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James Bond: ‘Dying Can Wait’ cars for sale


NEWS – Christie’s will sell in London on September 28, four cars from the Jaguar Land Rover group from the stunts of the latest 007 opus.

This is neither the first nor the last time that objects seen in the films of the most famous secret agent are put up for sale, but each time it is an event. This time, it is the Jaguar Land Rover group which has decided to sell vehicles which participated in the stunts of the last feature film “Dying can wait” (No time to die). Four vehicles will be sold at auction as part of a charity sale organized by Christie’s and the company EON Production on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of James Bond.

The first of four batches is a Defender 110 bearing the registration “VIN 007” (VIN stands for “vehicle identification number”). This Defender is one of the ten copies which were used for the filming of the film and which also participated in the promotion of the film before its realization. This vehicle is estimated between £300,000 and £500,000.

A Defender 110 V8 Bond Edition, designed by SV Bespoke and inspired by features of the Defenders seen in the film will also be on offer (estimate: £200,000-300,000). Only 300 examples of Bond Edition were released for the whole world and this one has the “60 Years of Bond” logo engraved on the dashboard. This vehicle is British specification, normally homologated, and is being sold for the benefit of the Tusk conservation charity fund.

The Range Rover Sport SVR in the sale also featured in James Bond chase scenes. This is one of six models of its kind used by the production. It is estimated between £80,000 and £120,000.

Finally, the fourth batch is one of two Jaguar XFs that appear in the pre-credits sequence of “Dying Can Wait”. She is estimated at £50,000-70,000.

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4×4 dinosaurs convert to electric


Question of survival: the all-terrain emblems have no other choice but to convert to electricity to continue their journey.

Bad times for 4 × 4 legends, mostly born in Grandpa’s time and prized for their ability to defy almost any difficulty. Looked at the wrong way when they are not hated or vandalized, these high-legged vehicles must face regulations and taxation that condemn them to the term. In addition to the planned diesel ban, which powers most of these vehicles, there is a weight tax. This measure proposed by the citizens’ climate convention applies to vehicles weighing more than 1.8 t. The excess kilogram is billed at 10 euros. In short, double the penalty since the weight is implicitly already taken into account in the calculation of CO emissions2. The government is not with a bad turn, which has just decided that the automobile advertisements, as of the 1er next March, will have to promote carpooling, public transport or soft mobility. It would take more to shake these tough guys, tough guys …

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Range Rover, the art of renewing itself


NEW – Expected at the turn, the fifth generation of the SUV aristocrat evolves more than it seems. It will be the brand’s first 100% electric vehicle in 2024.

We ended up believing him to be immortal. It is in a certain way since if the current generation will have played the extensions (nearly ten years), the Range Rover has passed the milestone of fifty in 2020. The fifth opus, in the dealerships in spring 2022, modernizes the original concept without betraying its image. Always as Range, the new model changes everything without giving up anything. The lines are always recognizable among a thousand, but the curves are refined and rounded and the door handles retract to improve aerodynamics which sets a record here with a Cx of 0.30.

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Designed on the new MLA-Flex platform composed of 80% aluminum, the English SUV is extended by 52 mm and still offers two wheelbase versions, the long one (5,252 mm) being able to accommodate, this is a first, seven people in three rows. Depending on the trim levels and options, the English manufacturer also offers 4 or 5 seater versions.

It is by following this colossus that we distinguish the main evolution: the horizontal light strip extends vertically at each end of the stern. The crossing capabilities are further improved and rely on the six modes of the Terrain Response system while the dynamic qualities rely on the four-wheel steering and active anti-roll bars. Comfort is based on air suspension and Dynamic Response Pro.

Noise level reduction

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The interior, always so refined, follows the trend of purification. Apart from the air conditioning, all functions are accessible from the central 13.7-inch screen. The engineers claim to have reduced the noise level by 24%. We should therefore not hear much of the six-cylinder petrol (P360 and P400) and diesel (D250, D300 and D350) with MHEV (48 volts) mild hybridization offered at launch with the P530 powered by a twin-turbo petrol V8. At home, the two plug-in hybrid versions with in-line six-cylinder engines P404e and P510e should provide the bulk of sales. Thanks to a large capacity battery (38.2 kWh), the electric range is around 100 km, which should guarantee CO emissions.2 less than 30 g / km.

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Land Rover Defender Bond Edition, code name 007


NEWS – Featured in the latest James Bond “Die Can Wait”, the Defender has inspired a very limited special series.

No need to rush. The few copies planned for the French market of the copy of the Defender, which plays in the twenty-fifth installment of James Bond, “Mourir can wait”, are already all consumed. Unless an order comes from a dealer and he is ready to give up his reservation form. It must be said that Land Rover limited this very special series to 300 units for all markets. Based on the latest 525 horsepower V8 Defender, this 4 x 4 comes in two body and wheelbase versions: 90 and 110. In both cases, the Bond Edition will not go unnoticed with its all-black dress, including 22 inch rims and glass surfaces. A few details will allow it to be identified immediately: the front brake callipers are Xenon blue, the rear door incorporates a 007 badge and at nightfall, unlocking the doors via the remote control will trigger the inscription “007” on the ground.

