FROM THE DRIV­ERS SEAT

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT -

Teaser pics of the new 2017 Dis­cov­ery 5 (due to be re­vealed to the pub­lic at this month’s Paris Mo­tor Show) have been do­ing the rounds in all the Euro­pean press here lately, stir­ring up mixed-emo­tion con­ver­sa­tions when­ever I have en­gaged with Land Rover peeps on the topic. “Land Rover should have ended the Disco pro­duc­tion and kept the De­fender, ranted a mis­guided fan on so­cial me­dia. I have a dif­fer­ent opin­ion. Ever heard your grand­dad say, ‘They cer­tainly don’t make ‘em like they used to any­more?’ ... Well, in my opin­ion, that is a splen­did thing. Land Rovers have be­come lighter, faster, more eco­nom­i­cal and cer­tainly more re­li­able over the years. Back in 2014, while driv­ing in con­voy through the tal­cum pow­der that passes for a dirt road in the Sos­susvlei, I re­call our tech ed­i­tor ‘Oom’ Ian Theron’s voice crackle over the two-way ra­dio: “These Free­lander’s are no­gal nice né? …if I was in my De­fender, ev­ery­thing in­side the car would be cov­ered in dust by now.” We were driv­ing a con­voy of some of the last Free­lander’s (one of Land Rover’s most un­der­rated ve­hi­cles ever built) sold in South Africa from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam and not one of these com­pletely stock-stan­dard cars missed a sin­gle beat on the en­tire 20 000km (in five weeks!) epic adventure. Like it or not, we are evolv­ing rapidly into an age where driver­less cars will be the norm, an age where Uber even sees car own­er­ship be­com­ing an anachro­nism. I, for one, can­not wait to drive the new Dis­cov­ery, I am con­fi­dent that it will be supremely ca­pa­ble of tak­ing on any adventure. Best grab one and use it to drive to ev­ery des­ti­na­tion on your bucket list. While us hu­mans are still al­lowed be­hind the wheel. En­joy the read Andrew Mark chair­man

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