This is one of the ultimate 4×4 vehicles still left in the world, an iconic car, even the British queen’s favorite 4×4 and with a genealogy traceable to the 1948 model. All is coming to an end, in December 2015.
The last of the current generation Land Rover Defender will roll-off the production lines of Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) Solihull plant in the West Midlands, UK, in December 2015 – as this year the model has already reached the very pensionable age of 65. The Defender name was given in more recent years to the popular 4×4 vehicle, which is sold globally and is a direct follower of the very first Land Rover, which came on to the world’s market in April 1948 and was inspired by the war-time Jeeps.
Jaguar land Rover confirmed that Defender production will come to an end and also pointed out that a worthy successor was already in the works to join the Land Rover line-up.
John Edwards, who has just been announced as the head of JLR’s new individual products division, said the Defender was ‘loved the world over for its simple, honest and distinctive design’ adding:”We are determined that the new Defender will be true to its heritage, while meeting the requirements of a changing global market. Like no other vehicle, the Defender inspires affection and loyalty the world over. It inspires people to go beyond, whether they are explorers, ecologists, UN aid workers or Red cross medics.”
Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern said: “Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide.”
Land Rover is proposing for the prototypes of the new Defender cues from the early canvas-roofed Defenders, all along with their fold-down windscreens, but in keeping with the demands of 21st century motoring, the new generation Defender will also include a wide range of new hi-tech special features.