Defender upgraded for 2007

07 June 2006
Les Potts

Land Rover DefenderLand Rover is to release details of the 2007 Defender later this year, including a series of significant upgrades to meet forthcoming legislation.

On sale next spring, these upgrades will help ensure that the Defender remains in production until at least 2010.

The extension to the long life of Defender, which has been in production in various models since 1948, will preserve more than 750 jobs at the Solihull factory where it is produced. Work is also underway to see if there are opportunities to extend Defender's life beyond 2010.

Annual production of Defender has remained consistent at around 25,000 units in recent years, with much of the demand coming from large contract orders. For example, the Italian energy distribution company, Ente Nazionale Elettricita, recently placed an order for over 900 Defenders.

"With sales growth forecast in 2006, Defender remains a significant contributor to the business as well as an enduring symbol of Land Rover's 4x4 heritage,"

said Phil Popham, Land Rover's Managing Director.

"Its simple concept hasn't changed fundamentally over the years, but it remains as relevant as ever.
Defender continues to play a vital role for emergency services, aid workers and farmers around the world. As we grow Land Rover we're not forgetting our core values and our traditional customers."

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