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    • By William Maley
      Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations has been building up a reputation with high-performance and ultra-luxury models. They're hoping to add capable vehicles to that list with the debut of the Land Rover Discovery SVX.
      SVX will be reserved for models that can go anywhere and this Discovery fits the bill. The chassis boasts a lifted air suspension with long-travel dampers and new knuckles; Hydraulic Active Roll Control that provides better wheel articulation, and a set of 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires. Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system has been retuned for the SVX to provide maximum traction no matter the terrain.
      Power comes from a supercharged 5.0L V8 with 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Power flows through a specially calibrated eight-speed automatic with a two-speed transfer box.
      Outside, SVO has fitted new bumpers with skid plates, grille and side vents finished in black, orange tow hooks, and and an exclusive Tectonic Grey paint.
      Land Rover says the Discovery SVX will go into production next year at SVO's Technical Center.
      Source: Land Rover
      Press Release is on Page 2


      NEW DISCOVERY SVX - LAND ROVER REVEALS ALL-TERRAIN CHAMPION AT FRANKFURT IAA
      Land Rover has revealed the Discovery SVX – the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures. New Discovery SVX revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show is a production preview of the ultimate all-terrain Land Rover Discovery, with a 525PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol powertrain Most extreme Land Rover yet, with go-anywhere capability – increased ground clearance, body and suspension lifts, more wheel articulation and large all-terrain tyres Specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system and Active Roll Control are firsts for new Discovery Discovery SVX will be the first Land Rover assembled by hand at the SVO Technical Centre when production begins in 2018 Prospective customers and Land Rover enthusiasts are invited to register their interest in new Discovery SVX at www.landrover.com Frankfurt, Germany, 12 September 2017 – Land Rover has revealed the Discovery SVX – the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures.
      Discovery SVX, launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show, adds extreme all-terrain capability to the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) product triangle. SVX will sit alongside the acclaimed Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography, which are hallmarks for outstanding on-road performance and supreme luxury respectively.
      Discovery SVX will be the first Land Rover hand-assembled by expert craftsmen at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK when production begins in 2018.
      John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, said: “SVO designers are embedded within the Land Rover team and have worked with our engineers to unleash their own passion for adventure to create another truly desirable and versatile vehicle in the Land Rover line-up.”
      Discovery SVX embodies the design excellence and engineering integrity that are core values of every Land Rover, building on the legendary Land Rover all-terrain capability and adventurous spirit to deliver the ultimate in off-road performance and desirability.
      Since its launch in 2016 the fifth-generation Discovery, built on Land Rover’s strong, safe and light aluminium architecture, has won admiration as the world’s best full-size versatile SUV. That makes it the perfect base for SVO’s first SVX vehicle. New Discovery is the first modern Land Rover to wear the SVX badge.
      Mark Stanton, SVO Director, said: “The SVX product line gives us a fantastic opportunity to deliver the ultimate Land Rover all-terrain capability in a dynamic and distinctive manner, creating a rugged and versatile SUV that the whole family will love: effortless, unstoppable and connected, whatever the terrain.
      “Discovery SVX is designed to reward off-road driving enthusiasts with the next level of all-terrain capability, without compromising comfort and practicality.”
      SVX takes Discovery versatility to new levels through further development of its formidable off-road ability. It will be offered exclusively with Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, tuned to deliver 525PS peak power and 625Nm torque, along with suspension modifications to enhance driver confidence when tackling the toughest terrain.
      Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC), is new to Discovery on SVX. It gives increased wheel articulation and improved body control, enhancing extreme off-road traction while also reducing body roll for smooth and sure-footed on-road driving.
      Discovery SVX has improved approach, departure and breakover angles, achieved by raising both the lightweight aluminium monocoque architecture and the four-corner air suspension system, employing long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, and fitting larger 815mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged aluminium alloy wheels.
      Tyres with higher side-walls reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces. Combined with a more aggressive tread pattern, this improves grip in muddy conditions.
      Discovery SVX is also equipped with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials which work with the specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system to optimise traction on all surfaces.
      Complementing these hardware upgrades are unique software calibrations for the eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and Discovery’s dynamics systems including Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). Discovery SVX also features a model-first Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter to offer the driver optimum control of gear selection in off-road manoeuvres.
      To visually reflect Discovery SVX’s inherent robustness and go-further ability, Land Rover designers have referenced features of iconic Discovery off-road challenge vehicles, such as those used for Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, to give SVX a distinctive, aggressive and purposeful appearance inside and out. 
      Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “The combination of design excellence and engineering integrity inherent in every Land Rover is the foundation of everything we do. The Discovery SVX reinforces Land Rover’s unrivalled reputation for building vehicles with true all-terrain capability for customers who desire the ultimate in off-road performance.”
      The production preview SVX at Frankfurt IAA features unique front and rear bumpers with protective skid plates and exposed Rush Orange-finished metal recovery eyes – each rated to enable recovery of more than six tonnes, an anti-glare bonnet finish and an integrated rear-mounted electric winch system.
      Discovery SVX also stands out through its exclusive satin Tectonic Grey paint finish, a unique colour and material combination of Lunar and Light Oyster with Rush Orange accents inside, and ‘X’ logo perforations on the SVX-branded seats. Unique Narvik Black side vents with V8 badging, a Narvik Black Dynamic grille, Black roof rails and a roof-mounted unit with two additional light pods for improved low-light visibility complete the transformation.
      The first Land Rover SVX from SVO makes its world debut on the Jaguar Land Rover stand at Frankfurt IAA, 12-24 September, alongside a comprehensive range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles including SVO stablemates the Range Rover Sport SVR, Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Jaguar XE SV Project 8.
       

