‘Designs that people love’
Land Rover adds two awards to its display cabinet
THE Land Rover brand recently added two more awards to its diplay cabinet.
The chief design officer for Land Rover, Gerry McGovern, was named Designer of the Year at the Festival Automobile International; and Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine ws rated one of the 10 Best Engines for 2018.
DESIGNS THAT PEOPLE LOVE
The Grand Prix du Design prize recognised McGovern’s influence across the car industry, notably the Range Rover Evoque, the sleek silhouette of which is now the standard look for most big sport utilities.
The awards are decided by a 15strong jury from the automotive industry, sport, architecture, fashion, design, culture and the media. Jury members at the Hotel National des Invalides, in Paris, France, included architect Jean Michel Wilmotte, stylist Chantal Thomas, designer Anne Asensio and Etienne Gernelle, president and CEO of Le Point magazine.
Rémi Depoix, president of the Festival Automobile International, said:
“Gerry McGovern has been re cognised by the jury of the 33rd Festival Automobile International of Paris for his astonishing masterpiece, the Range Rover Velar, and for his whole career.
“One of his remarkable achievements is to adapt Land Rover’s DNA, a transformation that began with the Range Rover Evoque.
“The British automotive industry has been reinvented in Gerry’s vision and Land Rover is an incredible success story. Congratulations to him and his team.”
McGovern said it had a very 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 people’s lives.
“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,” he said.
TOP 10 BEST ENGINES
Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover’s 184kW 2.0-litre turbocharged fourcylinder Ingenium petrol engine has been recognised as one of the 10 Best Engines for 2018 by WardsAuto.
For 2018, a total of 32 new or significantly improved powertrains from a number of automotive manufacturers were tested by WardsAuto’s editors in real-life, on-road driving conditions.
This year’s 10 Best Engines were selected based on a range of testing criteria including, but not limited to, maximum power output, fuel economy, noise characteristics and new technology.
The all-aluminium Ingenium 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine delivers performance, efficiency and refinement without compromise. Jaguar’s first compact SUV, the E-PACE, is the latest model to feature the 184kW Ingenium powertrain; accelerating from 0-100km/ h in as little as 6.6 seconds and delivering fuel economy of up to 7.7 litres per kilometer.
Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering, said:
“To be recognised by WardsAuto for creating one of the best engines for 2018 is a real honour.
“Our family of low-emission, fourcylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines are some of the cleanest in the world, supporting our commitment to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel economy.
Engineered to give the best driving performance in all conditions, Ingenium engines feature advanced, fully variable valve train technology, combined with a low-friction turbocharger, for enhanced responsiveness and maximum fuel efficiency.”
Ingenium engine technology was first introduced in 2015 with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. This was followed by the advanced petrol engines entering production in April 2017.
Available across most of the Jaguar Land Rover line-up, the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is available in 184kW and 221kW versions.
In addition to the E-PACE, the engines have been well received in vehicles from the Jaguar XE to the Jaguar F-TYPE and from the Land Rover Discovery Sport to the latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
At the heart of the company’s lowemissions strategy, the Ingenium family of engines are in production at Jaguar Land Rover’s £1-billion Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton. Since July 2017 the Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine has also been manufactured in the company’s Chinese engine plant for Chery Jaguar Land Rover vehicles sold in China.
Designed, engineered and manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover, the engines use a low-friction all-aluminium-intensive design which provides excellent thermal properties and lightweight construction, improving efficiency and enhancing vehicle dynamics over traditional steel designs.
From 2020 every new Jaguar Land Rover vehicle will have the option of electrification and we continue to invest heavily in ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.
The new plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will be introduced in South Africa later in 2018.
Land Rover Evoque’s sleek lines have become the most imitated design in the SUV world.
Chief design officer for Land Rover and the man we thank for the Evoque, Gerry McGovern, was named Designer of the Year at the Festival Automobile International.