Celebrating History – The Last of The Defenders

Land Rover celebrated 68 years of history recently as the last of the current Defenders was produced at the famous Solihull production facility in England.defender

More than 700 current and former Solihull employees involved in the production of Series Land Rover and Defender vehicles were on site to see and drive some of the most important vehicles from its history, including the first pre-production ‘Huey’ Series I as well as the last vehicle off the production line, a Defender 90 Heritage Soft Top.

Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Today we celebrate what generations of men and women have done since the outline for the Land Rover was originally drawn in the sand. The Series Land Rover, now Defender, is the origin of our legendary capability, a vehicle that makes the world a better place, often in some of the most extreme circumstances. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Defender, among all our employees, but this is not the end. We have a glorious past to champion, and a wonderful future to look forward to.”

Land Rover fans are invited to upload their most memorable journeys ever undertaken in Series Land Rover or Defender vehicles via an upcoming online “Defender Journeys” platform.  Basically a digital scrapbook, Land Rover aims to combine as many exciting adventures as possible into this online map, which users can view and share.defender2

More than two million Series Land Rovers and Defenders have been built in Solihull since 1948, and this highly capable off-roader is considered one of the world’s most iconic 4x4s, earning the reputation of being the most versatile vehicle on the planet.

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Spy Shots – 2018 Discovery Prototype!

Land Rover Austin is here to bring you some spy shots of the all new 2018 Discovery prototype!  This Discovery will soon be replacing the infamous LR4, and is expected to go on sale sometime in 2017 as a 2018 model. It has been chosen to be the second model in Land Rover’s new Discovery family of vehicles, with the first being the smaller Discovery Sport launched last year.discov

The prototype is designed around Land Rover’s aluminum platform currently found in the Range Rover as well as the Range Rover Sport.  Known as the Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA), the platform will ensure that the vehicle is much lighter than the LR4, making it more fuel efficient and much easier to handle.

Advanced technologies such as Land Rover’s transparent hood system, which uses cameras and a head-up display system to show the driver the area just in front of and underneath the nose will also be implemented in the new Discovery.   Possibly making the list of amenities is the laser headlight system, which is used to scan the road surface as well as project guide paths to drive along, such as when parking in tight spaces.

There will most likely be a six-cylinder engine under the hood, possibly a new in-line six based on JLR’s Ingenium design.  An eight-speed automatic transmission will most likely be standard, and the Discovery will include the seven-seater option, plus the off-road  capability the current LR4 is renowned for.discov2