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The installation inside will finally dispel any doubts. Each Bond Series Defender features the SV Bespoke logo along with the engraved “One of 300”. So chic! Vehicle start-up is also accompanied by the “Defender 007” display on the infotainment touchscreen.

The presence under the hood of the supercharged 5-liter V8 reinforces the exclusivity of the Defender 007 developed by the Land Rover SV Bespoke customization department. This fine mechanic makes it possible to reach 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds and to display a top speed of 240 km / h.

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Grand Est region: the E85 box at 1 €


NEWS – Crowned with success, the operation of 1,000 bioethanol conversion units at € 1 has been renewed.

For heavy riders, bioethanol is becoming more and more an interesting solution. Its main advantages: Superethanol E85 is billed on average 0.67 € / liter at the pump; the gray card is less expensive since it benefits from an exemption from the regional tax at 100% in 10 regions and 50% in two others (Center-Val de Loire and Brittany). The integration of 60 to 85% bioethanol also makes it possible to do a gesture for the planet. This fuel reduces CO emissions by 50% on average2 and 90% particulate emissions compared to gasoline of fossil origin. To accept E85 bioethanol, gasoline vehicles must be equipped with an E85 converter box. Most gasoline vehicles registered since January 1, 2001 are compatible with the SP95-E10 and can now be fitted with a state-approved housing. In addition, two manufacturers have integrated this technology into their catalog. Ford markets four flex-fuel vehicles: the Fiesta, the Puma, the Mild Hybrid Focus and the Plug-in Hybrid Kuga. In its commercial range, the Fiesta Van and Transit Connect are also offered in an E85 version. For its part, the Jaguar Land Rover group has been marketing the JaguarE-Pace, the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque in a Superethanol version since the start of 2021.

To encourage motorists to convert to Superethanol E85, the Grand-Est region launched on April 1 a 1,000 E85 conversion units at € 1, up to a limit of € 900 in aid. This initiative has had unprecedented success. In the space of two weeks, more than 1,600 requests for boxes were recorded. This enthusiasm pushes the Grand-Est region to renew the operation. As of June 1, the program will be extended to 6,000 approved units, but only reserved for vehicles over 4 years old. Bounty hunters will have to act quickly because only the first 1000 boxes are charged 1 euro, within the limit of 900 € aid. The following 5,000 benefit from a support of € 500 from the Grand-Est Region.

It should be remembered that the main obstacle to the expansion of the fleet of flex-fuel vehicles concerns the insufficient network of distribution infrastructures for E85 fuel. As of April 30, there were 2,423 stations delivering E85. Their number is only increasing. In the space of one year, more than 600 additional stations distribute this fuel, which represents an increase of 35%.

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Car of the Year 2021, the seven finalists


NEWS – A French model, the last Citroën C4, is among the seven vehicles qualified for the final of this election which has existed since 1964.

Who will succeed the Peugeot 208 elected Car of the Year 2020? Last year, the 60 European journalists taking part in this election, including a member of the editorial staff of Le Figaro, voted overwhelmingly for the city-dweller Sochaux. Sacred with 281 points, the Peugeot 208 was ahead of the Tesla Model 3 by 39 points and the Porsche Taycan by 59 points. Casually, the institution of Car of the year (COTY) favored electric cars. This has not always been the case in the history of this trophy. The Peugeot 208 is indeed offered in a 100% electric version. In 2019, it is already an electric car that had the honors of the election since the Jaguar i-Pace had won the bet in extremis against the Alpine A110.

Can history rewrite itself in 2021? A sign of the times, the seven finalists are electrified vehicles. Three of them run on electric power and the catalog of the four others includes at least one hybrid or plug-in hybrid version. As often in the context of this election, small cars are well represented. Completely renewed and even available in a new sporty GR version of 261 hp, the fourth generation of the Toyota Yaris appears in the final. This is also the case with the Fiat 500 Electric which made a strong impression during the first tests. Another strong candidate, the Volkswagen ID.3 marks the start of the German group’s great electric offensive.

The only car to defend the French colors, the latest Citroën C4 is also one of the only two sedans in the final, along with the fourth generation of the Skoda Octavia. If it has the advantage of being available in a 100% electric version, the C4 goes off the beaten track with its elevated architecture. Among the seven finalists, the Cupra Formentor is also more of the raised sedan than of the real SUV. Reaching the final is a sacred reward for Luca de Meo, the architect of the conversion of the Cupra label into a full brand. This body which will have no equivalent in the Seat range will be offered with seven engines, gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid.

Concentrating criticism, are SUVs no longer successful within the COTY institution? Like last year, only one SUV is in the final selection. But with the Land Rover Defender, the jury members voted for the most quirky of them. Unrecognizable, this new generation encased in electronics will be available in a plug-in hybrid version.

The seven finalists will be the subject of a (last) confrontation during the month of February, before the final vote. The results will be released in early March.

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