Land Rover Monthly - - Letters -

Thanks Dave Phillips ( LRM Jan­uary) for point­ing out the James May Re­assem­bler TV pro­grammes – I tend to dis­miss May be­cause of his long as­so­ci­a­tion with the ob­nox­ious Clark­son, but th­ese pro­grammes are fas­ci­nat­ing and I have been watch­ing them on Youtube.

Dave also men­tioned the lack of choice on new ve­hi­cles with re­gards to un­nec­es­sary lux­ury equip­ment. Land Rover’s Gerry Mcgovern has been quoted as say­ing that the client should not choose equip­ment, they should be told what they need – as shown in the new Dis­cov­ery, where there is no choice over a glass roof or third row seat­ing. It’s enough to put me off buy­ing a Dis­cov­ery, even though it is tech­no­log­i­cally bril­liant.

Ob­vi­ously, the cus­tomer has no say in Land Rover mod­els be­ing copied from other ve­hi­cles. The pro­posed De­fender re­place­ment was a di­rect copy of the Toy­ota FJ; the Evoque looks like a pumped-up Nis­san Juke; Dis­cov­ery 5 looks like a Ssangy­ong Musso circa 1998 – the C pil­lar makes it look as though ev­ery­thing be­hind was an af­ter­thought.

Maybe the Land Rover man­age­ment needs to look back at the say­ing ‘The cus­tomer is al­ways right’. Terry Clear Malaga, Spain Per­haps Mr Mcgovern needs to see and ap­pre­ci­ate the Re­assem­bler, too – Ed.

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