The Land Rover community is saddened to finally hear an official announcement that the Land Rover Defender will be discontinued in 2015.
A spokesman from Land Rover confirmed that after 67 years of production, the Land Rover Defender, as it currently exists, will be no more. First unveiled in 1983, the Defender has become one of the most iconic vehicles in the entire world. Known for its rugged utilitarianism, the Defender was coveted by the working men and women who depended on its capabilities on the farm or battlefield. Of course, the Defender became equally as a popular among enthusiasts communities, as well.
The Defender hasn’t been available to U.S. markets since 1998, adding to the vehicle’s allure and increasing its value to owners and talented mechanics stateside. Unfortunately, stricter emission standards that once kept the Defender from the U.S. were put in place in popular Rover markets across the globe, stunting vehicle sales and ultimately leading to its discontinuation. If there is a silver lining to this story, its that Land Rover plans to replace the void left by the Defender in the brand’s vehicle lineup and the unpopular DC100 is not part of these future plans.
“A replacement vehicle will join the Land Rover range, but the Defender in its current format is coming to an end.” It’s safe to say that the legend of the Defender will live on for years to come.
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