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2018 – RANGE ROVER VELAR BY ASPIRE DESIGN

Posted on May 1, 2019

The new Range Rover Velar is the member of the Land Rover SUV family that has largely gone unnoticed by the top preparers. There are few companies that have dared to design an adjustment program for the new British all-terrain. The truth is that this is due to several reasons, the first of them is the design that shows the series vehicle. Regardless of the causes that led the most relevant tuning preparers to set aside the new Range Rover Velar, a British company recently emerged that presented its first bundle of improvements to the glitzy SUV. This is the Aspire Design, which is located in London, and revealed an interesting body kit with which completely modifies the image transmitted by the Land Rover model. Aspire Design highlights that its design is the first body kit on the market for the British SUV. It is possible that the preparer did not consider Startech’s Range Rover Velar enhancement package that debuted during the last Geneva Motor Show 2018. However, regardless of who the former is, it is always interesting to see how the modifications and improvements. For the owners of the vehicle opens up a world of customization possibilities. The Aspire Design Bodywork for the Range Rover Velar is comprised of new wheel arches, bumper, side skirts, two rear spoilers, rear diffuser and a custom front grille. The result of the work done on the Land Rover all-terrain with this body kit catches the eye and can be seen in the images below. Now the SUV looks much more aggressive and radical.

Nor does it overlook the new exhaust system with four outputs seamlessly integrated into the new bumper and rear diffuser. And to complete all these modifications, Aspire Design offers its customers a catalog of wheels with exclusive designs and sizes that can reach up to 24 inches. The preparer also ensures that it will offer different interior customization options as well as new inserts in carbon fiber. When the new Range Rover Velar hit the market marked the new direction followed by the Range Rover family in relation to the design philosophy. A line that has been applied in the new launches made by the company. In short, this enhancement package is a good option to ease the wait for the Range Rover Velar SVR that will be presented shortly.

2017 – LAND ROVER DISCOVERY

Land Rover introduced this afternoon the new Discovery 2017 at the Paris Motor Show 2016, the new generation of the British model for the French event and has been revealed by the brand little by little in recent weeks. The main strengths of this new generation of the British SUV are Jaguar Land Rover’s increased interior capability and latest technology wrapped in an aesthetic package that brings Discovery closer to the other models on the line with the new design language we can find in Evoque and Discovery Sport. It is precisely with this last one that it shares most of its lines, especially in the rear, although these details already we could glimpse in the last photos and videos of the prototypes of development. Depending on the markets, we will be able to find the new Discovery in 5 or 7 seat versions, with its commercialization scheduled for the first half of 2017. For now, the starting price was revealed only for the United Kingdom, its home market. There are 43,495 pounds at today’s exchange rate of about 183,000 reais. Land Rover used Discovery on the same platform as the Range Rover, and has a large aluminum presence in the chassis, which reduced the mass of the new Discovery 2017 by no less than 480 kilos compared to the previous generation, which will certainly provide an improvement in terms of dynamics and consumption. According to the brand, the 4,970 mm of the new Discovery 2017 allows its interior to accommodate up to 7 people, and the seats of the third row can accommodate adults of normal size, counting also with the ISOFIX system. It also debuts a diesel engine with the Discovery Sd4 version, which features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that develops 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Below this and as access version, comes the Td4, also 4-cylinder turbo that produces 180 hp, improving consumption by up to 22% compared to its predecessor. For now the highest diesel version will be the Td6 with a six-cylinder turbo block of 258 hp and 600 Nm of maximum torque.

The only gasoline version announced will be the Si6, a 3.0-liter V-twin engine producing 340 hp with 258 Nm of maximum torque. The technological load of the new Discovery is very large, with elements such as the system to reduce the height of the body in up to 13 mm in speeds over 105 km / h, automated third-party seat folding and accessible from the mobile application of the smartphone, replacement wristband of the keys so we do not have to load them into sports activities, updated Jaguar Land Rover automatic emergency braking system, which can detect pedestrians, whether adults or children, and operates up to 80 km / h, between many other technological innovations. In a few more months we will be able to find the new Discovery in the market, completing the complete renovation of the Land Rover and Range Rover lines, positioning itself as a strong competitor in the Premium SUV and all-terrain segment.

