- Land Rover Discovery 4 named Best Towcar in first Caravan Talk Awards, Freelander 2 included among category finalists
- Award reflects the opinions of drivers themselves, with thousands voting for their choice via the Caravan Talk on-line community
- Further honour for the multi-award-winning Discovery 4 which dominates its market sector with a 3.5-tonne towing capability
- The winners of the Caravan Talk Awards 2012 were announced live at The Motorhome and Caravan Show, Birmingham NEC, Experts Theatre, Hall 17 from 16-21 October 2012
Whitley, Warwickshire, 17 October 2012: The Land Rover Discovery 4 has proved itself the people’s choice in winning the Best Towcar title in the first Caravan Talk reader awards, announced today at the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Land Rover’s pre-eminence in towing was further reinforced by Freelander 2 being included among the five finalists.
The nominations and winners were determined by votes from members of the Caravan Talk on-line community (caravantalk.co.uk) and the opinions they expressed provide an impressive real-world judgement on the qualities of the latest generation of Land Rover vehicles.
Comments about Discovery 4 included: “… my vote is for the new eight-speed automatic Discovery 4 – smooth and effortless is an understatement, it’s like towing in an armchair”; “best tow in the world bar none”; and “just awesome, you have to try it to believe it”.
Similar praise was posted for Freelander 2: “an excellent towcar”; “tows wonderfully”; and “… towed our last three caravans with consummate ease and is a dream to drive solo”.
Across the board there was praise for the Land Rovers’ technical capabilities, with references to the excellent power and torque, high nose weight, self-levelling suspension and the smooth performance of the automatic transmissions.
Ben Feltwell, Caravan Talk Marketing Manager, said: “Despite the excellent competition, the Land Rover Discovery 4 proved itself once again to be king of the towcars in the eyes of the public.
“The Land Rover Discovery models have always been the most accomplished and complete towcars available and the Discovery 4 raises the bar to new heights. It somehow manages to blend supreme comfort with effortless towing capability. Whether you are visiting Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds or off-roading in the highlands, the Land Rover will carry you there in style.”
The award coincides with the release of the 2013 model year Discovery 4, which adds new colours and options to the car’s specification. At heart the technical elements remain unchanged, with a 255HP 3.0-litre LR-SDV6. Matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission it provides ideal power, torque and smooth performance for towing, with towing capacities up to an impressive 3.5 tonnes.
Freelander 2 may be more compact, but it, too, is equipped to perform strongly with both its 150HP 2.2-litre TD4 and 190HP SD4 diesel units, producing 420Nm of torque and advancing clean and fuel efficient operation. Recently updated for 13 model year the Freelander was updated with a new exterior design giving it a more sportier and purposeful look and a more luxurious interior with increased levels of comfort and convenience. As a towcar it can pull loads of up to two tonnes.