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    • By William Maley
      Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations has been building up a reputation with high-performance and ultra-luxury models. They're hoping to add capable vehicles to that list with the debut of the Land Rover Discovery SVX.
      SVX will be reserved for models that can go anywhere and this Discovery fits the bill. The chassis boasts a lifted air suspension with long-travel dampers and new knuckles; Hydraulic Active Roll Control that provides better wheel articulation, and a set of 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires. Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system has been retuned for the SVX to provide maximum traction no matter the terrain.
      Power comes from a supercharged 5.0L V8 with 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Power flows through a specially calibrated eight-speed automatic with a two-speed transfer box.
      Outside, SVO has fitted new bumpers with skid plates, grille and side vents finished in black, orange tow hooks, and and an exclusive Tectonic Grey paint.
      Land Rover says the Discovery SVX will go into production next year at SVO's Technical Center.
      Source: Land Rover
      Press Release is on Page 2


      NEW DISCOVERY SVX - LAND ROVER REVEALS ALL-TERRAIN CHAMPION AT FRANKFURT IAA
      Land Rover has revealed the Discovery SVX – the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures. New Discovery SVX revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show is a production preview of the ultimate all-terrain Land Rover Discovery, with a 525PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol powertrain Most extreme Land Rover yet, with go-anywhere capability – increased ground clearance, body and suspension lifts, more wheel articulation and large all-terrain tyres Specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system and Active Roll Control are firsts for new Discovery Discovery SVX will be the first Land Rover assembled by hand at the SVO Technical Centre when production begins in 2018 Prospective customers and Land Rover enthusiasts are invited to register their interest in new Discovery SVX at www.landrover.com Frankfurt, Germany, 12 September 2017 – Land Rover has revealed the Discovery SVX – the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures.
      Discovery SVX, launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show, adds extreme all-terrain capability to the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) product triangle. SVX will sit alongside the acclaimed Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography, which are hallmarks for outstanding on-road performance and supreme luxury respectively.
      Discovery SVX will be the first Land Rover hand-assembled by expert craftsmen at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK when production begins in 2018.
      John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, said: “SVO designers are embedded within the Land Rover team and have worked with our engineers to unleash their own passion for adventure to create another truly desirable and versatile vehicle in the Land Rover line-up.”
      Discovery SVX embodies the design excellence and engineering integrity that are core values of every Land Rover, building on the legendary Land Rover all-terrain capability and adventurous spirit to deliver the ultimate in off-road performance and desirability.
      Since its launch in 2016 the fifth-generation Discovery, built on Land Rover’s strong, safe and light aluminium architecture, has won admiration as the world’s best full-size versatile SUV. That makes it the perfect base for SVO’s first SVX vehicle. New Discovery is the first modern Land Rover to wear the SVX badge.
      Mark Stanton, SVO Director, said: “The SVX product line gives us a fantastic opportunity to deliver the ultimate Land Rover all-terrain capability in a dynamic and distinctive manner, creating a rugged and versatile SUV that the whole family will love: effortless, unstoppable and connected, whatever the terrain.
