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Land Rover unveils eco-car

Land Rover, normally known for gas-guzzling 4x4s, has unveiled what it claims is one of the most environmentally-friendly cars it has ever produced.

The British-based firm unveiled the LRX hybrid concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Designed to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 30 per cent, the 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine is designed to run on biodiesel.

An integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) will enable the car to run on electric power at speeds below 20mph and Land Rover claims the vehicle's CO2 emissions are 120 grams a kilometre.

"The LRX concept delivers the powerful message that we are as serious about sustainability as we are confident about the continuing relevance and desirability of our vehicles," Phil Popham, Land Rover's managing director, said.

Ford has put Land Rover and its sister carmaker Jaguar up for sale after experiencing tough trading conditions last year.

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