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Car of the Year Honour for Range Rover Evoque as Land Rover Excels in 2012 Diesel Car Awards

FRI 11 MAY 2012

• Top honour for Evoque: Diesel Car Magazine Car of the Year 2012 and best crossover

• Hat-trick for Discovery 4: awarded Best 4x4 title for third year in a row

• Range Rover placed as runner-up to Discovery 4 in Best 4x4 category

The design, technology and capability of Land Rover’s current model range has been reflected in the brand's emphatic success in the 2012 Diesel Car Awards.

The Range Rover Evoque added the magazine’s ‘Best Crossover’ and overall ‘Car of the Year’ titles to its exceptional tally of 112 worldwide honours. The judges acclaimed Evoque as “stunning to look at and stunning to drive…a car that is instantly a classic”.

Ian Robertson, Diesel Car editor, said: “Already an icon, the Evoque combines stunning design and brilliant engineering to great effect.”

While Evoque claimed the ultimate prize, the Land Rover Discovery 4 demonstrated the diverse capability of Land Rover design and engineering by taking the ‘Best 4x4 Award’ for the third successive year. No challenger has yet to do better than the Land Rover, which has occupied the top spot ever since it was launched, and is described by the magazine as “everything you could possibly want in a car”.

With a nod to the recently completed 'Journey of Discovery' in which the 1,000,000th Discovery was driven over 10,000 miles in 50 days, Robertson added: “Land Rover’s continent crosser reigns supreme as the world’s most completely clever 4x4.”

Consolidating Land Rover’s achievements, the Range Rover took the runners-up position behind Discovery 4 in the ‘Best 4x4’ category.

Land Rover UK Marketing Director, Laura Schwab said: “We are delighted that the Range Rover Evoque continues to set standards for design, engineering and performance right around the world.

“With the lowest CO2 figure of any Land Rover of 129g/km, from the efficient 2.2 eD4 diesel engine, this latest award from Diesel Car Magazine is a further demonstration of Land Rover’s continuous focus on technology and customer requirements.

“Moreover, the continuing success of Discovery 4 in these awards and the high praise for Range Rover represent a valuable, independent judgement on Land Rover’s across-the-board approach to delivering the highest standards throughout its model range.”

About Land Rover:
Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability' across the model range. Defender, Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's 4x4 sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries.

Land Rover is committed to addressing the challenges of climate change and since September 2006 carbon dioxide generated by Land Rover manufacturing activities and UK customer vehicle use has been balanced through an industry leading offset programme run by Climate Care.

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