The stately Range Rover, with its unmistakable profile, immense girth, and royal associations, practically screams flagship. While the product range that it tops is comparatively slight (Evoque, LR2, LR4, Sport), the Range Rover's distinguished history (dating from 1948) and unmatched brand identity make it exemplary. With a base price of $83,000 and more off-road capability than anyone really needs, the Range Rover is nobody's idea of practicality -- which makes this fourth-generation model, the first produced by India's Tata, all the more appealing.
The carmaker's engineering prowess couldn't insulate it from economic upheaval, earthquake, and flood. Now Honda is learning to prize broader business skills.