Land Rover employees at the Company’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Merseyside are today celebrating an important milestone achievement – the production of the 250,000th Freelander 2.
Land Rover is also celebrating a growing demand for Halewood’s model as retail sales are up 22%, year to date (Apr 2010 – Feb 2011) compared with the same 11 month period in 2009/2010.
The model that will go down in history, as the anniversary model is a 2.2l TD4 Diesel GS, painted in Fuji White. The car will be shipped to Scotland, where the customer awaits it.
The Halewood plant began production of the new generation Freelander in 2007, and the model proved to be a worldwide success, generating strong sales throughout the UK and as far afield as Russia and China.
Halewood operations director Richard Else, commented: “This milestone achievement and the increasing sales for Freelander 2 highlights just how important this vehicle is, not just to Halewood but also for the regional and UK economy – around 70% of Freelanders produced at Halewood are exported overseas. I’d like to thank our flexible and highly skilled workforce and congratulate the Halewood team on this superb achievement.”
The 2011 Freelander 2 is available with either 2WD or 4WD and a refined 2.2 litre diesel engine offering two power outputs – the 190hp SD4 and the 150hp TD4. With great on and off-road performance, featuring Terrain Response, a premium cabin, improved fuel economy, the Freelander 2 is on-sale available from £21,995 on the road.