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Land Rover must be picky about shared parts, engineer says

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Automotive News staff Reporter Gail Kachadourian discussed Land Rover's engineering strategy with Steve Haywood, 2003 Discovery chief program engineer, at the vehicle's press introduction in Vermont.

Would Land Rover accept a chassis, engine and transmission from another Premier Automotive Group brand?

That probably would be a step too far. There isn't anything in the current PAG portfolio outside of Land Rover that carries the capability to deliver the vehicle attributes Land Rover needs to sustain for its own authenticity. Land Rover's DNA is almost unique within the Ford corporate umbrella of companies, and the level of capability that we expect of our vehicles is not matched by any of our sister companies. On that basis, I can't see it. Taking a Volvo or Jaguar platform and trying to make it a Land Rover would be absurd. (But) there's no reason why we couldn't use elements that really sit under the skin.

Can you see one platform designed that would accommodate a Volvo and Land Rover sport-utility?

Not unless it was commensurate with Land Rover's needs and performance criteria. But it would have to have the capability of being significantly differentiated from the Volvo vehicle.

Which engines in the Ford group interest Land Rover?

Ford and Jaguar in particular have a whole range of very capable, high-performing, fuel-efficient engines that potentially have the capability of carrying Land Rover vehicles. There is no reason why a Jaguar engine couldn't be loaded into a Land Rover product if it were tuned and calibrated correctly.
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