Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery – still impressive after all these years

It seems that Land Rover likes to show off the pulling power of its latest Discovery model by using it to tow unusual things.

At the launch of the Discovery back in 1989 the first Discovery was used to tow a train and Land Rover went back to the rail theme again last year when it towed another train a short distance.

This year the Land Rover Discovery outdid itself with perhaps the most impressive display of pulling power yet.

Of course, you can’t show how well you can do something without having a good headline to attract attention and, for this feat Land Rover’s PR Department came up with this gem:

Land Rover Discovery tows 110-tonne road train across the Australian Outback

Unfortunately, Australia’s outback is a little bigger than just 16km so it didn’t quite make it across the outback … but it did tow this monster 110 tonne road train for 16km on a closed stretch of highway.

It had to be closed for the test because no Land Rover Discovery Td6 is rated to tow more than 3,500kg on a public road and no road train is permitted to haul more than 4 trailers … the test rig had 7 and the prime mover plus 10 extra tonnes of ballast.

The prime mover had to be left on the front of the trailers because, without it, the trailers had no brakes … a scary thought when you have 110 tonnes of road train about to run right over the top of you.

So, despite the fact that this towing test only ran for 16km … and not across the Australian Outback … it is still an impressive piece of work by the Land Rover Discovery and it did it all with a standard 190kW 3.0-litre diesel engine with four-wheel drive engaged.

Oh, and in case you were wondering; the trucking company won’t be using Land Rovers to haul their trucks any time soon. The maximum speed the Discover could reach with 110 tonnes behind it was just 44km/h.

Land Rover Discovery tows a 110 tonne road train


By | September 26th, 2017|Land Rover|Comments Off on Land Rover Discovery

What Do Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover Have in Common?

Well at the moment they’re all owned by Ford … but Ford would like to sell them … if they can find a buyer.

On paper Volvo is probably the marque that’s got the most appeal to prospective purchasers but the reality is that Volvo isn’t doing quite so well as it appears to be on paper.

And who would want to buy Land Rover and Jaguar? There are the usual bunch of private equity groups trying to grab both companies but there are also two possible contenders that come as a bit of a surprise. Industry experts suggest that two Indian car manufacturer are very interested in buying both Land Rover and Jaguar.

The two companies are Tata motors and the Mahindra group. Both are major players in the booming Indian market and both have tried to break into the Australian market … without much success..

Mahindra automotive

Mahindra is a major manufacturer of low-cost motor vehicles including a 2WD and 4WD utility similar to a Toyota Hilux. The ute was to be exhibited at the Orange National Field Days last year and Tynan Motors had been appointed as the importer and distributor.

The plan was for the first shipment of Mahindra utes to hit the showrooms around the middle of this year but that doesn’t seem to have happened and Mahindra is not listed on the Tynan Motors website.

Tata Motors

Tata Motors is also a major player in the Indian automotive scene. They produce a wide range of vehicles for the private and commercial sectors. Tata Motors first tested the Australian market four years ago and could be back in the Australian market later this year but experts are not hopeful of Tata having any more success than they did four years ago.

You can read more about Tata, Mahindra and the Australian market here

But will either company be able to make turn around the fortunes of Land Rover and Jaguar? Overseas experts describe both Ford subsidiaries as ‘basket cases’ so it will be interesting to see what lies ahead.

By | August 1st, 2007|Ford USA, General News, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo|1 Comment

Land Rover Discovery

Many many moons ago when I was a teenager set to conquer the world I was persuaded by a good mate to go halves with him in buying an old Mk1 Land Rover. It was a beast that only two adventurous kids could love.

It used more oil than petrol, a fully laden semi trailer could – and did – out-accelerate it going up a hill and it looked nothing like a Land Rover. By the time it came into our possession it had a combination aluminium and timber body, it was painted bright orange and it was definitely never going to be a chick magnet.

But it went and it took us to places our cars wouldn’t take us and somehow I wish I still had that monster.

But time moves on and even today’s Land Rover looks nothing like the Mk1 Landies of long ago. Today they reek of comfort and prestige but they’ll still get you to places most other vehicles will never reach.

So let’s have a quick look at what the press is saying about today’s modern Land Rover Discovery.

Land Rover Discovery

The Discovery comes with a choice of three engines. There is a V6 and V8 Petrol and a V6 diesel that was designed by Jaguar. The standard transmission is a 6 speed automatic that includes a variety of settings that takes into account the ground conditions that you’re travelling over.

The Good Points

Rides and handles well in most conditions

It will go places in two-wheel drive where others need four

Good cabin space

Quiet inside the cab at highway speeds

Good fuel consumption from the diesel.

Land Rover Discovery dashboard

The Not So Good Points

Good equipment levels but the quality of the equipment was not up to the same standard as competitors

Cheap looking seat fabrics and dashboard

Fuel consumption in the petrol versions

Presented as a premium vehicle in a class where it doesn’t quite match the competition

You can find more in-depth reviews here and here.

And from all that you might see that the Land Rover Discovery is an honest vehicle that doesn’t quite meet the competition and somehow that reminds of that old Mk 1 Landi I once co-owned.

By | February 1st, 2006|Land Rover|Comments Off on Land Rover Discovery