Volkswagen Australia announces sweeping model changes with MY16 updates

 

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  • Rear-view camera as standard
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard
  • Upgraded petrol engines for Golf and Golf Wagon models
  • Polo GTI now with Sport Select Suspension as standard

Volkswagen Australia is pleased to announce a wide range of upgrades to its model line-up with the arrival of MY16 vehicles in the coming weeks. These significant upgrades across all major models represents the biggest model year update in the local company’s history, and reaffirms Volkswagen’s commitment to offering exceptional quality and value to its customers.

From MY16, Volkswagen’s key models, including Polo, Golf, Jetta and Tiguan will benefit from the standard inclusion of a rear-view camera on all models in the range, as well as, for the first time, App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™. This innovative feature offers far enhanced connectivity for drivers with their mobile phones. Further adding to the long list of standard equipment on key models, customers will be able to enjoy the features of App-Connect on an upgraded 6.5-inch Composition Media high resolution touch screen display, also standard across the range.

Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director, John White, welcomed the arrival of the new MY16 range: “Volkswagen has always stood for quality, innovation and value, and never has this been more true in the company’s history in Australia than with the arrival of our new model year vehicles,” Mr White said.

“It’s great to be able to offer our customers the best of German engineering, and in the coming weeks and months, our customers will be able to get even more bang for their bucks,” Mr White continued.

The MY16 model range will begin to arrive in Volkswagen dealerships across the country in the coming weeks, with models available to order immediately.
Pricing for some models in the MY16 range has also changed:

Polo pricing changes from -$100 to +$500
Golf and Golf Wagon pricing changes from -$200 to +$700
Golf GTI price drop from -$2000 to -$1000
Beetle price rise of +$600
Jetta Trendline price rise +$200

A full list of MY16 upgrades and changes is available below: 

POLO

Polo 66TSI Trendline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Polo 66TSI Trendline

  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces Composition Colour 5.0”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)

Polo 81TSI Comfortline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Polo 81TSI Comfortline

  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces Composition Colour 5.0”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)

Polo GTI
Additional features over and above the MY15 Polo GTI

  • Sport Select suspension (electronically adjustable dampers) Including sportier tuning of a range of parameters (such as steering, sound actuator and accelerator response) by pushing the Sport button
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)

Options

  • The optional driving comfort package (Comfortline) now includes Discover Media satellite navigation. The Rear View Camera (RVC) has been removed from the package as it is now standard equipment
  • The Rear View Camera (RVC) has been removed from the optional driver assistance package (GTI) as it is now standard equipment

GOLF AND GOLF WAGON

Golf 92TSI
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf 90TSI

  • 1.4 litre TSI engine with 92kW of power (+2kW) and 200Nm of torque
  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)

Please note: The entry Golf Wagon has been discontinued

Golf and Golf Wagon 92TSI Trendline
NEW MODEL: Additional features over and above the MY16 Golf 92TSI

  • 15” Lyon alloy wheels (4)
  • Parking distance sensors, front and rear with Optical Parking System (OPS)
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Automatic headlight function
  • Automatically dimming interior rear-view mirror

Golf and Golf Wagon 92TSI Comfortline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf 90TSI Comfortline

  • 1.4 litre TSI engine with 92kW of power (+2kW) and 200Nm of torque
  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™

Please note: The Golf 90TSI Comfortline manual has been discontinued

Golf and Golf Wagon 110TSI Highline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf 103TSI Highline

  • 1.4 litre TSI engine with 110kW of power (+7kW) and 250Nm of torque
  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery with heated front seats
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Golf and Golf Wagon 110TDI Highline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf 110TDI Highline

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery with heated front seats
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Golf GTI
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf GTI

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime driving lights
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Golf GTI Performance
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf GTI Performance

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Golf R
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf R

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery with heated front seats

BEETLE

Beetle

  • Introduction of App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard equipment
  • The Rear View Camera (RVC) with static guidance lines is now standard equipment

Options

  • Discover Media satellite navigation is now available as an individual option
  • The Blue Silk Metallic paint has been introduced

SCIROCCO R

Scirocco R

  • Introduction of new generation Discover Media infotainment system to replace the RNS510 satellite navigation system
  • Introduction of App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard equipment

