We're still a few weeks away from October when retail deliveries begin here in the U.S., but the first 2012 Range Rover Evoque has been delivered in the UK. The lucky recipient was Land Rover ambassador Zara Phillips. Phillips' new Evoque is a Stornoway Grey (not unlike Orkney Grey) five-door with a 2.2-liter diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
Last month, MSN UK Cars conducted a poll that asked 39,663 readers to vote for their favorite 4x4 vehicle. The actual question asked was, "Which firm makes the best '4x4' type cars?" Respondents were given a list of 12 manufacturers, including Land Rover, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Out of the 12, Land Rover came in on top.
A total of 2,807 Land Rovers found new homes in August, which is a 10% improvement over August of 2010. The Range Rover Sport still leads sales numbers, with 1,199 units sold. For the year, Land Rover sales are at 22,910 units, up 16% compared to 2010. We also take a look a three product developments that will have an impact Land Rover's future U.S. sales.
We are not exactly Photoshop masters here at RoverGuide, but curiosity got the better of us and we whipped up a couple of crude renderings that depict the new Defender DC100 as a pickup truck and as a four-door with half-doors. We think the DC100 looks a little more "Defenderish" in pickup truck and four-door trims. Lose the ridiculously oversized wheels, square it up (aerodynamics be damned), and we think the DC100 could have potential.
We have been eagerly awaiting a sneak peek of the new Land Rover Defender concept and the moment has finally arrived. Land Rover has released photos of the all-new Defender DC100 concept that gives us a preview of what we might see come 2015. The DC100 will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, at which time we will have much more information to share.