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Land Rover to Open Third Driving School in North America

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif., June 23 -- Following the success of its Land Rover Experience Driving Schools, the company today announced it will open its third in North America at Quail Lodge in August 2005.

The latest venue will join already-established Land Rover Driving Schools at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, near Montreal, Canada.

"The driving school at Quail Lodge is a very welcome asset in the Land Rover portfolio in North America, expanding the reach of outdoor adventure and top class driving instruction throughout the western United States," said Richard Beattie, executive vice president, marketing & sales Land Rover North America.

"Opening a driving school on the west coast expands our school line-up providing Land Rover enthusiasts and guests of Quail Lodge an opportunity to experience our latest vehicles in an environment that fits the Land Rover lifestyle."

The Land Rover Experience Driving School will offer participants off-road instruction behind the wheel of the Land Rover LR3, Range Rover Sport and its flagship Range Rover. Guests are coached according to level of experience, with lessons ranging from novice to advanced. Courses take place in and around the lush surroundings of Quail Lodge.

Individual and group courses range from a one-hour session designed to introduce the concept of off-road driving techniques in a fun environment, to half-day and full-day programs with professional instruction by a cadre of the most knowledgeable and experienced Land Rover-trained off-road driving instructors.

Obstacles and terrain vary from school to school, but all are created to demonstrate proper off-road driving techniques teaching expedition type travel covering ascents, descents, rock crawling, winching, and vehicle recovery while following the tenets of Tread Lightly!, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to safe, environmentally responsible use of off-road vehicles.

"Quail Lodge is a fitting locale for the newest driving school as luxury and sophistication are qualities that are inherent in both the resort and the Land Rover model line, which has undergone a complete evolution in the past year," said Michael Oprish, general manager of Valley Resort Management. In the same way, the resort recently re-opened after a major renovation and is poised to embrace the 21st century, building on its legendary reputation for exemplary facilities and service delivery."

Since Land Rover first opened its Driving School Experience in North America at The Equinox, in Manchester, Vermont in 1997 more than 20,000 customers and enthusiasts have enjoyed the benefits of taking part in a specially structured program that explains and demonstrates the benefits of owning and using a Land Rover.

To learn more about the property, visit, or call (888) 828-8787. To learn more about the Land Rover Experience Driving Schools, visit, or call (800) 239-0533.

Land Rover North America is part of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover with headquarters in Irvine, California. Land Rover established operations in the US in 1986, and now imports and distributes Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and LR3 vehicles manufactured by Land Rover in Solihull, England. Land Rover's worldwide operations are wholly owned by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan. For information about the Land Rover retailer nearest you, call 800-FIND-4WD or log on to .

Vehicle specifications and features are subject to change. For the latest Land Rover pricing and product information, contact Land Rover North America Corporate Communications at (949) 341-5800. Land Rover-related press releases and electronic photos of the company's products are available on-line in the Land Rover section of Ford Motor Company's news media website (

About Quail Lodge

Nestled on 850 bucolic acres just inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Quail Lodge re-opened in July 2003 after a $25-million renovation. The resort boasts 97 refurbished guestrooms and suites, The Covey, its signature restaurant, an expanded spa and a new Golf Clubhouse featuring Edgar's, an upscale restaurant and sports bar named after the resort's legendary founder, and an innovative, new Wellness Center. The Lodge's additional recreational facilities include an 18-hole championship golf course, four tennis courts, two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and two miles of landscaped nature trails. The Lodge is a 20-minute drive from the Monterey Peninsula Airport and an easy drive from many of the Monterey Peninsula's famous attractions and landmarks.

Quail Lodge is managed by Valley Resort Management. It is located at 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, California 93923-9515.