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Land Rover wants to give your favorite charity a new Defender; here's how to nominate them

The Land Rover Defender is a capable off-roader that can take you the extra mile, if you're willing to go there.

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Many U.S. non-profit organizations go the extra mile without so much as a smidge of recognition. Land Rover wants to change that. The Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards will celebrate those charities that make a positive impact in their local community by gifting seven organizations customized Land Rover Defenders to use in their efforts.

Here's how it works. Organizations must be U.S.-based and have achieved 501(c)(3) non-profit status. The organization's efforts must fall within at least one of seven categories:

  • Search and rescue
  • Coastal and marine conservation
  • Animal welfare
  • First responders
  • Environmental
  • Urban Improvement
  • Fire services

To enter, a charity can be nominated by a member of the community or self-nominate. To complete the nomination process, a form must be filled out. It can be found here. Additionally, a video, up to three minutes in length, that shares what the charity is about, how it addresses a need in the community, and how a Defender would further the charity's efforts, is required to be submitted.

Once selected by a panel of qualified judges, finalists' videos will be posted on Land RoverUSA.com for public voting before submissions for the next categories take place.

Land Rover will call for entries through Wednesday, April 7, category by category. Here is the timeline for entry:

  • Search and Rescue
    • Submissions open: March 9, 2021
    • Submissions close: April 7, 2021
    • Finalists selection: April 8-16, 2021
    • Public voting: April 21- May 3, 2021
    • Winners announced: September 2, 2021
    • Submissions open:
  • Costal and Marine Conservation
    • Submissions open: March 9, 2021
    • Submissions close: April 7, 2021
    • Finalists selection: April 8-16, 2021
    • Public voting: April 21 - May 3, 2021
    • Winners announced: September 2, 2021
  • Animal Welfare
    • Submissions open: May 3, 2021
    • Submissions close: June 1, 2021
    • Finalists selection: June 2-11, 2021
    • Public voting: June 16-28, 2021
    • Winners announced: September 2, 2021
  • First Responders
    • Submissions open: May 3, 2021
    • Submissions close: June 1, 2021
    • Finalists selection: June 2-11, 2021
    • Public voting: June 16-28, 2021
    • Winners announced: September 2, 2021
  • Environmental
    • Submissions open: June 28, 2021
    • Submissions close: July 27, 2021
    • Finalists selection: July 28- August 6, 2021
    • Public voting: August 11-23, 2021
    • Winners announced: September 2, 2021
  • Urban Improvement
    • Submissions open: June 28, 2021
    • Submissions close: July 27, 2021
    • Finalists selection: July 28- August 6, 2021
    • Public voting: August 11-23, 2021
    • Winners announced: September 2, 2021
  • Fire Services
    • Submissions open: June 28, 2021
    • Submissions close: July 27, 2021
    • Finalists selection: July 28- August 6, 2021
    • Public voting: August 11-23, 2021
    • Winners announced: September 2, 2021

"Defender vehicles have been used for various humanitarian causes around the world for decades and with its recent return to the U.S., we wanted to expand on that legacy with 'The Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards' and celebrate organizations that know the value of community and drive to do great things with them," said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America.

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Special Land Rover Defender stars in new James Bond film

The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

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James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition You'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

Photo courtesy of Acura

Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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