The Land Rover Discovery celebrates its 20th birthday today and has already been given the perfect present: the 2009 Scottish Car of the Year award.
The new Discovery 4 was voted as the best new SUV and best new car overall by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers ahead of fellow class winners the BMW Z4 (Drop top), Volkswagen Polo (Small) and Ford Focus RS (Sports).
Others to take prizes included the Mazda3 (Family), Audi A4 Allroad (Luxury), Citroen C3 Picasso (MPV) and the Jaguar XF 3.0 (Diesel).
ASMW President Bill Craven said serious 4WDs remained a necessity for Scottish motoring north of the border.
“Being able to boldly go regardless of the weather conditions has ensured the Scots' love affair with off-roaders remains as strong as ever. Despite its obvious role as a workhorse, the latest generation Land Rover Discovery 4 does not compromise on comfort, refinement or driving dynamics. The best just got better,” he said.
Director of Land Rover product development Murray Dietsch was full of praise for the car and the effort the company had put into it:
“It is testament to the hard work and expertise of our Design and Engineering teams, and to the strength of automotive engineering in the UK.”
Land Rover UK managing director John Edwards echoed his sentiments:
“It's always fantastic to receive such recognition from the Industry, but to win the overall accolade of Scottish Car of the Year is a real privilege, especially when you consider the strength of the competition and the importance of the Scottish car market to our UK business.”
The Discovery competed against 60 other vehicles before being crowned, setting the benchmark in levels of technological equipment, refinement and class.
The Discovery 4 is available now in Australia from $68,490 (before statutory and delivery charges).
by Tim Beissmann