Thursday 18 January 2018

THE DEFENDER DOWN THE YEARS

1948 Less than a year after Maurice Wilks drew the outlines of the Land Rover in the sand of a Welsh beach, the new vehicle is revealed to the press and public at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

1958 The Series II arrived in 1958, 10 years after the original Land Rover is launched.

1983 The first model is introduced as the Land Rover Ninety and One Ten.

1990 The Ninety and One Ten are re-branded 'Defender', heralding a new era of domestic sales.

1992 Land Rover launches a soft-top version.

1998 The Defender is fitted with an all-new 2.5-litre, five-cylinder in-line turbo diesel engine, badged the Td5.

2001 At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Land Rover reveals a modified version of the Defender.

2003 Defenders feature in the first Land Rover G4 Challenge, a global off-road driving competition.

2007 A new model is launched with a series of changes designed to meet emissions and safety legislation.

2012 Another update of the Defender is launched, as Land Rover publicly acknowledges it is working on a project to produce a replacement vehicle.

2013 Land Rover announces that production will end on December 20, 2015, after a continuous run of 67 years.

2015 The end.

Sunday Independent

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