      “Discovery SVX is designed to reward off-road driving enthusiasts with the next level of all-terrain capability, without compromising comfort and practicality.”
      SVX takes Discovery versatility to new levels through further development of its formidable off-road ability. It will be offered exclusively with Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, tuned to deliver 525PS peak power and 625Nm torque, along with suspension modifications to enhance driver confidence when tackling the toughest terrain.
      Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC), is new to Discovery on SVX. It gives increased wheel articulation and improved body control, enhancing extreme off-road traction while also reducing body roll for smooth and sure-footed on-road driving.
      Discovery SVX has improved approach, departure and breakover angles, achieved by raising both the lightweight aluminium monocoque architecture and the four-corner air suspension system, employing long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, and fitting larger 815mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged aluminium alloy wheels.
      Tyres with higher side-walls reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces. Combined with a more aggressive tread pattern, this improves grip in muddy conditions.
      Discovery SVX is also equipped with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials which work with the specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system to optimise traction on all surfaces.
      Complementing these hardware upgrades are unique software calibrations for the eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and Discovery’s dynamics systems including Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). Discovery SVX also features a model-first Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter to offer the driver optimum control of gear selection in off-road manoeuvres.
      To visually reflect Discovery SVX’s inherent robustness and go-further ability, Land Rover designers have referenced features of iconic Discovery off-road challenge vehicles, such as those used for Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, to give SVX a distinctive, aggressive and purposeful appearance inside and out. 
      Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “The combination of design excellence and engineering integrity inherent in every Land Rover is the foundation of everything we do. The Discovery SVX reinforces Land Rover’s unrivalled reputation for building vehicles with true all-terrain capability for customers who desire the ultimate in off-road performance.”
      The production preview SVX at Frankfurt IAA features unique front and rear bumpers with protective skid plates and exposed Rush Orange-finished metal recovery eyes – each rated to enable recovery of more than six tonnes, an anti-glare bonnet finish and an integrated rear-mounted electric winch system.
      Discovery SVX also stands out through its exclusive satin Tectonic Grey paint finish, a unique colour and material combination of Lunar and Light Oyster with Rush Orange accents inside, and ‘X’ logo perforations on the SVX-branded seats. Unique Narvik Black side vents with V8 badging, a Narvik Black Dynamic grille, Black roof rails and a roof-mounted unit with two additional light pods for improved low-light visibility complete the transformation.
      The first Land Rover SVX from SVO makes its world debut on the Jaguar Land Rover stand at Frankfurt IAA, 12-24 September, alongside a comprehensive range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles including SVO stablemates the Range Rover Sport SVR, Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Jaguar XE SV Project 8.
       
    • By William Maley
      Volvo Reports Four Percent Growth in August
      ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (September 1, 2017) - Volvo Car USA, LLC, (VCUSA) reported U.S. sales of 7,994 vehicles for the month of August, a 4.1 percent increase versus August 2016. The month was led by the XC90 with 2,869 sales, followed by the XC60 with 2,218 current generation and 303 of the first arriving all-new vehicles.
       