JETTA

Jetta 118TSI Trendline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Jetta 118TSI Trendline

  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces RCD310) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC) with static guidance lines

Jetta Comfortline, Highline and Highline Sport models
Additional features over and above the respective MY15 Jetta models

  • Introduction of new generation Discover Media infotainment system to replace the RNS510 satellite navigation system
  • Introduction of App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard equipment

Options

  • The new Ruby Red Metallic paint has been introduced

TIGUAN

Tiguan 118TSI, 132TSI and 130TDI
Additional features over and above the respective MY15 Tiguan models

  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces RCD510) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™

Tiguan 155TSI R-Line
Additional features over and above the MY15 Tiguan 155TSI R-Line

  • Introduction of new generation Discover Media infotainment system to replace the RNS510 satellite navigation system
  • Introduction of App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard equipment

Options

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system is now available as an option for 132TSI and 130TDI models (replacing the RNS510 option)

Honda released the first official sketches of the all-new Honda BR-V Prototype,

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BANGKOK, Thailand – Honda released the first official sketches of the all-new Honda BR-V Prototype, a new generation crossover utility vehicle, which will make its world premiere at the upcoming Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show 2015. The event is scheduled for 20 – 30 August 2015, in Tangerang, Indonesia.
The new BR-V features tough and solid exterior design with high ground clearance, big and stylish alloy wheels and sleek roof rails. The model also offers a comfortable and spacious cabin with seven seats in a 3-row configuration. The new BR-V is powered by a 1.5L gasoline engine which provides sporty performance and great fuel efficiency with two advanced transmissions available. High standard safety features will be the base of the model as it has always been for every Honda products.

In order to provide products that respond to the needs of customers around the world, Honda has been focused on strengthening R&D in each region to create more self-reliant operations. Based on its capability to develop regional models, Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (HRAP) in Thailand developed the new BR-V for the Asian market. This is the 3rd model developed by HRAP.
The official sketches were released at the midyear media gathering event of P.T. Honda Prospect Motor, which will participate in the Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show 2015.
*BR-V stands for Bold Runabout Vehicle.

High in the Sussex Skyline stands A Celebration of Mazda’s Motorsport Heritage

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Sussex, UK: A spectacular 40-metre addition to the Sussex skyline celebrates Mazda’s racing heritage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Second in height only to the Chichester Cathedral spire, the Goodwood Festival of Speed centrepiece features two racing cars bursting out of the ground trailing spectacular twisted steel shapes.

Inspired by Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy of strength, beauty and tension found in the instantaneous movement of living things and the simplicity that reflects Japanese aesthetics, Gerry Judah’s clever interpretation of Kodo is a beautiful and simple form that expresses tension, lightness and movement that belies the complexity of the structure.

Stacked like matchsticks, 418 steel beams, each a different length and angle, turn the sculpture from right to left – hanging the cars over the spectators below.

Featuring 120 tonnes of steel that, put end to end, would stretch 1235 metres, the length of the Goodwood Hill Climb track, this is the most complex centrepiece yet.

“Usually,” commented Gerry Judah, “the one thing you never do with steel is to twist it, so this year we had an impossible challenge to find a way of corkscrewing the entire structure, and we succeeded with an elegant and graceful system that shows of the elegance and grace of the cars themselves.”

“When we first started talking about the central feature at Goodwood we wanted it to represent our brand through our design philosophy of Kodo,” said Ikuo Maeda, Mazda Executive Officer, General Manager Design Division.  “Gerry has faithfully represented our brand in a striking and beautiful structure that is clearly Kodo.  There is a lightness and strength to the structure, yet it gives the cars movement and energy, it is a sculpture that we are very proud to represent Mazda.”

The central feature celebrates Mazda’s motorsport heritage, a history that started in Europe in the late 1960’s to prove and promote its rotary engine in the tough environment of endurance racing.

Since then Mazda rotary engine cars have won 100 IMSA races; a class win in the Daytona 24 Hours; IMSA manufacturer and driver titles; the Spa 24 Hours; five class victories at Le Mans; two British Touring Car titles; and, most famously, Le Mans in 1991 with the 787B.

