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Iconic Land Rover Defender to be phased out by December 2015


Land Rover's iconic model - the Defender - is set to end production in December 2015, after being removed from Jaguar Landover's portfolio, 67 years after starting production.

This decision to end production of the vehicle has come about, not due to lack of popularity, but through problems with changing the design to meet worldwide emissions regulations.

However, motorists and car insurance policy holders hoping to purchase a Land Rover Defender still have the chance with the introduction of a new model inspired by the Land Rover DC100 Concept.

The new sporty model will continue the design inspiration that started in April 1948.

John Edwards, head of Jaguar Land Rover's new individual products division told the Daily Mail: "The Defender was loved the world over for its simple, honest and distinctive design. We are determined that the new Defender will be true to its heritage, while meeting the requirements of a changing global market.

"Like no other vehicle, the Defender inspires affection and loyalty the world over. It inspires people to go beyond, whether they are explorers, ecologists, UN aid workers or Red Cross medics."

The DS100 Sport model, revealed at the Frankfurt Motor show in 2011, is an open-top off-road 4x4 model, part of a new family of Defenders.

The new DC100 Concept will follow DC100 Sport as an adventure vehicle, but with a nod to the classic design touches like fold-down windscreens and cut-down side windows.

The first Land Rovers, later branded Defenders, were inspired by war-time jeeps and have found favour with everyone from Her Majesty the Queen to Lara Croft and James Bond. The vehicle appeared in the most recent Bond film, Skyfall.


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