      “August brought the increased availability of carlines we have been anticipating and the arrivals of the first all-new XC60 vehicles,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “This, coupled with strong programs in place, will allow us to carry the positive momentum for the remainder of the year, resulting in growth for 2017.”
      Models August 2017 August 2016 % Year To Date 2017 Year To Date 2016 % S60 1,125 1,110 1.4 % 7,978 8,755 -8.9 % S60 CC 37 40 -7.5 % 176 400 -56.0 % S80 1 99 -99.0 % 6 500 -98.8 % S90 918 194 373.2 % 4,727 451 948.1 % V60 111 342 -67.5 % 1,801 2,459 -26.8 % V60 CC 127 412 -69.2 % 1,731 1,878 -7.8 % V90 32 0 100.0 % 93 0 100.0 % V90 CC 253 0 100.0 % 1,320 0 100.0 % XC60 2,218 1,847 20.1 % 12,458 12,770 -2.4 % XC60 II 303 0 100.0 % 1,282 0 100.0 % XC70 0 778 - 73 3,919 -98.1 % All-New XC90 2,869 2,859 0.3 % 17,421 21,760 -19.9 % Total 7,994 7,681 4.1 % 49,066 52,892 -7.2 % * I, II, III etc shows which generation the car model belongs to.
    • By William Maley
      Hyundai Motor America Reports August Sales
      Tucson Has its Best August Ever, Up 28 Percent Year-Over-Year Genesis Sales Up 10 Percent Compared with Last Month FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today reported August sales of Hyundai and Genesis branded vehicles of 54,310 units, a 25 percent decline compared with the company's best all-time August in 2016. The monthly sales decline continues to be attributed to a substantial reduction in fleet sales that were down 53 percent compared with August 2016.
      SALES BY BRAND
        Aug-17
      Aug-16
      2017 YTD
      2016 YTD
      Hyundai
      52,507
      70,518
      441,367
      519,581
      Genesis
      1,803
      1,497
      13,366
      1,497
      TOTAL
      54,310
      72,015
      454,733
      521,078
      HYUNDAI BRAND HIGHLIGHTS
      "The Hyundai Tucson had another record breaking month. Its combination of bold design and advanced technology is resonating with customers looking for a versatile CUV," said Sam Brnovich, executive director, National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. "The 2018 Sonata is gaining momentum as well and just earned the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, it highest accolade."
      In the Houston area, Hyundai is focused on helping its customers and dealers recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Both Hyundai and Genesis have launched disaster relief programs that provide an offer to anyone with a damaged vehicle. This incentive is effective in all states as some impacted people may have been in Houston on business or vacation. Hyundai Capital America (captive finance for Hyundai and Genesis) is also offering payment relief solutions, including payment extensions, redirection of billing statements and arranging for phone or on-line payments free of charge. In addition, Hyundai's non-profit organization, Hyundai Hope On Wheels, is making donations to five Texas-area children's hospitals to assist with patient needs, resulting from the super storm.
      HYUNDAI MODELS
      Vehicle
      Aug-17
      Aug-16
      2017 YTD
      2016 YTD
      Accent
      2,632
      8,329
      37,262
      54,705
      Azera
      349
      398
      2,374
      3,356
      Elantra
      15,127
      20,733
      128,666
      137,668
      Equus
      0
      83
      19
      1,237
      Genesis
      125
      1,317
      1,128
      20,818
      Santa Fe
      11,474
      15,176
      84,235
      86,948
      Sonata
      10,866
      14,888
      97,829
      139,932
      Tucson
      9,757
      7,608
      72,721
      58,000
      Veloster
      1,018
      1,986
      9,841
      16,917
      Ioniq
      1,159
      0
      7,292
      0
      GENESIS BRAND HIGHLIGHTS
      August Genesis sales totaled 1,803, a 10 percent increase over last month and a 20 percent increase compared with August 2016.
      “Genesis continues to grow in sales, and make strides in awareness,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. “Last month alone, the Genesis G90 won ‘best in class’ in AutoPacific’s ‘Ideal Vehicle Award,’ and we announced new connected-car capabilities using Google Home and Assistant technology. Genesis’ commitment to ‘raising the bar’ for customers is being validated by industry analysts and our technology partners alike.”
      GENESIS MODELS
      Vehicle
      Aug-17
      Aug-16
      2017 YTD
      2016 YTD
      G80
      1,484
      1,497
      10,489
      1,497
      G90
      319
      0
      2,877
      0
    • By William Maley
      MITSUBISHI MOTORS REPORTS 11.3 PERCENT SALES INCREASE
      Total reported August sales of 8,164 are up 11.3 percent over last August Outlander posts its best sales month since 2003 with 2,730 units sold Outlander Sports sales soar to a 12.7 percent increase over last August CYPRESS, Calif. – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) reported August 2017 sales of 8,164, up 11.3 percent over August 2016. Mitsubishi’s CUV sales sizzled in the month with total CUV sales up 20.2 percent versus last year. Outlander closed the month with its best sales month in 14 years with 2,730 units sold, up 29 percent over last August. Outlander Sport sales were 2,898, an increase of 12.7 percent over August 2016.
      Total 2017 calendar-year sales are up 5.4 percent compared to last year at this time with 70,765 units sold.
       
      August
      YTD
       
      2017
      2016
      2017
      2016
      i‐MiEV
      0
      25
      6
      65
      Mirage
      1557
      1541
      16804
      15994
      Lancer
      979
      1089
      9821
      10616
      Outlander Sport
      2898
      2572
      20874
      22948
      Outlander
      2730
      2109
      23260
      17537
      Total
      8164
      7336
      70765
      67160
       
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