ARO - the 47 year old vehicle manufacturer and one of the pioneer of 4x4 Utility Vehicle - announced last year that after years of negotiations they had signed a 10 year contract with Cross Lander Industria e Comercio from Manaus, Brazil. ARO will supply CKD component kits for the assembly of the new Cross Lander 4x4 utility vehicle at their plant in Brazil. The contract was concluded on January 28th in Campulung, Romania. Cross Lander President, Mr. Julio Albertoni and Senior Executive Vice President Mr. John Perez declared that the plant in Manaus would open for production in 2002 and expected to reach the capacity or 12,000 vehicles annually, within 2 years.
Mr. Albertoni is the second largest shareholder of KIA Motors Brazil and is also the largest manufacturer of Bayliner Boats outside the U.S. Cross Lander vehicles will be available in 3 versions: a 4 door utility vehicle, a 4 door pickup truck and a cab & chassis, all Cross Lander vehicles will be powered by Navistar / International 2.8 liter intercooled turbo diesels with Eaton Transmissions, Pirelli tires and other Brazilian components which will make the new Cross Lander very competitive on the world market. Cross Lander will be distributed in Brazil by Cross Lander Industria e Comercio and outside Brazil by its sister company, Lacaro Auto Distributors based in Miami, Florida. Lacaro presently has dealers in the United States, Central, South America and the Caribbean. The new Cross Lander is expected to be launched in July of this year.
The 2003 Cross Lander 244 models is in production in Manaus, Brazil. The Cross Lander plant in Manaus is to produce over 12,000 vehicles per year. So... It's Time to see your Cross Lander Dealer Now!
The new Cross Lander vehicle competes a niche off road SUV segment of the market. A spokesman for Cross Lander U.S.A. in Miami said, "The Cross Lander is in a class of its own. The only thing we can compare it to is the Land Rover Discovery and the Hummer, and we are excited about being able to provide such a rugged, durable and affordable line of vehicles to the American public."
The first Cross Lander model to be introduced is the 244. The 244 is a full sized, four-door, Multi Purpose Utility Vehicle that boasts a 2.8 liter Inter-cooled Turbo Diesel with 135 hp and 335 lbs. of torque. The Cross Lander chassis and frame is made of thick steel to withstand the harshest of off road environments. All Cross Lander vehicles will come with standard four-wheel drive, 5-speed manual transmission and a 3 year 36,000 mile limited warranty and will sell for under $20,000, Manufactured Suggested Retail Price.
Cross Lander U.S.A. plans to sell Cross Lander vehicles in the U.S. by the first quarter of 2003 through 50 selected automotive dealers. Allocation for the United States is over 6,000 vehicles the first year. Cross Lander U.S.A. is currently appointing exclusive qualified dealers to sell the Cross Lander throughout the East, Southeast and the Mid-West.
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|Aspiration||Inter-cooled Turbo Diesel|
|No. of Cylinders||4|
|Bore & Stroke (mm)||93/102.5|
|R.P.M. at Maximum Power||3800|
|Maximum Torque (Nm)||355|
|Wheel Drive||Permanent 2x4 rear/part time 4x4|
|Gear Box Make||Eaton|
|No. of Gears||5 + 1 Synchronized|
|Ratio of Gears||4.473; 2.458; 1.472; 1.000; 0.809; reverse 3.795|
|Transfer Box Make||Cross Lander|
|Front Axle||Coil springs & shock absorbers|
|Rear Axle||Leaf springs & shock absorbers|
|Differential||Symmetrical Ratio 3.18|
|Brakes: Hydraulic Dual circuit, power assisted|
|Power Steering||Hydraulic Power Assisted|
|Alternator||850 Watts / 85 Amp.|
|Battery||12V, 2x66 Ah|
|Maximum Speed||90 MPH|
|Turning radius||36 feet|
|Maximum Slope||40 degrees|
|Fuel Consumption||23.4 MPG @65 MPH|
|Trailer with Brake||5,799 lbs.|
|Trailer without Brake||1,653 lbs.|
|Wheel Base||92.5 Inches|
|Ground Clearance||7.8 Inches|