‘De­signs that peo­ple love’

Land Rover adds two awards to its dis­play cabi­net

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - ALWYN VILJOEN

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.


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.


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.

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