Are You Man Enough For The Evoque Convertible? – Adventure Ready

Last updated 18:00GMT, Wednesday 7 January.

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TODAY: thick fog reported earlier southern Paris. Black ice warnings Vosges mountain, west of Colmar. Wet + icy roads Konstanz. Drivers in Cyprus warned to beware after heavy snowfall in south east Europe in past days. Also in Sweden. Ice D1 motorway Prague-Brno. Back to work today Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

Earlier terrorist incident in the 11th arrondissement, north east central Paris. Three gunmen reportedly fled in black Citroen DS (now apparently dumped in the 19th arrondissement, north of the 11th). Yet to be apprehended. @TRAFIdF, the official Paris traffic feed, earlier reported increased police presence at Versailles, on the southwest outskirts. Meanwhile the whole of the Paris region is on maximum Vigipirate alert (French only). See the latest here. 

NEWS: a truck went off the road in icy conditions in Schwyz, near Brunnen/Altdorf, south central Switzerland yesterday, ending up in the Muota River. The driver received minor injuries says thelocal.ch.

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CHANNEL DELAYSBrittany Ferries Portsmouth-St Malo cancelled, tech issue. P&O Dover-Calais some sailings delay up to 40mins, ‘operational issues’. DFDS Dover-Calais delays 30mins. MyFerryLink previous delay 30mins.

Eurotunnel ‘unplanned essential maintenance’ delay 60mins France; 2h00 UK car shuttle; transit time freight 2h30-3h00.

WEATHER ALERT: amber alert snow/ice Greece, ‘coastal event’ central Finland.

WEATHER: wet, windy North. Sunshine, dry South.

GOTTHARD TUNNEL: no queues.

MONT BLANC TUNNEL: ‘traffic is fluent’.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: A25 southbound into Lille, accident, delay 45mins. N104 south Paris eastbound accident Le Plessis Pate delay 45mins.

A81 northbound Stuttgart, accident Ludwigsburg delay 1h25. A5 southbound Karlsruhe, accident, lanes blocked delay 55mins. A9 southbound Ingolstadt, closed, no cause given, delay 60mins.

EarlierA15 westbound Rotterdam, A1/A4 westbound Zurich. N136 ring north east Rennes earlier accident delay down to 35mins.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH FOR THE EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE?

Image issues threaten to deprive adventure drivers of the ideal car.

Evoque Convertible Concept car as revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, March 2012.

Evoque Convertible Concept car as revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, March 2012. Photo LandRover.com

Is it the ultimate automotive frivolity, or the ultimate embodiment of Land Rover’s ‘go-anywhere, do anything’ core values?

Auto Express confirms this morning that the long-awaited Range Rover Evoque Convertible will finally make it into production.

Since a concept version was revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor show this car has generated a fair amount of controversy.

On top of a base vehicle which still suffers in the eyes of the car enthusiast community from its early association with former Spice Girl, now fashion designer, Victoria Beckham, an open top Evoque is too redolent for many of Barbie’s infamous Suzuki Vitara 4×4 convertible.

Aside from its image issues however, the Evoque has proven itself a tough and capable performer.

Fundamentally, it’s a compact, comfortable, practical and economical SUV with real off-road ability. Thanks to its prestige badge and quiet styling it feels at home everywhere. We know, we’ve taken it.

In nearly 30,000 miles this year @DriveEurope’s example has gone from the frozen roads of northern Sweden to the top of the narrowest mountain passes and the forecourts of Grand Hotels. It has also been left unmolested on some dingy side streets.

The only thing it really lacks – for those times when the view is just too big for the side windows – is an open top.

Despite all this we will still hesitate to sign the order form when the Evoque Convertible goes on sale this summer (coincidentally at around the same time we will be in the market for a new car).

The irony that we’re prepared to forgo this all-round capability because we’re afraid of looking like a right pair of poofs is not lost.

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Three special edition Land Rover Defenders to mark to end of its production this year after well over 65 years, including one adventure ready example with snorkel and underbody protection. More later.

Three special edition Land Rover Defenders to mark to end of its production this year, after 67 years, including one adventure ready example with snorkel and underbody protection. More later.

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