speth said: “The opening of this world-class facility is an important milestone for Jaguar Land Rover.

While Mr Yin added: “Chery Jaguar Land Rover remains committed to delivering excellence in its quest to lead the Chinese premium automotive industry through its historic British lineage, world-class quality and unique shared value approach.”

By 2016, the facility is expected to be building three Jaguar Land Rover models with total production capacity of 130,000 units a year.

Those vehicles will be manufactured in highly-automated press shops – including cutting-edge aluminium and steel technologies – along with a steel body shop comprising 306 robots, an energy-efficient paint shop and an ergonomically-friendly final assembly line.

A new aluminium body shop, the first in China, is already under construction, at the Changshu facility, to support the introduction of new Jaguar products.

First Land Rover Discovery Sport leaves Halewood plant

History will be made at Halewood ’s Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plant this week when the first Land Rover Discovery Sport rolls off the production line.

The new 4×4 model will replace the Land Rover Freelander 2, which car workers at the Knowsley plant finished building last month.

JLR’s Discovery Sport will now go down the same production line as Halewood’s highly successful Range Rover Evoque, which has proved to be a big seller at home and all over the world.

The production of this latest model has led to 250 more jobs at Halewood, taking its total headcount to 4,750, as part of a £200m investment by JLR to support the new model, which bosses hope will be just as successful as the Evoque.

Plant director Richard Else said: “I am delighted to be welcoming the new Land Rover Discovery Sport to Halewood.

“Its arrival has been a further boost to the region and to our committed and loyal workforce who are all passionate ambassadors for this great company.”

JLR chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said he welcomed the decision to award the new model to Halewood, and Liverpool: “It is totally deserved and strengthens the ‘special relationship’ that bonds Jaguar Land Rover to this great city.”

The new line can make as many as 20 pressings each minute and is the first to be installed in any Jaguar Land Rover factory.

Halewood is now working at full 24-hour capacity during the week for the first time in its 50-year history.

New Jaguar Saloon Arrives for Star-Studded Premier

The new Jaguar XE Sport has been unveiled against a backdrop of helicopters, speedboats, pop stars, glitz and glamour.

Earlier this week the new saloon was seen being flown over some of London’s most famous landmarks underneath a helicopter, a site which saw many people wondering what they were actually witnessing.

But all became clear on Monday night when Jaguar’s hotly anticipated new sports saloon was finally shown off to the waiting world.

After being carried down the River Thames on the back of a speedboat, the XE, which is capable of speeds of up to 155mph and expected to have a price tag of around £30,000, was then serenaded at a musical extravaganza featuring top music artists such as Emeli Sande and the Kaiser Chiefs.

To see how the event was reported by the national press and see some pictures from the launch event, click here.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Flying Jaguar spotted over London

Tourists and locals enjoying some of the most famous views in the world were left in shock as a car soared high above the London skyline.

Well almost.

The bizarre sight of the Jaguar high above the city occurred at 7pm on Sunday September 7th and caused a frenzy of excitement on social media sites, as people scrambled to find out just what was going on.

But rather than being an alien invasion or a futuristic vehicle aimed at beating traffic jams, it was actually the new XE sport saloon being carried by a helicopter in a publicity stunt to promote the new luxury model’s launch later this week.

Read more about this strange occurrence by clicking here.

New Discovery Sport Model Unveiled

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled its new Discovery Sport model and described it as “the most accomplished vehicle” of its kind.

The seven-seater Discovery Sport will go on sale in January next year and has already created 250 extra jobs at the company’s plant in Halewood on Merseyside, as it prepares to begin full production of the sleek new addition to the Land Rover family.

JLR launched the Discovery Sport in one of its biggest digital campaigns, including a competition to send four friends into space with Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic craft.

The vehicle, which is expected to cost around £32,000, features in a film shot at Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America base in New Mexico and includes Sir Richard and iconic adventurers Bear Grylls, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Virginia McKenna.

JLR group marketing director Phil Popham said: “The new Discovery Sport is an exciting development for the Land Rover Discovery family and demonstrates our commitment to continued investment in new models and innovation.

“This is also great news for our award-winning plant at Halewood and we remain committed to championing high quality production in the UK.

“Discovery Sport’s versatility is a key differentiator. It is quite simply the most accomplished vehicle in its segment.”

Halewood plant director Richard Else added: “In many ways, Halewood has embodied the transformation of Jaguar Land Rover.

“We have seen our workforce treble and production quadruple in just four years.

“Today we are operating three shifts, 24-hours a day, to meet global demand and I am confident that the team there will deliver a flawless launch of this exciting new model.”

Annual profits hit record £2.5bn for Jaguar Land Rover

New models and stronger sales in emerging markets have been credited for helping Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) profits accelerate to a record £2.5bn in the last year alone.

The launch of the F-Type two-seater sports car and popularity of Range Rover’s “baby” Evoque model drove worldwide sales up 15.9% to 434,311 vehicles, with revenues climbing 22.8% to £19.4bn and pre-tax profit surging 49.4% to £2.5bn. The operating margin nudged up 2.7 percentage points to 17.5%.

The XF saloon was Jaguar’s biggest-selling model, with 49,000 models rolling out showrooms, while the Evoque was Land Rover’s most popular, with 123,000 units sold.

