Land Rover Defender Heritage Edition grille

Land Rover Defender’s production to be extended into 2016

July 17, 2015

The second generation Land Rover Defender has been eagerly awaited long time, especially since the DC100 concept was unveiled at the 2011 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. With the unveiling of the Autobiography, Heritage and Adventure editions on 7 January, the company announced that the production will end in December 2015.

Land Rover Defender limited editions

Land Rover Defender Autobiography, Heritage and Adventure editions

A new report from Birmingham Post says that the production will continue next year also, because of the increasing demand. A company employee told the publication that the company “had a glut of orders” and so, the production will continue “at least the end of February 2016.” Chances are there that the production may not end until April.

Reports claim that the second generation Land Rover Defender (codename: L633) will be based on the company’s new Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) which underpins the latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. A report released in May said that the all-new model will be built in Eastern Europe.

JLR was nearing a decision on the new plant with Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia under consideration. Latest reports say that Poland and Slovakia have made the cut.

The company signed an agreement with Magna Steyr earlier this month to outsource manufacturing of its vehicles in Austria. The Canadian supplier Magna International’s Austrian division also builds Defender’s rival Mercedes G-Class and so maybe the next-gen Defender’s production could be outsourced there.

[Source: Birmingham Post via Automotive News Europe]

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