Design Analysis: 5 Generations of Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery made its U.S. debut for the 1994 model year, as the SUV craze was underway and Ford Explorers and Jeep Grand Cherokees became ubiquitous on the highways and byways of America. Offering the go-anywhere capability of a Jeep, the brand cache afforded by its famous Range Rover stablemate, and a unique design that was at once awkward and attractive, the Discovery was a sales hit. Over the generations it  has undergone a series of evolutionary and…

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Luxury Brand Sales in October 2017

Wow, Lexus and BMW were neck and neck in October sales! Even closer were Audi and Buick, just a few hundred units difference. Mercedes-Benz numbers includes 2,446 van sales, when we remove those the monthly tall comes out to 29,623, still well ahead of second place BMW. So, what is Mercedes-Benz doing so right to be this far ahead? A combination of a robust SUV lineup and its push downmarket with the CLA and GLA have postured the brand to…

Design Analysis: 1999-2003 Land Rover Discovery Series II

When the quirky Land Rover Discovery entered its second incarnation, known as the Series II, it reached its zenith. Released in 1999, the Discovery Series II took the utilitarian jungle-traversing design of the original and made just enough tweaks to make a timeless design better. The styling was refined just enough to make it look more substantial, modern and sophisticated, without sacrificing the height, massive greenhouse, signature safari windows, very short wheelbase that made it look rugged and far more…