The two cars on top of the sculpture are the Le Mans winning Mazda 787B which took overall victory in the famous 24 hour race in 1991 driven by British driver Johnny Herbert alongside Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot. Mazda remains the only Japanese manufacturer to have won Le Mans 24 Hours and the only rotary engine to have won the famous French endurance race.

Next to the 787B is the Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo car.  Created for Playstation’s Gran Tursimo 6 racing simulation game, the stunning Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo makes the leap from virtual concept car to physical concept with its towering position on the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed Mazda Central Feature. 

Named after the number 55 Mazda 787B that took victory in the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours, the LM55 is both a homage to the dramatic proportions of the 787B and a vision of a futuristic sports prototype drawn with inspiration from Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy.

Sharing the dramatic proportions of a Le Mans racer, the LM55’s sleek nose, sculpted wings and low rear-end deliver a uniquely dynamic shape that stays true to the KODO ethos of ‘beautiful form full of life’.

A stunning addition to the West Sussex skyline, the pairing of 787B and LM55 on the Mazda Central Feature perfectly encapsulates the celebration of Mazda’s ‘Challenger Spirit’ in the racing legends of our illustrious sporting past, and the stylish and spirited cars of Mazda’s future.

Top-level safety: new ŠKODA Superb has been awarded with maximum 5-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests

 

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  • 5-star result confirms top-level safety of the ŠKODA flagship
  • Outstanding occupant protection for adults and children
  • New ŠKODA Superb scores well with innovative safety assistance systems
  • Current ŠKODA model range: all cars with 5 stars from Euro NCAP

Mladá Boleslav – The newŠKODA Superb has been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. Euro NCAP confirms the outstanding safety standard of the new ŠKODA top model that has only been launched onto the first markets a few of days ago. The latest Euro NCAP top result also shows the high safety standard of the entire ŠKODA model range: in the course of their respective market launches, all current model lines of the manufacturer have been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests.

The Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) rating includes the categories occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems. The new ŠKODA Superb has been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in all four categories.

The new ŠKODA Superb offers safety without compromise: using MQB technology of Volkswagen Group, the brand’s top model scores well with numerous safety assistance systems. In the event of a collision, state-of-the-art restraint systems with up to nine airbags, a more rigid body and specifically optimised crumple zones offer the best possible occupant protection. There is also a completely new chassis that guarantees stability, comfort and agility.

The new ŠKODA Superb offers an array of new assistance systems and impresses with a safety standard that has not been seen as standard for vehicles in this segment up until now. The technology supports the driver in the most diverse traffic situations, from keeping at a safe distance and staying in lane to emergency braking in the case of an impending collision. The new Superb is fitted as standard with Electronic Stability Control including Multi-Collision Brake. In most EU countries, the following safety features are fitted as standard: Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, electronic tyre pressure monitor and XDL, an extended function of the electronic differential lock.

In addition, several safety assistance systems are optional. The Superb is the first model of the brand to be available with Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist. Further optional safety systems are: automatic distance control (Adaptive Cruise Control), proactive occupant protection (Crew Protect Assist), Lane Assist, speed limiter, fatigue detection (Driver Alert) and traffic sign recognition (Travel Assist).

Additionally, innovative lighting systems in the new ŠKODA Superb provide significantly more safety. The Superb is the first model of the brand to come with masked high beam (Smart Light Assist).

The latest Euro NCAP top rating for the new ŠKODA Superb highlights that the current ŠKODA model range is safer than ever before. In the course of their respective market launches, all current model lines have been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating. Prior to the new ŠKODA Superb, the new ŠKODA Fabia was awarded with 5 stars in November 2014. The maximum 5-star rating was also achieved by the models ŠKODA Octavia (2013), ŠKODA Rapid (2012), ŠKODA Citigo (2011) and ŠKODA Yeti (2008).

The outstanding results of the ŠKODA vehicles in the Euro NCAP crash tests is the result of extensive efforts by the manufacturer to achieve maximum active and passive safety.  As part of its corporate social responsibility, the company is also involved in many ways in improving safety on roads and motorways.

Euro NCAP is an independent consortium of European ministries for transport, motoring clubs, insurers and consumer groups. The organisation carries out crash tests with new car models and assesses their safety.

