Double Triumph For Land Rover At 2004 Top Gear Awards

Land Rover's Design Team

Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover's all-new Discovery 3 scooped its third accolade of 2004 at the recent Top Gear awards, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson at Soho's Groucho Club.

The all-new Discovery 3 won the 'Best SUV' award for 2004 following a group-test win in the latest issue of Top Gear magazine over the BMW X5 and Toyota Land Cruiser. The magazine's road testers described the Discovery 3 as 'possibly the best SUV ever'.

Also commended in the awards issue of Top Gear magazine are a collection of 'men of the year', amongst whom are the creators of the Discovery 3 - Land Rover's design team.

Headed up by design director Geoff Upex, Land Rover designers Dave Saddington (chief platform designer, Discovery 3), Richard Woolley (chief platform designer, Range Rover Sport) and Andy Wheel (principal designer and man behind the famous first sketch of the Discovery 3) were characterised as: 'The Revolutionaries'. The magazine went on to say, "the Discovery 3 shows that icons can be reinvented. They have done it before with Range Rover, and will do it again with the Range Rover Sport. Make no mistake. These boys are onto something."

Land Rover managing director, Matthew Taylor added: "As the widest read, viewed and listened to opinions in the motor industry, it truly is praise indeed to be awarded by the people at Top Gear. We are thrilled and delighted to be recognised as 'onto something'."

Published 6 December 2004 Melanie Carter

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