If you haven’t already heard, brace yourself. Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will cease this year.
The move has been in planning for a while now and is necessitated partly by the need to keep up with ever-tightening safety regulations in the US and, from this year, the UK.
Land Rover commissioned designer Paul Smith to design a special edition of the car to celebrate its impending retirement. This was launched in May this year:
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Also in May, Land Rover invited 33 people to their Solihull factory to build the 2,000,000th Land Rover. Among the builders were Bear Grylls, Mike Adamson (Chief Executive of British Red Cross) and Virginia McKenna (founder of the Born Free Foundation). This iconic car will be auctioned this month and the proceeds donated to these two organisations.
Speculation about the model that will fill the Defender’s incredibly prestigious footsteps is rife. Land Rover have said that the replacement will bear “little resemblance” to the DC100: a concept car that has been shown at various motoring events in the past few years:
We can’t wait to see what they come up with!