2017 – LAND ROVER DEFENDER FLYING HUNTSMAN BY KAHN

Who does not like Land Rover Defender? If we talk about cars that have survived over time and that have kept up to date and true to their philosophy for several decades, certainly Defender is one of them. Kahn Design, the British coach who has chosen this model several times for his work, has once again chosen him to let go of his passion for improving cars. They christened the model as Kahn Design Flying Huntsman, a name often used, which appears imposing as can be seen in the images. Firstly, it stands out for its new length, which was stretched at about 40 cm. The model is now larger, with a body made entirely tailor-made. In the same way, the body was extended and aerodynamic and cooling elements were installed to give a more aggressive appearance. Finally, the lighting system was improved with the installation of LED technology and the equipment was completed with a fixed panoramic ceiling. The interior also receives changes, as expected. Among them are the front and rear seats, made to measure for the new preparation of Kahn Design. Most interior accessories were covered with Almadine leather. There are inserts of other materials in various parts, broken down by the instrument panel and the doors. In mechanical terms it uses the 2.2 literTDCi engine. This mechanics is associated with a six-speed automatic transmission that is in charge of steering the set. The Land Rover Defender has also updated the brake system and suspension system, which included elements of higher performance.

2017 – LAND ROVER DEFENDER BY STARTECH

To meet the request of one of its customers, the German coach Startech has created a unique Land Rover Defender with a careful interior in the smallest details. This Landtech Land Rover Defender is built on the base of the Land Rover Defender short and with a convertible body, one of many versions that had the legendary 4×4 British before Land Rover stopped to make it and began with the development phase of the new Defend. The idea pursued by this preparer, who belongs to Brabus, was to create an all-terrain with a robust appearance, but with an interior of maximum luxury. Firstly taking a look outside, the latest Defender prepared by Startech has a different front bumper than the standard, a component that integrates a winch, tow rings and two headlights antineblina, which together with those of the roof, certainly make the night. On the bonnet and the front mudguards were placed the typical metallic protections to be able to walk on them without spoiling them, in which case they receive the black finish. As they increased the width of the gauges with the addition of Startech’sMonostar D Black wheels with larger tires measuring 285/60 R18, the trainer increased the wheel arches that are painted in the same shiny black of the rest of the bodywork. But it is in the interior where the car surprises, as few times have seen a Land Rover Defender as luxurious as this. Virtually everything is upholstered in high quality leather and what is not, comes out covered with wood or metal as if it were a Range Rover. From the santantonio to the bucket, everything receives the maximum care and with a combination of colors that mixes the beige and the white with metallic and wooden finishes. And to finish, a hi-fi sound system was added along with a state-of-the-art multimedia system.

2017 – LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SD4

Land Rover introduced this afternoon the new Discovery 2017 at the Paris Motor Show 2016, the new generation of the British model for the French event and has been revealed by the brand little by little in recent weeks. The main strengths of this new generation of the British SUV are Jaguar Land Rover’s increased interior capability and latest technology wrapped in an aesthetic package that brings Discovery closer to the other models on the line with the new design language we can find in Evoque and Discovery Sport. It is precisely with this last one that it shares most of its lines, especially in the rear, although these details already we could glimpse in the last photos and videos of the prototypes of development. Depending on the markets, we will be able to find the new Discovery in 5 or 7 seat versions, with its commercialization scheduled for the first half of 2017. For now, the starting price was revealed only for the United Kingdom, its home market. There are 43,495 pounds at today’s exchange rate of about 183,000 reais. Land Rover used Discovery on the same platform as the Range Rover, and has a large aluminum presence in the chassis, which reduced the mass of the new Discovery 2017 by no less than 480 kilos compared to the previous generation, which will certainly provide an improvement in terms of dynamics and consumption.

