(DUBAI) – May 12, 2013 -Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new engineering test center in Dubai, UAE to conduct extreme hot weather vehicle research, development, and testing. With temperatures in the desert typically reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months, Dubai is an ideal hot climate testing venue.

The new 11,120 sq. ft. facility in the Al Barsha area of Dubai, UAE will offer a comprehensive range of capabilities, including high temperature durability, calibration, and testing. The engineering team at the new center, which replaces a smaller facility in Dubai, will also test powertrains, chassis and heat and ventilation systems, as well as the off-road and sand driving capability of the Land Rover Terrain Response® system.*

In addition to testing facilities in the United Kingdom, Jaguar Land Rover has five international testing facilities:

  • Nurburgring, Germany
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • International Falls, Minnesota, USA
  • Arjeplog, Sweden
  • Dubai, UAE

Jaguar Land Rover Director of Engineering Technical Services Martyn Hollingsworth said: “Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for growth, and since 2008 we have been investing to enhance our engineering capability to help us deliver an unprecedented number of new and refreshed Jaguar and Land Rover models. Our new facility in Dubai is four times the size of the previous test center and will enable us to enhance our testing of future products and technologies.  The engineering team is focused on the quality and durability of our products and an important part of this is rigorous environmental testing of our vehicles to ensure they can withstand even the harshest conditions.”

Robin Colgan, Managing Director Jaguar Land Rover MENA (Middle East and North Africa) added: “We are delighted at the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover’s test facilities in the Middle East. Dubai offers some unique and very challenging environmental conditions, so if a vehicle passes our tests here we know it will perform in any hot weather environment.  The new facility will be crucial to the company’s continued success as every model for the European and MENA markets will be certified here in Dubai following thorough testing before going into global production.”

*These systems are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these systems will correct errors of judgment in driving.  Please consult the owner’s manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details.

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