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(from Land Rover
Press Release) Enhancements to the Range Rover for 2008
add a series of further luxury touches and practical new features,
including four-zone air conditioning. The improvements are expected
to help maintain the strong market performance of the Range Rover,
with sales in the first four months of 2007 already 19% up worldwide
over last year.
"That increase is largely due to the huge popularity of the
acclaimed TDV8 diesel that we introduced to the Range Rover line-up
last year," says Phil Popham, Land Rover's managing director. "The
engine's great combination of performance and fuel economy has not
only powered overall Range Rover sales, but also shifted our
diesel/petrol mix, especially in Europe. Most Range Rover customers
who would previously have bought a V8 petrol now choose a TDV8
instead, which offers petrol-like refinement but with 32% better
The list of changes for 2008 is headed by the introduction of
four-zone air conditioning, which enables rear seat passengers to
control their individual heating and ventilation. This is neatly
complemented with 'climate control' windscreen and side glass which
is now available in conjunction with automatic rain and headlight
sensing. The special glass cuts infrared heat transmission into the
vehicle, reducing heat build up when the vehicle is parked in the
sun, for example, so allowing the air conditioning to function
faster and more effectively on drive away.
A redesigned rear seat armrest provides extra stowage space
(including a dedicated location for the optional rear seat
entertainment remote control) and there is additional leather trim
on the heating and ventilation unit and centre console. There are
now a total of seven real wood veneers to choose from, all sourced
from sustainable forests, and additional wood veneer elements have
been applied to the rear of the centre console. A matching wooden
gear knob has also been introduced on some models.
The attention to detail extends to new tread-plates and revised
graphics on the touch-screen and instruments. A new interior colour
becomes available, called Storm, as well as two new exterior colours,
Alaska White and Lucerne Green, and a fresh set of "designers'
choices" for recommended interior and exterior combinations. There
is also a new, highly polished 20" alloy wheel design.
"We are keeping the Range Rover offering fresh with regular changes:
some are major, like the TDV8 engine last year which,
incidentally, will now be badged on the back of the vehicle while
others are about the detail, such as those coming in for 2008," says
Phil Popham. "And this approach seems to have continuing appeal for
our customers, as we're on track for one of our best ever sales
years with the Range Rover."