Land Rover unveils 2WD model plans

A new two-wheel drive compact Range Rover due to hit the market in 2011 will be the most fuel-efficient vehicle produced by Land Rover.

The 2WD model will produce less than 130g/km of CO2 and will also be the lightest Range Rover ever. Company bosses have also announced plans to invest £800 million in the development of green technologies and a commitment to cars with more sustainable features.

Land Rover managing director Phil Popham said: "A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles' efficiency whilst adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our customer base."

The company is also keen to develop its use of hybrid technology for its larger cars. Land Rover's first diesel hybrid should be put into production in 2012 and is expected to be on the road by the following year.

Diesel hybrid protoype "range_e", which is being developed using the current Range Rover Sport platform, could be in testing by the end of this year.

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