However, JLR’s success masked analysts’ disappointment at the performance of its parent company Tata Motors. Since JLR was sold in 2008 by Ford for $2.5bn (£1.4bn) to Tata, the British business has helped prop up its Indian owner.

Tata Motors reported fourth-quarter profits 39.2bn rupees (£395m), down from 39.5bn rupees in the same period last year below, and below City consensus expectations of 46.1bn.

However, on annual basis the business did see some improvement, with full-year revenues rising by 23.3pc to 2.3trillion rupees and consolidated profit before tax up 38pc to 18.9bn rupees.

Ralf Speth, chief executive of West Midlands-based JLR, said: “[This year] has proven to be a solid year for Jaguar Land Rover, based on the demand around the world for our engaging products including the Range Rover Sport and F-Type Coupe.

“Together, these activities have driven a solid financial performance for the company which continues to deliver on its strategic growth plans. These plans will see us invest in 50 new product actions over the next five years supported by our nurturing parent Tata Motors”.

The company did warn that’s sterling’s continued strength – which makes JLR’s products more expensive to foreign buyers – had had an impact in the final three months of the year.

In its annual results, parent Tata Motors blamed the 33% drop it suffered in sales of passenger and commercial vehicles to 1.32m on India’s “sustained deceleration in the economic growth, high inflation, higher fuel prices, reduced availability of finance, elevated interest rate regime” adding that these factors “continued to impact the demand for the entire auto industry in general and commercial vehicle industry”.

The 5 Most Common Reasons Your Car Will Fail an MOT

Taking our car for its yearly MOT is right up there with a visit to the dentist or a letter from the tax office when it comes to the things we dread the most.

And even those of us with a relatively new vehicle (almost a fifth of three year old cars fail their first MOT) aren’t exempt from that sick feeling of being told the car has failed.

So here are the top 5 reasons cars today fail their MOT and what you might be able to do about it.

1. Lights and Signalling Faults

You need to be able to see where you are going when it’s dark as well as people seeing you.

So it’s not surprising that the most common reason for an MOT failure is problems with lights and indicators. If your car has any issues with its headlamps – including faulty brake lights and broken indicators –  it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll paying for a re-test in a flash.

A simple check around the car before you take it for an MOT and investing in a set of spare bulbs might just save you a pretty penny in the long run.

 2. Poor Quality Tyres
The basic requirement that an MOT tester is looking for with your tyres is that the tread is above the legal limit of 1.6mm, as well as being in generally good condition including the valve and the wheel.

They are also looking for tears, bulges, cracks in the sidewall and any other form of damage; with the basic principle being that if your tyres are not safe enough to drive on they WILL fail the MOT test.

Of course this could save your life, but also a lot of money as illegal tyres in the UK can incur a fine of £1000 – per tire!

3. Faulty Brakes

It goes without saying that brakes are an extremely important part of a car. But it’s not just a case of whether they bring your vehicle to a stop or not. It’s all about condition, operation and performance.

A braking system will be subject to an inspection of the physical brake components, as well as efficiency. The MOT inspector will check the brake pedal for travel and excessive free play in the mounting and also inspect the individual braking components for wear and leakage.

Some dealerships and garages actually offer free brake tests and can give you a good idea whether your car needs work before passing an MOT.

 

4. Suspension Issues

Hearing a squeak or a clunking noise from under your car when you are turning the wheel or going over bumps in the road?

Most of us drive without even noticing steering and suspension faults, so these problems are only picked up when we take a car for an MOT test.

Suspension is checked by applying loads in various ways with the wheels jacked up and in order for your car to pass no split pins or nuts missing, no components broken or excessively damaged and Shock absorbers must not leak and must be secure.

A number plate doesn’t just exist so that people can spend huge amounts of money on incredibly vain personalised versions.

It’s there so your car can be identified.

In the UK it’s a legal requirement to have your number plate clearly visible at all times, so an excessively damaged or obstructed number plate, or even one that is unreadable, will result in an MOT fail.

More tips on caring for your car: http://www.carcare.org/diy/tips-and-videos/

JLR Sales Soar for Middle East and North Africa

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that its sales in the Middle East and North Africa rose by 36% in the fiscal year to April 2014.

The company said it achieved an all time sales record in March as the MENA region became its third fastest growing in the world and its fifth largest market.

Commenting on the results, Bruce Robertson, managing director for Jaguar Land Rover MENA said: “In a fiscal year when we introduced our strongest and most comprehensive line-up to date, whilst being awarded the most accolades in the company’s history, our performance in MENA is a phenomenal achievement, and one which firmly places us in the top five markets for Jaguar Land Rover globally.

The impressive figures have been helped in part by the success of the company’s flagship Jaguar XJ, with the luxury brand delivering its highest ever monthly sales recorded in March.

Introduced in 2013, sales of the Range Rover Sport were up 40% while sales of the Range Rover also grew by a massive 110% – highlighting the region’s appetite for its luxury SUVs shows no sign of abating..

Based in Dubai, Jaguar Land Rover MENA serves 17 markets in the region and has a newly launched engineering vehicle testing centre in Dubai, with an all new training academy due to launch in mid-2014.

The company is forecast to grow to 64 dealerships across 18 markets by 2017/18.