The new ŠKODA Superb will arrive in Australia in 2016. Local specification and pricing will be available at the time of launch.

Audi is the new black: S3 Cabriolet.

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Yes Yes Yes oh YES: Pretty beyond belief, comfy, punchy engine, fuel economy, Bang and Olufsen sound

Oh dear me no: slightly cramped boot but ok with the roof up, magnet for the rozzers

Audi is the new black.

Perhaps it is because the roof is down and you can hear people commenting but the nice words flowed like good wine. Early winter is the perfect time for roofless driving in Sydney. The air is crisp and clear on the days when it isn’t chucking it down and with the windows up and warm air on, the driver is hardly aware of the temperature differentiations outside. Moody weather aside, the S3 has a presence rarely matched and somehow Audi managed this swan-like transformation in a single automotive generation. Audi S3 Cabriolet gaycarboys (8)

You can have the A3 for somewhere in the mid-fifties, and it is as scrumptious as the S3 but dials back the excitement a notch or two. The S3 has Audi’s signature light clusters which brought the daytime running light craze into vogue. Of course Volvo have had daytime parking lights for 30 years but that’s another story. The LED lines in Audi’s headlights look positively evil and demand attention even if the Audi brand isn’t for you. They scream “look at me, aren’t I damn pretty, and damn mean. GRRRRRRRR” and they are right.

The roof can be operated at up to 30-ish kph so in slow traffic rain isn’t a problem. If you leave the roof up, you can push the inner boot compartment lid upwards for more boot space. The compartment must be pulled back down for the roof to be lowered, and a friendly reminder sounds if you’ve forgotten and won’t move until you’ve schlepped round the back, opened the boot, and pulled the handle down. Much has been made of the lack of space in the boot but there is oodles if you remember to leave the roof up and its compartment closed.

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The cabin is as gorgeous as the exterior. It is impeccable and gracious with neat rows of buttons laid out in an intuitive array with quilted leather and aluminium making ambience that of an exclusive cutting-edge gentleman’s residence. Comfy and cosy, but with all the latest gadgets at his fingertips. It is a great shame that all of the Germans have such long lists of tasty but costly options. You could easily add 20 grand to you chariot without turning a hair. The options come in packs which offer small savings but there is still a sting at the end of it.

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The infotainment system is the control centre and I’m pleased to say the Bluetooth pairing and satnav input are intuitive and can be done without hours spent reading the manual. The satnav screen pops up out of dash board so it is probably just as well it isn’t a touch screen. Passion fingers like mine would have it off the dash in a thrice. To make up for that, the top surface of then rotary dial on the console between the seats is a scratch pad. This gives you the option of writing the letters of the street names a letter at a time, which a smidge slower than the touch-input method but so much more fun. There is no hint of confusion when navigating the rest of the instruments, even at speed. You can change the chassis settings a few ways and all can be done while on the move.

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The eyeball vents look like bits of an art deco aircraft and can rotate to direct air in any direction. One of my pet hates is limited venting adjustments that leave air directed where you don’t want it. You finish up with frozen patches, frosty knuckles or your face so hot that you feel like you’re going through the change.

I took another willing pair of eyes on the test drive to take a few notes. Usually the co-driver sits the tsk-tsking and making snarky comments about tatty trim and body parts not lining up. There is none of that in this Audi, or indeed any Audi. It’s indulgent and tasteful but never boring or tacky and the performance, while not neck snapping, is sharp and quick. The 2.0L turbo 4 puts out 201kw and 380Nm and shifts then S3 Cab to 100 in 5.5seconds. It feels quick but not brutish like a V8. 5.5seconds is more than respectable and there is no nasty torque steer where the steering wheel is jerked to one side when you shove your hoof to the floor. This happens in front wheel drive cars because they do the steering as well as delivering the power to the road. The S3 Quattro AWD uses all of its wheels to get power to the bitumen and with clever electronics, more power goes to the wheels at the back thus eliminating torque steer.

Our car was go-faster fire engine red with almost $8,000 in options. Even at that price the S3 Cab is value, not because it is affordable, but because it is worth what you pay. It is quality inside and out but it is the drive you’re really interested in isn’t it?

