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Land Rover revives Defender Hard Top for new generation

The Land Rover Defender Hard Top is designed to help with fleet tasks.

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The Land Rover Defender is once again getting the commercial vehicle treatment. The company will restore the Hard Top name to its lineup for versions of the Defender 90 and 100 later this year. The Hard Top are dates back to 1950 the the introduction of demountable Hard Tops gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements.

The new model is slated to be as tough as the traditional Defender, which offers 4x4 capability beneath its technologically advanced yet ruggedly styled body. It will share its fixed metal roof and silhouette with the iconic original.

2021 Land Rover Defender Hard Top The Defender Hard Top revives a name first introduced 70 years ago.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

"We will maximize the functionality and usability of New Defender's cargo area, with tough materials and clever storage solutions to ensure it surpasses the capability of any previous Defender Hard Top," said Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.

Both Hard Top models will feature an independent coil-sprung suspension with an advanced electronic air suspension available on the 110 model. Both the 90 and 110 will have off-road chops - a ground clearance of 291mm, while the 110 Hard Top will have approach, breakover and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in Off-Road height). Full technical details will be confirmed later this year.

"New Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top will be the toughest, most capable and most connected commercial 4x4s we have ever produced," said Nick Collins, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director. "They have been engineered to meet global safety standards and deliver impressive long-haul comfort, giving businesses and professionals the best of all worlds."

2021 Land Rover Defender Hard Top Land Rover will carry over the Defender's traditional capability into the new model.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

The models will have a towing capacity of 3,500 kg. Hard Top models haven no second- or third-row seats. A first-row jump seat will be available, which would bring up the seating capacity from two to three.

The interior of the models won't skimp on amenities, offering the same infotainment, safety, and driver assist technology as the traditional Defender.

Fleet owners can use the Remote smartphone app to track of the location, fuel level and journey history of their vehicle remotely, for ultimate peace of mind and security.

Land Rover is pricing the model from £35,500 (plus VAT) in the UK. Additional information will be available later this year.

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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The Aznom Palladium is going to be slightly larger than the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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If you didn't know that Aznom was making a vehicle they call a "hyper-limousine", you aren't alone. Most Americans have never heard of Aznom, a luxury car customizer. You may be hearing more about them soon.

The Monza, Italy-based company is looking to create a vehicle that can be used by heads of state that employs the opulence of luxury automobiles from the 1930s. The vehicles Aznom admires had voluminous dimensions and all-terrain capability.

Azonm says that Palladium is "without a doubt a surprising vehicle and, in the manufacturer's intentions, is set up to fill an interesting and exclusive niche."

Aznom Palladium The car's design is inspired by Greek and Roman architecture.Photo courtesy of Aznom

Palladium's designers have described the car as a "hyper-limousine" that unites the traditional characteristics of a luxury sedan with dynamic drive qualities. Aznom lists the desirable sedan features as comfort, materials and manufacturing quality, ample space, and reliability. They also describe the Palladian as "powerful, strong and unstoppable like a true all-wheel drive off-road vehicle".

The model was designed by Alessandro Camorali and his Camal Studio, which is based in Torino, Italy. He took inspiration from classic Greek and Roman style.

The vehicle's proportions are large. It's nearly two meters tall and six meters long. That's slightly bigger than the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Aznom is committed to creating a small series of Palladium vehicles.

The official unveiling of Aznom Palladium is scheduled for the last week in October in Milan, during the Milano Monza Open Air Motor Show.

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