Land Rover Announces Global Partnership with Virgin Galactic

Land Rover has revealed a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic.

The ground breaking deal was announced against the backdrop of SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial passenger carrying spacecraft, together with Land Rover’s new Discovery Vision Concept vehicle on board the USS Intrepid, a former aircraft carrier and now a museum dedicated to the exploration of sea, air and space and anchored on the Hudson River.

The larger-than-life statement illustrates the commitment that both brands share to iconic design and engineering excellence and a desire to push the boundaries of travel for the next generation.

The partnership will see Land Rover vehicles become part of daily life for the Virgin Galactic team and for all ‘Future Astronauts’, with travellers beginning their journey in a Land Rover as they arrive in New Mexico for training – continuing right through to the moment they drive from the space terminal building to the waiting spaceship.

Land Rover will base a fleet of vehicles at the Virgin Galactic test centre in the Mojave Desert, California and at its astounding operational New Mexico base, Spaceport America.

Founder of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson said “We couldn’t be more delighted to have Land Rover join us on our incredible journey. It is hard to think of a brand which is more synonymous with exploration and adventure.

“The safety and engineering excellence of Land Rover’s vehicles, which have been the stuff of legend for more than 65 years, are attributes which also lie at the heart of Virgin Galactic. We look forward to crossing the final frontier together and to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director of Jaguar Land Rover said “This is a marriage of two of Britain’s most iconic brands which celebrate shared values, a pioneering spirit and a true sense of adventure. Not only do we both share the same long-term vision to enable mankind to explore, but we also want to develop this partnership to inspire others.”

The Airbag: Saving Lives for Over 30 years

The airbag is something we all take for granted when travelling in modern vehicles. But unlike a seatbelt,  which we think nothing of as a driver or passenger, it’s something few of us (if we’re lucky) will ever see.

Just knowing it is there is reassuring enough for most people.

Believe it or not airbags have been standard in some vehicles for over 30 years now, but their journey from being something of a novelty invention to an every-day safety essential has been anything but a smooth ride.

Here are just some of the key dates in the development of the airbag from the brainchild of a retired engineer to the trusty motoring essential we know it as today.

1952 Retired industrial engineer John W. Hetrick is in involved in a near miss while out for a drive with his wife and daughter. He spent the whole of the drive home thinking: “Why couldn’t some object come out to stop you from striking the inside of the car?” On August 5, 1952, he files his disclosures and waits more than a year for his patent – a process that cost him about $250.

1953 Hetrick received a patent for what he called a “safety cushion assembly for automotive vehicles.” His U.S. Patent No. 2,649,311 was the first prototype for today’s modern airbags. In the same year German inventor Walter Linderer also received a patent in for an “inflatable cushion” to protect drivers in accidents.

1967 Car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz starts to develop airbags for its vehicles prompted by a rapid increase in accidents during the 1960s

1969 A new federal law that mandated ‘automatic occupant protection systems’ for every car in the USA is passed, paving the way for airbags to be mass produced and used in all vehicles.

1970 New Jersey engineer Allen K. Breed invents a device that many say gave birth to the airbag industry. His crash sensing technology, the only one of its kind, is considered the world’s first electromechanical automotive airbag system.

1973 The Oldsmobile Toronado becomes the first car with a passenger airbag, still a rarity at the time.

1980 The airbag makes its name in Europe when Mercedes-Benz introduces the device in Germany as an option on its high-end model W126.

1985 Ford and Chrysler introduce airbags as an extra in all of their vehicles.

1987 The Porsche 944 turbo became the first car to have driver and passenger airbags as standard equipment. This was also the same year also saw the first airbag in a Japanese car, the Honda Legend.

1990 History is made when the first recorded accident between two vehicles in which an airbag deploys to protect each driver occurs on March 12, 1990.

1992 The Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes the first SUV with airbags on the market.

1995 Due to their success in reducing injuries following a collision, Volvo offers side airbags and torso side protection air bags as an option on its 850 models.

2006 Seeing what a success air bags have become in cars over the years, Honda introduces the first air bag systems for motorcycles.

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Carbon Finance – Jaguar Land Rover’s Big Plan for the Future

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have set themselves an ambitious target to improve health, reduce poverty, and create new opportunities for employment and education around the world by the end of this decade.

So how does the car manufacturer plan on delivering change to almost 12 million people? Carbon finance.

Traditionally a way of offsetting emissions through investment in clean energy solutions and for ClimateCare, the climate and development organization which has worked with Jaguar Land Rover since 2007, carbon finance it’s about going a step further and using this money to both cut carbon emissions and fund development in local communities.

Jaguar Land Rover has supported 50 climate and development projects in 17 countries around the world through the ClimateCare scheme, cutting 10 million tons of carbon emissions and improving the lives of 2 million people.

“We wanted to learn from our experience to date and set ourselves a challenge to do more,” explains Jonathan Garrett, director of corporate social responsibility at Jaguar Land Rover.

He plans to make smart use of carbon finance to both cut carbon and as a cost effective means to deliver almost half the new target and create measurable opportunities for 5 million people by 2020.

A further 5 million people will be engaged through humanitarian, conservation and environmental projects and 2 million through educational initiatives.