As usual, we used the car like an owner would. We bought some groceries and did an airport run. The airport run saw the Audi chockers full of nicely turned out gay boys. When you see two boys in a convertible you gay “gay” but when you see four, you think “party (of one kind or another)” right? In order to get a generously proportioned port in the boot, we raised the roof, raised the inner compartment, and put the bag in. There was plenty of room and once ensconced the process was repeated for the full topless experience. It was a bit of a faff at the airport end but all agreed the extra time was well worth it.

We did twisty bends and high speed highway runs and at no stage did we not feel like lotto winners. Sport mode opens up the extra-noise valve and you can add even more wow factor by stiffening the chassis. With the glorious sound and stiff suspension you feel like your driving jet roller skates.

As I mentioned, in grocery mode, the roof may remain down for the duration but an airport run might need the roof up, at least to get the bags in the boot. For a small car the boot space is generous but the back seats are not intended for the GT experience. For two, the cross country drive would be a doddle.

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The one thing would highly recommend is buying the acoustic roof silencing as an option. It isn’t cheap but it makes a closed cabin feel as quiet as a coupe. If you don’t mind feeling part of the environment even with the roof up, forget the last sentence. With the roof down and windows up you hardly notice the cold outside because the air cond remembers setting for roof up or roof down. The quilted leather inserts is classy and looks very expensive. Thoughtful touches like that are the ones you notice least but appreciate most.

With a mix of road types, conditions and weather, the highway run proved to be most illuminating. I Audi S3 Cabriolet gaycarboys (14)expected the S3 to handle well in corners and sprint off at the lights but on a long distance drive, the seats felt even more comfortable than in the city. Let me explain: some seats get more uncomfortable the longer you occupy them. Some, comfy at first, make you walk like a geriatric on a stormy cruise at an all you can eat buffet once you’ve been in the saddle for a few hours. You climb out of the cockpit feeling like you’d been Rogered by a football team and that simply won’t do, it won’t do at all. Think of the S3 as an Italian shoe that you could walk around in all day, dance all night, and still be able to walk to a limo without having needing a box of Band-Aids.

 

The brisk performance isn’t upset unduly by topless the topless conversion. Some cars are a sloppy mess when the bracing of a metal roof is removed but the average driver won’t pick any difference beyond a slightly breezier ride in the Cab. We tested the S3Audi S3 Cabriolet gaycarboys (15) Sportback alongside the Cab and the only impression left once both were gone was how delicious they both were so as a comparison it was a flop.

The direction change in corners is almost psychic. Remember apart from an excellent chassis, the QUATTRO AWD has clever electronics which, along with the stability control make hanging the back out unlikely unless you’re a complete idiot. Many of us have to come see cars as inferior if they can’t be driven sideways, at speed, or win a race against a 500KW V8 monster. That is a load of old coblers. If you do any of those things on a public road a man will come and he will relieve you of your licence while giving a disapproving look. You will not be able drive again for many months and shopping will be done by much schlepping and you will be unhappy.

Driving is about getting from place to place in comfort and style with enough in reserve to get you out of strife. If you have the money you can have a little more style. People complain about the cost of vehicles but if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. It’s a free country.

Conclusion:

There are way too many gadgets to name, and I haven’t even mentioned the various driver aids like automated parking. This is my favourite premium compact convertible, but I used to prefer folding metal tops and as you know. Folding tin may be secure but it makes the rear end look positively Kardashian-esque. There is no doubt you must use extra caution with a ragtop parked in an insalubrious neighbourhood but it repays you in wow-factor tenfold. Don’t take your next 5 holiday cruises, buy the S3 Cab instead. If you can’t stretch that far, the A3 droptop is a good compromise. You get the same style with slightly less bang.

There is nothing better than an open top drive in the country, your hunny by your side all rugged up, your favourite beats, and a tasty light lunch in the boot.

Would I buy one? Yes without hesitation.

Price:$69,300 (as tested $77,240) plus onroads.