According to the brand, the 4,970 mm of the new Discovery 2017 allows its interior to accommodate up to 7 people, and the seats of the third row can accommodate adults of normal size, counting also with the ISOFIX system. It also debuts a diesel engine with the Discovery Sd4 version, which features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that develops 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Below this and as access version, comes the Td4, also 4-cylinder turbo that produces 180 hp, improving consumption by up to 22% compared to its predecessor. For now the highest diesel version will be the Td6 with a six-cylinder turbo block of 258 hp and 600 Nm of maximum torque. The only gasoline version announced will be the Si6, a 3.0-liter V-twin engine producing 340 hp with 258 Nm of maximum torque. The technological load of the new Discovery is very large, with elements such as the system to reduce the height of the body in up to 13 mm in speeds over 105 km / h, automated third-party seat folding and accessible from the mobile application of the smartphone, replacement wristband of the keys so we do not have to load them into sports activities, updated Jaguar Land Rover automatic emergency braking system, which can detect pedestrians, whether adults or children, and operates up to 80 km / h, between many other technological innovations. In a few more months we will be able to find the new Discovery in the market, completing the complete renovation of the Land Rover and Range Rover lines, positioning itself as a strong competitor in the Premium SUV and all-terrain segment.

Here are the 50 best-selling cars in the world in 2018

Between January and April 2018, nearly 29 million new vehicles were sold worldwide. Among the 50 most popular drivers’ cars, there are several American, German or Japanese models, but only one French, in 39th position. The automotive market is doing well and some manufacturers are benefiting in particular. Between January and April 2018, 28.81 million cars have been marketed worldwide, according to a study conducted by automotive expert Jato Dynamics. Among the list of the most popular models among global consumers, manufacturers Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen or Honda appear several times. French industry is present only once in this ranking, represented by the Renault brand.

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In the ranking of the best-selling models since the beginning of 2018, the first place is occupied by Ford’s American F-Series (F-150, 250, 350) with more than 336,000 units sold. A pole position it retains thanks to its dominance of the US market, where it concentrates nearly 85% of its sales volumes. In the second place, we find the Toyota Japanese brand Corolla with 309,166 cars sold, driven by its growth in the Chinese market (+ 19%). Volkswagen Golf (291,648 units), which accounts for over 20% of its sales in Germany, completes the top three.

128,530 Renault Clio sold between January and April 2018

In the remainder of the Top 10, follow the Honda Civic (262,138 units), the Nissan X-Trail / Rogue (260,301 units), the Toyota Rav4 (249,590 units), the Volkswagen Tiguan (244,200 units), the Volkswagen Passat / Magotan ( 243,436 units) as well as two models from the Japanese manufacturer Honda, the HR-V (220,918 units) and the CR-V (210,839 units). The first French model, the Renault Clio, only made its appearance at 39th position with 128,530 vehicles sold. The Toyota Vitz / Yaris (118,627), the Volkswagen Bora (116,195), the Toyota Highlander / Kluger (111,639), the Cerato de Kia (11,502) and the Ford Mondeo (108,181) close the ranking of the best sales worldwide.  All of these sales have increased by 3.4% since the beginning of the year compared to 2017. Compared to 2017, the best increases are those of the Baojun 510, second best selling cars in 2018 in the usa (+ 258%), the Jeep Compass (+ 186%), the Chevrolet Equinox (+ 42%) and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class (+ 32%).

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While the US, European and Chinese markets account for more than two-thirds of vehicle sales between January and April 2018, market growth in several emerging markets, including India, Brazil, and Russia, should not be overlooked, according to Jato Dynamics. Between 2017 and 2018, the first two countries posted a growth of 10.9% and 20.5% respectively, compared to just 4.7% for France and 5.1% for Germany. While Chinese sales rose only 4.4%, China still far ahead of other countries with more than 8.3 million vehicles marketed, well beyond the United States, which does not count than 5.4 million over the same period.

