Land Rover Discovery has taken three top honours at The Caravan Club’s Towcar of the Year Awards 2015. The club’s judging panel voted the Discovery HSE Luxury its overall winner as well as the top model in two classes – for all-wheel-drive vehicles of more than 1800kg and for vehicles priced in excess of £50,000.
At an awards ceremony at the RAC in London, the judges gave strong praise for the model, with special mention for its “rock solid stability, master-class hill start, and its electric parking brake, which holds really well and releases automatically when pulling away”.
The Caravan Club tested 39 cars for this year’s competition, carried out by caravan journalists, national motoring journalists and Caravan Club members, with the aim of providing drivers with sound advice for all their towing needs. The judges assess each car’s towing abilities including acceleration, braking and coping with hill starts.
Land Rover Discovery is available with a number of intelligent technologies to enhance the towing experience. Trailer Stability Assist detects the presence of a trailer and, above 37mph, monitors the trailer and uses selective braking of the appropriate wheels to help correct any problems. Towing Assist, a next-generation reversing aid, is also available with the optional Surround Camera System. Towing Assist predicts the trajectory of vehicle and trailer, providing guidance when coupling a trailer and a predicted path for the vehicle on the touch-screen when reverse is selected.
Earlier this month Land Rover previewed how the future of towing may look with world-first Transparent Trailer and Cargo Sense research concepts. Transparent Trailer uses a series of cameras that enables the driver to view a see-through rendering of their trailer in the rear-view mirror, enhancing visibility.
Cargo Sense, provides the driver with live data on the condition of storage or livestock during transportation. Pressure pads provide details of movement within the cargo area and temperature sensors ensure that an optimum ambient temperature is maintained throughout the journey.
Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, said, “2015 is proving to be another fantastic year for Discovery. It has been at the top of the judge’s lists of capable towing vehicles consistently for the last nine years. Along with our recent research concept announcements, we are demonstrating our strong ability to develop ground breaking technologies that put the needs of our customers first. Innovation and capability are cornerstones of our DNA and Discovery continues to lead the way in these areas.”