Final Land Rover Defender rolls off the production line
With close to seven decades of production, the last Land Rover Defender has rolled off the line.
The classic off-roader has been in production in one way or another since 1948, with over 2 million vehicles produced. An all-new model is due to be released in 2017, replacing the well known four-wheel-drive.
A special one-off Defender was revealed late last year, and was finished in a unique shade of silver. It also came with many badges and logos separating this car – the 2,000,000th – from the rest of the range. It also managed to achieve £400,000 when it was auctioned off.
The end of production was also marked with the release of three special edition Defenders – the Adventure Edition, Heritage Edition and Autobiography Edition.
A celebratory event was held in the Solihull factory where the Defender is built, attended by 700 current and former employees. Land Rover also announced that it would be creating a new Heritage Restoration programme to reinvigorate classic Defenders.
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."