CEN­TRE PIECE

4 x 4 Australia - - The Score -

GERRY Mcgovern, Land Rover’s Chief De­sign Of­fi­cer, was re­cently crowned the De­signer of the Year at the Fes­ti­val Au­to­mo­bile In­ter­na­tional in Paris. A 15-strong jury – from the au­to­mo­tive, sport, ar­chi­tec­ture, fash­ion, de­sign, cul­ture and me­dia in­dus­tries – awarded Mcgovern the Grand Prix du De­sign prize for his de­signs and influences across the in­dus­try.

“It's an in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing time to be a de­signer in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and to be recog­nised by a jury from a wide va­ri­ety of de­sign dis­ci­plines shows the im­por­tance of de­sign in all our lives,” Mcgovern said. “My team has worked tire­lessly to cre­ate the most de­sir­able ve­hi­cles that our cus­tomers will love for life – ve­hi­cles that res­onate with our cus­tomers on an emo­tional level.”

How­ever, it seems not ev­ery­one is too pleased with the aes­thet­ics of the new Dis­cov­ery, es­pe­cially its rear-end. Startech in Europe has al­ready pro­duced a re­place­ment panel that cen­tres the num­ber plate on the tail­gate, so that it “doesn’t look so clumsy and lop-sided”.

We don’t know about you, but we reckon it’s a war­ranted change.

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