Does the World Need a Range Rover Convertible?
If you want a quick read on how well sport utility vehicles are doing versus cars in the U.S., then it is worth taking a look at the numbers for Jaguar Land Rover, as that company clearly has both types of vehicles on offer.
According to numbers from Autodata, in September Jaguar delivered 995 cars in the U.S., down 12.9%. For the year, it has delivered 11,216 units, which is off by 5.28% for the same period in 2014.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the house, Land Rover delivered 5,855 utilities in September, which is up 88.5%. And for the year, it is up 26%, with 48,403 units.
Clearly, sport utilities are the way to go. While Jaguar will be getting one in the not-too-distant future, the folks at Land Rover are going to have a new one out next month.
It is the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
The company is describing it as “the most capable convertible in the world.”
Shown here is the vehicle undergoing a test at the company’s Eastnor Castle estate in Herefordshire, UK:
You’d think that during water fording you might put the top up lest the interior leather get. . .damp.
While they’ll undoubtedly sell some, perhaps they should have spent some time talking to the people at Nissan about its Murano variant.
The previous-generation Hyundai Elantra (2010 to 2015) had the edgy Fluidic Sculpture design forming its sheet metal; it’s bigger brethren, the Sonata, was more visible in this regard, though the smaller size of the Elantra gave the skin a greater tautness than was the case on the Sonata.
The way people are going to get transportation is changing the world over. Get ready for it.
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