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Land Rover Discovery 3 Consumption and Tests

Land Rover Discovery TdV6 winner at Total Economy Run

The 2007 event was held at the beginning of June and saw the 30th running of the Total Economy Run a uniquely South African event that drew almost 40 entries representing the cream of motor manufacturers from near and far.

The TOTAL Economy Run remains to this day the only credible test for the man in the street of the comparable fuel efficiency of all makes and models of cars competing against each other over the same route, distance and under the same set of regulations.

Amazingly, three-fifths of the vehicles that entered this prestigious event were diesel-powered, with Class M (four-wheel drive SUV's / double cabs) commanding the lion's share of entries seven in total. Among them was the Lazarus Motorsport duo of Andrew Fuller and Peter van der Beek driving the latest diesel-powered Land Rover Discovery 3 HSE TdV6.

After 1,000 kilometres and two day's of tortuous testing in the North-west Province - from Zeerust to Rustenburg and everywhere in between - saw this Pretoria-based crew scoop the honours against some stiff competition including a Mitsubishi Pajero, a pair of SsangYong Kyrons, Kia's Sorento, and a brace of Mahindra Scorpios.

An ecstatic Andrew Fuller, Dealer Principle for Land Rover Centurion remarked, "We are enormously impressed with the Discovery 3. This is the first time that we have entered this competition and we are extremely happy with the result. With fuel prices escalating at a rapid rate, buyers are looking for fuel efficient vehicles. The Discovery TdV6 has proven its competitiveness in this field."

With a result like this, Land Rover is justifiably proud of its achievement at the Economy Run.

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Land Rover Discovery 3 Reviews and Road Tests


LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 3 - The most tested Land Rover

It has been put through its paces over four million miles across five continents, in conditions as varied as the Nurburgring race circuit in Germany and the sand dunes of Dubai.

The engineering team of Land Rover designed an extensive testing programme involving the most demanding and arduous procedures ensuring that the new LR3 breaks all boundaries and redefines limits in the luxury 4x4 sector.

'We wanted to test the car in Dubai in order to check its performance in the harsh desert conditions and the extreme summer heat' said Andy Gawthorpe, Managing Director, Land Rover Middle East & Africa. 'A landscape covering sand, wadi and mountains provided a perfect base for measuring and tuning the vehicle's ability to climb sand dunes, and for checking its general off-road ability. We also put to test the efficacy of the new and advanced air-conditioning system to ensure it keeps the occupants cool and comfortable even in temperatures as high as 50 degrees C.'

He added, 'The Middle East is a very important market for Land Rover and we wanted to ensure that the vehicle meets all performance parameters defined to make the product extremely capable for all on and off-road conditions and is relevant for our consumers in this region.'

'Our testing programme also included some of the world's toughest terrains covering sticky mud, frozen wastes, rivers and rugged rocks from across the globe and undoubtedly the new LR3 emerged from the ordeal unscathed' he said.

There has never been a Land Rover more thoroughly tested than the LR3. Land Rover's expertise along with the most thorough testing programme in the company's history has resulted in a product that has set new benchmarks in design and functionality.

The new LR3 promises the broadest range of capabilities in its sector and this combination of on-road and off-road ability was the reason the vehicle needed such a vigorous testing programme.

Engineers and designers have worked hand-in-hand to create this vehicle that is as flawless in its fit and finish as in the technology behind it. With its smoother lines and distinctive detailing - the LR3 takes the brand confidently into the 21st century.

Bold, distinctive, contemporary and similar to the Range Rover in design, the LR3 is the most technologically advanced Land Rover vehicle ever built that offers exceptional space, comfort and flexibility in a luxurious seven-seat cabin, providing the ultimate driving experience that makes it a world class winner.

Enduring one of the most demanding testing schedules, the new LR3 has emerged as a true winner being able to wade in water 700mm deep, climb and descend 45 degree gradients, remain stable when driving across a 35 degrees slope, and operate in temperatures as extreme as minus 40 degrees C and plus 50 degrees C.

The LR3 is a vehicle of great significance and conviction that points the way forward for the company. The launch of this innovative product is in line with Land Rover's 21st century strategy ensuring that all Land Rover models are sophisticated, premium, technologically advanced and suitable for all driving expectations and undoubtedly the all-new LR3 spearheads this groundbreaking revolution, taking the brand a step ahead of the rest.


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