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Land Rover Defender Bows Out with Three Final Editions

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  • Model: Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage Edition
  • Engine: 2.2-litre 4cyl turbodiesel
  • Power/torque: 120bhp/360Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, dual range four-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 15.8 secs/90mph
  • Economy/CO2: 28.3mpg/266g/km

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The venerable Land Rover, launched in 1948 and renamed the Defender by marketing types in 1990, will reach the end of the road this December. Although it has been gone from U.S. shores for more than a decade, the Defender has been plugging along in other markets. With its gutless four-cylinder diesel and tractorlike driving characteristics, it is an anachronism on wheels, yet fiercely loved by aficionados worldwide. For the Defender’s final year of production, Land Rover is sending it out with not one but three special editions.

The special editions have three distinct themes: the outdoorsy Adventure Edition, the luxurious Autobiography Edition, [...]

THE DESIGN

Its look says entirely new, but its soul is entirely Mustang.

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THE COCKPIT

Taking inspiration from classic airplane cockpits, we struck a balance between analog dials and digital feedback. The gear shifter is optimally placed. And the steering wheel just feels right in your hands, for a dynamic driving experience.

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PERFORMANCE

There’s a 5.0-litre V8 available, but the real news is how we’ve paired Mustang-level performance with Ford’s highly efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine.

  • Available 2.3-Litre EcoBoostTM

    The award-winning EcoBoost delivers efficiency with real power to the Mustang powertrain lineup. Increased stroke adds displacement while a new twin-scroll turbocharger means incredibly fast time-to-torque.

  • Exhilarating Driving Dynamics

    The thrill you get behind the wheel of a Mustang is a given, [...]

The new Ford Ranger that you can’t have

Folks, there's an all-new 2015 Ford Ranger, and it's not headed to North America.

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While the midsize truck is seeing a comeback here in the states with GM’s Canyonado twins, an all-new Toyota Tacoma, an imminent new Nissan Frontier, and a brand-new Honda Ridgeline, Ford has stayed out of the fray ever since the departure of the late, lamented Ranger. Related Gallery 2015 Ford Ranger – Photos & Video And now there’s a brand-new Ranger, and you can’t buy it. Well, not here, at least. If you live in one of 180 other global markets, you’re in luck. The 2015 Ford Ranger was unveiled today at The Bangkok Auto Show to great fanfare: The new Ranger gets fully restyled inside and out, and gains a full suite of electronic driver aids like adaptive cruise, lane-keeping assistance, driver-impairment alerts, parking assistance, and pretty much the rest of the tech available to us in cars like the Escape, for example. We Recommend [...]

img-3Tesla Motors Inc., the world’s best-performing automotive stock this year, will join the Nasdaq-100 Index next week, filling the spot vacated by Oracle Corp., which is moving to the New York Stock Exchange.

The electric-car maker will be added to the gauge, which tracks the biggest companies on the Nasdaq, before the start of trading on July 15, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said in a statement Monday. Oracle, which last month said it will join the NYSE, is the biggest company to jump between the competing exchanges.

Shares of Tesla, the carmaker headed by billionaire Elon Musk, have more than tripled this year as the popularity of its new Model S sedan helped the company turn its first quarterly profit. Gaining entry to benchmarks tracked by investors is attractive to public companies because it provides a guaranteed shareholder base.

“It’s a coming of age, recognition that a [...]

img-4The Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic, the top-selling mid-size and compact cars in the U.S., face risks of reduced production as inventories of the models rise, an RBC Capital Markets report said.

Toyota’s Camry exceeded its seasonal historical average inventory by more than 15 days supply in June and Honda carried about 25 days more Civics than usual, Joseph Spak, a New York-based analyst for RBC, said in today’s report. Camry and Civic were the only models identified as at risk for reduced output among 16 of the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. market. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC all added U.S. market share in the first six months of 2013, the first time that all three gained first-half share in 20 years. Models such as GM’s Chevrolet Cruze compact and Ford’s Fusion mid-size sedan, leading Detroit’s most competitive set of [...]

Fiat exercises option to buy additional 3.3% of Chrysler shares

Purchase brings closer a merger of the two automakers

img-5Fiat today exercised an option to raise its stake in Chrysler by 3.3 percent.

The move is part of CEO Sergio Marchionne’s step-by-step purchases intended to lead to full control of Chrysler and the creation of a merged company that would be able to compete better with industry leaders Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen.

Fiat has been exercising options since mid-2012 to buy holdings of about 3.3 percent from the VEBA, a medical-benefits trust for the U.S. carmaker’s retirees.

Including today’s purchase, Fiat has exercised three of its six-monthly options, increasing its stake to 68.49 percent.

Fiat has said it wants full control of Chrysler, which would give it access to some of Chrysler’s cash flow for investments in new models.

Chrysler has become Fiat’s most reliable profit generator as the Italian company struggles to end losses in Europe that totaled 704 million euros ($903 million) in [...]

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