Land Rover’s iconic Defender may soldier on - at least for a few additional months beyond its scheduled end-date.
Speaking with the Birmingham Post, an anonymous source said to be an employee at Land Rover’s Solihull facility, revealed that the carmaker had given the orders to continue production into next year.
Land Rover maintains the Defender as we know it will be gone by the end of January 2016, but the source claims production will continue until the end of February - and possibly until the end of April.
The reason for the extension will surprise no one, with Land Rover said to have prolonged the production schedule simply to satisfy demand.
With the Defender soon to be retired for good, at least as a Land Rover model, devotees are understandably keen to secure one of the rugged 4WDs while they still can.
A ‘comeback’ for the Defender post-2016 is highly unlikely given the reasons Land Rover gave for shelving it after 67 (or 68) years and a production run of more than two million. Such reasons include ever-stricter emissions targets and minimum safety standards.
The Defender is a better-than-average bet to live on once Land Rover builds its last one, with production rumoured to be moving to India under Land Rover owner Tata’s roof.
With Tata badges, the Defender is unlikely to be sold in any official capacity in the European Union but Tata’s Australian distributor may yet decide that a market exists for such a car locally.
Land Rover is also believed to be planning a replacement of some sort for the Defender, but the carmaker is yet to confirm this.
As we’ve said previously: the best bet for local buyers, of course, is to get an order in before the current production schedule ends.
Hop to it, then.
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