Business Car Trailblazers: Land Rover Freelander

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14 August 2020


Author: Simon Harris

It might not have been the first of the new breed of SUVs in the 1990s, but it was no less influential.

Standard equipment:
Alarm, driver and passenger airbag, heated electric mirrors, folding rear seats, front electric windows, lumbar support, power steering, remote central locking, steering wheel height adjustment, 3×3 point rear seat belts, ABS, air conditioning, alloy wheels, part-leather seats, electric sunroof, full-size spare wheel, metallic paint, roof rails, traction control

There are a number of other mainstream manufacturers that can lay claim to innovating in the trend for modern SUVs. The car that set the trend was probably the Toyota Rav4 in 1994 – tapping into demand for a compact SUV that was comfortable being driven around town and on the motorway, with off-road ability secondary.

The Honda CR-V followed, but in 1997 Land Rover launched the Freelander with arguably

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Let’s face it, nothing is normal these days.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class History From 1926 To 2020: The Tale Of The Essential Executive Car

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Although the E-Class moniker first appeared in 1993 for the W124 generation, Mercedes-Benz‘s executive car actually can trace its roots all the way back to 1926.

It was then when the newly formed Mercedes-Benz brand launched the type 8/38 PS (W02), which was named the Stuttgart 200 two years later. The range included the 200 (W21), 230 (W143) and 260 D (W138), launched in 1933, 1936 and 1936 respectively, with the latter being the world’s first passenger car powered by a diesel engine.

1946-1955: 170 V to 170 DS

After the end of World War II, the company resumed passenger car production in 1946 with the 170 V. The model was actually produced in 1936, but it was upgraded for use by the rescue services, police and tradespeople. One year later, the corresponding saloon was launched as the brand’s first post-war car, with a 38 HP engine, which was upgraded

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Aston Martin unveils 007 Editions of its Vantage and DBS Superleggera sports cars to mark the release of upcoming James Bond flick

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Aston Martin has taken advantage of its close connection to the James Bond franchise to launch two new limited edition cars to celebrate the curtain raising of the latest 007 movie later this year.

Aston Martin’s own ‘Q’ division – named after the famed gadget branch of Britain’s secret service in the films – has created 007 Editions of the Vantage and DBS Superleggera to mark the release of No Time To Die in November.

Priced from £161,000 and £279,025 respectively, having a touch of Bond on your Aston Martin comes with a mark-up of over 25 per cent.

a car parked in front of a brick building: 007 Editions: These are the two new Bond-inspired Aston Martins unveiled today...

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The British car maker says first deliveries of the two models – both produced at the bespoke Q division at its headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire – will arrive at the beginning of 2021.

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In defense of the Terrible Car

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Nathan Petroelje

The 2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS pictured here cost me $1200. That was about $400 too much, but that reality wouldn’t become apparent until a couple months into ownership. The Hyundai is now sitting in a junkyard, ready to offer its parts to fellow clunkers before the inevitable trip to the crusher and god knows what after. The car was as forgettable as last Tuesday, virtually dripping mediocrity from the moment it arrived in my life until the rainy day, some three years later, that we parted ways.

I kind of miss it.

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Actually, “miss” might be the wrong word. The car came to the rescue when I needed help. So let’s just say its departure left… an empty space.

When the clutch on my 1987 Porsche 924S decided to take the winter off several

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Ride With Us For Some Quick Takes On The VW Atlas Cross Sport

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The all-new 5-seater Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport takes the winning formula of the 7-seater Atlas—ample interior space, plus a host of comfort and technology features at an attractive price—and adds bolder design, as well as advanced connectivity and new driver-assistance features.

Assembled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Atlas Cross Sport combines hallmark Volkswagen driving dynamics and attention to detail, setting it apart from the competition.



“This is the boldest SUV in the Volkswagen stable,” said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “Pairing high design with the distinctive driving dynamics and value the brand is known for, the Atlas Cross Sport allows you to show up without showing off.”



The Atlas Cross Sport hosts the latest driver assistance technologies offered by Volkswagen. The next-generation Car-Net® telematics system is fitted as standard, with five years of Remote Access services at no additional charge, and in-car Wi-Fi capability is offered across the lineup

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MOTD Top 10 podcast: Roberto di Matteo on Paul Gascoigne, Ruud Gullit and more

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Roberto Di Matteo won the FA Cup twice with Chelsea as a player and once as a manager at the club

Former Chelsea and Italy midfielder Roberto di Matteo is the latest Premier League legend to reveal all to the MOTD Top 10 podcast.

Di Matteo was a two-time FA Cup winner with Chelsea, making more than 150 appearances between 1996 and 2002, before taking over as manager of the Blues in 2012.

He led Chelsea to victory in the Champions League and FA Cup final in his first year as manager.

The Italian joined Gary Lineker to reflect on the moments and people that shaped his playing career.

Best player you have played with?

Roberto di Matteo (number 16, centre) played alongside Paolo Maldini (top left) at the 1998 World Cup in France

“Paolo Maldini. He was a modern footballer in the 90s. At the time, he was a

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If you want a glamorous grocery-getter, buy this car

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The glamorous grocery-getter

What I love most about the wagon is how it looks. Am I shallow? So be it.

The prominent grill fenced by gleaming chrome vertical slats stuns from any angle, even when partially obscured in the tiny compact spot I wedged it into for a few nights in Carmel. The 20-inch wheels (two inches bigger than those on the A4) hulk underneath the wagon’s chiseled body lines and streamlined roof rack. The expanses of windows and rocker panels on each side spell sport-ready; the standard-issue Matrix-design headlights with high-beam assist and rear Allroad-specific diffuser are fresh, modern, cool. Dudes in board shorts and ladies shopping on Ocean Avenue commented on the wagon’s “Soho Brown” metallic colour, a moniker that only half does justice to just how interesting and elegant the vehicle looks. This is not your (suburban) mother’s wagon.

The prominent grill fenced by gleaming chrome vertical

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‘Maine Valley could be the model for other golf clubs in the modern world’

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The grand opening of Maine Valley Members Golf Club at the weekend saw celebrations long-awaited and well deserved.

Five months after golfers learned Killorglin Golf Club was to be closed, last Saturday’s low-key gathering at the scenic Kerry parkland course saw Maine Valley not just mark a rebirth but an expansion from what went before, the product of reaching out to Killorglin’s then-current members, long-lost ones and similarly bereft golfers from Castleisland, whose club also shut down for good on April 6.

There is no better man to tell the tale than acting chairman Dermot Kelly. He was on the Killorglin men’s committee but like many members only found out about the club’s closure after the member-run management had made the decision to shut the gate on March 20.

“I played for the last time on the following Sunday,” Kelly said.

“I met the [land] owner, Billy Dodds, in the

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Dust Muscle Cars In The 702-HP 2021 Ram 1500 TRX

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Meet the quickest, fastest and most powerful mass-produced truck ever made!

Back in 2016, Ram introduced an off-road performance truck concept vehicle called the Ram Rebel TRX, and now this truck has finally become a reality. According to FCA, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is the “quickest, fastest and most powerful mass-produced truck” thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8 laying down 702 horsepower 650 lb-ft of torque.

Just from a performance perspective, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will smoke some of the best sports cars and muscle cars out there with a stated quarter-mile time of just 12.9 seconds and a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, but as you can tell, this truck isn’t a modern version of the Dodge Ram SRT/10. No, this truck has the Ford F-150 Raptor dead in its sights, and Ram didn’t pull any punches. Think of it

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