Engine: 2.0L turbo 4cyl, 210kw/380Nm, 0-100 5.5 seconds, 7.1L/100k, 6sp S tronic

Range Rover celebrates 45 Years of Luxury, Design and Innovation

 

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  • Range Rover revealed to world media in 1970, reaches 45 year milestone on 17 June 2015
  • Lightweight all-aluminium body construction, Terrain response™ 2 and All-Terrain Progress Control are the latest in a history of Range Rover innovations
  • Now in its fourth generation: original Classic (1970), second-generation P38a (1994), third-generation L322 (2001) and current model (2012)
  • Range Rover is the original luxury all-terrain vehicle and a genuine design icon
  • Land Rover brings together four generations of Range Rover to show the evolution of the vehicle over 45 years

Whitley, UK, 23 June 2015 – The iconic Range Rover celebrated its 45th birthday this week. Reaching the important milestone is the latest in a series of 2015 highlights for the world’s most desirable luxury SUV.

At the New York International Auto Show in March, Land Rover revealed a new Range Rover flagship in the form of the exclusive SVAutobiography and the landmark six millionth Land Rover was a Range Rover Vogue SE, which rolled off the Solihull production line in April.

Over the last 45 years Range Rover has delivered a series of industry firsts as it has evolved into the peerless SUV we know today. As well as introducing a host of advanced technologies, many of which have since become industry standards, the original Classic model was cited as an ‘exemplary work of industrial design’ when it became the first vehicle to be displayed at the world famous Louvre museum in Paris.

Now in its fourth generation, the Range Rover sits at the pinnacle of the Land Rover brand and matches class-leading off-road capability with a range of state-of-the-art petrol, diesel and Hybrid powertrains to deliver an unrivalled blend of refinement, comfort and capability.

Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Director Global Engineering Operations, said: “Range Rover was the first45 Years of Range Rover gaycarboys (7) luxury SUV in the world in 1970 and 45 years on it continues to lead the way. The latest model is the most desirable and sophisticated Land Rover ever, mixing peerless comfort with cutting edge technology to provide the ultimate luxury SUV experience.”

The original 1970 Range Rover combined excellent refinement and on-road handling with uncompromised all-terrain capability for the first time, and subsequent generations have maintained its status as the most capable and desirable SUV in the world.

The current fourth generation model was launched in 2012 and was the first SUV in the world to feature a lightweight all-aluminium body, which brought enhanced efficiency to the range.

The SVAutobiography brings a new level of design sophistication to the line-up and is produced by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. It is the most luxurious and powerful series production Range Rover in the vehicle’s 45-year history and is available with distinctive Duo-tone paintwork and a 550PS V8 petrol engine. This year also marks the 21st anniversary of the introduction of the exclusive Autobiography designation.

Last year, Range Rover became the first vehicle to feature Land Rover’s innovative All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system – a world first technology designed to enhance off-road capability by automatically maintaining an ultra-low crawl speed over obstacles, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering the vehicle.

Range Rover through previous generations
The Range Rover story began in the Sixties as Land Rover looked to revolutionise the growing 4×4 leisure market. Production of the first prototype began in 1966 and the finished car was launched to critical acclaim in Cornwall, in 1970. In a special photoshoot, Land Rover has brought together four generations of the Range Rover to show the evolution of the vehicle.

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First Generation – Classic (1970 – 1994)
The first generation model, known as the Classic and originally only available as a two-door, went on sale in 1970 featuring a lightweight aluminium V8 engine, full-time four-wheel drive and all-round disc brakes. Numerous variants and upgrades were introduced during its 25-year lifespan including the addition of a four-door model in 1981 and an automatic gearbox in 1982.

Innovations continued at a pace. The first diesel Range Rover arrived in 1986 and in 1989 it became the world’s first 4×4 to feature anti-lock brakes. Then in 1992 it celebrated another SUV first with the introduction of Electronic Traction Control and automatic electronic air suspension.

45 Years of Range Rover gaycarboys (9)The Range Rover’s reputation for unrivalled all-terrain capability was cemented by a number of high-profile endurance tests. In 1972 it became the first vehicle to complete an 18,000-mile Trans-America expedition, staged by the British Army, which included the perilous crossing of the Darien Gap in South America. This was followed in 1974 by the successful completion of an epic 7,500-mile trek across the Sahara Desert in 100 days.

This reputation was enhanced with victory in the 4×4 class of the 18,750-mile London-Sydney marathon in 1977 and by winning the inaugural Paris-Dakar rally in 1979. Then, in 1985, the diesel-powered Range Rover ‘Bullet’ broke 27 speed records.

