Jaguar Land Rover to end European production of Defender model
Great Britain's great off-roader will be ending production in 2015, 67 years after it started rolling out of factories. And although that name "Defender" has only been in use since 1990, the vehicle that's worn it and its rough-and-tumble, rural nature can be traced all the way back to the original Series I Land Rover, from 1948.
The last of the models will roll off the production line at the company's Solihull factory in the West Midlands.
The company has taken the decision to halt the model in response to the tougher environmental and emissions laws across the world.
Jaguar Land Rover, however, is preparing a new successor, which will feature a sporty beach-buggy style. A prototype successor was introduced at the Los Angeles motor show.
A Jaguar Land Rover spokesman confirmed that the production of Defender will stop at the end of 2015.
To pay their respects, JLR drew a giant outline of the SUV in the sand at Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey, Wales- the place where the model was first imagined by Maurice & Spencer Wilks in 1947. Six Defenders drew the outline by driving with 12-foot agricultural harrows attached to them.
But the British company has confirmed the consideration of overseas production. Any continuation would see low volume production maintained for selected fleets and special vehicle applications for sale outside the EU. Land Rover ending Defender production after 67 years