Land Rover top of class

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THE new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery 4 has been crowned 4x4 of the Year, by 4x4 Aus­tralia Mag­a­zine its third ma­jor award in Aus­tralia since its ar­rival late 2009.

Pit­ted head to head with the new Toy­ota Prado, the Dis­cov­ery 4 came out in front.

Land Rover has now won the 4x4 of the Year award four of the past six years.

The Dis­cov­ery 4 proved the most pop­u­lar among the in­di­vid­ual judges, with most award­ing it the high­est num­ber of votes.

Land Rover Aus­tralia Mar­ket­ing and PR Man­ager Kevin Goult said: ‘‘Since 2005 the Dis­cov­ery 3 has been at the cor­ner­stone of Land Rover’s suc­cess in Aus­tralia.

‘‘It was re­garded as the ‘world’s most awarded 4WD’, re­ceiv­ing more than 100 awards across 17 coun­tries glob­ally, and the Dis­cov­ery 4 is show­ing ev­ery sign that it will con­tinue the legacy of its pre­de­ces­sor.’’

This award comes just weeks af­ter the Dis­cov­ery 4 was crowned Aus­tralia’s Best Cars, Best All Ter­rain 4WD for 2009 and the 2009 Drive Car of the Year — Best 4WD.

Au­to­ read­ers have cho­sen the Range Rover Vogue as their Car of the Decade.

Au­to­car’s res­i­dent car ex­perts nom­i­nated and cham­pi­oned 17 great cars launched dur­ing the past 10 years for read­ers to choose from.

Of more than 7500 votes, 18 per cent — nearly a fifth — were for the Range Rover Vogue.

The Range Rover saw off a strong show­ing from the MkII Lo­tus Elise, which took sec­ond place with 12.5 per cent of the vote.

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