Since 2007 JLR has reduced CO2 emissions by 21% per vehicle produced, as well as cutting waste-to-landfill by 75% for each car manufactured. While identifying ways to reduce the impact of production, the company continues to operate one of the world’s largest carbon offset programmes – covering the entire manufacturing assembly process.

The largest carbon finance project that Jaguar Land Rover has supported so far is the Life Straw Carbon for Water project in Kenya. By purchasing all the carbon credits generated from the Busia region of the project, they have supported provision of safe water to more than 700,000 people and funded a carbon reduction equivalent to that generated by UK manufacturing assembly for one year.

In order to achieve this free LifeStraw Family water filters were distributed to households in the region by global health company Vestergaard. These filters use no electricity and, crucially, mean that local people no longer have to collect firewood to boil their water, thereby reducing carbon emissions.

Every householder that is given a water filter is logged by number and geographic location and checked by a third party. The carbon reductions are then independently verified by the Gold Standard Foundation, before being paid for by Jaguar Land Rover.

After a fantastic year for JLR thanks to record breaking sales around the globe, the carbon finance scheme sees the company reinvesting some of the fruits of their labours for those less fortunate.

JLR’s parent company, Indian based Tata motors sees no less than 60% of its profits going towards good causes in struggling communities.

“It’s a win-win,” explains Jonathon Garrett. “It gives back (to communities) in a big way with profits going back to community-related philanthropic projects.”

Land Rover Sales up 13% in February

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today reported a 14% increase in global sales in February.

The company sold 5,300 Jaguar vehicles, up 15%, while Land Rover sales rose 13% to 25,187.

The car manufacturer who has plants in the Midlands and North West sold 30,487 units over the month long period.

The company’s sales were up 44% in the China region, 12% in North America, 16% in Asia Pacific and 1% in Europe, according to an official statement.

JLR Group Sales Operations Director Andy Goss said: “This has been another solid month for Jaguar Land Rover with continued strong demand for models across the range in our international markets.”

During the first two months of the year, JLR has sold 69,593 vehicles, which is an increase of 13%.

New Jaguar XE goes on show at Geneva Motor Show

Jaguar has offered the world a brief glimpse of its new sub £30,000 small saloon at the Geneva Motor Show.

The XE as it will officially be known, is expected to be on the market in 2015 and JLR claim it will be lighter and stiffer than its rivals for ‘unbeatable handling, performance, refinement and efficiency’.

The XE will be powered by the brand-new family of engines, dubbed the Ingenium, which will shortly go into production at the company’s new facility in Wolverhampton.

Power for this new sedan will come from a turbocharged two litre petrol or diesel unit with which is hoped wil boast sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions.

Other, more powerful engines look certain to be offered, as Jaguar point to the fact that the car is designed to achieve speeds in excess of 300 km/h (186 mph).

The XE is seen as a direct competitor to the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

Speaking at the Geneva Auto Show, Jaguar-Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth, explained: “We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Centre would produce a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low emission four-cylinder petrol and diesel units.

“The first of our Ingenium engine range will be used in our all-new mid-sized Jaguar sports sedan. That car will be called the Jaguar XE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year.”

Jaguar Land Rover Plan for Saudi Facility

Jaguar Land Rover look set to open a new car manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia following talks with the oil rich state.

JLR has signed a deal to examine the financial viability of building cars in the Middle East, with rumours circulating that the company has already earmarked £100m to develop a facility, which could be capable of building 100,000 vehicles a year.

Cars would initially be built using UK components, but in future could contain locally produced parts as Saudi Arabia bids to develop an automotive industry of its own.

A new plant would just be another piece in the company’s international jigsaw following impressive car sales around the globe in recent years.

A Saudi plant would initially build a new version of the Land Rover Discovery and could, over time, create between 4,000 and 5,000 jobs.

Currently JLR exports around 85% of all its products and is in the process of building a new plant near Shanghai in a £1bn joint venture with Chinese car maker Chery to support growing sales of its models throughout China.

Plans for a £240m factory in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro were also announced at the end of 2013.

A JLR spokesman said: “We can confirm that a detailed feasibility study is under way to consider Saudi Arabia and the possible future location for a Jaguar Land Rover automotive facility.

“A letter of intent has been signed between JLR and the National Industrial Clusters Development Programme to determine the commercial viability of setting up a financially sustainable automotive facility.”

JLR Profits Double in Last Quarter of 2013

After a great year for Jaguar Land Rover, latest figures have shown huge profits for the UK based car manufacturer during the last quarter of 2013.

The company made £842m in the last three months of 2013 on revenues of £5.3bn. That’s almost double the £404m profit for the same period in 2012.

Sales in this last quarter rose 27% year-on-year to 112,172 vehicles, driven by the popularity of vehicles like the Range Rover Sport.

During 2013 as a whole, JLR sold a record 425,006 saloons and sports utility vehicles, with sales particularly strong in Brazil, China, India and the US.

The results have also underpinned a surge in profits for Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company Tata Motors, whose net income almost tripled to 48.1 billion rupees (£471 million) in the past 12 months.

JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said the company’s results were “a testament to the quality” of their cars.

