Tow­car vic­tory

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Lan­dRover’s Dis­cov­ery has landed the ti­tle of The Car­a­van Club Tow­car of the Year 2016.

It is the first over­all vic­tory for the Disco and one of three top hon­ours se­cured by the pres­tige model at the an­nual awards.

The Dis­cov­ery HSE Lux­ury’s other two wins were for all-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles of more than 1,800kg and for ve­hi­cles priced in ex­cess of £50,000.

Strong praise for the model came from the com­pe­ti­tion judges who gave spe­cial men­tion to its “rock solid sta­bil­ity, master-class hill start, and its elec­tric park­ing brake, which holds re­ally well and re­leases au­to­mat­i­cally when pulling away”.

The Car­a­van Club tested 43 cars for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, car­ried out by car­a­van jour­nal­ists, na­tional mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists and Car­a­van Club mem­bers, with the aim of pro­vid­ing driv­ers with sound ad­vice for their tow­ing needs.

The judges as­sessed each car’s tow­ing abil­i­ties in­clud­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion, brak­ing and cop­ing with hill starts.

The en­trants, which were split into seven price classes and two weight cat­e­gories, ranged from the MG6 S DTITECH, the ‘Un­der £17,500’ class win­ner at £14,347, to the Land Rover Range Rover SDV8 Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy com­ing in at a hefty £97,700.

Each tow­car en­dured a gru­elling se­ries of tri­als – be­ing judged not only on their tow­ing per­for­mance over the test­ing cir­cuit at the Mill­brook Prov­ing Ground in Bed­ford­shire, but also for their ‘car­a­van­abil­ity’.

This mea­sures how well the car holds up to a car­a­van­ner’s needs – how much typ­i­cal hol­i­day gear and car­a­van essen­tials it can ac­com­mo­date.

They also gauge how easily it can be hooked up to a car­a­van and the qual­ity of tow­ing in­for­ma­tion avail­able in its hand­book.

Also added to the mark­ing equa­tion was the tow­car’s value for money.

Price class awards went to: the MG6 S DTI-TECH; Re­nault Cap­tur Dy­namique Nav dCi 110; Volk­swa­gen Jetta SE 2.0-litre TDI BlueMo­tion 150PS DSG; Skoda Oc­tavia Es­tate Scout 2.0TDI 150PS 4x4; Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat Es­tate GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190PS DSG; Volk­swa­gen Touareg R-Line 3.0-litre V6 TDI 262PS 4MOTION and the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery HSE LUX.

From these class win­ners, it was the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery that took the over­all vic­tory, the panel agree­ing “it can ac­com­mo­date mas­sive amounts of lug­gage” and is avail­able with a use­ful TowAs­sist guid­ance sys­tem.

Jaguar Land Rover UK chief Jeremy Hicks said: “2015 is prov­ing to be another fan­tas­tic year for Dis­cov­ery. It has been at the top of the judges’ lists of ca­pa­ble tow­ing ve­hi­cles con­sis­tently for the last nine years.

“Along with our re­cent re­search con­cept an­nounce­ments, we are de­mon­strat­ing our strong abil­ity to de­velop ground break­ing tech­nolo­gies that put the needs of our cus­tomers first.”

Ear­lier this month Land Rover pre­viewed how the fu­ture of tow­ing may look with world-first Trans­par­ent Trailer and Cargo Sense re­search con­cepts.

Trans­par­ent Trailer uses a se­ries of cam­eras that en­ables the driver to view a see-through ren­der­ing of their trailer in the rear-view mir­ror, boost­ing vis­i­bil­ity.

Cargo Sense pro­vides the driver with live data on the con­di­tion of stor­age or live­stock dur­ing trans­porta­tion. Pres­sure pads pro­vide de­tails of move­ment within the cargo area and tem­per­a­ture sen­sors en­sure that an op­ti­mum tem­per­a­ture is main­tained dur­ing the jour­ney.

In ac­tion the Dis­cov­ery took the top hon­our

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