The French manufacturer announces an investment of one billion euros in its French factories that will primarily concern electric vehicles, on the eve of a general meeting of shareholders where the mandate of its CEO Carlos Ghosn must be renewed. One billion euros. This is the sum that Renault will invest in its French factories. An announcement that necessarily wants to put forward Carlos Ghosn, on the eve of a general shareholders’ meeting, Friday, June 15, when his term as CEO will be renewed. The news is necessarily positive for the French employees, always quick to worry about the durability of the sites. And this massive investment in a main theme: the electric vehicle. All stakeholders in the automotive world today believe that this type of propulsion is promised a bright future. Sales growth is very strong (+ 38% in Europe since the beginning of the year for Renault), even though they still represent only a small share of total registrations.

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Four French sites are concerned by Renault’s announcements. First that of Douai, in the North, which assembles today Space, Talisman and Scenic. The new electric platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance will be industrialized there. Two Renault vehicles are expected to be affected, the first of which will be available from 2021. In Flint, in the Yvelines, Zoe’s production capacity will quickly be doubled. Last year, 35,000 Zoe were assembled. Production will quickly increase to at least 70,000 vehicles.

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To propel these electric vehicles, you need engines. They are also manufactured in France, in Cléon, in Seine-Maritime, the site historically specialized in diesel engines. Production capacity will be tripled. Production will follow a similar trend, going from 80,000 last year to 240,000 in 2022, at the end of the strategic plan. A new generation electric motor will also be introduced from 2021. The Zoe is not the only vehicle powered by this electric motor. He also equips the Kangoo and Master utilities but also the electric Smart. Finally, a new generation of electric Kangoo is also announced. It will be assembled in Maubeuge, in the North, place of assembly of the current generation.

Top 100 most sold vehicles in the world in 2018

The end of the first semester is approaching and the analyst firm Jato Dynamics gives us the first trend for this year which is finally unsurprising with regard to the best sales worldwide: we take the same, and we start again. In the first four months of the year, the Top 100 most sold cars in the world have finally no surprise or almost. China and the United States (in that order) being, by far, the two main markets, they influence quite widely this ranking dominated again by the Series “F” at Ford, with, at the head, the F150. On the other hand, we can always plead against the policy of Americans to classify pickups “full size” in cars, even if these machines are officially sold under the name “trucks”. In the second place, we find the immovable Toyota Corolla, sold in the United States and around the world, which follows the American heavyweight that precedes it. The Volkswagen Golf closes the podium with a beautiful third place and more than 290,000 copies in four months.

Here, the classification by category, with, each time, the best progression.

Here, the classification by category, with, each time, the best progression.

French cars, far in the rankings, but why?

The first French car is none other than the Renault Clio, with just over 128,000 units: it ranks 39th, behind cars like the Mazda 3, the Mercedes E-Class and … the Subaru Impreza, yet nonexistent in our countries. The case of the French is however complex: they are mostly sold in Europe, for the most part. Is this enough to explain the relatively modest performance of Citroën, Peugeot, Renault or DS cars? Not necessarily, since the Volkswagen Golf, which is also European, is doing very well globally. Remember, moreover, that Europe is the second largest car market in the world, behind China, but ahead of the United States! Why Golf in third place and Clio so far in the rankings, then? Simply because in addition to being well sold in Europe, the Golf also makes nice scores in China, where the French brands have all the trouble in the world to exist. Renault arrived late, and PSA suffered a sharp erosion of sales. Add to that the fact that PSA as Renault are non-existent in the United States, and you get brands ultra dependent on Europe in terms of volumes. All, however, is not morose for the French. The Peugeot 5008 skates the Skoda Kodiaq worldwide and easily exceeds the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. The Europeans are still very far from the Nissan Rogue (or X-Trail). Again, this is explained by the strong presence of Nissan in the United States, where Peugeot is absent. The Citroën C3 Aircross, new entrant, is positioned for its rather good for its debut. This is promising for Citroën. Also worthy of mention is the beautiful Sandero square, which is an access car: it is present worldwide, and especially in emerging markets, sold in these countries by Renault. Here again, the international presence makes it possible to place oneself well.

