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Watch two 2020 Land Rover Defenders recover a 20-tonne truck

Two 2020 Land Rover Defenders have been captured hard at work, recovering a stricken 20-tonne truck during a media drive in northern Namibia. The two pre-production Defenders were in Namibia for a pre-launch media event. The event was held in the remote Kunene region, where tarred roads are a rarity and dry, ephemeral river beds are often used as roads...

Tesla, Ford and GM offer to build ventilators amid shortages

Car companies in the US and UK are offering up their manufacturing plants for the production of ventilators, in a bid to assist with growing shortages imposed by the coronavirus crisis. The movement started when UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on local manufacturers to mobilise in order to increase output of the units, which are an essential for critical coronavirus patients who require breathing assistance...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Land Rover communications boss, Richard Agnew

On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner and Mike Costello. We cover all the reveals that would've happened at the aborted Geneva motor show, including the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen ID.4. Mike talks about February's new-car sales figures (VFACTS), which sees Kia continue to climb the charts...

The Australian startup turning old Land Rovers into EVs

Original Land Rovers were used to build Australia’s roads, fight its fires, and toil on its farms for decades. But those that remain are more likely to be falling apart in a paddock or shed. What to do with these icons? Sure, they could be restored to factory standard. Or they could be modernised in a way Maurice Wilks and his team could scarcely have foreseen...

2021 Land Rover Defender 90 'shorty' in Australia from October

First versions of the new Land Rover Defender 90 short-wheelbase (SWB) will hit Australian driveways during October, just a few months after first iterations of the longer 110 lob in August. The first batch of Defender 90s will comprise 100 cars, all in a specification called P400 First Edition, painted Pangea Green with a Fuji White contrasting roof for maximum retro appeal...

Jaguar Land Rover CEO to step down

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed its CEO Ralf Speth will step down from the role when his contract expires in September 2020. He will remain with the company, though, staying on as non-executive vice chairman, and keeping his seat on the board of Tata Sons. The German engineer has been in charge of the British luxury car maker since 2010, taking over not long after Tata bought the automaker from Ford in the middle of 2008...

New Jaguar Land Rover shape-shifting seat mimics walking

Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors research division is trialling shape-shifting seats that trick your brain into thinking you’re walking. JLR call it a ‘morphable’ seat where actuators in the foam mimic the rhythm of walking. Each seat can be suited for different drivers, much like memory seats currently found in modern cars...

Mercedes pips BMW in global sales race, Volvo the rapid mover

All car manufacturers like to put a positive spin on things, but 2019 was a largely positive sales year for luxury brands worldwide. Most of the bigger players that have released calendar year sales figures showed growth, with the exception of Jaguar Land Rover. Mercedes-Benz recorded 1.3 per cent sales growth worldwide to 2,339,562 vehicles...

Audi, Jaguar and Land Rover sales stall, BMW and Mercedes stabilise, Lexus posts record result

Audi had a year it would rather forget after being hamstrung by supply of new models due to certification delays out of Europe, while German rivals BMW and Mercedes weathered the 2019 storm by holding their own in a declining market. The other surprise to come from the luxury-car sector was Japan’s Lexus, which posted its best result since being established in Australia 29 years ago...

Jaguar Land Rover buys off-road specialists Bowler

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has bought Bowler, the boffins behind some of the world's wildest Land Rover Defenders. Bowler has been around since 1965, and specialises in creating cars for the rough-and-tumble world of rally raid. Its cars are built in low volumes, powered by either V6 turbo-diesel or supercharged V6 petrol engines...

Land Rover preparing Defender spin-off family - report

Alex Misoyannis • Land Rover is said to be readying a three-pronged family of Defender-inspired models, set for launch in the next five years. According to a report from Autocar, the British brand is preparing to build off the anticipation and hype around its new Defender with two new models on either side: an entry-level vehicle and a flagship offering...