Jaguar Land Rover shows off new models at Auto Show

The LWB caused a stir in Los Angeles last year

Jaguar Land Rover will show off some of the most talked about cars of the year at the Auto Expo in Delhi this week.
One of the most anticipated vehicles will be the Range Rover LWB – the most expensive car in JLR’s range.

The new Range Rover is powered by a supercharged V8 engine, will do 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds and has been designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engineered to Order division to combine “luxury, design and performance.”

Costing around £140,000, this particular brand of Range Rover is aimed at a growing group of consumers who are looking for the ultimate SUV, and an alternative to more traditional long wheelbase saloon cars.

As well as an extended (186mm) wheelbase, the LWB also offers executive class seats complete with massage facility that recline 17 degrees (the seats in the standard Rangie lean 8 degrees), 10.2 inch screens, deployable tables and even a champagne cooler.
The interior will feature leather and wood trims along with mood lighting and programmable settings for each individual seat.

The vehicle wowed crowds last November at the Los Angeles Motor Show and is expected to cause a similar reaction in India.
As well as the LWB, other vehicles to feature at the event will be the 2014 Range Rover Sport, and the Freelander 2.

The 12th Auto Expo will be held in Delhi between February 7th – 11th and you can find out more about the event by clicking here.

Record Breaking Sales for Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has reported record breaking global sales for 2013, selling 425,006 vehicles in 2013 – up 19% on 2012 – and setting new sales records in 38 international markets.

It’s been a great 12 months for Britain’s largest car manufacturer and this news is just the icing on the cake.

Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), said: “2013 has proven to be a very positive year for Jaguar Land Rover thanks to continuing strong demand for vehicles across the range.

“Our unrelenting focus on design, technology, innovation and quality has seen Jaguar Land Rover reach global consumers in more markets than ever before thanks to its most desirable product line-up, enriched further in 2013 by the Jaguar F-TYPE and all-new Range Rover Sport”. quotes from: http://news.sky.com/story/1193864/jaguar-land-rover-record-breaking-world-sales

The future of Jaguar Land Rover also looks bright with around 600 jobs being created over the next four years at the firm’s newest site near Wolverhampton. More than £500m is being invested in the centre, which will build low-emission engines.

 

Antarctica explorers in Pole position


Explorers Ben Saunders and team-mate Tarka L’Herpiniere have reached the South Pole – marking the half-way stage of their epic round the world trek.
The team are attempting to recreate and complete Captain Scott’s ill fated Terra Nova expedition, which took place over 100 years ago.

The duo crossed the Ross Ice Shelf, navigated the Beardmore Glacier and skied across the Antarctic Plateau in order to get to the pole, which they achieved on Boxing Day – the 63rd day into the trip.
The expedition is being supported by Land Rover and is one of the most ambitious polar journeys attempted in the last century due to minus 46C temperatures and difficult terrain.

It took them 10 days to scale the 8000ft of the Beardmore Glacier on the way to the pole – a feat achieved by only a small band of explorers, including Ernest Shackleton and Captain Scott.
Once they have reached Scott’s iconic hut they will have to return by navigating the same route in the reverse direction.

As well as using their Land Rover support vehicles the team – who are expected to return to the UK by mid February – have already covered more than 1000 miles on foot.

Built to last: Range Rover wins depreciation award

The Range Rover SUV has once again topped the motoring charts – this time for the fact that it holds its value longer than any other vehicle on the market.
According to the Carbuyer.co.uk website, the Range Rover SUV performs best when it comes to depreciation, beating the likes of the Porsche Boxster roadster and Audi A3 hatchback.
Deprecation is the amount of money your car loses in value from the time you buy it to the time you sell it on. Not always something that a lot of car buyers think about when they make a purchase, but it can be the biggest cost of running a car.
According to Carbuyer.co.uk: “Not only is the Range Rover SUV a luxury car to rival the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, it’s also an incredibly capable 4×4.”
It was also described as, “Hugely practical,” with judges going on to claim, “It’s no surprise that it holds on to its value better than almost any other car.”
Using figures from VIP Data – a company that predicts residual values – the 4.4-litre SDV8 model was found to hold 62.1% of its list price after three years and 36,000 miles, beating the Porsche Boxter into second place, which retained 57.7% of its original worth.
The Range Rover also won the Carbuyer.co.uk Best Luxury Car award earlier in 2013 due to its “incredible level of quality and comfort,” so this award completes a highly sought after double for Range Rover in what has been a year to remember.
To view the full run-down of the vehicles and to see how they compared, just click here.

One in a million: Landmark vehicle rolls off the JLR production line in Halewood

The one millionth Land Rover has rolled off the production line at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant on Merseyside.

The milestone vehicle was painted in a special one-off colour combination and will be auctioned on behalf of Cancer Research UK later this year.

Halewood welcomed the arrival of the Range Rover Evoque, the smallest, most efficient production Range Rover ever made in 2011 and demand has since exceeded expectations with 18,000 advanced orders and a waiting list of 12 months at its peak.

The Evoque, which has so far received more than 130 global awards, is the biggest selling Jaguar Land Rover vehicle yet; breaking Jaguar Land Rover production volume records in both of its first two years on the market.

Production at Halewood has increased significantly over the past 12 months due to the introduction of 24-hour shifts, bringing the arrival of the one millionth vehicle ahead of original forecasts.

