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Fleet, including 27 new Defenders, will be used to help deliver food and supplies to elderly and vulnerable
James Attwood, digital editor
2 mins read
31 March 2020

Jaguar Land Rover is deploying more than 160 vehicles – including the new Land Rover Defender – globally for use by emergency response groups tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

The manufacturer has already given the British Red Cross access to 57 vehicles, including 27 Defenders, for delivering food and medicine to vulnerable and elderly people. Another 65 vehicles are supporting Red Cross efforts in Australia, France, South Africa and Spain.

JLR is also loaning vehicles to the National Health Service and emergency services to support local efforts and donating protective equipment including safety glasses to a number of NHS hospitals. It's aiming to deploy futher vehicles in the coming weeks.

The vehicles handed over to the Red Cross and NHS have been taken from the JLR press fleet and include Defenders intended for use on now-postponed launch events.

Simon Lewis, head of crisis response for the British Red Cross, said the “generous support” will allow its teams “to reach even more people living in isolated communities than we could alone”.

Like other UK manufacturers, JLR is working with the UK government to offer its expertise in a wide range of research, engineering and production areas. These include digital engineering and design, 3D model printing and prototypes, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Land Rover has a long relationship with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies that dates back more than 65 years.


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31 March 2020

Problem with this is it's a good news story so don't expect many readers to reply. The trouble with armchair experts is they're obsessed with negativity. Apparently it's much easier to criticise than praise.

So well done JLR and well done to those automotive manufacturers who're turning their efforts to producing equipment to support the medical world.


31 March 2020

Well said Sir and well done to JLR.  Sure there will be someone complaining on here sadly.

31 March 2020

The new Defender looks so cool, also, well done JLR

31 March 2020

The pond-life on here will no doubt find fault with it.


1 April 2020
The motor industry is doing a lot to help, so many are building ventilators, mask etc, it's amazing. I know that other industries are helping as well but obviously this is a motoring mag so it's the motor industry that I will aim praise at, well done JLR and all the other manufacturers helping all around the world.

1 April 2020

Nice one JLR

2 April 2020

a fantastic gesture also a great way to get the new Defender free attention, and possibly customers. 

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