Pierre Desjardins On 05 July 2018 at 14:00

Generally, the presentations to which the car manufacturers invite us all the year are spent at worst in the Chevreuse Valley or in Munich in November, at best in Mallorca or Cassias in Portugal. But this is a special invitation that has fallen into the mailbox of Paradisiac: take for the first time the wheel of the new Audi Q8 in the desert of Atacama, located in northern Chile.

Road trip – We crossed the driest desert in the world by Audi Q8

So does it change anything in Melun or Santiago, Rotterdam or Rio? Strictly nothing, honestly. An SUV is already a technical nonsense, with an unnecessarily high ground clearance generally giving the whole a clumsy behavior and the aerodynamics of a block. But they snapped like hot cakes, and exponentially: 15% more in the first months of 2018 compared to 2017 in the world, to be precise. And if you buy more and more, car manufacturers are doing more and more and declining as much as they can in all dimensions.

Roadtrip – We crossed the driest desert in the world by Audi Q8

Okay, we recognize the Audi style : no revolution here, we have a conservative clientele but we still note a certain turn that will take the next Q. The Single Frame grille evolves once again, with a thicker outline that can be gray, black or your body, and six vertical bars. On each side, there are two double headlights at the darkened lower part to refine them while at the back, the strip of lights stretches across the width. The whole is rather sporty and aggressive with this protruding front spoiler and this profile packed, ragged thanks to widened wings.

Roadtrip – We crossed the driest desert in the world by Audi Q8

But truce blah-blah, on the way, we have a desert to cross. And not just any. The Atacama desert is that of all superlatives. Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, its altitude ranges from 0 to almost 4,700 meters, it is also considered the driest desert in the world where it does not rain sometimes for nearly 50 years. So, I’m definitely the biggest beast for miles around because Atacama has the lowest organic density on Earth, the local fauna is limited to a few lizards, scorpions and spiders, so much so that NASA came here to try its robots before sending them to Mars. Not a cat (literally) so, a real happiness. To say that yesterday I arrived at the airport in a crowded RER, that’s nice. On the other hand, temperature level, it can surprise. We are in June but as we are in the southern hemisphere, a few kilometers from the Tropic of Capricorn, it is winter. Here it means that it can freeze at night but that we climb not far from 30 ° the day, which is a sacred thermal amplitude.

Roadtrip – We crossed the driest desert in the world by Audi Q8

However, once boarded the Q8, we find ourselves in a perfectly sealed cocoon. The dashboard is the perfect example of the new layout that is also found in the A8, A7 and soon the A6. Three large screens, one for instrumentation behind the steering wheel, a second to display the functions of the MMI multimedia system and a third serving as a touchpad to control everything. The set is integrated with a dashboard of beauty with the clean design. At the rear, despite the plunging roofline, passengers have enough room at the head, which we can not say in an A7, and the trunk is gargantuan, with a volume of 605 liters.

Roadtrip – We crossed the driest desert in the world by Audi Q8

Our itinerary allows us to discover the many faces of this region. We start at the exit of San Pedro de Atacama by large plains dotted with thorny bushes, plains that hilly gradually before turning into a real climb collar. The onboard computer announces that we are now taming the 4,500 meters, an attitude that makes men and machines suffer. In fact, both are out of breath. Our test model may be a 50 TDI equipped with a V6 3.0 developing 286 hp and 600 Nm which was initially healthy to move the 2,100 kg of all, it now seems cruelly lacking oxygen while we are at an elevation between the finish line of Pikes Peak and the summit of Mont Blanc. It is then necessary to put in Sports mode and not hesitate to use a large part of the race of the accelerator to keep an acceptable rate of progression. The Tiptronic eight-speed gearbox seems to be in its death throes. Already lacking responsiveness at sea level on other models that we could take the wheel, as on the A7 Sportback for example, it now seems to think long between each report to determine which to choose.