Rockin’ Range Rovers: The New Line, Now Muddier

Green Machine: Land Rover LR4 in dirt-beating action

Green Machine: Land Rover LR4 in dirt-beating action

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — That’s not a road, that’s a stream running down a steep ravine.

Make no mistake, this is Vermont, that is a road, and I’m slogging up it in a Land Rover LR4, leading a flotilla of sports utility vehicles as water burbles down sodden logs and over big, rounded boulders. Each truck has an off-road instructor aboard, which is a good thing as this is no country for amateurs.

Tata Motors Ltd. bought Land Rover from Ford Motor Co. early last year, and the company recently completed overhauls on its three U.S. models. Over several days in three states, I test the LR4, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover on-asphalt and off.

It’s a rare SUV owner who purposefully dips a tire into a muddy pothole, but Land Rover scrupulously maintains its products’ hardcore 4X4 capabilities. We’re talking fording African rivers and scaling Outback boulders here.

Lean-to: Sliding down the hill in a Range Rover

Lean-to: Sliding down the hill in a Range Rover

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How Dodge Tough Is the New Ram Pickup?

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — With Chrysler’s sales plunging 35 percent in October, its future is hardly so bright that it needs shades. How bad are things? Well, while the company pursues merger talks with General Motors, its best hope for quick sales is the Dodge Ram — an updated pickup truck.

The Truck World and the Urban Universe often seem as if they need a translator (or a politician) who can bridge the two. While it’s rare to see a pickup on New York’s Madison Avenue, trucks are much valued in other parts of the country.   Continue reading…

Baja-style, Offroad Madness With Legend Rod Hall


 Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) — This year Rod Hall will celebrate his 70th birthday just as he has for the past four decades: racing almost a thousand miles through the Mexican desert, braving crashes, rollovers and countless other catastrophes with no sleep. That’s the Baja 1000, the wildest, woolliest motor sports event in all of the Americas. Continue reading…