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Land Rover recalling 66k Range Rovers and LR4s, in two actions

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is announcing two, new safety campaigns affecting a total of 65,844 SUVs from Land Rover. At FenderSplendor® Paint Meters we provide Land Rover Dealers around the World with the #1 Paint Meter in the Industry. Over 14,000 Car Dealers rely on FenderSplendor.

The larger recall covers 65,352 examples of the 2013-2016 Range Rover and 2014-2016 Range Rover Sport. On these SUVs, the doors can suddenly unlatch when closed, and this can occur while the vehicle is in motion. The problem is not mechanical in nature. Land Rover dealers simply need to update the keyless entry software to fix the issue. The campaign is expected to begin on August 7. more...

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Jaguar Land Rover signs manufacturing contract with Magna Steyr

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Jaguar Land Rover is in the midst of implementing big plans. Those include a raft of new models, and a series of new manufacturing facilities to build them. It seems, however, that the former is outpacing the latter, as the British automaker has just announced a new manufacturing contract to have some of its vehicles built off-site.

The latest deal is with Magna Steyr, the contract manufacturer based in Graz, Austria. That could see a Land Rover produced at the same facility that has handled the Mercedes G-Class since 1979, or a Jaguar at the same place that assembled the Aston Martin Rapide until 2012 when production was moved back to the UK.

The big question at this point is just what JLR will choose to have Magna build on its behalf. The British automaker isn't saying at this point, but a spokesman confirmed to Autoblog that it will be a future product – not an existing line moved from its current production site to the contract manufacturer, as Mercedes recently did with the R-Class. A timeline wasn't announced at this early stage, either, but we're told it will take about 24 months before new Jaguars or Land Rovers start rolling out of the plant in Austria.  more...

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Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster confirmed

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At the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed the arrival of the Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce Roadster. The news puts a bow on a gift we already expected, having seen the superfast roadster gussied up like a Swedish rally car during testing in the Arctic.

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This Group B-inspired Audi S1 must be built

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There was an era when big wings, big turbos, big speed and big risk ruled rallying. It was called Group B, and it was completely and utterly bonkers.

However, this unrestricted period of madness was short-lived. Ditched in 1986 after just four years, due to a series of high-profile accidents, the world hasn't seen anything like it since.

Until now. Sort of.  more ...

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With Reveal Of New Giulia Sedan, Alfa Romeo Gets Serious About Brand Renaissance

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Alfa Romeo is serious about putting its brand back on the map. This week at the official Alfa Romeo Museum in Milan, Italy, the automaker revealed the Giulia in high-performance Quadrifoglio trim—the first car in an eight­-product assault scheduled for the next three years. The Giulia is a small four­-door sedan aimed at the BMW 3-Series, though with what looks like slightly bigger dimensions, and the Quadrifoglio version is a BMW M3 fighter.

Very few Americans have a good handle on the Alfa Romeo brand and it turns out the same could be said for the automaker itself. Prior to starting this project, Alfa executives studied the brand and its history, asking consumers what they thought it represented. They concluded that their perspective needed to change, not the brand. Once they realized that Alfa was not a mainstream brand, that it stood for leading Italian engineering and style, and that the cars should have a thoroughbred character, they set up a skunkworks team of engineers, technicians, and designers to develop the Giulia. That began a little over two years ago. more ...

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