The millionth car wowed onlookers thanks to its Fuji-White body with ebony-black alloy wheels and distinctive and unique Firenze-Red contrast roof, matching Firenze-Red mirror scalps and red/black sports seats and interior door panels.

Richard Else, Halewood Operations director, told the Liverpool ECHO: “We are delighted to be celebrating this huge milestone for Halewood. This Evoque looks stunning and is a one-off vehicle that will raise money for Cancer Research UK projects here in the North West.”

Head of volunteer fundraising at Cancer Research UK Simon O’Leary explained: “We are incredibly grateful to Jaguar Land Rover for thinking of us and making such a generous gift.

“Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its life-saving research, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated. The money raised by the auction of the car will make a real difference in the fight against cancer.”

JLR looks to tackle youth unemployment thanks to apprenticeship scheme

Jaguar Land Rover has launched its 2014 apprentice recruitment drive as the company looks to find the new generation of engineers.

Young people can gain valuable experience as part of the initiative from the company which is keen to tackle the growing problem of youth unemployment.

The UK’s largest automotive apprenticeship provider is looking for up to 150 new recruits to join the 500-strong group currently undertaking the scheme across its five sites.

But the car manufacturer is calling on more young women to consider engineering careers and join a growing number of females choosing to work in the automotive sector.

Currently 24 female engineers on JLR’s pioneering apprenticeship programme but the company is keen to increase the number of young women in their workforce.

Mike Wright, executive director of JLR, said: “The automotive sector is incredibly competitive and never has the challenge and opportunity for engineers in this industry been greater.

“It is therefore critical that Jaguar Land Rover attracts the next generation of engineers and innovators to help our business achieve its ambitious plans for growth.

“To do this, we are fully committed to advancing the STEM agenda with the development of grass roots initiatives such as Girls In The Know.”

For more information on the scheme and details of how to apply visit http://www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com

Winter Car Check – 7 vehicle checks you should perform before winter

As the nights draw in and the weather takes a turn for the worse; it’s not just us humans that feel the bite of winter – cars can struggle too. They need a little care and attention to ensure they make it through the dark months ahead.

If the last few years are anything to go by, we could be in for another bitter blast and you’re more likely to break down in extreme weather than at any other time – so you need to be sure your vehicle is ready.

Performing a pre-winter check is simple and needn’t be a costly job.

Here are 7 simple checks that the AA advise you should make in order to be sure that your car doesn’t feel the chill this winter.

1. Check your antifreeze

This is vital going into the coldest time of the year. Make sure you check your car’s coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your local garage can also check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection.

2. Take a look at your battery

A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold – so make sure you get it checked and replaced if necessary. Battery failure is the most common cause of winter breakdowns, so make sure yours is up to the job.

3. See to your lights

On dark winter nights it’s vital that you can see clearly and be seen. Make sure all your headlights and indicators are working properly and ensure you keep spare bulbs in the car in case of emergencies.

4. Examine your tyres

You should have at least 3mm of tread on your tyres for winter motoring. Consider specially designed winter tyres for improved safety if you live in an area that is prone to bad weather. It’s also vital that you check the pressure of your tyres at least every fortnight.

5. Check your windscreen

Making sure your windscreen is clean will prevent dazzling glare at a time of year that the sun is particularly low. This could also be a good time to check your wiper blades are in a good condition as they are bound to get plenty of use. Also, make sure you check for any chips and cracks, as during cold weather these can get worse and ultimately lead to a shattered windscreen.

6. Top up screen wash

Because of the grit that is often used to keep roads from freezing; there’s a good chance your windscreen will need constant cleaning on long journeys. Make sure your reservoir is topped up regularly with a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash and clean water.

7. Keep an eye on your locks

Believe it or not, some people actually fail to get into their cars during extreme winter weather. Don’t be left out in the cold. To stop doors freezing shut, use a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals.  A squirt of WD-40 in the locks will also help to stop them freezing.

Hybrid Range Rover shows what it can do during Silk Trail expedition.

Three prototype hybrid Range Rovers have shown what they are capable of over the hot deserts of Uzbekistan and the high mountains of Kyrgyzstan as the Silk Trail 2013 continues.

So far the team has covered more than 5,000 miles of their trans-continental voyage from Solihull to the home of parent company TATA in Mumbai.

The two-month journey began in Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent, for centuries a stopping post for Silk Road merchants, missionaries and mercenaries. The expedition then entered Kyrgyzstan, the 11th of the 14 countries on its route.

In August Jaguar Land Rover announced details of the new Range Rover hybrid model, which will go on sale in 2014. With the new models combining Land Rover’s existing 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a compact 47bhp electric motor.

Bad weather and difficult driving conditions have meant that the vehicles have often been put through their paces on this difficult leg of the journey.

Following recent heavy rain, the steep inclined roads were so wet and muddy that even the most capable hybrid four-wheel-drive vehicles in the world had to fight their way forward yard-by-yard. But the new model showed it was more than a match for the conditions; as they overcame all that was put in front of them with minimum fuss.

Despite heavy loads and the punishing terrain, the hybrid Range Rovers have suffered only four punctures and one cracked windscreen between them.

