Top Gear presenter James May said the show would never "mock people about their war casualties" and insisted a controversial number plate which sparked protests in Argentina did not refer to the Falklands War.
The show's crew had to leave the country during filming after trouble erupted when it emerged they were using a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL, which some people suggested could refer to the Falklands conflict of 1982.
May told Absolute Radio they bought the car - complete with the number plate - in the UK because it was the best available vehicle of its type and he said he had not even noticed the plate until it was mentioned online.
He said: "How could we have done it deliberately? All we've done is buy some secondhand cars. It's actually meaningless if you look at it. You have to want to see the meaning."