Month: March, 2015
Land Rover was once known as the manufacturer of vehicles for hardcore adventurers that needed a set of wheels that would climb them up steep hills or through forest trails. Now it’s known for making pampered, yet highly capable, vehicles that mostly sit in mall parking lots outside of upscale stores. For that reason it shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise that Land Rover is now going to produce a convertible for their fans. No, they aren’t creating a brand new sporty sedan and completely tarnishing their rugged image, but instead modifying the Land Rover Evoque to offer a convertible SUV. That might seem like a ridiculous idea at first glance, but when you take a look at a picture of the vehicle it makes quite a bit more sense.
The Evoque convertible is actually pretty stylish, even with the ugly camo paint job that it’s being demonstrated with. Sure it looks a bit bulky, but that’s the cool thing about it. Unlike most convertibles, this one can still handle camping trips, can travel through puddles up to 20 inches deep and offers enough storage space for most day-to-day needs. It’s an attractive little convertible that still holds onto enough of Land Rover’s capability to avoid wrecking the image.
Evoque is a Cash Cow
Most Land Rover purists hate, or at least dislike the Evoque for watering down the brand and offering a weaker and more mainstream vehicle than the much more rugged SUVs that they are known for. Even though so many purists are against the Evoque you can’t deny that it’s a cash cow for Land Rover. More than 12,000 Evoques were sold in the US last year, close to a quarter of all the sales the brand had, and for that reason the pint-sized SUV is here to stay.
The Only SUV Convertible
Aside from Jeep models the Evoque will be the only SUV convertible available on the market, and that means they are wide open to scoop up all those sales. The convertible will probably be a bit bottom heavy, which will give it different handling characteristics, but the prototype looks to be pretty darn attractive, and I have no doubt that the models offered in a color scheme other than camo will look even better.
There’s plenty of people who hate the idea of an Evoque, and even more who think a convertible variation is ridiculous, but once Land Rover finishes their new creation there’s no doubt that it will help bring in a bit more money.
When the U.S. News & World Report Best Cars for Families are chosen, the judges are looking for vehicles that are going to offer a high level of reliability, comfort and the level of performance that families want and need to get through standard use. While looking through vehicle the Range Rover Sport was chosen as the 2015 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families thanks to its unique blend of top level luxury with family-friendly features.
19 different category leaders are selected providing the ideal family vehicle of each standard type out on the road. In order to get a real feel for the vehicles that judges are looking at, a blend of professional auto reviews, safety and reliability ratings as well as an actual measure of interior space and finally the family-oriented features that are available in each vehicle. When all of these different factors are taken into account a winner is selected.
What The Judges Liked about the Range Rover
When judges looked over the Range Rover Sport they were surprised to see all the family-friendly features in the vehicle. It comes with an advanced media system for entertainment, and a spacious interior with comfortable seating for up to seven people. The vehicle is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control a rearview camera and a navigation system. The vehicle comes with an eight-speaker sound system so everyone can hear the music, even at the back. The SUV is designed to handle rough terrain, and smoothly glides over standard roads. Its such a capable vehicle that’s favored by off-road enthusiasts, but also makes an excellent upscale option for families who value comfort.
The Range Rover Sport benefits from many of the same all-terrain capabilities that the Land Rover is known for, but it comes with a sportier stance that handles very smoothly while out on the road as well. The 5+2 seating is room enough for most families, and offers plenty of cargo room when it isn’t in use.
For these reasons the Range Rover Sport was chosen as the best luxury family option with three seats of space. It’s not the most affordable family-friendly option that you could choose, but it is one of the best luxury values if you really want to spoil your family. If you want a highly-capable ride that you can take with you on camping trips or to go pick up a full load of groceries comfortably the Range Rover is a good bet. It’s not the most practical option, but it has an enticing blend of luxury and enjoyable features that will make any family feel pampered.
Vehicles of all types make noises all the time while travelling down the road. Most people consider these noises to be nothing more than a nuisance, but car enthusiasts know differently. They can see the beauty in the purr of a performance engine as it sprints around a tight turn, or the note of exhaust ejected from the vehicle. The professionals at Infiniti Middle East happen to side with the enthusiasts, and they worked with Betamax to put together an audio soundtrack known as “Chromatic” that showcases all the wonderful sounds made by their vehicles.
This is what Betamax, a well-known global producer, had to say about the project. “When the idea was first brought to me, I was excited” but “it was definitely going to be a challenge.” He goes on to talk about his love for music and cars and how blending the two together with one of the industries most competent automakers was a chance to challenge himself creatively. The end-result is decidedly impressive.
The soundtrack sounds like an interesting blend between techno and elevator music, and it has a decidedly upbeat tone to it. The surprising thing about this track is that every sound and note within came from one of the Infiniti model lineup. Notes were taken from a set of vehicles and then put together to make a unique form of music, for nothing more than artistic expression. If you’re interested in hearing the sound you can get a taste of it by listening to the video below. It’s surprisingly enjoyable and will make you look at the Infiniti vehicles and the sounds they produce in a whole new way.
Vehicles Used to Make the Album
Four different model vehicles were used in the creation of this performance. The QX80, QX70, QX60 and the Q50 sedan were all utilized for their unique sounds. These models were also used for their visual style characteristics and play a major role in the production of the video.
When you watch the video produced by Infiniti one of the first things you’ll notice is all of the interesting visuals going on. These were all created by Misha Shyukin, a talented animator and videographer, who was charged with taking design elements from each of the Infiniti models and infusing them with a middle eastern arabesque flare to create a new look and feel. More than 150 different designs are featured throughout the video, and each was developed using the Infiniti vehicles as the base to build off of.
The overall project took eight months to complete and the above video is the result. It shows that even the sporty cars produced at Infiniti can produce musical notes, and when all their sounds are harnessed properly they can be pretty impressive to listen to.