The Range Rover hybrids have been able to travel on their electric motors only, gliding downhill in near-silence, with the braking for hairpin bends often enough to regenerate the battery’s charge.

The convoy is expected to reach Mumbai on October 15th.

JLR will create 1,700 more jobs thanks to huge investment programme

Jaguar Landrover (JLR) have announced they are to create 1,700 jobs at their Solihull plant as part of a £1.5 billion expansion and investment project.

The announcement was made at the Frankfurt motor show by JLR chief executive Ralf Speth.

The jobs at the Solihull site would bring the total number of jobs it had created in the UK over the last three years to almost 11,000.

Most of the investment will go into designing systems to allow the chassis of future models to be made out of aluminium – the first of which are expected to be new mid-sized sports saloon cars that will be introduced in 2015.

Speaking to an expectant audience, Mr Speth said: “Today’s announcement signals Jaguar Land Rover’s ambitions to push the boundaries and redefine premium car ownership.

“Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain.”

Car manufacturers are keen on using aluminium in production as it is so much lighter than other materials available and increases fuel efficiency.

The first car using the aluminium platform will be a smaller than other Jaguar models, but it’s hoped that it will ultimately be flexible enough to be the base for future models of either Jaguar or Land Rover cars.

In order to demonstrate the flexibility of the system, JLR has also unveiled a concept car called the C-X17, which is halfway between a sports car and an SUV – breaking new ground for the car giant who are yet to venture into this area of the market.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24018350

Land Rover announces new hybrid models for 2014

 

Land Rover has just released details of their first hybrid models to hit the market next year.

The Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid will go on sale in early 2014 and herald the beginning of an exciting era for the company as they venture into the world of hybrid vehicles.

Fans of the Land Rover need not worry however. The new hybrid models combine Land Rover’s existing 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox with a compact 47bhp electric motor mounted in the standard transmission casing.

The electric motor develops 125lb ft which contributes to an overall output of 516lb ft and both cars use the 292bhp SDV6 diesel engine that’s already available for the Range Rover Sport. Fuel consumption for both models is 44.1mpg.

In both cars, a lithium-ion battery pack is mounted beneath the floor, with a boron-steel cover that protects it from off-road damage. The hybrid system adds less than 120kg to the cars’ overall weight.

Land Rover says that both cars were designed with a hybrid system in mind, so the system is integrated within the car’s original packaging and drivers will notice no obvious differences.

As for the price, details are still a little sketchy. But it’s thought that they will be similar to the super charged petrol models which are currently on the market; meaning a price of about £85,000 for the Range Rover Sport and about £98,000 for the Range Rover.

Full details will be announced at the Frankfurt motor show next month with the cars then available to order immediately afterwards.

If you require any range rover upgrades or accessories, then it’s likely that you’ll find what you looking for by visiting the range rover products section on our site.

New convertible could be just around the corner


Rumours that Jaguar Land Rover will manufacture a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque are rife after company officials failed to deny reports that work would begin at their Halewood plant on Merseyside.

The company told the Liverpool ECHO such claims were “pure speculation,” but it has not ruled out releasing a roofless model of the luxury vehicle.

A prototype edition of the convertible was first manufactured and displayed at a motor show last year and since then the industry has been expecting an announcement that the new model will go into mass production; possibly as early as 2014.

Asked by the ECHO to confirm these claims a company spokesman said the reports were “pure speculation”, but added: “Jaguar Land Rover has not made any announcement with regard to this product.”

Despite the denials it’s been reported in industry magazines, such as “What Car?” that a decision to begin production has already been made. According to the publication a company insider said the Evoque convertible had been given the “green light”.
Since the launch of the sporty 4×4 Evoque the Halewood plant, which now employs 4,500 people and 1,500 agency staff, has been operating 24 hours a day; ensuring a new Evoque rolls off the production line every 82 seconds.

Thanks mainly to huge demand from China Jaguar Land Rover has enjoyed a roaring year of success in 2013; selling 210,109 cars between January and June this year.

Record breaking performance from new Range Rover Sport

Land Rover’s 2014 Range Rover Sport has certainly burst onto the scene in style; setting new records at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The new generation Sport managed an average speed of 59.17 mph, on the 12.42 mile long course – with the vehicle completing the course in just 12 minutes 35.61 seconds.

Equipped with a massive 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine, the 2014 model made light work of the course and left the competition in its wake.

The performance bodes well for Land Rover’s new SUV, which boasts a 510 horsepower engine, custom Meridian audio system, advanced safety facilities, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment interface and the latest generation of Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 traction management system.

Take a look at the new Range Rover Sport in action during the 2013 Pikes Peak Challenge:

Land Rover number one in America

Land Rover has topped the charts in a list of the Top 10 SUVs on the US market.

The list was compiled by KELLY, the leading provider of new and used car information, based in California.

They took into account what shoppers craving style, comfort and lavish amenities were looking for in a vehicle and sure enough – the Land Rover Range Rover came out on top.

The hand-picked selection of first-class Sports Utility Vehicles was assembled by KBB.com editors to highlight cars that turn suburban-jungle exploits into something a little more luxurious, as well as providing extra room for equipment.

Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director for KELLY KBB.com said, “For decades the Range Rover has prowled to the ends of the Earth, growing more luxurious with each generation.

