Land Rover used the Frankfurt auto show to talk at great length about their commitment to the environment. From carbon-offset programs to plans for more fuel-efficient vehicles in the future, it is clear that Land Rover knows that their strong selling model lineup is at risk if environmental concerns continue to grow. The English company did announce one concrete change that will lower CO2 emissions and improve economy for one of their products. Starting in early 2009, their Freelander equipped (LR2 in the USA) with the diesel engine and manual gearbox will get a stop/start feature as standard that lowers CO2 emissions and improves fuel economy by around ten percent. But, as we don't get this engine combination in the USA, this change will not be making it to our shores.
One last surprise Land Rover had up its sleeve was a brief video of a design concept for the future. They released one photo (above) and the only thing a company representative would tell us is that the vehicle is a styling exercise for a model that will fit in below the LR2. At this point, it's anyone's guess how big this new vehicle will be or if it will even be sold in America once it hits the streets.