For the secondyear running, the Nissan X-TRAIL has been awarded best compact 4x4 in the What Car? Car of the Year 2006 Awards, beating off competition from the Honda CR-V and the Kia Sportage.
The prestigious awards were held last night in London, and Nissans managing director, Bill Bosley, was there to collect the award from Mary Nightingale.
What Cars judges, said: The X-TRAIL is one of the most adept cars in the class at making progress on the sticky stuff. Thanks to its sophisticated four-wheel drive system it can easily cope with mild cross-country work. High ground clearance also helps its cause. However, its just as impressive on the asphalt as it is off it. Bends are tackled with composure, and quick, responsive steering adds to the fun. It rides well, too. Bumpy surfaces cause it few problems, and suspension clatter is far less prominent in the Nissan than in many of its 4x4 rivals.
Above all the X-TRAIL represents fantastic value for money.
The X-TRAIL comes with a choice of three engines: 140PS 2.0-litre and 165PS 2.5-litre petrol, and a 136PS 2.2-litre common-rail diesel. Last year, a 4x2 version was introduced, sharing the same 2.0-petrol and 2.2-lire dCi engines with the award winning 4x4 range.
Following the campaign by the Department for Trade and Industry to raise awareness of LPG as an alternative vehicle fuel, the LP Gas Association has re-launched the Boost LPG web site with all the latest information. The web site is an independent, comprehensive consumer guide to LPG autogas in the UK. There is everything that a consumer needs to know about the benefits of LPG, getting an LPG vehicle (whether new, used or converting an existing vehicle) and filling up with LPG in the UK or abroad. There is even a calculator for instant information on the amount of money that can be saved on fuel costs and the savings in CO2 to be expected from running on LPG.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, 20 January 2006 The Land Rover Discovery 3 TDV6 was named the Best Large 4x4 for the second year running at the What Car?Car of the Year awards ceremony in London last night.
What Car? group editor, Steve Fowler, said: "One year on, the Land Rover Discovery 3 TDV6 our 2005 Car of the Year remains a brilliant achievement and the best large 4x4 around."
He added: "Making 4x4s isn't a fashionable new departure for Land Rover it's what they do. None of the Discovery's key rivals can match its no-nonsense image or ability in the rough, yet it's also as classy and refined as an executive saloon and as practical as an MPV."
This latest award is the Discovery 3's 67th, with honours coming in from all over the world including key developing markets for Land Rover such as Russia and China. The What Car?Best Large 4x4 award 2006 was hotly contested, with new entrants to the market including the Mercedes ML failing to beat the all-round capability of the Discovery 3.
Land Rover's managing director, Matthew Taylor, said: "It is extremely satisfying to return one year after picking up the main Car of the Year award to collect yet another gong for the Discovery 3, especially given the level of competition in this sector in 2006. What Car? is the voice of the British consumer and we are
delighted to have their endorsement once again, and with over 60,000 Discovery 3s sold around the world, it looks like the buying public is taking notice."
Priced from £26,995 to £48,495, on-the-road, the Discovery 3 is on sale now at Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK.
Editors' note: This year's What Car? award-winning Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Automatic, priced at £38,490, comes with a generous specification including active four-corner air suspension, Terrain ResponseTM, cruise control, automatic climate control, a leather pack, satellite navigation and park distance control. Fuel consumption (combined cycle) is 30.0 mpg on the TDV6 manual (27.2 mpg with automatic transmission) and CO2emissions are 249 g/km (manual) and 275 g/km (automatic).
These CGI renderings, straight out of Bowler-Offroad's design studio, reveal an exclusive first look at Bowlers next generation desert racers! Currently being developed under the code name "Maxim", both the Bowler "Race" and Bowler "Road" are based on Land Rovers Range Rover Sport equipment and design. These next generation off-road racers are designed to cope with the harshest events the World Off-Road Rally circuit can provide!
Fully independent adjustable suspension ensure traction over the roughest terrain, a wider track to give better handling in tight technical stages and a longer 108-inch wheelbase provides greater stability and poise at speed.
These new Bowlers will provide the same thrill and performance of previous race vehicle's but with the added style and refinement of a performance coupe.
Aggressive muscular lines are a reminder of the Bowlers racing heritage and the sculpted front side vents provide engine cooling while rear intakes supply cool air for both the brakes and dampers.
Speed is all important in off-road rally competitions. A new lightweight tubular frame with carbon composite body panels and a 4.2ltr supercharged V8 produce a vehicle capable of propelling you from 0 -102kmph in 4.2 seconds!
Drew Bowler told us "we will have prototypes running this summer and hopefully a couple of cars in next years Dakar"! Drew also mentioned, " The new car will primarily be a Rally car but it will be road legal and hopefully a little more user friendly than the current Wildcat".