“Combining opulent amenities with extreme capability, the all-new-for-2013 version is the best Range Rover yet.”

 

 

KBB.com’s 10 Best Luxury SUVs of 2013

  1. Land Rover Range Rover
  2. Mercedes-Benz GL
  3. Porsche Cayenne
  4. Lexus RX
  5. Infiniti JX
  6. Audi Q5
  7. Acura RDX
  8. BMW X1
  9. Volvo XC60
  10. Cadillac Escalade ESV

 

 

 

 

 

Land Rover to support epic South Pole mission

An attempt to retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole will be fronted by Land Rover later this year.

British explorer and Land Rover Global Brand Ambassador Ben Saunders will be accompanied on the expedition by professional adventurer Tarka L’Herpiniere. They aim to be the first pair to accomplish the return polar journey, almost 100 years after Scott’s heroic attempt.

The 1,800 mile trek will be the longest unsupported polar expedition made and will set new benchmarks in the use of high-tech digital equipment – enabling the pair to send film, images and social media updates direct from Antarctica.

Ben is one of Britain’s most accomplished and experienced explorers and has been a Land Rover Global Brand Ambassador since 2008. He was supported by the company in his attempt to break the speed record for a solo ski journey to the North Pole later that year.

“Ben is a true ambassador for Land Rover and the Scott Expedition promises to reinforce his status as a worthy successor to Captain Scott and the other great polar explorers in history,” explains Mark Cameron, Land Rover’s Global Brand Experience Director. “We are pleased to support him and the entire expedition team in their exceptional ambition; it represents perfectly our brand’s heritage and its vision for endurance and achievement in the toughest environments.”

Though a Land Rover fanatic, the iconic vehicle will not be accompanying the pair on their trip. Ben and his fellow traveller Tarka will haul everything they need to make their journey on two sleds – each carrying 200kg of food and equipment. The custom made snow vehicles use carbon fibre to keep overall weight down and to withstand the rigours of extreme low temperatures and rough ice terrain.

“The Scott Expedition will be both the greatest and most meaningful challenge I’ve ever taken on,” said Saunders. It will require every inch of resilience and determination we can summon. Completing Scott’s Terra Nova expedition is a life-long dream of mine and I’m extraordinarily grateful for the support of Land Rover and Intel in making the Scott Expedition a reality.”

65 years of success – Jaguar Land Rover celebrate record sales figures

Just weeks after celebrating their 65th anniversary, Jaguar Land Rover made the news again this week – announcing record annual sales, revenues and profits for the last year.

Car sales soared 22% to 374,636 vehicles in the past 12 months, a revenue jump of 17% to the end of March. That’s £15.8bn, which helped contribute towards a pre-tax profit increase of 11% or £1,675m.

The value of JLR’s Chinese market was highlighted with sales up by 48% to 77,075, that’s just behind the entire European market where it sold 80,994 vehicles, an increase of 18%.

Here in the UK sales improved by 20% to 72,270. While sales in North America were 9% better or 62,959 vehicles in total.

JLR chief executive Dr Ralf Speth made it quite clear that he held production quality and investment responsible for the increases, as well as celebrating the thousands of new jobs that have been created within the company.

“The positive results for the financial year demonstrate that we have strong demand for our great, solid product portfolio all around the world,” he announced.

Jaguar Land Rover invested significantly in the product creation process, in our advanced manufacturing sites and created more than 3,000 jobs.

“This commitment is set to continue with a sustained programme of investment which will see us spend in the region of £2.75bn on new product, people and infrastructure in the year to March 2014.”

The announcement made welcome reading for the 4,500 workers at the company’s Halewood plant on Merseyside. Staff there have recently been working round the clock to meet demand for vehicles, including the new Evoque model.

image source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatpicturegalleries/9238778/British-companies-sold-abroad-in-pictures.html

25 Must Have Accessories for your Land Rover

For those of us who own a Land Rover, Range Rover or any other off road vehicle ourselves, or have undertaken the Land Rover Experience (which I all suggest you try by the way) is fully aware of just how enjoyable it can be to push the suspension, rugged tires and powerful engine to their absolute limit!

Whether you’re a heart pounding thrill seeker, with a taste of the dirt track, or you prefer to stick to the road, safety being top on your list of requirements, you always want to look the part.

Rest assured, with these easy to install parts and accessories, you’re certain to be the envy of the open road!

  1. Cargo Barrier
  2. Folding Rear Step

  3. Raised Air Intake
  4. Bike Carrier – Towbar Mounted 
  5. Water Sport Roof Hold
  6. Side Steps
  7. Fog Lamps
  8. Safari Driving Lamps
  9. Rear Assists
  10. Interior Oak Vent Covers
  11. Alloy Pedal Kit
  12. Coloured Door Handle Skins

  13. Winch system
  14. Tubular Bumper with Attached Winch
  15. Coloured Lamp Kit
  16. Coloured Covers for Safari Lamps
  17. Wheel Cover


  18. Wheel Centre Cap
  19. Snow Chains
  20. Mud Flaps
  21. Tyre Valve Cap
  22. Heavy Duty Tow Bar
  23. Cargo Retention Net
  24. Front Lamp Guards
  25. Rear Bumper Tread Plate