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Land Rover Defender production comes to an end

On 29 January 2016, the last ever Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line

Today marks an important moment in history, as the last ever UK-built Defender rolls off the production line at Solihull. Although the first Defender model went on sale in 1990, the model is a development of the original Land Rover, which has been in production for 67 years in one form or another.

Over the years, the Defender become a true British icon, and is recognised around the world as one of the most capable and rugged off-road vehicles. Despite the vehicle remaining in demand, the Defender had become increasingly expensive to build, and due to incoming safety regulations production eventually had to come to an end.

Not before the 2,000,000th example rolled off the production line though. Customised by Special Vehicle Operations, and built by a number of important Land Rover characters, it was later sold for a record-breaking £400,000 at a Bonhams auction in London.

Will it be replaced? Land Rover has always maintained that it would build a suitable replacement for the Defender, but other than a concept car shown a couple of years ago, the company has remained fairly quiet on the subject.

Could it live on elsewhere around the world? For the last few years, rumours have been circling about production possibly moving out to India, as the Defender could still be sold in countries with less stringent regulations and a cheaper workforce. This has not been confirmed though, so officially (for now at least) this means the end for the Defender.

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