Second Generation – P38a (1994 – 2001)
The second-generation Range Rover or P38a – so named because it was developed in building 38A in the Solihull factory – arrived in 1994 delivering an even more luxurious interior, greater on-road ability and off-road capability. Key design features made it instantly recognisable as a Range Rover and the iconic silhouette, floating roof, clamshell bonnet, practical split tailgate and continuous waistline endure to this day.

Technological highlights included the addition of height adjustable suspension and an enhanced engine line-up, with a 2.5-litre diesel and 3.9 and 4.6-litre versions of the V8 petrol providing greater performance than ever before.

In 1999 Land Rover created the most luxurious Range Rover yet with the Linley special edition. Inspired by furniture designer Lord Linley, only 10 examples of the £100,000 model were produced. All featured black paintwork with matching black leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets and piano black interior trim. It was one of the first luxury cars to feature satellite navigation and even included a television.

Third Generation – L322 (2001-2012)
The arrival of the third generation Range Rover delivered significant improvements over its predecessor in every department. Bigger and more spacious than the P38a, the interior was inspired by high-end yacht designs, fine furniture and first-class airline seating. The result was the most luxurious vehicle interior in the world.

Technological highlights included the addition, in 2010, of ‘virtual’ instruments. It also became the first vehicle to provide a ‘dual-view’ infotainment display, allowing the driver to keep tabs on the sat nav instructions while the passenger watched a DVD.

As engine technology advanced, the third generation Range Rover line-up expanded.  First came the 4.2 V8 Supercharged petrol engine in 2005, the TDV8 diesel engine in 2006, followed by all-new 5.0-litre V8 petrol engines three years later.

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Timeline – A Brief History

1966    Work began on the first Range Rover prototype, known as the ‘100-inch station wagon’
1970    The original two-door Range Rover – known as the Classic – goes on sale
1971    Range Rover receives the RAC Dewar award for outstanding technical achievement
1972    The Range Rover is the first vehicle to cross the Darien Gap on a British Army Trans America expedition
1974    Range Rover completes west to east Sahara desert expedition – 7,500 miles in 100 days
1977    A modified Range Rover wins the 4×4 class in the London-Sydney Marathon, a gruelling 30,000 km (18,750 miles) event and the longest ever speed-based car rally
1979    A specially modified Range Rover wins the first Paris-Dakar rally (a Range Rover wins again in 1981)
1981    First production four-door Range Rover appears along with the first factory produced limited-edition Range Rover – the ‘In Vogue’
1982    Automatic transmission becomes available on Range Rover
1983    Range Rover 5-speed manual gearbox is introduced
1985    The diesel-powered Range Rover ‘Bullet’ breaks 27 speed records, including a diesel record for averaging more than 100mph for 24 hours
1987    Range Rover launched in North America
1989    Range Rover is the world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes
1990    Limited Edition CSK – named after founder Charles Spencer King – is launched as a sportier Range Rover
1992    Range Rover Classic is the world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with Electronic Traction Control
1992    Long-wheelbase LSE (known as County LWB in the US) launched
1992    Automatic electronic air suspension introduced, a world first for a 4×4
1994    Second-generation (P38a) Range Rover launched
1996    Range Rover Classic bows out after total production of 317,615 units
1999    Limited Edition Range Rover Linley appears at London Motor Show
2001    Third-generation (L322) Range Rover launched
2002    Half-millionth Range Rover produced at the Solihull plant
2005    Second model line – the Range Rover Sport – launched
2006    Terrain Response and TDV8 diesel introduced
2009    Range Rover features all-new 5.0-litre V8 and 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engines
2010    Range Rover celebrates its 40th anniversary,
2011    Third model line – the Range Rover Evoque – goes on sale
2012    Fourth-generation (L405) Range Rover launched – the world’s first all-aluminium SUV
2013    Long-wheelbase Autobiography Black Edition unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show
2014    Long-wheelbase Range Rover Hybrid makes its world debut in China
2015    Range Rover SV Autobiography launched at New York International Auto Show. 6,000,000th Land Rover produced is a Range Rover LWB SE Vogue destined for China. Autobiography designation used to identify flagship models celebrates 21st anniversary