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Buyers discover Land Rover has put family first

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

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LAND Rover has dropped the biggest hint yet about the role its new Discovery Sport model will play in the firm's line-up, with a cheeky nod to the car's seating layout.

Making the unusual point of drawing attention to its prototype cars, the latest set of graphics to adorn the premium compact SUV show an illustration of a third row of seats.

This nod to family-centric buyers should ensure plenty of pre-launch interest, as seven-seat cars in this sector of the market are the exception rather than the norm.

Commenting on the car, Gerry McGovern, design director and chief creative officer for Land Rover, said: "The versatile Discovery Sport will feature 5+2 seating in the UK, offering spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs."

Records were broken at the recent Silverstone Auctions, as the two-day sale generated more than £5 million and secured some of the highest prices seen to date.

One highlight of the sale was a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS, which sold for a premium inclusive £82,225 – more than £50,000 over its lower estimate and a world record for the model. A 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS sold for £77,050, breaking another world record, and a 1996 Ferrari 456 GT sold for £49,450.

However, it wasn't just Ferraris catching the attention of the crowds.

Topping the bill was a 1950 Healey Silverstone, which sold for £212,750, while a 1996 Jaguar XJ220 sold for £187,450, more than £17,000 over its upper estimate. A rare 1953 Bristol 403 Saloon also raced past its estimate, selling for £62,100.

Speaking after the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions Nick Whale said: "It's been a fantastic weekend and I'm delighted that we have achieved our highest ever sales value, along with a few world records, from our best catalogue ever."

Some very special lots were also on offer. From the world of motorsport came Sir Jackie Stewart's first ever race car, a 1962 Marcos GT Xylon, which sold for £41,975. From the skies, two pieces of RAF history were offered, a 1976 Harrier Jump Jet and a 1988 Panavia Tornado. Both lived up to their pre-sale excitement, selling for £105,800 and £36,800 respectively.

The Citroen C1 supermini was the most reliable new car of 2014, with an impressive reliability rating of 99.3 per cent for the first three years, according to a new Which? survey. BMW and Toyota were the best manufacturers, while the Hyundai iX20 diesel was the least reliable car up to three years old, with a score of 75.2 per cent.

These were the most reliable cars, with scores:

Superminis: Citroen C1 (petrol, 2005-2014) 99.3 per cent.

Medium cars: Toyota Auris (2012-) 98.8 per cent

Large cars: Skoda Octavia (2013-) 98.7 per cent

Luxury cars: Mercedes-Benz E-class (2009-) 94.5 per cent

Estate cars: BMW 3 Series Touring (2012-) 96.6 per cent

MPVs: Toyota Verso (2009-) 98.5 per cent

4x4s/SUVs: Honda CR-V (petrol, 2012-) 98.5 per cent

Sports cars: BMW 3 Series Coupe (2006-2013) 96.6 per cent

Least reliable new cars in each class, with scores, were:

Superminis: Volkswagen Polo (diesel, 2009-) 82.2 per cent

Medium cars: BMW 1 Series hatchback (2004-2011) 79.0 per cent

Large cars: Vauxhall Insignia (2008-) 86.2 per cent

Luxury cars: Jaguar XF (2008-) 90.2%

Estate cars: Jaguar XF Sportbrake (2012-) 85.7 per cent

MPVs: Hyundai iX20 (diesel, 2010-) 75.2 per cent

4x4s/SUVs: Vauxhall Antara (2007-) 75.8 per cent

Sports cars: Volkswagen Scirocco (2008-) 90.2 per cent.

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